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Fewest Americans collecting jobless aid since 1970

Fewest Americans collecting jobless aid since 1970 By MATT OTT AP Business Writer Applications for unemployment benefits inched down last week as the total number of Americans collecting aid fell to its lowest level in more than 50 years. Jobless claims fell by 2,000 to 184,000 last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average of claims, which levels out week-to-week volatility, rose by 4,500 to 177,250. About 1.42 million Americans were collecting traditional unemployment benefits in the week of April 9, the fewest since February 21, 1970. Two years after the coronavirus...

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Powell reinforces expectations of sharp rate hike next month

Powell reinforces expectations of sharp rate hike next month By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer The Federal Reserve must move faster than it has in the past to rein in high inflation, Chair Jerome Powell said Thursday, signaling that sharp interest rate increases are likely in the coming months, beginning at the Fed’s next policy meeting in May. In a panel discussion held by the International Monetary Fund during its spring meetings, Powell also suggested that “there’s something in the idea of front-loading” aggressive rate hikes as the Fed grapples with inflation...

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Callery pears: An invader ‘worse than murder hornets!’

Callery pears: An invader ‘worse than murder hornets!’ By JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press Stinky but handsome and widely popular landscape trees have spawned aggressive invaders, creating thickets that overwhelm native plants and sport nasty four-inch spikes. Bradford pears and 24 other ornamental trees were developed from Callery pears — a species brought to America a century ago to save ravaged pear orchards. Now, their invasive descendants have been reported in more than 30 states. “Worse than murder hornets!” was the tongue-in-cheek title of a U.S. Department...

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US jobless claims rise but remain near a half-century low

US jobless claims rise but remain near a half-century low By Paul Wiseman AP Economics Writer The number of people seeking unemployment benefits ticked up last week but remained at a historically low level, reflecting a robust U.S. labor market with near record-high job openings and few layoffs. Jobless claims rose by 18,000 to 185,000, the Labor Department said Thursday, after nearly touching the lowest level since 1968 in the previous week. The four-week average of claims, which levels out week-to-week ups and downs, edged up from 170,000 to 172,000. “Claims are still at very low levels,...

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Homeschooling surge continues despite schools reopening

Homeschooling surge continues despite schools reopening By Carolyn Thompson Associated Press The coronavirus pandemic ushered in what may be the most rapid rise in homeschooling the U.S. has ever seen. Two years later, even after schools reopened and vaccines became widely available, many parents have chosen to continue directing their children’s educations themselves. Homeschooling numbers this year dipped from last year’s all-time high, but are still significantly above pre-pandemic levels, according to data obtained and analyzed by The Associated Press. Families that may have...

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Jayhawks rally, rock North Carolina 72-69 to win NCAA title

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji celebrates after their win against North Carolina in a college basketball game at the finals of the Men’s Final Four NCAA tournament, Monday, April 4, 2022, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) Jayhawks rally, rock North Carolina 72-69 to win NCAA title By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Best. Comeback. Ever. Sounds pretty good next to Rock Chalk, Jayhawk. What looked like a lost cause turned into one of the sweetest wins ever for Kansas. The Jayhawks brought their fourth NCAA title back to Allen Fieldhouse on Monday thanks to a second-half...

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Poodles pop in popularity, but Labs still No. 1 US dog breed

Poodles pop in popularity, but Labs still No. 1 US dog breed

Poodles pop in popularity, but Labs still No. 1 US dog breed By JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Labrador retrievers are still tugging hardest on U.S. dog lovers’ heartstrings, but poodles just strutted back into the American Kennel Club’s top five most popular dog breeds for the first time in nearly a quarter-century. The club’s annual popularity rankings came out Tuesday, drawn from more than 800,000 purebred puppies and older pooches that joined the nation’s oldest canine registry last year. With 197 recognized breeds, the list ranges from such familiar...

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Russia-Ukraine war: Key things to know about the conflict

Russia-Ukraine war: Key things to know about the conflict

Ukrainian firefighters work in an apartment building after bombing in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Russia-Ukraine war: Key things to know about the conflict Associated Press Russian forces are pounding Ukrainian cities and edging closer to the capital, Kyiv, in a relentless bombardment that keeps deepening the humanitarian crisis in this war, now in its third week. Still, a narrow diplomatic channel remains open, with a Ukrainian official saying Tuesday’s talks with the Russians were difficult, but that there was room for compromise. Ukrainian President...

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Senate approves bill to make daylight saving time permanent

Senate approves bill to make daylight saving time permanent

Senate approves bill to make daylight saving time permanent By FARNOUSH AMIRI Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate unanimously approved a measure Tuesday that would make daylight saving time permanent across the United States next year. The bipartisan bill, named the Sunshine Protection Act, would ensure Americans would no longer have to change their clocks twice a year. But the bill still needs approval from the House, and the signature of President Joe Biden, to become law. “No more switching clocks, more daylight hours to spend outside after school and after work, and more...

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