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Coronavirus stimulus talks set to slip into weekend in Washington as hurdles remain

[ad_1] With agreement elusive on another big coronavirus aid deal, Congress is ready to do what Congress often does – push its deadline back. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned on the Senate floor Thursday that it was “highly likely” lawmakers will need to stay beyond Friday and work into …

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Coronavirus tally: U.S. death toll climbs by more than 3,600 in a day, JHU data show

[ad_1] The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 rose to 74.3 million early Thursday, up from 73.6 million at around the same time the day before, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll climbed to 1.65 million from 1.64 million. …

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Jobless claims hit nearly 4-month high as coronavirus-triggers more layoffs

[ad_1] The numbers: New applications for U.S. unemployment benefits rose in mid-December to a nearly four-month high, pointing to rising layoffs and more damage to the economy from a record increase in coronavirus cases. Initial jobless claims climbed to 885,000 in the seven days ended Dec. 12 from a revised …

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U.S. negotiating to buy more doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say they’re actively negotiating for additional purchases of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine after passing up a chance to lock in a contract this summer since it was still unclear how well the shots would work. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and special adviser Dr. …

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California reports record coronavirus deaths as new cases spiral

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES — California reported more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases and 293 deaths on Wednesday, setting new daily records as hospitals struggled to keep up with the surge. Southern California and the state’s Central Valley — regions that together include 23 counties and most of the state’s nearly …

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Personal checks back in the mix as Congress drives toward coronavirus financial aid deal

[ad_1] Advocates of a second round of direct financial aid checks to households may get their wish as talks among congressional leaders on an overall aid package go down to the wire in Washington on Wednesday. Capitol Hill’s Big Four – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, …

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Retail sales sink 1.1% in November as Covid-19 slams restaurants, economy again

[ad_1] The numbers: Sales at U.S. retailers fell in November for the second month in a row and posted the biggest decline since the onset of the pandemic, underscoring fresh strains on the economy spawned by the record rise in coronavirus cases. Retail sales fell 1.1% last month, the government …

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Coronavirus tally: Global cases climb to 73.6 million, U.S. hospitalizations rise to a 10th straight record

[ad_1] The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 rose to 73.6 million early Wednesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll climbed to 1.64 million. The U.S. has roughly one-fifth of the global totals, with a case tally of 16.73 …

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Congressional leaders meet into the night in bid for coronavirus aid deal

[ad_1] Democratic and Republican leaders from both chambers of Congress met face-to-face Tuesday night in an effort to find a coronavirus economic aid deal that has eluded them for months. The quartet of leaders — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and …

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Americans stick near home again due to coronavirus resurgence in fresh blow to the economy

[ad_1] The recent resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic has prodded Americans once again to cut back on flying, dining out, staying at hotels and other activities away from home in another blow to the U.S. economy. Read: The economy is showing more coronavirus cracks and the fissures are growing By …

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