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Wall St. gains as U.S. extends shutdown to limit virus spread

U.S. stocks rose on Monday as President Donald Trump followed last week's massive fiscal stimulus package by extending his stay-at-home guidelines, leaving investors hopeful the economic impact of the coronavirus could still be contained. A record $2.2 trillion in aid and policy easing from the Federal Reserve helped equities recover some of their losses last week, with the S&P 500 posting its biggest weekly percentage gain in over a decade and the Dow Jones <.DJI&

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Shutdown is a body blow for freelancers

Congress has just passed a historic $2 trillion stimulus package that was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon. Beyond giving most Americans direct assistance in the form of a one-time check, it extends unemployment benefits to workers who don't traditionally have access because they don't have an employer via a new program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

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Workers on the front lines risk their health to give America essential goods

As millions of Americans shelter inside their homes, trying to avoid exposure to the Covid-19 pandemic, many workers continue to risk exposure to the virus on the front lines. They've been deemed critical by the federal government, because they're delivering food and packages, stocking grocery store shelves and operating public transit -- often around the clock.

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These Americans say $1,200 isn't enough. But it's better than nothing

As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on people's financial lives, the federal government is sending some help. A $2 trillion stimulus package, which includes direct payments to many Americans, aims to bolster the economy and provide a safety net for those who are struggling to get by.

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