December 3, 2020

US jobless claims remain high at 712,000 as virus escalates

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to a still-high 712,000, the latest sign that the U.S. economy and […]
December 3, 2020

Plane carrying Texas lawmaker skids off runway; no one hurt

BURKE, Texas — A private plane carrying the presumptive incoming Texas House speaker skidded off a runway while trying to land during a rainstorm, but […]
December 3, 2020

Health officials say Wisconsin is set to distribute vaccine

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin is ready to begin distributing coronavirus vaccines by mid-December, when it hopes to receive nearly 50,000 doses, state health officials said. […]
December 3, 2020

School closings threaten gains of students with disabilities

Without any in-school special education services for months, 14-year-old Joshua Nazzaro’s normally sweet demeanor has sometimes given way to aggressive meltdowns that had been under […]
December 3, 2020

Mastercard SpendingPulse: November holiday sales up 5.1%

NEW YORK — Retail sales rose 5.1% in November, as spending on home furnishings and consumer electronics helped offset a drop in sales of clothing […]
December 3, 2020

Phishing ploy targets COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort

BOSTON — IBM security researchers say they have detected a cyberespionage effort using targeted phishing emails to try to collect vital information on the World […]
December 3, 2020

Northern Pines donates computers, tablets for telehealth

“When the coronavirus thing first hit, we just had like the perfect matchup because we had a large stack of equipment that we had phased […]
December 3, 2020

The Latest: Young S. Koreans taking crucial university exam

SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 35 COVID-19 patients, are taking the country’s highly competitive university entrance […]
December 3, 2020

Ho, ho — Whoa! Virus keeping most Santas at a distance

MIAMI — Brad Six becomes Santa Claus, pulling his black boots over his red pants in the office of a Miami outdoor supply company. It’s […]
December 3, 2020

Asian shares advance on optimism over vaccines, stimulus

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Thursday, helped by progress toward rolling out coronavirus vaccines and talk of reaching a compromise on new help […]