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Unemployment rate is expected to break records

Millions more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as the nation braces for a likely historic unemployment rate to be reported Friday. Almost 3.2 million Americans filed new jobless claims last week, pushing the total to  33 million in less than two months as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hammer the U.S. economy. The number who sought assistance through March and April exceeds all the jobs created since the Great Recession. The tally signals what is almost certain to be the worst unemployment rate ever seen when the April jobs report is released Friday. BofA Global Research forecasts the unemployment rate will jump to 15%. Oxford Economics expects the numbers to be even worse: a rate of 17%. 

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As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, a Chicago grandmother balances her need for safety with the need for a job.

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#IRunwithAhumaud: Supporters to run to raise awareness of Arbery case

A dedication run is being organized for Georgia shooting victim Ahmaud Arbery, who would have turned 26 years old Friday. Supporters are organizing a 2.23-mile run for people to complete on their own and share videos and messages on social media. The 2.23 miles signifies Feb. 23, the day Arbery was killed while he was out jogging. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Thursday night announced the arrests of Gregory and Travis McMichael in the death of Arbery following a storm of public outcry after video of the incident was made public. The father and son were both charged with murder and aggravated assault and the investigation into Arbery’s death remains “active and ongoing,” GBI said in a statement. Attorneys for Arbery’s family believe he was the victim of racial profiling after he was chased down and shot by the McMichaels, who are two white men, as a third white man, Travis’ neighbor William Bryan, recorded the killing on video. 

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Police announced the arrests of Gregory and Travis McMichael in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery following a storm of public outcry.

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States reopening: California, Alaska, Iowa set to take significant steps Friday

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, several more states will make changes and take major steps toward reopening Friday. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday issued the broadest loosening of his stay-at-home order so far, allowing some retailers to reopen but not have customers in stores. The announcement was the result of improvement of the most populous state in the U.S. in battling the coronavirus. It moves California, the state with the fifth highest number of coronavirus cases with over 62,000, into the second phase of a methodical four-step process to full reopening. Meanwhile, in Alaska, bars, gyms, libraries, theaters and other entertainment venues can reopen with limited capacity. Finally, dental offices, tanning facilities, medical spas, campgrounds and drive-in theaters will reopen for business in Iowa.

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Women take on more parenting responsibilities during pandemic

The coronavirus crisis is putting unprecedented pressure on parents forced to spend more time at home while kids attend class in the living room. But the fallout isn’t equally split, according to a survey conducted by YouGov in partnership with USA TODAY and LinkedIn, released Friday. Women are taking on a greater share of parenting responsibilities during the home isolations and men tend to think they’re contributing more to the kids than they actually are, according to the recent survey of professionals age 18 to 74. In most cases, the imbalance is an extension of what’s known as “invisible labor,” experts say, and the situation is being compounded during the pandemic. 

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The owner of Penny Lick Ice Cream shop and her 16-year old daughter talk about the challenges of running a business while tackling distance learning during the pandemic.

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NBA to open practice facilities, but very few teams will participate 

Even though the NBA targeted Friday for teams to open their practice facilities to a limited number of players at a time, just a few teams – the Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets and maybe another team or two – plan to make their facility available. Several teams remain at least a week away from bringing in players for individual workouts as the league deals with coronavirus-related fallout. Then there’s the Golden State Warriors, who won’t open until June 1 at the earliest, after San Francisco’s stay-at-home orders end on May 31. In a memo delivered Tuesday, the NBA informed teams they could reopen where stay-at-home orders have been eased. In a previous memo, the NBA provided an extensive 14-page list that details in great depth the safety and health requirements that must be in place for teams to open their facilities. 

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SportsPulse: Former NBA scout Antonio Williams discusses some of the hurdles players will face once the league is ready to resume play.

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