Here's the latest for Thursday, July 16th: U.S. labor department reports another 1.3 million jobless claims; Spain pays tribute to victims lost to COVID-19 and frontline workers; Heavy floods in Bangladesh continue; Scientists release closest pictures of the Sun.
BEN THOMAS: This is AP News Minute. Millions of Americans filed for unemployment benefits for a 17th consecutive week, as layoffs in states like Georgia, Florida, and California continue on the rise along with spikes in coronavirus cases.
According to the US Labor Department's numbers Thursday, 1.3 million workers sought jobless benefits last week, for a total is 17.3 million nationwide since the pandemic began.
Spain paid tribute to the people it lost to the coronavirus, as well as to frontline workers who risked their lives during the worst of the pandemic.
The king And queen hosted relatives of some 100 victims, as well as essential workers, ambassadors, and officials from a dozen religious organizations at a state ceremony at Madrid's Royal Palace Thursday.
Heavy flooding in northern Bangladesh is forcing villagers to leave their homes in search of higher ground. Floods and landslides from the heavy rainfall have killed at least 213 people across South Asia in the last month, and officials expect worsening conditions over the coming weeks.
And take a look at these photographs of the sun snapped by a European and NASA spacecraft, released Thursday. Scientists say these images taken by the Solar Orbiter, which launched from Cape Canaveral in February, are the closest pictures ever taken of the sun.
Ben Thomas, Associated Press, with AP News Minute.