Elsewhere, two former officials at a veterans home in Massachusetts were charged with criminal neglect; 76 veterans at the home have died of COVID since March.
An Australian report says that China is rapidly — or, rather, expanding its widely condemned detention centers, holding hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uyghurs. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute says that it found more than 380 suspected sites in Xinjiang Province using satellite images and construction documents. Beijing called the report disinformation.
Back in this country, a federal judge in California has extended the end date for the 2020 census by one month. Last night’s ruling says that the once-a-decade head count will continue through October. The judge found the Trump administration’s early deadline would leave minority communities undercounted.
The Trump administration is expected to appeal. In economic news, the U.S. Conference of Mayors urged Congress and the Trump administration to agree on a new pandemic relief package. The group said that cities are facing severe revenue losses.
And on Wall Street, tech stocks helped — or turned higher again, helping the broader market. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 358 points to close near 27174. The Nasdaq rose 241 points, and the S&P 500 added 51.