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1 billion students impacted by school closures; Census to end 2020 counting operations early; Hawaii cases surge

President Donald Trump is considering executive action as congressional leaders and White House officials struggle to reach a deal on the next coronavirus relief package.

As more schools across the country welcome students back to class this week, some are already temporarily reclosing because of COVID-19 concerns. In Indiana, one school is shutting down two days after an employee tested positive for the virus. In another Indiana school, a student tested positive after the first day back to school.

The United Nations estimates more than one billion students worldwide have been affected by school closures. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the pandemic has created the largest disruption to education in history.

Here are some significant developments:

  • The Census Bureau will halt all counting efforts by Sept. 30, a month earlier than planned.

  • The NFL and the NFL Players Association set Thursday as deadline for players planning to opt out of the

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Even in a pandemic, the Kobe mystique thrives with 303 tribute murals … and counting

Artist Thierry "Mr. Brainwash" Guetta, left, and Mike Asner, creator of the KobeMural website and Instagram account, stand in front of the mural Guetta created of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna five days after they died. The photo was taken on Feb. 27; a month later, heavy rains destroyed the paper and paste tribute on Guetta's building in the 1200 block of South La Brea Avenue in Mid-Wilshire. <span class="copyright">(Los Angeles Times)</span>
Artist Thierry “Mr. Brainwash” Guetta, left, and Mike Asner, creator of the KobeMural website and Instagram account, stand in front of the mural Guetta created of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna five days after they died. The photo was taken on Feb. 27; a month later, heavy rains destroyed the paper and paste tribute on Guetta’s building in the 1200 block of South La Brea Avenue in Mid-Wilshire. (Los Angeles Times)

Mike Asner wasn’t thinking of quarantines when he created KobeMural.com. He was just a bereaved fan moved by the dozens of tribute murals that suddenly appeared around Southern California after the Jan. 26 helicopter crash that killed his longtime hero, Kobe Bryant, and eight others, including Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

“I started seeing all these murals going up — the photos were all over Instagram — and they needed somebody to organize them,” said Asner, a digital marketing

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