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Global cases surpass 30M; Moderna targets November for candidate vaccine; 790K more Americans file for unemployment

The worldwide total of known COVID-19 cases surpassed 30 million on Thursday and global fatalities crept closer to one million, both signs of the virus’ continuing global impact.

The World Health Organization said cases are surging again in Europe, with more than half of European countries seeing a 10% or greater spike in cases in the past two weeks. COVID-19 is also disproportionately affecting healthcare workers, according to WHO data. 

Health workers make up 2-3% of the global population but account for about 14% of reported COVID-19 cases. “Thousands of health workers infected with COVID-19 have lost their lives worldwide,” the organization said.

Meanwhile, progress toward a vaccine continued Thursday: Moderna said it was moving up its trial results timeline. The company said it could have enough clinical trial results for its candidate vaccine as soon as November.

That news followed cautions from Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers

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Nearly 3 in 4 Americans didn’t take time off this summer

The Daily Beast

Christian Boarding School Shutters After Accusations of Abuse, Depriving Girls of Food

The Circle of Hope Girls’ Ranch, a fundamentalist Baptist reform boarding school for troubled girls in southwest Missouri, is shutting its doors.But the school’s owners insist their decision to close the 14-year institution has nothing to do with the ongoing criminal investigation into a slew of abuse and neglect allegations leveled by former students.“I’m closed for good,” Boyd Householder, 71, told the Kansas City Star in an interview with his 55-year-old wife, Stephanie. “I will not put up with a corrupt sheriff’s department and a current social services department. I will not.”“We’re going to take this all the way,” Householder added, denying ever physically abusing or neglecting former students. “We’re gonna, how do you say it, vindicate ourselves.”Montana Pastor Accused of Abusing His Flock Reopens His Burger Chain to OutrageLast month, Cedar County authorities removed

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Trump spent years targeting Indian Americans. Then Biden picked Harris.

Donald Trump has worked for years to make inroads with Indian Americans in ways Republican presidential candidates never have — recruiting volunteers at Indian grocery stores, holding events in five Indian languages and paying for targeted digital ads.

Joe Biden undercut those efforts in a matter of weeks.

First, Biden selected Kamala Harris, the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father, as his running mate. Within days, Harris was speaking to Indian Americans on India’s Independence Day about her grandfather, who helped push for India’s liberation. Then she was boosting the campaign’s launch of a new Indian coalition. And last week, Biden supporters released a video with a song remix from the popular Bollywood movie “Lagaan” about an Indian village fighting British rule.

“There was a level of enthusiasm that came out of the diaspora almost immediately when Sen. Harris was named as the vice presidential nominee,” said Rep.

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12 million Americans still waiting for unemployment benefits

Six months into the pandemic, some laid-off workers find themselves waiting weeks or even months to receive their unemployment benefits. States blame antiquated technology and say their staffers can’t keep up with the continued surge of claims, while worker advocates say these are just excuses for mismanagement and a failure to prioritize funding for upgrades. As this plays out, an untold number of families are hanging on by a financial thread.

“I’m living with my mother now, out of necessity,” said Adia Romaine-Figueroa, a Sacramento-area veterinary assistant who lost her job in April and inexplicably stopped receiving unemployment payments at the beginning of May, she said. “I have a balance of $10,000, of which I’ve received $2,000.” Romaine-Figueroa said she has spent hours trying to reach someone — anyone — at the state’s Economic Development Department to no avail.

Half a country away, Indiana hotel worker David Kruszewski describes a

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More Americans are taking on new debt for boats, motorcycles, and RVs

AccuWeather

Heroic woman recounts near-death experience in California inferno

A Labor Day weekend camping trip to Mammoth Lake Reservoir in the Sierra National Forest of California for a mother, her boyfriend and family turned into a nightmare in a matter of minutes. Preparing for the worst as the couple became trapped along with more than 200 others by a raging wildfire, Christina Lopez sent a desperate message to her family to tell them she loved them.Lopez shared the background story for footage she had captured during the couple’s harrowing escape of the Creek Fire with AccuWeather National Reporter Bill Wadell in a video interview.The day started out like a normal holiday weekend away, but it will be a day Lopez will never forget. Creek Fire survivor Christina Lopez recalling what happened the day of the rescue. (AccuWeather / Bill Wadell) “We saw the fire up on the hill to the

