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As loans run out, small businesses face reckoning amid COVID-19 surge

By DEVIN DWYER and JANET WEINSTEIN, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- The resurgence of COVID-19 across the country this summer has deepened anxiety for millions of American small business owners who face another imminent cash crunch in their battle to survive a historic pandemic.The government’s $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program, first rolled…... Read More

Starbucks will require masks for customers at all US locations

(SEATTLE) -- BY: KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC NewsAs cafes, restaurants and businesses continue to navigate the throes of the pandemic under guidance from top health officials, Starbucks announced that all customers will soon be required to wear masks at all of its U.S. locations.The Seattle-based coffee chain announced Thursday that beginning…... Read More

West Elm home-goods retailer takes '15% pledge' supporting Black-owned brands

By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In an effort toward creating more retail shelf space for Black-owned brands in stores, Aurora James, a fashion designer and the founder of Brother Vellies, created the "15% pledge" -- which calls on major retailers to commit a minimum of 15% of…... Read More

Another 1.3 million workers filed for unemployment insurance

By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Another 1.3 million U.S. workers filed for unemployment insurance last week, the Department of Labor said Thursday. While the new jobless claims have leveled off some since peaking at 6.9 million in late March, they remain at historically high levels -- and have been…... Read More

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau abandons payday loan limitations

By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- After a years-long battle, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has rolled back a series of proposed limitations to payday loans in a move advocacy groups call a "grave error" that could potentially trap vulnerable people in debt.The CFPB announced Tuesday that it was rescinding…... Read More

36,000 United Airlines employees could face furloughs this fall

(NEW YORK) -- BY: AMANDA MAILE, MINA KAJI, and SAM SWEENEY, ABC NewsUnited Airlines is preparing to furlough up to 36,000 employees -- as much as 45% of its front-line U.S.-based workers -- as the coronavirus pandemic ravages the airline industry.United Airlines said almost half of its U.S.-based workers face…... Read More

H&M plans to close 170 stores worldwide amid coronavirus pandemic

By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News(NEW YORK) --  H&M is planning to close 170 stores worldwide after experiencing a drop in sales amid the coronavirus pandemic.After many of the fashion retailer's stores were forced to close due to mandated shutdowns, the company has experienced a 50% drop in sales during…... Read More

As ad boycott wages on, Facebook civil rights audit reveals a 'long road ahead'

By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Facebook released the results of its two-year independent civil rights audit on Wednesday, which revealed the platform "has a long road ahead on its civil rights journey."The nearly 90-page audit, led by civil rights expert Laura W. Murphy and Megan Cacace, a partner…... Read More

After barraging an Asian American family with a racist rant, tech CEO apologizes

By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(CARMEL, Calif.) -- A tech industry CEO has apologized after he was caught-on-camera yelling racist remarks at an Asian American family celebrating a birthday at a restaurant in Carmel, California.In video that has since gone viral, a man -- who was later identified as cloud computing…... Read More

Should Disney World reopen? 'We believe very much it should,' park says

By GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ABC News(LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.) -- The phased reopening of Walt Disney World is just days away, and as the number of COVID-19 cases in Florida remains one of the highest in the country, many are wondering, "Should the theme park be opening right now?"The question…... Read More

Exclusive first look at the new guest experiences at Walt Disney World

By GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- With Walt Disney World scheduled to begin its phased reopening on July 11, 2020, guests will see big changes when it comes to safety protocols, social distancing and more.But what's been on many fans' minds is how they will interact with…... Read More