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Sanctioned Russian IT company partners with Microsoft, IBM

The Treasury Department on Thursday slapped six Russian technology companies with sanctions for supporting Kremlin intelligence agencies engaged in “dangerous and disruptive cyber attacks.” ...

Business Highlights

___ With layoffs down and spending up, US rebound gains momentum WASHINGTON (AP) — A much-awaited economic boom coming off the pandemic recession appeared to edge c...

California Legislature OKs bill to help displaced workers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Now that Gov. Gavin Newsom is letting more businesses reopen as coronavirus cases decline, the California Legislature on Thursday passed a bill requiring some hotels and othe...

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

Stocks rallied to more record highs on Wall Street as a suite of stellar data suggested the recovery for the economy and corporate profits is accelerating. The S&P 500 rose 1.1%...

Equal pay bill nears approval in House, long odds in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats were poised to pass legislation Thursday that they say would help close the gap between what men and women are paid in the workplace, though the measure faces little ...

House GOP leader: Won't punish Gaetz unless charges filed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Matt Gaetz, under federal investigation for sex trafficking allegations, is “innocent until proven guilty" and Republicans don't plan to punish him unless charges are filed, the...

Smoking foes: Make COVID casino smoking ban permanent in NJ

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Health advocates say New Jersey's temporary coronavirus-related ban on smoking in the Atlantic City casinos should be made permanent, and some state legislators said Thursda...

The problem within: Biden targets lead pipes, pushes equity

CHICAGO (AP) — In the modest bungalows and two-flats of Chicago's Little Village neighborhood, there’s never a shortage of needed home repairs staring residents in the face. And then there is the less...

$1,400 stimulus checks helped March retail sales soar 9.8%

NEW YORK (AP) — Newly vaccinated and armed with $1,400 stimulus checks, Americans went on a spending spree last month, buying new clothes and going out to eat again. Retail sales su...

US jobless claims plunge to 576,000, lowest since pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits tumbled last week to 576,000, a post-COVID low and a hopeful sign that layoffs are easing as the economy recovers from the ...

After union fight, Jeff Bezos to focus on Amazon workers

NEW YORK (AP) — After a union battle at an Alabama warehouse, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said that as executive chairman he will focus on making the company a better place to work. Be...

UK cronyism watchdog queries civil servant's dual job

LONDON (AP) — The chairman of Britain's cronyism watchdog says the public should be given a “full and frank” explanation as to how a senior civil servant held down a part-time job with a now-bankrupt ...

Ambassador: UAE played part in India-Pakistan cease-fire

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates played a role in getting longtime Asian rivals India and Pakistan to agree to a cease-fire amid tensions over the disputed region of Kashmir...

Taiwanese investment in China plunges to new low

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China’s share as a destination for investments from Taiwan has plunged to 33 percent in 2020 from 84 percent in 2010, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said Thursday (Apr...

Bangkok nightlife clusters expose Thailand's virus stumbles

BANGKOK (AP) — When Thailand's transport minister was recently diagnosed with COVID-19, it was Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha who got a headache. Prayuth was not particularly laude...