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Trump signs extension of COVID-relief fund for businesses

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 8:25am

President Donald Trump on Saturday signed into law a temporary extension of a subsidy program for small businesses battered by the coronavirus,

Across Sun Belt, hopes for economy give way to renewed fears

Tamara Lush and Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 8:17am

At the beginning of March, Joey Conicella and Alex Marin were riding high. Their new Orlando restaurant, Hungry Pants, had drawn rave reviews. With revenue rising, they planned to hire more servers. Sunday brunch service was coming soon.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's empty assurance on controlling virus

Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 7:05am

“We have it totally under control,” President Donald Trump said in late January. A month later: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA."

Virus spike in Spain reveals plight of seasonal farm workers

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 5:19am

In the 20 years since he left his native Senegal, Biram Fall has never slept in the streets. This week, when he ran out of savings after failing to find work in northern Spain’s peach orchards, he still refused to do so.

US envoy forges ahead with troubled Taliban peace deal

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 4:18am

Washington's envoy to Afghanistan on Saturday emphasized the economic benefits of the peace deal with the Taliban, forging ahead with an agreement that has run into new political obstacles in the U.S. and the region.

Californians celebrate July 4 with virtual parades, masks

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:18pm

As the coronavirus surges in the state, Californians celebrated Independence Day with virtual parades featuring air flyovers and photos of flag-draped front porches instead of pancake breakfasts and crowded festivities.

The Latest: Virus doesn't stop annual hot dog eating contest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:09pm

The coronavirus put a damper on this year’s Fourth of July celebrations in New York, but some things stayed the same. Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo repeated as men’s and women’s champions at Saturday’s Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms

Alexandra Jaffe and Amanda Seitz, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 10:52pm

On an average day, President Donald Trump sends about 14 posts to the 28 million Facebook followers of his campaign account. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, delivers about half that many posts to an audience of just 2 million.

Asia Today: 3,000 Australians in Melbourne in hard lockdown

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 7:51pm

Australia’s Victoria state recorded 108 new coronavirus cases Saturday, forcing authorities to lock down nine public housing towers and three more Melbourne suburbs.

As Texas reverses course on masks, GOP digs in on convention

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 4:09pm

As Texas began mandating face coverings Friday on the orders of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, his party charged ahead with plans for a massive convention this month in Houston, magnifying the conflicting responses in the Texas GOP to a rampant resurgence of the coronavirus.

Nigerian man charged with cyber fraud against US companies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 12:51pm

A Nigerian national appeared in federal court in Chicago Friday accused of orchestrating an international cyber fraud scheme that federal prosecutors say defrauded U.S. businesses in six states out of tens of millions of dollars.

Family files discrimination lawsuit against Hampton Inn

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 12:49pm

A Black family has filed a federal lawsuit against the parent company of Hampton Inn and others after the family said a North Carolina clerk called police on them over a billing dispute two years ago.

Second wave of virus closures wallops California restaurants

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:56am

Homayoun Dariyani was training servers and cooks for his soon-to-open gourmet hamburger grill in March when California abruptly shut down dine-in restaurants to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Ukraine's parliament accepts chief banker's resignation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:10am

Ukraine’s parliament on Friday accepted the resignation of the country’s top banker, who has stepped down citing political pressure.

Update on the latest in business:

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:02am

World stock markets dipped in Europe after gains in Asia.

Quarantine-free travel from UK to Cyprus to start Aug 1

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 10:47am

Cyprus’ beleaguered tourism sector got some good news after the government announced on Friday that travelers from the U.K. will be allowed entry into the east Mediterranean island nation next month without having to undergo a compulsory 14-day quarantine.

Turkey: pilots on trial over Ghosn escape released from jail

Mehmet Guzel and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 10:34am

A Turkish court on Friday released four pilots and a private airline official from jail, pending the outcome of their trial on charges of smuggling former Nissan Motor Co. chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan to Lebanon, via Turkey.

More fireworks in Americans' hands for July 4 raises risks

Suman Naishadham, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 10:25am

For many Americans, the Fourth of July will be more intimate this year. It also could be riskier.

Redskins to have 'thorough review' of name amid race debate

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 9:45am

The Washington Redskins began a “thorough review” of their name Friday, a significant step toward moving on from what experts and advocates call a “dictionary-defined racial slur.”