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New Zealand scrambles to trace cluster, reporting 14 new virus cases

(Reuters) - New Zealand officials were scrambling to trace the source of an outbreak of the coronavirus, reporting 14 new cases on Thursday, as long queues of people formed to escape a renewed lockdown in the country’s biggest city or be tested for the virus. FILE PHOTO: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during a joint press conference held with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, ... Full story

14 new Covid-19 cases reported - BBC News

New Zealand has reported 14 new Covid-19 cases a day after its biggest city, Auckland, went back into lockdown. The detection of four new infected family members earlier this week shocked a country that had recorded no locally transmitted cases for more than three months. Of the new cases, 13 have been linked back to this family, while one is an overseas arrival who was in quarantine. A three-day lockdown was imposed in Auckland on Wednesday. ... Full story

Trump says Postal Service needs money for mail-in voting, but he’ll keep blocking funding

“They don’t have the money to do the universal mail-in voting. So therefore, they can’t do it, I guess,” Trump said. “Are they going to do it even if they don’t have the money? ”. Trump’s remarks came hours after congressional Democrats intensified calls for more oversight of the agency and the new postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, a major Republican donor and Trump ally. The effort comes after DeJoy ushered a wholesale reorganization of ... Full story

Argentina and Mexico to produce AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez gestures during the announcement that Argentina and Mexico will produce and distribute an experimental coronavirus vaccine, at the Olivos Presidential residence, in Buenos Aires, Argentina August 12, 2020. Juan Mabromata/Pool via REUTERS. BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina and Mexico will produce the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for most of Latin America, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez said on ... Full story

Fed's Daly says loss of enhanced unemployment benefits creates a 'hole' in spending

FILE PHOTO: San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank chief of research Mary Daly stands near the podium before a speech at the CFA Society in San Francisco, California, U.S. July 10 2018. REUTERS/Ann Saphir. (Reuters) - The recent expiration of the U.S. government’s enhanced unemployment benefits of $600 a week could impact families and the broader economy by removing income that was used to pay for rent, groceries and other debts, San Francisco ... Full story

Mexico's confirmed coronavirus cases almost at 500,000

FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker speaks with a woman during a house by house walk to test people for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Monterrey, Mexico August 5, 2020. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril. MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s health ministry on Wednesday reported 5,858 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 737 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 498,380 cases and 54,666 deaths. The government has said the ... Full story

Australia reports lowest rise in COVID-19 cases in more than three weeks

FILE PHOTO: Medical personnel administer tests for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Bondi Beach drive-through testing centre, as the state of New South Wales grapples with an outbreak of new cases, in Sydney, Australia, July 20, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott. SYDNEY (Reuters) - The rate of new COVID-19 infections in an Australian hot spot slowed on Thursday, officials reported, raising hopes a second wave of the coronavirus is being ... Full story

Dollar on backfoot as hopes fade for U.S. stimulus deal

TOKYO (Reuters) - The dollar nursed losses against most of its peers on Thursday amid fading hopes for a compromise between Republicans and Democrats over additional economic stimulus. FILE PHOTO: Four thousand U.S. dollars are counted out by a banker counting currency at a bank in Westminster, Colorado November 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking. In Asia, the focus was on the Australian dollar ahead of data that is expected to show slowing jobs ... Full story

Baltimore gas explosion victim remembered for his devotion to family, friends

Amid mounds of rubble from destroyed brick rowhouses, the body of a 20-year-old student known as the peacekeeper of every friend group was unearthed. Joseph Graham Jr., a Morgan State University engineering student, died in Monday’s explosion in northwest Baltimore, his family and officials confirmed Wednesday. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. Authorities are still investigating whether a natural-gas problem sparked the blast that also ... Full story

Good Boys

This is the third story in this summer’s online Flash Fiction series. You can read the entire series, and our Flash Fiction stories from previous years, here . We’re on the rooftop with the boys. The boys are calling girls dogs, like, “She’s a dog, a total dog.” They don’t mean bitches. They just mean dogs. If they wanted to tell us that a girl was a bitch they would say, “She’s a bitch, a total bitch.” When the boys say something, they mean ... Full story

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