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Unfriendly skies: Airline workers brace for mass layoffs

With air travel down about 70% from last year because of the pandemic, many carriers including United and American say they’ll be forced to cut tens of thousands of jobs …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 29, 2020

Disney to lay off 28,000 at its parks in California, Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. – Squeezed by limits on attendance at its theme parks and other restrictions because of the pandemic, The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it planned to lay off …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 29, 2020

Influencers behaving badly: Mexico kicks them out of ruins

MEXICO CITY — Archaeological authorities in Mexico said Tuesday they kicked some cast members of a popular local “Jersey Shore”-style reality show out of the Mayan ruins of Uxmal after …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 29, 2020

Consumer confidence posts solid gain to 101.8 in September

U.S. consumer confidence rebounded more quickly in September than most economists had expected though they remain far from levels that were the norm before the pandemic struck.

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 29, 2020

Index: U.S. home prices rise 3.9% in July

U.S. home prices rose at a faster pace in July as the housing market continued to show strength in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

Healthy U.S. economy failed to narrow racial gaps in 2019

The solid growth that the United States enjoyed before the viral pandemic paralyzed the economy this spring failed to reduce racial disparities in Americans’ income and wealth from 2016 through …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 28, 2020

Bubble hockey champions: Tampa Bay Lightning win Stanley Cup

EDMONTON, Alberta – The joyful yells from the bench could be heard in the empty arena in the final seconds and the roar from players when Commissioner Gary Bettman called …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 28, 2020

Cyberattack hobbles major U.S./U.K. hospital chain

Computer systems across a major hospital chain operating in the U.S. and Britain were down Monday because of what the company termed an unspecified technology “security issue.”

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 28, 2020

Idaho is entering 3rd coronavirus wave, health experts say

Idaho now has more than 40,500 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, and some health experts are warning that the state is entering its third wave of new infections.

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 28, 2020

Trump, Biden prepare to debate at a time of mounting crises

CLEVELAND – In an election year like no other, the first debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, could be a pivotal moment in a race …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 28, 2020

Dissident Ai Weiwei protests possible extradition of Assange

LONDON – The dissident Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei staged a silent protest outside London’s Old Bailey court on Monday against the possible extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 28, 2020

Stocks rise on Wall Street, clawing back bit of 4-week slump

U.S. stocks are rallying Monday, as Wall Street claws back some of its sharp and sudden September losses.

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 28, 2020

Small firms less apocalyptic as 60% see survival past 6 months

America’s small businesses are slightly more bullish about their own survival than five months ago, with a majority now saying they expect to be operating beyond six months even if …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 28, 2020

Amazon to kick off holiday shopping with October Prime Day

Amazon is aiming to kickstart the holiday shopping season early this year.

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 28, 2020

Mourning daughter, a Guatemalan couple find healing in dance

Jenifer Vásquez was 32 when she died of renal insufficiency in June, leaving behind grief-stricken parents already struggling with the isolation of the coronavirus lockdown in Guatemala.

Beloved local veterinarian Brian Hunter remembered after unexpected August death

Dr. Brian Hunter, a beloved and community-minded veterinarian in the Spokane community, died from kidney cancer in mid-August.

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 27, 2020

Pandemic playoffs: Brewers, Astros in despite losing records

Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers got off to a ragged start this year. They never got above .500. And they dropped their last game to finish with a losing …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 27, 2020

Military suicides up as much as 20% in COVID era

Military suicides have increased by as much as 20% this year compared to the same period in 2019, and some incidents of violent behavior have spiked as service members struggle …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 27, 2020

The eyes don’t have it: Masks upset classroom communication

Placing an order at a deli counter while wearing a mask and standing 6 feet away can be difficult. Try teaching a class full of schoolchildren and connecting with students …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 26, 2020

Thousands of Israelis protest in Jerusalem, despite lockdown

JERUSALEM – Thousands of Israelis gathered outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night to demand his resignation, pressing ahead with weeks of protests against the …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 26, 2020

Airlines say flying is safe in COVID-19 era, but study reveals potential for superspreader disaster

SAN JOSE, Calif. – How risky is it to fly during the coronavirus pandemic?

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 26, 2020

Trump taps ‘eminently qualified’ Barrett for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, capping a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 26, 2020

US far from herd immunity, with less than 10% of adults showing virus antibodies, study shows

Around 90% of U.S. adults are at risk of contracting COVID-19, according to a study from Stanford University.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 26, 2020

US colleges struggle to salvage semester amid outbreaks

MADISON, Wis. – Colleges across the country are struggling to salvage the fall semester amid skyrocketing coronavirus cases, entire dorm complexes and frat houses under quarantine, and flaring tensions with …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 27, 2020

Water Cooler: Personality theories — Where do you fall?

Who are you? Really? There are thousands of quizzes online that will tell you what type of wine, sandwich, Hogwarts house, chair or color you are. Two personality theories that …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 25, 2020

Company to pay $60M for deceptive marketing with pelvic mesh

A company that failed to adequately inform women of dangerous side effects related to permanent pelvic mesh devices will be required to pay $60 million, according to a settlement announced …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 24, 2020

Fraud, backlogs disrupt U.S. unemployment benefit payments

Many American workers applying for unemployment benefits after being thrown out of a job by the coronavirus face a new complication: States’ efforts to prevent fraud have delayed or disrupted …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 24, 2020

U.S. stocks end higher rise as volatility continues

U.S. stocks are rising in Thursday afternoon trading, as volatility continues to be the dominant force in Wall Street’s tumultuous September.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 24, 2020

Sales of new homes surge 4.8% in August

Demand for new homes continues to surge despite an ongoing pandemic and lingering anxiety about the U.S. economy. The pace of sales have now reached levels last seen before the …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 25, 2020

IPOs head for banner year on stock market’s strength

2020 could turn out to be the best year for the IPO market in two decades.