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CIA aims to diversify spy agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: Spies from all backgrounds and walks of life. Striving to further diversify its ranks, the CIA launched a new website Monday to find top-tier candidates who will bring a broader range of life experiences to the nation’s premier intelligence agency The days of ...

UK puts millions more under tight restrictions as cases soar

LONDON (AP) — The British government on Wednesday extended its toughest coronavirus restrictions to more than three-quarters of England’s population, saying a fast-spreading new variant of the virus has reached most of the country. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that at midnight the ...

US bans second Malaysian palm oil giant over forced labor

The U.S. said it will ban all shipments of palm oil from one of the world’s biggest producers after finding indicators of forced labor and other abuses on plantations that feed into the supply chains of some of America’s most famous food and cosmetic companies. The order against ...

Child labor in palm oil industry tied to Girl Scout cookies

They are two young girls from two very different worlds, linked by a global industry that exploits an army of children. Olivia Chaffin, a Girl Scout in rural Tennessee, was a top cookie seller in her troop when she first heard rainforests were being destroyed to make way for ever-expanding ...

U.S. stocks higher after Trump signs aid package

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks began the final week of 2020 moderately higher after President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion economic aid package that helps reduce uncertainty amid the re-imposition of travel and business curbs in response to a new coronavirus variant. The S&P 500 index was ...

President’s hesitation on relief bill to delay payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The $900 billion economic relief package that President Donald Trump signed over the weekend will deliver vital aid to millions of struggling households and businesses. Yet his nearly one-week delay in signing the bill means that it will take that much longer for the ...

‘Unprecedented’ mail volume delays Christmas gifts

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Some who mailed holiday presents weeks early this year found they didn’t act early enough as Christmas arrived with their gifts stuck in transit. The U.S. Postal Service said on its website that it was “experiencing unprecedented volume increases and limited ...

U.S. plants hope to maintain production despite virus

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. factories have been cranking out goods during much of the pandemic at rates that are remarkably close to normal. However, manufacturers are concerned they may not be able to keep pace until most of the country is vaccinated because the coronavirus continues to surge in ...

US layoffs remain elevated as 803,000 seek jobless aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell by 89,000 last week to a still-elevated 803,000, evidence that the job market remains under stress nine months after the coronavirus outbreak sent the U.S. economy into recession and caused millions of layoffs. The ...

Feds sue Walmart over role in opioid crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department sued Walmart on Tuesday, accusing it of fueling the nation’s opioid crisis by pressuring its pharmacies to fill even potentially suspicious prescriptions for the powerful painkillers. The civil complaint filed points to the role Walmart’s ...

A big holiday selection available at Big Lots

BRIDGEPORT — Holiday offerings are in evidence at Big Lots, and customers are welcome to come through the doors or explore the wares online. “It’s a little different this year than it typically is,” Geri Themar, district manager of 15 stores including the Bridgeport location, said. ...

Stocks fall on worries about virus’ spread

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell Monday as a new, potentially more infectious strain of the coronavirus had countries around the world restricting travel from the United Kingdom, raising worries the economy is about to take even worse punishment. The S&P 500 was 0.3% lower in afternoon ...

Hacked networks will need to be burned ‘down to the ground’

BOSTON (AP) — It’s going to take months to kick elite hackers widely believed to be Russian out of the U.S. government networks they have been quietly rifling through since as far back as March in Washington’s worst cyberespionage failure on record. Experts say there simply are not ...

Demand for deliveries pushes FedEx 2Q profit to $1.2 billion

FedEx Corp. more than doubled its profit in the latest quarter, as holiday packages were being stuffed into delivery trucks alongside everyday goods that people buy online to avoid visiting stores during the pandemic. The delivery giant said Thursday it earned $1.23 billion in its fiscal ...

Chinese capsule returns to Earth with moon rocks

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese lunar capsule returned to Earth on Thursday with the first fresh samples of rock and debris from the moon in more than 40 years. The capsule of the Chang’e 5 probe landed in the Siziwang district of the Inner Mongolia region, state media reported shortly after 2 ...

Wilson Furniture offering plenty of holiday deals

BRIDGEPORT — Wilson Furniture, 227 N. Lincoln Ave., Bridgeport, is offering deals on recliners, couches, beds and more just in time for Christmas. Owner Jason Wilson reminds shoppers that dozens of La-Z-Boy recliners and other items are in stock and ready to be put under the tree for ...

Fed keeps rate near zero and sees brighter economy in 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it will keep buying government bonds until the economy makes “substantial” progress, a step intended to reassure financial markets and keep long-term borrowing rates low indefinitely. The Fed also reiterated after its latest policy ...

Howard’s Diamond Center a jewel of the Ohio Valley

TRIADELPHIA — Despite relocating to The Highlands nearly 10 years ago, Howard’s Diamond Center remains an Ohio Valley staple. And it is a spot where one can make a loved one’s Christmas sparkle. The store was opened in 1979 by Howard Posin, following in his father’s footsteps, who ...

UAW agrees to monitor, vote changes after probe

DETROIT (AP) — An independent monitor will watch the United Auto Workers’ finances and operations, and members will decide how they pick future leaders under a reform agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office. The deal was announced Monday in the wake of a wide-ranging federal probe ...

Dunham’s helping find gifts for sports enthusiasts

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Those Christmas shopping for the sports enthusiast in their life may find all they need and more at Dunham's Sports. Dunham's has been serving local residents since its opening at the Ohio Valley Mall in November last year. The store moved into a portion of the former ...