The cost of this year's Labor Day could be deadly
How you spent your Labor Day weekend, summer's final hurrah, could mean the difference between life and death. This was the message from both Republican and Democratic governors across the United States as the nation's coronavirus death toll approaches 190,000. In the weeks following the previous two summer holiday weekends — Memorial Day and the Fourth of July — positive COVID-19 tests climbed, according to Johns Hopkins University data. President Donald Trump urged safety ahead of the holiday weekend, pushing for "social distancing, wearing a mask whenever the distancing is not possible." Still, popular beaches in Florida, California and on the Jersey Shore experienced high traffic over the weekend and through Monday.
Do you need a COVID-19 test if you plan to travel? Do you still need to quarantine? What to know about the confusing rules.
Trump defends support for military, slams Biden over vaccine rhetoric
President Donald Trump used a Labor Day press conference to push back on allegations that he disparaged members of the military by calling America's war dead "losers" and "suckers," as reported by The Atlantic. "Only an animal would say a thing like that," Trump said of the underlying allegations. Several news outlets, including the Associated Press and Fox News, have confirmed many of the reported statements.
Trump also attacked his Democratic opponents over the timing of a potential coronavirus vaccine. At one point, Trump demanded Democrats "immediately apologize for the reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric that they are talking right now." Asked if he would take a vaccine before the election if one was available, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he "would want to see what the scientists said" and argued that Trump's past misstatements have undermined public confidence in public health officials.
More Americans predict Trump will win the presidential debates than Biden, an exclusive USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll shows.
Jacob Blake speaks from hospital bed: 'There’s a lot more life to live'
Jacob Blake, the Black man paralyzed from the waist down after being shot seven times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, delivered a powerful statement from his hospital bed: “There’s a lot more life to live.” In a minute-long video posted Saturday to Twitter, Blake described the pain he's experienced. "Your life, and not only just your life, your legs — something that you need to move around and move forward in life — can be taken from you like this," he said. Video of his Aug. 23 shooting set off days of protests in Kenosha and attracted in-person visits from Trump and Biden.
A visual timeline of the violence in Kenosha after the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
The Atlantic Ocean is staying busy: Tropical Storm Paulette marks the 16th named storm in a record-breaking hurricane season.
"We're all survivors": Paris Hilton alleges widespread abuse at her former school in new documentary.
When a COVID-19 vaccine is available, how will it be distributed? Here’s what we know.
"I finished all of Netflix": International students endured quarantine, empty colleges to get to fall semester. Now, campuses are filling.
Podcast: New back-to-school routines — whether in-person or virtual — are pushing educators, parents, and students to adapt and focus on self-care.
Bruce Williamson, former lead singer of The Temptations, dies at 49 from COVID-19.
Authentic wins the 146th Kentucky Derby ahead of favorite Tiz the Law
Authentic put together a masterful performance at the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby, fending off heavy favorite Tiz the Law to win at Churchill Downs in front of a nearly empty track in Louisville on Saturday. Authentic’s win gave Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his sixth career win and jockey John Velazquez his third Derby win. At the start of the race, Tiz the Law remained the heavy favorite, at 4-5 odds. The Derby was the first ever run without fans after Churchill Downs shut it down in late August due to the coronavirus pandemic.
'Strangest Derby ever': An inside look at the sparsely attended 146th Kentucky Derby — a mood made somber by both COVID-19 and the city's racial reckoning following the police shooting of Breonna Taylor.
Gender-reveal event sparks blaze as record heat fuels California wildfires
A pyrotechnic device used at a gender-reveal event sparked a fire that roared through thousands of acres in California as hundreds of residents near another blaze were airlifted to safety. Record-breaking heat added fuel to the flames and put a strain on the electrical grid, although fears of widespread outages had not materialized. The El Dorado Fire near Yucaipa began burning Saturday, and authorities said the culprit was a device sometimes used to release blue or pink smoke to announce the gender of an expected baby. In Northern California, helicopters pulled more than 200 people to safety early Sunday as flames raced nearby from the Creek Fire that has burned since Friday.
Novak Djokovic out of US Open after hitting linesperson with tennis ball
It wasn’t another player who ended Novak Djokovic’s perfect tennis season in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Sunday. It was an angry smack of a tennis ball that inadvertently struck the throat of a linesperson and defaulted the world’s No. 1 player from the first Grand Slam tournament in eight months. Though the ball’s destination was inadvertent, the act itself was clearly born out of Djokovic’s mounting frustration during his Round of 16 match against Pablo Carreno Busta. The almost unfathomable sequence of events ensured that Djokovic, a 33-year-old Serb, would not come away with his 18th Grand Slam title. His opponent, Pablo Carreno Busta, a 27th-ranked Spaniard, advances to the quarterfinals.
Serena Williams fights off Maria Sakkari and advances to U.S. Open quarterfinal.
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