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US unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000

By Christopher Rugaber Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell slightly to 787,000, evidence of a job market stumbling in the face of the viral pandemic and the damage it has inflicted on the economy for nearly 10 months. Thursday's figure from the Labor Department, a slight decline from the previous week, showed that many employers are still cutting jobs as the pandemic tightens business restrictions and leads anxious consumers to stay…

Chaos, violence, mockery as pro-Trump mob occupies Congress

By Mary Clare Jalonick, Andrew Taylor, Lisa Mascaro and Calvin Woodward Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — “Where are they?” a Trump supporter demanded in a crowd of dozens roaming the halls of the Capitol, bearing Trump flags and pounding on doors. They — lawmakers, staff members and more — were hiding under tables, hunkered in lockdowns, saying prayers and seeing the fruits of the country’s divisions up close and violent. Guns were drawn. A woman was shot and killed by police, and…