Takeaways: Paycheck Protection loans and the Catholic Church

NEW YORK (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic caused a broad economic downturn and Depression-era unemployment rates, Washington responded with trillions of dollars in federal relief. ...

AP: After lobbying, Catholic Church won $1.4B in virus aid

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going...

Tapping into crime fears, GOP conflates mayhem with protests

WASHINGTON (AP) — For FRIDAY PMs Apocalyptic images of blazing buildings and window-smashing protesters pop up on the TV screen as a caller to a 911 emergency line reaches voicemail....

Brazil LGBTQ group hides from virus in Copacabana building

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a courtyard a few blocks from Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach, a dozen people get settled on broken couches beneath a banner reading “Cure Your Prejudice.” They face the mak...

UN says Latin America and Caribbean are COVID-19 `hot spot'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Latin America and the Caribbean have become “a hot spot” for the COVID-19 pandemic, with several countries now having one of the highest per capita infection rates and absolute n...

Serbian protesters lash out at botched pandemic response

The evening started like so many others – with a lengthy press conference by President Aleksandar Vucic. His address, delivered in the characteristic slow and mournful tone with a lot of bombast...

Mississippi seeing big virus outbreak in state legislature

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Packed elevators and crowded committee rooms. Legislators sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on the House and Senate floor. People standing close to each other and talking, sometimes l...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump team distortions on Biden and police

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign team is misrepresenting Democratic rival Joe Biden's stance on improving police practices following George Floyd's death. In ads a...

Bedoya scores, Philadelphia downs NYCFC 1-0

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Alejandro Bedoya scored in the 63rd minute and the Philadelphia Union defeated NYCFC 1-0 on Thursday in the MLS is Back tournament. NYCFC goalkeeper Sea...

Crews continue work to remove Richmond's Confederate statues

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Work crews were back at work Thursday removing Confederate monuments from Virginia's capital city, a process that began last week after Mayor Levar Stoney ordered all city-owned C...

Police: 9-year-old boy, 2 others wounded in Atlanta shooting

ATLANTA (AP) — Three people, including a 9-year-old boy, were shot and wounded in Atlanta, police said. The shooting happened Wednesday night in East Atlanta Village around 9:30 p.m....

WHO chief taps ex-leaders to head COVID-19 response panel

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization said Thursday that former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark will head a new panel taske...

Video shows Shanghai Tower spring massive leak

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Videos surfaced on Monday (July 6) after tenants from the 9th to the 60th floors of Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in China, found themselves drenched with leaking w...

Italy prohibits German migrant rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 from leaving harbor

Authorities in Italy have forbidden the German rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 from leaving the harbor where it is docked, the Italian Coast Guard and the Interior Ministry said late Wednesday. The vessel, ...

Serbia mulls anti-virus rules as clashes erupt over lockdown

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s authorities on Thursday are deciding what measures to impose to halt a surging spread of the new coronavirus, in the wake of two nights of clashes between police and a...