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A Bank Is Paying For People's Spare Change

(CNN) - A Wisconsin bank has come up with a creative way to help local businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic and the coin shortage it has caused. The Community State Bank has launched a coin buy back program. People…

Unemployment Benefits To End This Week

(CNN) - This is the last week for the $600.00 bonus added to state unemployment benefits. The boost when added to state benefits is more than what two-thirds of workers made on the job, which caused controversy. Congressional lawmakers…

Trump Admin To Resume Hrgs For Migrants In Mexico

(CNN) - The U.S. government says it plans to resume hearings for migrants waiting just over the Mexican border. The Trump administration's "migrant protection protocols" have led to people camping in squalid, unsafe conditions there. They normally wait a…

FDA Okays Emergency Pool Testing

(CNN) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized COVID-19 pool testing. The move will allow multiple people to be tested at once. The agency announced an emergency use authorization for quest diagnostics on Saturday. The company can…

CDC Projects More Than 157,000 Deaths By August 8

(CNN) - The United States should could see more than 157,000 deaths due to coronavirus by the end of the first week of August. That is the new ensemble forecast just released by the Centers for Disease Control and…

Russian Hackers Target COVID Research Centers

(CNN) - Russian cyber attackers are targeting organizations involved in developing COVID-19 vaccines. That's according to security officials from the U.S., U.K. and Canada. In May, the three countries issued an advisory warning of ongoing cyberattacks against organizations involved…

Michelle Obama Launching A Podcast On Spotify

(CNN) - Former first lady Michelle Obama is launching a podcast on Spotify. It's aptly titled "The Michelle Obama Podcast" and is scheduled to debut on July 29th. Spotify and higher ground, Obama and her husband's production company gave…

Another 1.3 Million File Unemployment Claims

(CNN) - Another 1.3 million Americans filed first-time jobless claims last week. The Labor Department released those numbers on Thursday morning. It comes nearly four months after the coronavirus pandemic started wreaking havoc on the economy. Weekly first-time unemployment…

JCPenney To Cut 1,000 Jobs, Close 152 Stores

(CNN) - JCPenney is folding more than 150 of its stores. The company announced the decision on Wednesday, saying it will also cut about 1,000 jobs. JCPenney says the coronavirus outbreak has forced it to make tough choices, including…

High-Profile Twitter Accounts Hacked

(CNN) - Hackers have hit the Twitter accounts of several public figures. The accounts of Joe Biden, former president Barack Obama, Mike Bloomberg and others posted similar tweets on Wednesday. The tweets appear to solicit donations as part of…

Rose Bowl Parade Canceled, First Time In 75 Years

(CNN) - Organizers announced they're canceling the rose bowl parade in Pasadena because of the coronavirus pandemic. It's the first time in 75 years the new year's day tradition has been canceled. The tournament of Roses Parade last went…

The Moon Is Younger Than First Thought

(CNN) - New research suggests the moon is younger than we thought. Scientists generally agree that the moon was formed from debris when an ancient planet collided with earth billions of years ago. However, there has been disagreement about…

Hawaii Delays Lifting Quarantine Program

Honolulu, HI (KKON) - Hawaii is not saying aloha to its quarantine restrictions for travelers. On Monday governor David Ige announced he was delaying the state's pre-travel testing program. The program would have allowed some travelers to bypass Hawaii's…

SCOTUS Rules First Fed Execution In 17 Years Can Proceed

Little Rock, AR (KARK) - The first federal execution in 17 years is over. Convicted killer Daniel Lewis Lee was put to death on Tuesday. A federal judge temporarily blocked the execution of Lee, and three others, citing ongoing…

Military Sees 60% Jump In COVID Cases

(CNN) - The U.S. military is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases. The number of confirmed infections in July grew by about 4,000 and just since Wednesday; cases jumped by some 1,700, according to a Defense official. Several military…

Ivanka's Goya Post Re-Ups Hatch Act Debate

(CNN) - By tweeting a picture of herself holding a can of black beans; Ivanka Trump may have violated a government ethics rule. Take a look, you can see her holding a can of Goya beans Vanna white-style with…

IRS Canceling Stimulus Checks Sent To Dead People

(CNN) - If you received a COVID stimulus check for someone who died; don't worry about returning it. The Internal Revenue Service is now saying those checks have been canceled. The tax agency previously requested family members return them.…

Universities Sue Trump Admin Over Student Visas

(CNN) - A coalition of 20 universities filed a lawsuit against the federal government Monday. The suit challenges a new directive that makes international students leave the U.S. if they don't attend at least one class in person. Many…

Walmart Shooting Suspect Defense-Mental Disabilities

(CNN) - Attorneys appear to be preparing an insanity plea for the man suspected of carrying out a shooting spree at a Texas Walmart last year. Counsel for Patrick Crusius says he was in a psychotic state and being…

Christchurch Murderer Will Represent Himself At Sentencing

(CNN) - Brenton Tarrant, the Australian man who admitted to murdering 51 people in New Zealand's worst terror attack will represent himself at his sentencing next month. Tarrant was convicted of 51 counts of murder and 40 counts of…

First U.S. Federal Execution In Nearly 20 Years

Little Rock, AR (KARK) - The first execution of a federal prisoner in 17 years is set for Monday. Daniel Lewis Lee is a convicted killer. An appeals court ruled Sunday that his execution can go forward, despite coronavirus…

NASA works to prevent contamination of solar system

(CNN) - NASA is working on a plan that when astronauts step on the moon and Mars in the future, they leave only footprints. The space agency is revamping planetary protection guidelines to make sure we don't contaminate the…

Another 1.3 Million File Unemployment Claims

(CNN) - The Labor Department reports another 1.3 million people filed for first-time unemployment claims last week. The weekly jobless claims have been lower for more than three months since their peak in the final week of March. But…

TSA Changes After Whistleblower Complaint

(CNN) - A TSA whistleblower says the agency made procedure changes to better protect passengers and officers after he raised concerns. TSA Federal Security director Jay Brainard oversees Kansas airports. He first raised concerns about how TSA was handling…

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