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Muslim pilgrims pray on top of the rocky hill known as Mountain of Mercy on the Plain of Arafat during the annual hajj pilgrimage near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Only about 1,000 pilgrims will be allowed to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage this year due to the virus pandemic. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)

Final days of hajj and Eid festival impacted by coronavirus

- Associated Press

Small groups of pilgrims performed one of the final rites of the Islamic hajj on Friday as Muslims worldwide marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday amid a global pandemic that has impacted nearly every aspect of this year's pilgrimage and celebrations.

This photo provided by Kaiser Health News shows, from left, Abigail Sena leads the procession as an acolyte, followed by Gary Darress, a deacon, and Claire Elser, a curate, during worship services on Sunday, July 19, 2020, at Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. The church offers socially distant, outdoor Sunday worship services, in which attendees can sit spaced out on the lawn or listen on the radio from their cars. The evangelical stronghold of Colorado Springs has returned to the church in ways both guarded and full of gusto during the coronavirus pandemic. The state still limits how many people can gather and recommends social distancing practices. (Rachel Woolf for KHN via AP)

Colorado Springs churches reopening as pandemic continues

- Associated Press

The lights dimmed. Guitars thrummed. And a nine-piece band kicked off what amounted to a rock concert inside an amphitheater of a church. "Shout for joy to the Lord," one musician called out, quoting Scripture.

Very different, symbolic hajj in Saudi Arabia amid the coronavirus

- Associated Press

Muslim pilgrims, donning face masks and moving in small groups after days in isolation, began arriving to Islam's holiest site in Mecca on Wednesday for the start of a historically unique and scaled-down hajj experience reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic.

In this June 1, 2020, file photo, Kristina Washington, special education staff member at Desert Heights Preparatory Academy, walks past a series of desks and chairs at the school in Phoenix, returning to her classroom for only the second time since the coronavirus outbreak closed schools.  Arizona educators are planning how public schools will reopen in the coming school year amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic, and some districts already have decided that changes will include limiting what days students will be at school.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

D.C.-area private schools craft plans for reopening

- The Washington Times

Like their public school counterparts, D.C.-area private schools are weighing safety and students' needs in their reopening plans amid the pandemic. But some are finding the logistics less cumbersome, given their smaller classes and fewer students to bus.

This combo shows Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., walks Capitol Hill in Washington, on March 27, 2020, left, and Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., at the Capitol in Washington on March 28, 2017. A top House Democrat demanded an apology Tuesday, July 21, 2020, from Mr. Yoho who is accused of using a sexist slur after an angry encounter with Ocasio-Cortez. Mr. Yoho apologized on the House floor on July 22 for the previous day's heated exchange, but denied that he called the New York Democrat a "f***ing b*tch." (AP Photo, File)  **FILE**

Christian organization ousts Ted Yoho after AOC incident

Associated Press

A nonpartisan Christian organization that seeks to end hunger said it asked for and received the resignation of Rep. Ted Yoho from its board of directors following what it called his "verbal attack" on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

In this July 13, 2020, file photo, a chain-link fence lock is seen on a gate at a closed Ranchito Elementary School in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles. States are furloughing workers, borrowing billions, delaying construction projects and reducing aid to local governments and schools as ways to cope in response to revenue drops that are expected to top 20% in some states, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Trump officials focused on how, and not whether, schools reopen

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration on Friday said reopening schools is not a matter of "if" it happens but "how it must be done" this fall, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rolled out new guidelines that support President Trump's push to resume classroom learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.