In our news wrap Thursday, Hurricane Delta has regained strength to become a Category 3 storm, with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour. It’s expected to make landfall near Lake Charles, Louisiana, which suffered major damage from Hurricane Laura in August. Also, new COVID-19 infections worldwide jumped by nearly 339,000 in just the past 24 hours -- the greatest increase yet.
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In the day's other news: Hurricane Delta blew toward Louisiana and a landfall on Friday evening.
The storm restrengthened to a Category 3, with sustained winds of 115 miles an hour. It's now aiming for the Lake Charles region in Louisiana that suffered major damage in August from Hurricane Laura.
New COVID-19 infections worldwide have jumped by the most yet, nearly 339,000 just in the last 24 hours. The World Health Organization says the largest increases came in India, the United States and Brazil. Within the U.S., Wisconsin and the Dakotas are reporting the most new cases per capita.
New jobless claims in the U.S. dipped last week, but remained high at 840,000. That news came today, as prospects for more economic relief remained unclear.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said aid for airlines is a priority.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed, with a caveat. They spoke separately.
We have made targeted pleas for assistance in key areas, and now the president believes we should shift into a stand-alone bill to get the key points through.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.:
Let me just be really clear. I have been very open to having a stand-alone bill for the airlines or part of a bigger bill. But there is no stand-alone bill without a bigger bill. There is no bill.
Some 32,000 workers from two top airlines alone were furloughed last week.
Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office reports that earlier relief spending pushed the federal deficit to $3.1 trillion in the fiscal year that just ended. That's the most since World War II.
In Wisconsin, a federal appeals court today blocked efforts to extend the deadline for counting absentee ballots by six days. If the ruling stands, the ballots will have to be delivered when polls close on Election Day. Democrats are expected to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
On Wall Street today, stocks managed minor gains. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 122 points to close at 28425. The Nasdaq rose 56 points and the S&P 500 added 27.
And American poet Louise Gluck has won this year's Nobel Prize for Literature. She first came to prominence in 1968, and has since won a string of honors. The Swedish academy today called her one of the most prominent poets in American contemporary literature, and compared her work with that of Emily Dickinson.