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U.S. consumer spending rose a moderate 1.4% in September

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 30, 2020

U.S. consumers increased their spending by 1.4% in September, a modest gain but far less than the big increases of late spring, adding to concerns that Americans remain cautious with the viral pandemic resurging across the country and impeding the economy.
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U.S. wages and benefits grow at sluggish pace amid pandemic

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 30, 2020

U.S. consumers increased their spending by 1.4% in September, a modest gain but far less than the big increases of late spring, adding to concerns that Americans remain cautious with the viral pandemic resurging across the country and impeding the economy.

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Scaled-back Thanksgiving plans leave turkey farmers in limbo

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 30, 2020

Millions of Americans are expected to have scaled-down celebrations amid the pandemic, heeding official warnings against travel and large indoor gatherings. That leaves anxious turkey farmers and grocers scrambling to predict what people will want on their holiday tables.
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Fair housing groups: Redfin ‘redlines’ minority communities

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 29, 2020

Several fair housing organizations accused Redfin of systematic racial discrimination in a lawsuit Thursday, saying the online real estate broker offers fewer services to homebuyers and sellers in minority communities — a type of digital redlining that has depressed home values and exacerbated historic injustice in the housing market.
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Surge in virus threatens to reverse global economic rebounds

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 29, 2020

The resurgence of coronavirus cases engulfing the United States and Europe is imperiling economic recoveries on both sides of the Atlantic as millions of individuals and businesses face the prospect of having to hunker down once again. Growing fear of an economic reversal coincided with a report Thursday that the U.S. economy grew at a record 33.1% annual rate in the July-September quarter. 
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Bitter Kaiser Aluminum strike ended 20 years ago this month

Twenty years ago this month, the gates at Kaiser Aluminum reopened to union members, ending a strike that lasted more than two years. Even though the Trentwood rolling mill continues to churn out products, the company's influence on the local economy remains important but diminished.

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