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Mnuchin suggests Treasury, SBA should forgo verifying how PPP loans were spent

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks during a discussion at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, Thursday, May 18, 2017, at their "Invest in America!" Summit. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggested Friday that the government should consider forgiving all taxpayer-backed small loans under the federal Paycheck Protection Program without verifying how the funds were used, a decision that could wipe away debt for millions of small ...

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Hogan to launch virtual book tour, mull 2024 presidential bid

Gov. Larry Hogan makes a point during the Annapolis Summit. (Photo by Maximilian Franz)

Gov. Larry Hogan is considering a bid for the presidency in 2024, embarking on a virtual book tour this month that will continue to elevate his national profile in Republican circles. Hogan, now in his second term, emerged during the ...

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Gaithersburg biotech firm wins $1.6B to develop coronavirus vaccine

Novavax CEO Stan Erck (Submitted photo by Elliott O’Donovan)

The Trump administration has awarded a contract worth $1.6 billion to a Maryland biotechnology company to develop a coronavirus vaccine, the largest bet yet by the federal government on an individual vaccine to combat the pandemic. The deal with Novavax, ...

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Montgomery County closes 3 business for violating virus rules

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Montgomery County in Maryland has closed three business for violating coronavirus restrictions and is investigating complaints against a Gaithersburg restaurant, which declared on Facebook that its employees will not wear state-mandated facial coverings. After sending inspectors to businesses over the ...

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Walmart, Target dropping Washington NFL merchandise as the team reviews its name

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2009 file photo, the Washington Redskins logo is shown on the field before the start of a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Landover, Md. The Washington Redskins are undergoing what the team calls a “thorough review” of the nickname. In a statement released Friday, July 3, 2020, the team says it has been talking to the NFL for weeks about the subject. Owner Dan Snyder says the process will include input from alumni, sponsors, the league, community and members of the organization. FedEx on Thursday called for the team to change its name, and Nike appeared to remove all Redskins gear from its online store. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Retail giant Walmart announced it will no longer sell Washington NFL merchandise, following the football team’s move to reevaluate its name, a dictionary-defined racial slur. On Monday, Walmart’s website for NFL jerseys displayed the names and logos for 31 franchises, ...

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Energy companies abandon long-delayed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

This Feb. 8, 2018, file photo shows a sign along a highway to protests the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Deerfield, Va. The developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline announced Sunday, July 5, 2020, that they are canceling the multi-state natural gas project, citing delays and increasing cost uncertainty. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

The two energy companies behind the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline have abandoned their six-year bid to build it, saying Sunday that the project has become too costly and the regulatory environment too uncertain to justify further investment. The natural-gas pipeline ...

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Columbus statue in Baltimore toppled, thrown into Inner Harbor

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Protesters pulled a Christopher Columbus statue off its pedestal in Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood and threw it into the nearby Inner Harbor on Saturday night, according to videos posted on social media. Armed with ropes and a crowd numbering more ...

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Stimulus payments sent to 1.1M deceased

President Donald Trump's name is seen on a stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

WASHINGTON — The federal government sent coronavirus stimulus payments to almost 1.1 million dead people totaling nearly $1.4 billion, Congress’ independent watchdog reported Thursday. The Washington Post previously reported that the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service disbursed some payments ...

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Seeing isn’t always believing: Google starts fact-checking images

FILE - In this May 30, 2007 file photo, a Google sign inside Google headquarters is seen in Mountain View, Calif. A Paris court has convicted Google Inc. Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, in a copyright infringement case over online publication of French books.(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)

SAN FRANCISCO – Photos aren’t always quite what they seem, and Google is trying to make it easier for people to identify phony or manipulated pictures online. Google said Monday it will start identifying some misleading photos in its specific ...

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