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Seven years ago, Laura McKowen started a drinking journal. She knew alcohol was an issue for her — she knew it when her 4-year-old daughter helped her clean up the morning after a blackout, and she knew it the 10th time she drove to work hung over — but she needed to see it.

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For Ashlie Ordonez, owner of the Bare Bar Studio, a spa in Denver, vaccinations for the coronavirus can’t come soon enough. While she anticipates better days later this year, surviving until then will be a struggle, and she knows the next few months will be lean ones.

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Fewer high school students are completing an important step in the college financial aid process, raising concerns about another “lost class” of college freshmen in the coronavirus pandemic.

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Getting a master’s in business administration is about a lot more than book learning.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. imports from China are surging as the year draws to a close, fueled by stay-at-home shoppers who are snapping up Chinese-made furniture and appliances, along with Barbie Dream Houses and bicycles for the holidays.

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Talk to the staff members of charitable organizations these days and they will tell you they have never seen a year like 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic and the hardships it has wrought. Millions of Americans are out of work or newly living in poverty and many others are socially isolated, …

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Sylvia Lopez, who was laid off from her job this year because of the pandemic, saw an adorable pug puppy named Ted online. For $400, a price advertised as a promotion, she bought the puppy and then paid more than $800 to have it flown from Virginia to her home in Texas, where she and her fam…

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Dr. Greg Ribakove, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, likes to source his own investments. As part of a group of doctors, he invests in medical companies where the club has firsthand knowledge.

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As annual open enrollment proceeds for Affordable Care Act health plans, millions of Americans have signed up for low-cost coverage. But some people, like those who earn too much to qualify for financial help under the health care law, may find the cost of a plan daunting.

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Netflix is on a roll this year, with “Mank,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Da 5 Bloods” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7” all garnering Oscar buzz. Well, hold onto your spacesuits for the latest — “The Midnight Sky.”

NEW YORK  — In the land of lexicography, out of the whole of the English language, 2020’s word of the year is a vocabulary of one.

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It’s been a horrendous year for so many things: public health, employment, civil discourse, political norms, cultural and sports events, restaurants, small businesses of nearly every sort. Make your own list. There are plenty of choices.

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Thinking of making a donation to a charitable cause before the end of the year? This is a good time to do it, as the pandemic rages again. Plus, you can take a deduction for contributions in 2020, even if you don’t itemize on your income tax return.

This is the time of year when seniors face a barrage of messages about their Medicare coverage — everything from insurance companies’ direct mail blitzes and television ads to the federal government’s emails and mailings.

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Volunteering has fallen sharply in the pandemic, creating an enormous financial burden on the nonprofit organizations that have long depended on the free assistance.

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Workers struggling to save for a rainy day are increasingly likely to get help from their employers as the economic slowdown in the pandemic has underscored Americans’ need for a financial cushion.

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With two mortgages, three children and $83,000 in student loan debt, the financial strain finally became too much for George Johnson and Melanie Raney-Johnson.

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Arguably the least fun social media platform, LinkedIn used to be the online equivalent of a professional networking event — a stodgy affair that no one really wanted to hang around. But, for the foreseeable future, the pandemic has all but eradicated most other methods of sniffing out caree…

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WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve officials made only minor adjustments to their policy statement Thursday, leaving rates unchanged and pledging to act as needed to protect the economy and sustain its recovery from the depths of the pandemic-spurred recession.

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In April, Dave Summers lost his job as director of digital media productions at the American Management Association, a casualty of layoffs brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

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If you’re eligible for a health savings account, now may be a good time to open one.

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You’re stuck working from home, but does your career need to be stuck, too? Worried about keeping employees safe, many companies are pushing return-to-office dates deep into next year, so workers face more months toiling from spare bedrooms and kitchen tables.

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When a small indie film uses the title “Jungleland,” it’s natural to expect that Bruce Springsteen’s famous tune will be heard. But, as with much of Max Winkler’s moody, tender movie, the answer is yes and no. There’s Bruce, but not the song you expected.

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The 2020 presidential race remained shrouded in uncertainty deep into the night Tuesday and into early Wednesday, as Joe Biden failed to achieve any early breakthroughs that would have made him a strong favorite in the race and President Donald Trump clung to a lead in a number of Southern s…

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The authorities in Michigan sought to hunt down the source of robocalls that warned voters to “stay home.” A federal judge ordered the Postal Service to make an intensive sweep for mail-in ballots that had yet to be delivered. And legal skirmishes broke out in and around Philadelphia as Repu…

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Stocks rallied on Tuesday, continuing a reversal from sharp losses last week as traders turned their attention away from the pandemic and toward the resolution of the U.S. presidential campaign.

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Owen Keehnen, a writer and historian in Chicago, is losing sleep over the election. About five times a week over the past few months, he wakes up around 3 a.m. in a panic, he said.

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Rigged voting machines. Tossed ballots. Intimidating federal agents. In a year awash in misinformation, it should be no surprise that false reports about the 2020 election are circulating through social media, text messages and emails.

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Election Day is finally here in the United States. So naturally many of you are wondering: When will the world know the outcome?

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In early 2000, Michael and Lynn Terry started a business selling horse trailers that were lighter than their competitors’ and customized to each client’s needs. Nearly two decades later, their company, Cimarron Trailers, with tens of millions of dollars in sales, employed over 130 people in …

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The airlines of the United States have extra-special status. How special? Many of them may get a second pile of coronavirus relief money before citizens who can’t afford to fly get another $1,200 check.

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Home has become work and school for millions of people. Many residences needed to somehow shift overnight to accommodate two workplaces and multiple classrooms because of the coronavirus.

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Shawn McCadden began working for his father’s handyman business in Massachusetts in 1970, when he was 11. At 32, he started his own building company. Just three years later, his back told him it was time to find a new line of work.

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Jeremy Fritz stopped working as an assistant manager for a fitness center in Carlsbad, California, during the pandemic lockdown in the spring when gyms were first closed.

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It’s especially important to apply early for financial aid this year, college experts say, because many families have suffered economically during the coronavirus pandemic and may have to take extra steps to qualify for maximum help.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump revealed early Friday that he and the first lady, Melania Trump, had tested positive for the coronavirus, throwing the nation’s leadership into uncertainty and escalating the crisis posed by a pandemic that has already killed more than 207,000 Americans an…

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