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Lions, tigers and an unbearable year at Jack Hanna's zoo

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium had a bear of a year.
It began Jan. 1, the first day of famous zookeeper Jack Hanna's retirement after 42 years as the beloved celebrity director-turned-ambassador of the nation's second-largest zoo.
As if the khaki-wearing "Jungle Jack" were the life's bre ... (full story)


How to talk money with your parents this holiday

Holiday gatherings may present an opportunity to talk to your parents about important money issues, such as estate planning or long-term care. The need to discuss this stuff may feel particularly acute if you don't see your folks often or these are the first holidays you'll be together since the pandemic started.
Tread carefully ... (full story)


US food banks struggle to feed hungry amid surging prices

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — U.S. food banks already dealing with increased demand from families sidelined by the pandemic now face a new challenge — surging food prices and supply chain issues walloping the nation.
The higher costs and limited availability mean some families may get smaller servings or substitutions for ... (full story)


'Burned out'? Why won't more women return to the job market?

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NEW YORK (AP) — There was a time when Naomi Peña could seemingly do it all: Work a full-time job and raise four children on her own.
But when the viral pandemic struck early last year, her personal challenges began to mount and she faced an aching decision: Her children or her job?
She chose her children. In Aug ... (full story)


Caps and crashes

Q: What's a company's "market cap"? -- T.W., Muskegon, Michigan
A: The term is short for market capitalization, which reflects the company's total value in the stock market. It's calculated by multiplying the total number of shares outstanding by the current share price.
Consider Apple, for example, which was rece ... (full story)