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U.S. wages and benefits grow at sluggish pace amid pandemic

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.

Scaled-back Thanksgiving plans leave turkey farmers in limbo

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.

Hundreds of shelter dogs, cats flown across the Pacific

HONOLULU – More than 600 dogs and cats were flown across the Pacific Ocean from crowded Hawaii shelters to Washington state, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, where there’s more space for them to await adoption – an operation called Paws Across the Pacific that organizers said is the largest pet rescue flight.

JetBlue is the latest airline to retreat from blocking seats

JetBlue is the latest to indicate it is rethinking the issue. A spokesman for the carrier said Thursday that JetBlue will reduce the number of seats it blocks after Dec. 1 to accommodate families traveling together over the holidays.

Jury trials in Idaho prevented amid rising COVID-19 cases

BURLEY, Idaho — Most of the courts in south-central Idaho have been prevented from holding jury trials because of high weekly confirmed coronavirus case numbers following an order that places virus case thresholds on when trials can resume.