Coronavirus: R rate may be as high as 1.8 in Northern Ireland, government says

The R rate – a crucial measure of how quickly coronavirus is spreading – has jumped in Northern Ireland.  The devolved government’s health department said it rose from between 0.5 to 1 last week, to between 0.8 and 1.8. The rate represents how many people someone with COVID-19 will, on average, pass the disease on […]

McConnell insists liability protection needed against coronavirus lawsuits: CNBC interview

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said on Thursday lawmakers negotiating the next U.S. coronavirus relief bill are still at odds about how much aid is appropriate and insisted liability protections for companies were needed. “I think we have to have a liability reform,” the majority leader said in an interview with CNBC. […]

Learning 'pods': A solution to US coronavirus education crisis

Groups of parents band together to form education pods for children to learn in groups but not everyone can afford them. Starting first grade this year was supposed to be a big deal for Christy Teel’s seven-year-old son, Anderson, and she was going to take a commemorative picture with his backpack on, as he got […]

UPDATE 1-Lebanon tells banks to make cheap dollar loans to those hit by Beirut blast

(Adds details, context on blast and financial crisis) BEIRUT, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Lebanon’s central bank on Thursday instructed banks and financial institutions to extend exceptional dollar loans at zero interest to individuals and firms impacted by the Beirut port explosion that caused huge damage across the capital. The explosion on Tuesday was the most […]

Wall Street flat, awaits fresh fiscal aid package

(Reuters) – Major U.S. stock averages treaded water on Thursday as investors awaited a new fiscal aid package to prop up the country’s economy, with data showing 31.3 million Americans were receiving unemployment checks in mid-July. Still, the tech-heavy Nasdaq clinched a new record high in early trading. The benchmark S&P 500 and blue-chip Dow […]

Denver weather: Chance of afternoon storms on Thursday before sunny and dry weekend

Scattered late-day showers and thunderstorms are in the Thursday weather forecast for northeastern Colorado, including Denver, but the weekend is expected to be sunny and dry. In Denver, there’s a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. and the high temperature should hit 94 degrees under mostly sunny skies, according to the National […]

Southbound lanes of I-25 closed at 104th Avenue for fatal crash

NORTHGLENN, Colo. — A fatal crash early Thursday closed all southbound lanes of Interstate 25 at W. 104th Avenue. Lanes were reopened around 6:30 a.m. but continued to cause delays. According to Renae Lehr, public information officer for the Northglenn Police Department, a man in his 20s had been walking across the interstate from east […]

China court sentences Canadian national to death for making drugs

Xu Weihong gets death penalty for manufacturing ketamine as ties between Beijing and Ottawa continue to deteriorate. A Chinese court has sentenced a Canadian national to death for producing drugs, a ruling that came amid rising tension between the two countries over the Chinese telecommunications giant, Huawei. Xu Weihong, a Canadian national, was sentenced to […]

Wall Street set for subdued open as investors await fiscal aid

(Reuters) – Wall Street’s main indexes were set for a muted open on Thursday as investors awaited the government’s new stimulus package to prop up the economy, with data showing that 1.186 million Americans filed for unemployment claims. Stock index futures pared losses after data showed jobless claims fell slightly in the latest week after […]

Children rapidly deported from the United States strain Guatemalan shelters

GUATEMALA CITY/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hundreds of migrant children rapidly expelled from the United States under a coronavirus immigration policy are returning to shelters in Guatemala where virus testing and bed capacity are regularly stretched to their limits. Shelter operators, government officials in the Central American nation and international organizations said they are seeing rising […]