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HOUSTON — ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill, the long-bearded bassist for the million-selling Texas blues rock trio known for such hits as “Legs” and “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” has died at the age of 72.

Several hospital systems that previously held off making vaccines mandatory for health care workers are now willing to do so. Google employees in California who have returned to the office on a voluntary basis are again wearing masks indoors. Goldman Sachs is considering whether to reinstitu…

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Jeff Bezos, the richest human in the world, went to space on Tuesday. It was a brief jaunt — rising 60-some miles into the sky above West Texas — in a spacecraft that was built by Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin.

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Inflation has been rising, making more attractive what was formerly considered a humdrum investment: federal savings bonds.

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Texas statehouse Democrats fled Monday to the nation’s capitol to try and block the GOP’s sweeping elections overhaul bill that makes it harder to vote in the state. A similar move successfully killed an earlier version of the bill on the last day of the legislative session in late May, and …

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If you’re a digital native and consider yourself immune to all scams, the thieves have you right where they want you.

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The surge in leisure travel as pandemic restrictions lift and a tight supply of rental cars have brought out the criminals this summer, consumer watchdogs say.

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Danielle Churchill needed help. She was raising five children in Wollongong, on the Australian coast south of Sydney, and had to cover thousands of dollars in special therapy fees for her 10-year-old son, Lachlan, who has autism. She tried crowdfunding on the site GoFundMe, but raised a tiny…

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday made her first visit to the southern border since she took office, hitting back at Republican criticism and meeting with advocates who pushed her on why the Biden administration had not yet ended restrictive Trump-era policies on migration.

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to the U.S.-Mexico border Friday, a visit that comes after weeks of criticism from Republicans who assailed her for not visiting even though she is in charge of addressing the root causes of migration.

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College subsidies for children and spouses. Free rooms for summer hotel employees and a set of knives for aspiring culinary workers. And appetizers on the house for anyone willing to sit down for a restaurant job interview.

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Ellen Phillips hasn’t eaten much solid food over the past year and a half. She has lost all of her upper teeth — badly infected, they had to be extracted in 2019. Her tongue is constantly swollen.

So, you’re thinking about traveling again? You are not alone. The pandemic may not be over, but the expansion of vaccine eligibility is inspiring many to plan a summer vacation.

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MEXICO CITY — On a balmy night in May, Tania Lezama Salgado hopped on the metro with her sister Nancy after spending hours looking for the grandest pink dress and the sparkliest shoes possible for her 15th birthday party.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of the notorious Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, pleaded guilty Thursday to helping her husband run his global criminal empire nearly a decade ago and then, after one of his arrests, to escape from a high-security Mexican prison.

In the battle of billionaires with rocket companies, Jeff Bezos will finally beat Elon Musk.

Roller coaster operators and lemonade slingers at Kennywood amusement park, a Pittsburgh summer staple, will not have to buy their own uniforms this year. Those with a high school diploma will also earn $13 as a starting wage — up from $9 last year — and new hires are receiving free season p…

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Millions of cars are recalled each year, and roughly 8 million have already been in 2021, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Getting a notice from the automaker that your vehicle is among them and has a safety deficiency is not only alarming, but it can also lea…

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For millions of retirement savers, the pandemic was a gut punch. There was the jarring stock market drop in March 2020, then millions lost their jobs, health insurance and ability to fund their savings. It was a financial catastrophe for many Americans — and they may not recover for years.

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In March 2020, Kiersten Crum was a stock market novice. The pandemic had forced her college classes online, her father’s bar was temporarily closed and she started working at a grocery store to earn extra cash. With $500, she bought shares of the Carnival cruise line, her first foray into stocks.

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Airlines are canceling flights because they do not have enough pilots to fly them. Restaurants are posting open positions on their Instagram feeds. Even the local grocery store has a “hiring” sign out front. Welcome to spring 2021: After a year of being battered by the pandemic, the economy …

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As vaccinations spread in the United States, the stock market has been generating fabulous returns. Many of the economic numbers have been nearly as impressive.

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When the pandemic started, prompting lockdowns, widespread layoffs and the cancellation of the 2020 baseball season, MountainStar Sports Group executives had a decision to make: How would they ride out the pandemic?

If you’re looking for a compelling beach read this summer, I recommend the novel “2034,” by James Stavridis, a retired admiral, and Elliot Ackerman, a former Marine and intelligence officer. The book is about how China and America go to war in 2034, beginning with a naval battle near Taiwan …

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NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of restaurants and bars decimated by the COVID-19 outbreak have a better chance at survival as the government begins handing out $28.6 billion in grants — money to help these small businesses stay afloat while they wait for customers to return.

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Car shoppers may find that bargains are scarce this year. But better prices on trade-ins may help ease the pain.

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Angie Barajas taught special education and bilingual classes in El Paso high schools for 25 years. But after caring for two ailing family members, Barajas slid from a stable middle-class life into bankruptcy court.

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This past year may have been one of the most complicated tax seasons ever, but there are also recent updates that may affect your taxes when you file your return next year.

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Last year, Ariele Doolittle, a tax lawyer, got a call from a client who lived and worked in New York but was considering working remotely from California temporarily after his offices were shuttered in the pandemic.

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This past year may have been one of the most complicated tax seasons ever, but there are also recent updates that may affect your taxes when you file your return next year.

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Spending more time at home and watching popular home shows on HGTV like “Fixer Upper” and “Love It or List It” have inspired many across the nation to work on projects to update their homes. Updating your home not only brings visual appeal but can also bring monetary value. The first impress…

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As Tax Day approaches, an underused part of many health care plans could offer a chance to significantly reduce your tax bill.

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When the pandemic upended our lives, many of us were forced to stay home and shift our work and hobbies to the internet. Office meetings and classrooms were replaced with video calls. We binged on Netflix, played more video games and shopped online.

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It was inevitable: When companies made it simple to apply for a job online, applications poured in. To wade through this ever-rising tide of resumes, human resources departments are increasingly turning to artificial intelligence systems to pluck out the candidates

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LOS ANGELES — George Segal, the banjo player turned actor who was nominated for an Oscar for 1966’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and worked into his late 80s on the ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs,” died March 23 in Santa Rosa, California. He was 87. 

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BOULDER, Colo. — The Boulder police chief said Tuesday that a 21-year-old man from a Denver suburb had been charged with 10 counts of murder in the shooting Monday at a grocery store in Boulder that left 10 people dead.

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HOUSTON — Even as oil and gasoline prices rise, industry executives are resisting their usual impulse to pump more oil out of the ground, which could keep energy prices moving up as the economy recovers.

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Special savings accounts for people with disabilities are getting fresh attention as a way to safely put aside all or part of federal stimulus payments.

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The annual gala to benefit a nonprofit group, even one with a good cause? Feels rather old-fashioned. Those glossy annual reports? The money could be better spent. And, please, no generic requests for money.

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