NewsWatch: Jobless claims climb back above 1 million

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Initial jobless claims rose by in mid-August and topped 1 million again, potentially pointing to an increase in layoffs or a pause in the number of people returning to work after a summer surge in the coronavirus. See full story.

Putin opponent fighting for his life after alleged poisoning. A bad moodsetter for Moscow’s Belarus talks with EU leaders

Several opponents to President Putin have been poisoned, murdered or died in suspicious circumstances over the years. The Kremlin has always denied involvement in those deaths or incidents. See full story.

‘We have a chance to change the course of history’ — Kamala Harris accepts Democratic vice-presidential nomination

Sen. Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential nomination in a deeply personal speech on Wednesday, stressing her upbringing by immigrant parents and outlining a vision to join Joe Biden in defeating Donald Trump. See full story.

Postal Service issues have affected Netflix and Amazon

Issues at the U.S. Postal Service have created concerns about the November elections, but they have already caused headaches for some of the two million Netflix customers who still receive DVDs by mail, as well as Amazon.com Inc.’s fulfillment network. See full story.

This investor just inherited 7,000 shares of Apple — and the internet has advice on what he should do now

Apple hit $2 trillion market cap during trading Wednesday. See full story.

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The findings could offer one reason why COVID-19 is so infectious and potentially offer clues to more effective treatments, researchers say. See full story.