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9 money numbers you need to know

Your doctor needs to know certain numbers to judge your physical health, such as your weight, your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels.
Similarly, you need to know certain numbers to monitor your own financial health, including:
AFTER-TAX INCOME AND 'MUST-HAVE' EXPENSES
Your after-tax income is your gross income ... (full story)


Pandemic-weary chefs, cooks enjoy serving from home

Pandemic-weary chefs, cooks enjoy serving from home

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — When COVID-19 shutdowns hit in March 2020, Mike Winneker, a hotel executive sous chef, found himself without work for the first time in years. Between caring for a 6-year-old son and waiting for unemployment benefits, days now spent at home in Scottsdale were stressful.
One night in June, Winneker ... (full story)


Fed in March saw brighter outlook, yet underscored patience

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials were encouraged last month by evidence the U.S. economy was picking up, but they showed no sign of moving closer to ending their bond purchases or lifting their benchmark short-term interest rate from nearly zero.
Fed policymakers also said they expect inflation will likely rise ... (full story)


Local


Surprising ending to all 2020 election conflicts over absentee ballot deadlines

(THE CONVERSATION) One of the most heavily contested voting-policy issues in the 2020 election, in both the courts and the political arena, was the deadline for returning absentee ballots.
Going into the election, the policy in a majority of states was that ballots had to be received by election night to be valid. Lawsuits seeki ... (full story)


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Lawmakers call YouTube Kids a 'wasteland of vapid' content

Lawmakers call YouTube Kids a 'wasteland of vapid' content

House subcommittee is investigating YouTube Kids, saying the Google-owned video service feeds children inappropriate material in "a wasteland of vapid, consumerist content" so it can serve them ads.
The inquiry comes despite Google agreeing to pay $170 million in 2019 to settle allegations that YouTube collected per ... (full story)


High court sides with Google in copyright fight with Oracle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Technology companies sighed with relief Monday after the Supreme Court sided with Google in a copyright dispute with Oracle. The high court said Google did nothing wrong in copying code to develop the Android operating system now used on most smartphones.
To create Android, which was released in 2007, Goo ... (full story)