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'Buy this T-shirt' on Instagram and help your favorite bars, restaurants

By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Instagram feeds filled with memes, food and fashion provide respite from news of the coronavirus pandemic, but the social media platform is also providing opportunities to help support small businesses like the hard-hit restaurant industry.For creative executive Dylan Hattem -- founder of DS…... Read More

Universal Orlando plans to reopen for public June 5

By GENEVIEVE SHAW BROWN, ABC News (ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Universal Orlando could open to the public in early June, according to ABC affiliate WFTV.The Orange County Task Force has approved the park's plan to reopen to the public on June 5, the Orlando-based station said Thursday.The phased reopening would start…... Read More

Victoria's Secret closing 250 stores

By JACQUELAN LAUREAN YATES, GMAVictoria's Secret is closing 250 stores in shopping centers, malls and other locations in the U.S. and Canada.This news comes as the lingerie giant continues to see a plummet in sales during the coronavirus pandemic.On a call with analysts, Victoria's Secret CEO Stuart Burgdoerfer said, "What…... Read More

Congress acted to save the airlines. One senator asks: What about child care centers?

By TRISH TURNER and ANN FLAHERTY, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Patty Murray, a top Democrat, is pushing for another industry bailout but one she insists is crucial to reopening the country amid the pandemic: child care.Murray, whose home state of Washington was hard hit early on, says the child care…... Read More

Struggle of unemployment claimants compounded by data breach

By CHEYENNE HASLETT, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The social security numbers and home addresses of thousands of unemployment applicants inadvertently were exposed this week in three states that had contracted with Deloitte to build unemployment portals.In Ohio, Illinois and Colorado, thousands who applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, a…... Read More

Coronavirus lockdowns spark acts of resistance despite warnings of health consequences

By BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Since the age of 18, Collin Whitney says his dream has been to own a gym for powerlifters like himself. In September, he opened PWRBLD in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, only to have to close the business when the coronavirus pandemic struck.On Monday, Whitney…... Read More

Ralph Lauren donates 1.5 million products to front-line workers in need

By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Among several other renowned retailers, Ralph Lauren is donating to workers on the front lines of COVID-19.On Wednesday, the American fashion company announced that it is giving away 1.5 million products as a part of the brand's relief efforts.Lounge wear, sweatshirts, sweatpants,…... Read More

Additional 2.4M Americans filed jobless claims; Nine-week total more than 38M

By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- An additional 2,438,000 Americans filed for unemployment insurance last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday. This brings the nine-week jobless claims total since the coronavirus crisis took hold in the U.S. to approximately 38.6 million people. "With a ninth straight week of…... Read More

Crayola launches 'Colors of the World' skin tone-inspired crayon colors

By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Thanks to Crayola, children of many different backgrounds can have access to crayons that are reflective of their own skin tone. The handicraft company announced its "Colors of the World" line featuring 24 new crayon colors representing 40 global skin tones. In…... Read More

US seeing the cost of late unemployment benefits

By VICTOR ORDONEZ and LAYNE WINN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A couple million more Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week -- leaving nearly one in five Americans unemployed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.A lingering and indisputably important question enters every potential claimant's mind after applying: When will I receive my…... Read More

Future of air travel: How Delta hopes to reassure passengers

By GIO BENITEZ, MINA KAJI and AMANDA MAILE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Major U.S. airlines have already implemented policies for both passengers and crew that have redefined the traditional flying experience for the foreseeable future -- mandatory masks, plexiglass barriers, touchless kiosks and high-tech aircraft cleaning. ABC News got a…... Read More

Employers struggle to compete with $600 unemployment payments

By CHEYENNE HASLETT, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As a producer of personal protective equipment, Carl Livesay was eager to rehire his 60 employees and get operations up and running at the Baltimore-based manufacturer Maryland Thermoform Corporation once its forgivable government loan came through.But with some workers earning more staying home…... Read More

Apple and Google launch digital contact tracing system

By ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) --  Apple and Google are getting into the digital contact tracing space, the companies jointly announced Wednesday.Together, the tech giants rolled out a COVID-19 exposure notification system, essentially a unified programming interface that will allow public health departments to create their own contact tracing…... Read More

Men accused of helping ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan arrested

By LUKE BARR, ABC News(BOSTON) -- The U.S. government arrested the two men accused of helping ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn escape Japan after he faced criminal charges in the country.Ghosn served as Nissan's chairman from 2001 to 2018. He allegedly "engaged in major financial wrongdoing, including conspiring with others to…... Read More