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Why the S&P 500 is knocking on the door of its first record close in 6 months

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MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE

Millions of Americans are out of work due to the business closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, but you wouldn't know that from the S&P 500. See full story.

Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as his running mate

Joe Biden says he has chosen Sen. Kamala Harris of California to be his running mate, tapping a former rival in the Democratic presidential primary as he takes on Donald Trump for the White House. See full story.

Russia’s accelerated COVID-19 vaccine greeted with alarm as experts say Phase 3 trial is essential

News that Russia has registered the first vaccine to treat COVID-19 before starting and completing Phase 3 trials was greeted with alarm on Tuesday, with experts concerned it may come with safety issues that could stoke antivaccination and anti-science sentiment. See full story.

As Big Ten cancels its football season because of COVID-19, college sports programs are facing a financial apocalypse

Revenue is disappearing, but debt costs and fat coaching contracts are not. See full story.

Here’s what Trump’s payroll-tax deferral could mean for your paycheck

The president’s executive order deferred, but didn’t forgive, an employee’s Social Security tax liabilities. See full story.

MARKETWATCH PERSONAL FINANCE

Cold weather, snow, sunshine, antibiotics, vitamins and alcohol do NOT protect you from coronavirus. But what about goggles or wearing masks outdoors? See full story.

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