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Small businesses around the world struggle to survive

Hour after hour in the dark, Chander Shekhar’s mind raced ahead to morning.

More than three months had dragged by since the coronavirus forced him to shut down his business — a shop racked with vibrantly colored saris, on a block in New York’s Jackson Heights neighborhood once thronged with South Asian immigrant shoppers. Today, finally, merchants were allowed to reopen their doors.

But they were returning to an area where COVID-19 had killed hundreds, leaving sidewalks desolate and storefronts to gather dust. Overnight, the uncertainties of reopening had woken Shekhar nine times.

“This is an invisible enemy that nobody can see,” said Shekhar, who is anxious about the $6,000 monthly rent at his store, Shopno Fashion. “I have worked hard for this for more than 20 years, then I got my shop. It’s not easy to leave it.”

The pandemic’s toll leaves Shekhar reluctant to complain, and he knows

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Trump’s demand that schools fully reopen spurned by big districts

President Donald Trump has spent the past two weeks demanding — often in all caps on Twitter — that American schools reopen this fall.

But America’s biggest school systems are rejecting the president across the country, with one city and county after another opting for virtual education or just a few days a week in school. And the president has little power to do anything about it.

The Los Angeles and San Diego school districts announced Monday they will start the upcoming school year with full distance learning. New York City schools will offer a mix of in-person classes and online learning. In suburban D.C., Maryland’s largest district is proposing to start the year with virtual learning. Other districts are considering just two or three days a week in the classroom, with kids continuing to learn from home the rest of the time.

Florida’s Miami-Dade County Public Schools — touted

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Alberta accuses federal government of blocking contact tracing app, Ontario enters Stage 3

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 107,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and more than 8,700 deaths.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

July 13

6:30 p.m. COVID-19 questions of the day

5:00 p.m.: Alberta premier says federal government is preventing Apple from

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The Spin: Politics and Chicago’s hazardous air pollution | Ald. Carrie Austin says she has COVID-19

With no COVID-19 vaccine or surefire treatment in sight, the Chicago Marathon has been canceled for the second time in its history.

It comes as Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot watch spikes in cases across the country and offer their own reminders that people should wear a mask and take other measures as we see a slow rise in new cases here.

And we’re some 130 days away from the November election, but COVID-19 is already leaving its print on the ballot box in Chicago, where a record 121,000 voters have requested mail-in ballots.

And, if it makes any difference, Chicago’s Chance the Rapper is endorsing fellow Chicago musician and onetime MAGA-hat-wearing Kanye West’s long shot presidential bid.

My colleague Michael Hawthorne examines how Chicago just notched its longest streak of lung-damaging, life-shortening high-pollution days in more than a decade. While the Trump administration has agreed, on some

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The 10 best cloth face masks you can buy online

The best face masks
The best face masks

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Wearing a cloth face mask has become the new normal. Not only does the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend wearing one in public to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but many states and cities mandate it. While not as effective as a medical-grade mask or an N95 mask, these coverings provide an extra layer of protection by blocking respiratory droplets, which is the primary way that COVID-19 is transmitted.

A number of retailers now sell masks (we compiled a list of 70 here), and it seems as though more stores and designers are announcing new cloth face mask offerings each week. Not to mention, there are tons of different kinds: masks that tie around the head, masks that loop over your ears, 

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Our favorite online photo printing service is having a massive sale

Print out your most cherished photo memories with Shutterfly.
Print out your most cherished photo memories with Shutterfly.

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Whether it’s cooking healthy meals together or just doing lots of puzzles, family time is likely everything to you right now. And while it’s true that the circumstances surrounding it (ahem, quarantine) are less than stellar, there’s no denying that you’re making precious memories with your loved ones. In fact, the experiences you share now might be some of the most significant of your life, so why not get a few frames for the photos you take to memorialize them?

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For a limited time, you can get up to 40% off everything at Shutterfly, including frames, prints, photo books, and more.

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Stitch Fix Gains 72% in 3 Months: What’s Driving the Stock?

Stitch Fix, Inc. SFIX is displaying solid momentum on bourses thanks to its constant efforts to improve client experience. Notably, management continues to strengthen its digital capabilities, with its direct-buy service stealing the show. Impressively, this online personal-styling service company’s shares have appreciated 72.3% over the past three months, significantly outperforming the industry’s 14.6% rally and the broader S&P 500 Index’s 12.5% growth.

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Stitch Fix’s direct-buy facility, which was introduced last year, has been gaining massive popularity. This integrated facility allows clients to shop and select products directly from the company’s website or mobile app with highly personalized recommendations. Management continues to expand the facility to grab higher market share. The company has also started collecting client-feedback data on shipped direct-buy items, which will further reinforce personalized recommendations.

 

In order to make the facility an important client-acquisition tool, the company introduced “Trending For You” in early June. This

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Devolver Digital showcase features five real games, virtual abandoned expo center, red sauce aplenty

Indie publisher Devolver Digital kept up its mid-year custom of cramming more wild moments than all of its competitors combined into an indulgent, expletive-laden 45 minute routine of game previews and behind-the-scenes scheming through the Devolver Direct 2020, a “live pre-recorded event” broadcast on July 11.

Everyone has an uncle who works at Nintendo, including Devolver Digital’s fictitious CEO and annual showcase host Nina Struthers, whose portfolio includes “Shadow Warrior 3,” “Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout” and a brain reprogrammed by her Chief Marketing Officer, Linda Masters, the corporate equivalent of Harley Quinn.

Is “Shadow Warrior 3” a gory first-person action game or a pasta chef’s psychotic break? Perhaps both? There’s so much meat and red sauce that it’s hard to tell.

Either way, the deliciously self-confident 2021 release continues the bloody adventures of disgraced corporate shogun Lo Wang. It’s due on PC and, most likely, on consoles sometime

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22 Virtual Summer Camps That Will Keep Your Little Ones Engaged

Obviously, due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, summer plans are on hold until further notice. And for families who rely on camp during the warmer months, this can be problematic. Although traditional summer camps might be out of the question this year, there are plenty of virtual options that will keep kids of all ages entertained. Whether they’re looking to keep their academics sharp (hey, no one likes that pesky summer slide, right?) or just want some good, old-fashioned fun, these online summer camps will deliver.

Related: How and When Will Schools Reopen? Experts Outline the Possible Scenarios

Brain Chase

Designed for kids ages 7 to 14, Brain Chase invites students to go on an academic scavenger hunt by selecting three focus categories ranging from math to yoga to writing to foreign languages. They have six weeks to complete their objectives and find the $1,000 missing golden nugget. Send your

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What you can and can’t do in Stage 3 of Ontario’s reopening

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 107,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and more than 8,700 deaths.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

July 13

1:40 p.m.: Parts of Ontario to move into Stage 3 on Friday

The Ontario government has announced parts

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