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  • Reuters

    Brazil indigenous leader Aritana dead from COVID-19

    Chief Aritana Yawalapiti, one of Brazil's most influential indigenous leaders who led the people of Upper Xingu in central Brazil and helped create an indigenous park there, died on Wednesday from COVID-19, his family said in a statement. Aritana, 71, was rushed to a Goiânia hospital two weeks ago in a risky 9-hour drive from the western state of Mato Grosso, breathing with the aid of oxygen tanks so that he could get to an intensive care unit.

  • Reuters

    Trump, Biden face muted U.S. political conventions amid coronavirus

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed accepting the Republican Party's presidential nomination in a speech from the White House, prompting the country's leading elected Democrat to accuse him of politicizing the historic residence. Separately, his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, will accept his party's nomination in a national address from his home state of Delaware rather than in Milwaukee as planned, party officials said on Wednesday. Denied the larger crowds he thrives on, Trump said: "We're thinking about doing it from the White House."

  • Reuters

    'Made in Italy' film becomes healing process for Liam Neeson and son

    The film, out on demand on various broadcast platforms on Friday, centers around a father and his estranged son who attempt to renovate a Tuscan home inherited from his late wife. Natasha Richardson, the star of movies like "The Parent Trap," died at age 45 after suffering a severe brain injury in a skiing accident in Canada in 2009. Writer and director James D'Arcy wrote the script before Richardson died, and when he sent it to Neeson, it was with a lot of trepidation.

  • Associated Press

    NYTimes wins new digital subscribers as ad revenue craters

    The New York Times Co.'s digital transformation continued during the second quarter, with its online subscription and ad revenue now exceeding its print revenue, even as the economic aftershocks of the coronavirus pandemic slammed its ad sales. The company said it was its best quarter ever for new digital subscriptions, with 669,000 new subscribers to its news, cooking and puzzle apps. It now has 5.7 million digital subscribers and 6.5 million total.

  • Associated Press

    Virus aid: Where things stand in high-level Washington talks

    After more than a week’s worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill. An exchange of offers Tuesday and a meeting devoted to the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday indicates a long slog remains, but the White House is offering some movement in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s direction on aid to states and local governments and unemployment insurance benefits. Pelosi is staking out a hard line on extending a $600-per-week supplemental pandemic federal jobless benefit, which lapsed last week.

  • Associated Press

    Gone for good? Evidence signals many jobs aren't coming back

    Stark evidence of the damage the resurgent viral outbreak has caused the U.S. economy could come Friday when the government is expected to report that the pace of hiring has slowed significantly after a brief rebound in the spring. As the coronavirus continues to transform a vast swath of the economy, it's becoming evident that millions of Americans face the prospect of a permanent job loss that will force some to seek work with new industries or in new occupations.

  • Associated Press

    US cruises are off through October after infections overseas

    With new coronavirus clusters sprouting aboard ships overseas, the U.S. cruise industry is extending its suspension of operations through October. The Cruise Lines International Association, which represents more than 50 companies and 95% of ocean-going cruise capacity, said Wednesday that if conditions in the U.S. change, it would consider allowing short, modified sailings. A no-sail order for U.S. waters initially issued by the Centers for Disease Control in March has been extended through Sept. 30.

  • Associated Press

    Judge unsure if virus requires changes to Wisconsin election

    A federal judge on Wednesday questioned whether it would be right to order an easing of Wisconsin's absentee voting regulations ahead of the November presidential election, saying the coronavirus might pose less of a threat to in-person voting by then. Democrats and allied groups filed a series of lawsuits ahead of Wisconsin's presidential primary election in April demanding that Judge William Conley ease absentee voting and voter registration requirements to simplify voting by mail because of the pandemic. Conley decided to extend the deadlines for requesting and filing absentee ballots, but conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the extensions the day before the election.

  • Reuters

    Coronavirus talks in Congress face timeline as Trump ponders his own action

    Congressional Democratic leaders and White House officials were set to resume negotiations on coronavirus relief legislation on Wednesday, with the administration officials aiming for an agreement by Friday. After more than a week of talks and few signs of progress, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer were said to be aiming for a deal that could be passed by Congress next week. Mnuchin said late on Tuesday that the two sides were trying to reach an overall agreement by the end of this week.

  • Reuters

    Pavlyuchenkova opts out of U.S. Open due to COVID-19 'insecurity'

    The U.S. Open is set to be played from Aug. 31-Sept. 12 even as the country leads the world with over 4.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 157,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally. Pavlyuchenkova, 29, joins the likes of men's defending champion Rafa Nadal and women's world number one Ash Barty who pulled out of the Grand Slam out of fear of contracting the novel coronavirus during their stay in the country. "I've been thinking a lot and decided not to play (the) U.S. Open this year," Pavlyuchenkova, ranked 30 in the world, said on Instagram