House to allow remote voting for first time in 231-year history – as it happened

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Kari Paul here, logging off for the night. Here are the top news stories of the last few hours to take you into your weekend.

Retailer JC Penney filed for bankruptcy on Friday, making it the latest business to hit bottom amid the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

US retail sales tumbled by a record 16.4% from March to April as business shutdowns caused by the coronavirus kept shoppers away, threatened the viability of stores across the country and further weighed down a sinking economy.

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