A bottleneck at the National Archives is delaying benefits claims for 32,000 military veterans, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Covid-19 pandemic shut the National Personnel Records Center, a unit of the Archives, for months last year except for emergency requests. After briefly operating at low capacity, it […]

This isn’t the year to procrastinate on your online holiday shopping. Retailers are warning that orders could take longer than usual to arrive because consumers are increasingly buying everyday essentials and holiday gifts online. Shipping companies like UPS and FedEx say that for most of 2020 they have been handling […]

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Victoria state, Australia’s COVID-19 epicentre, on Sunday delayed an expected announcement on the easing of lockdown restrictions due to an outbreak in Melbourne, prompting warnings that residents were at a “financial and mental breaking point”. FILE PHOTO: Gina Cimarosti, manager of the London Tavern Hotel, stands outside […]

Some evacuation orders have been lifted as of Saturday morning and officials are advising people how to get back to homes or cars abandoned during the Creek Fire. People in Fresno awoke to a second day of clean air Saturday, though crews continue to battle the fire, which has burned […]

NEW YORK — New York City is delaying the start of its school year until Sept. 16 to give teachers more time to prepare for the return of students amid the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the deal struck with unions representing teachers, staff and administrators. Instruction was […]

The new post-Brexit passport is blue, and very behind schedule – afp So badly have Covid-19 measures hit the Passport Office, that some families have been forced to cancel their holidays this summer. The average time taken to process applications is currently around double the pre-coronavirus timescale, but some have […]