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Millions of Americans are getting surprise payments from the IRS. Here’s why

Millions of Americans are opening their banking apps and mailboxes and are finding money from the government they weren’t expecting.

coronavirus “stimulus check”; Congress still hasn’t settled on whether send out a second round of relief payments. Besides, the amounts this time are much smaller.” data-reactid=”33″No, it’s not another coronavirus “stimulus check”; Congress still hasn’t settled on whether send out a second round of relief payments. Besides, the amounts this time are much smaller.

Most people got $1,200 in stimulus money earlier this year. The direct deposits and checks people started receiving from the IRS last week average just $18, the tax agency says.

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Millions of Americans scrape by after benefits expire: ‘I lost everything’

A single mother of three children, Sandra Bivin of Denver, Colorado, is now being forced to try to survive on $58 per week on unemployment since the $600 per week expanded unemployment benefits expired on 26 July.

It is not easy.

Before the pandemic hit, Bivin worked as a driver for Uber and Lyft, and had a part-time job in accounting. Because of her part-time position, she doesn’t qualify for pandemic unemployment assistance offered to independent contractors until her regular employment runs out in another seven weeks.

ineligible for the $400 per week unemployment benefits from Donald Trump’s executive order when it goes into effect.” data-reactid=”29″In the meantime, Bivin has struggled to make ends meet and will be ineligible for the $400 per week unemployment benefits from Donald Trump’s executive order when it goes into effect.

“My mortgage alone is $1,100 a month. I already sold my car in

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Where can Americans vacation internationally right now?

Scott Keyes is used to fielding questions about the best cheap flights around the world, but the queries he’s getting from globetrotters as the coronavirus pandemic continues are more basic.

At the top of the list: Where can Americans travel internationally today?

“People are very curious to know the answer to that,” the founder of travel deals website Scott’s Cheap Fights said. “The answer to that is: not very many places. And the number seems to be going in the wrong direction.”

The good news: several spots in the Caribbean and Mexico are welcoming guests again and drawing U.S. tourists as airlines resume flights and add new ones. United Airlines on Friday said it is adding additional flights to St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Of the few Americans traveling internationally, travel app Hopper says bookings to Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Dominican Republic topped the list in the

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Americans get this ‘wrong, wrong, wrong’ about financial advisers

Suze Orman says most Americans have the “wrong, wrong, wrong” idea when they choose a financial adviser.

In her latest blog post, the personal finance guru cites a 2017 survey that found 53% of Americans believe financial advisers are required by law to put their clients’ best interests ahead of everything else when they give retirement advice.

But that’s not the case.

“Only advisers who operate as fiduciaries are promising to always put the client’s interest first,” Orman explains.

Retirement planning is complicated, and getting help is a smart decision. But you want help you can trust. So when you pick a financial adviser, you’d better find a fiduciary, she says, meaning an adviser who’s looking out for you.

Why finding a fiduciary is key

A rule proposed in Washington a few years ago would have required all advisers to meet the fiduciary standard and avoid conflicts of interest, like

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Suze Orman says Americans get this wrong about financial advisers

Suze Orman says most Americans have the “wrong, wrong, wrong” idea when they choose a financial adviser.

In her latest blog post, the personal finance guru cites a 2017 survey that found 53% of Americans believe financial advisers are required by law to put their clients’ best interests ahead of everything else when they give retirement advice.

But that’s not the case.

“Only advisers who operate as fiduciaries are promising to always put the client’s interest first,” Orman explains.

Retirement planning is complicated, and getting help is a smart decision. But you want help you can trust. So when you pick a financial adviser, you’d better find a fiduciary, she says, meaning an adviser who’s looking out for you.

Why finding a fiduciary is key

A rule proposed in Washington a few years ago would have required all advisers to meet the fiduciary standard and avoid conflicts of interest, like

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