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U.S. Retail Sales Rebounded in August
Sales at retailers and restaurants grew 0.7% last month, a sign of the economic recovery’s resilience despite the Delta variant.17 min ago
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Jobless Claims Remained Near Pandemic Low
Jobless Claims Remain Near Pandemic Low
U.S. initial unemployment claims rose slightly to 332,000 last week but remained near a pandemic low despite the impact of the Delta variant on the economy.
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Women Are Nearly Half of New Gun Buyers, Study Finds
As gun sales reached a high during the Covid-19 pandemic, groups formed to teach women how to handle their new firearms.
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Parents Seek Out Covid Vaccine Trials for Their Children
The shots haven’t been proved to work safely for youngsters, and child volunteers in later-stage trials may get a placebo, rather than the vaccine. Yet parents said they were willing to take the chance,
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After Hurricane Ida, Satellites Track Gulf of Mexico Oil Spills
NOAA’s analysis of the view from space helps frame recovery and containment methods to address environmental hazards.
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Star Gymnasts Give Senators an Unsparing Account of FBI’s Failures in Nassar Investigation
Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee describing their abuse and its aftermath.
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