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US Applications for Jobless Benefits Rise to Highest Level in Two Months, but Layoffs Remain Low

Many economists thought rapid rate hikes could potentially tip the country into recession, but jobs have remained plentiful.

Hospitals Must Obtain Written Consent for Pelvic and Similar Exams, The Federal Government Says

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the guidance was issued to “reiterate and provide clarity” regarding hospital consent requirements.

Powell Says Fed Wants to See ‘More Good Inflation Readings’ Before it Can Cut Rates

Speaking at a conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, he said he still expected “inflation to come down on a sometimes bumpy path to 2%.”

Blind People Can Hear and Feel April’s Total Solar Eclipse With New Technology

Sound and touch devices will be available at public gatherings on April 8, when a total solar eclipse crosses North America, the moon blotting out the sun for a few minutes.

Want Prices To Start Falling? Be Careful What You Wish For, Economists Say

The reality is that the economy’s health depends on steady consumer purchases.

Micro-Apartments are Back After Nearly a Century, as Need for Affordable Housing Soars

There’s concern that this type of affordable housing is not an ideal fit for an especially vulnerable group — families.

US Job Openings Rise Modestly to 8.8 Million in February in Strong Labor Market

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. job openings barely changed in February, staying at historically high levels in a sign that the American job market remains strong. The Labor Department reported Tuesday […]

IRS Claws Back Money Given to Businesses Under Fraud-Ridden Tax Credit Program

“We remain deeply concerned about widespread abuse involving these claims that have harmed small businesses,” said IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel.

EPA Sets Strict Emissions Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks and Buses in Bid to Fight Climate Change

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday set strict emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks, buses and other large vehicles, an action that officials said will help clean up some of […]

Here are the Big Hurdles to the Global Push to Build Up Renewable Energy

The world’s governments have agreed they want to triple renewable energy by 2030, a goal laid out at the U.N. climate summit in December. But right now, the post-pandemic global […]

Tax Changes Small Business Owners Should Be Aware Of as Tax Deadline Looms

Unlike individuals, small businesses can have varying deadlines depending on the type of company, the state the taxes are filed in, and other factors.

The Baltimore Collapse Focused Attention on Vital Bridges. Thousands are in Poor Shape Across the US

After a yearlong closure, a bridge over the Puyallup River reopened in 2019 with a sturdy new span and a brand new name. It even won a national award. But […]

Visa, Mastercard Settle Long-Running Antitrust Suit Over Swipe Fees With Merchants

The deal would lower and cap the fees charged by Visa and Mastercard and allow small businesses to collectively bargain for rates with the payment processors in a similar way that the large merchants do on their own now.

Small Business Hiring Woes Show Signs of Easing as Economy Stays Strong

The CBIZ Small Business Employment Index reported a seasonally adjusted increase of 0.17% in February as the U.S. economy stays strong despite high interest rates.

Supreme Court Again Confronts the Issue of Abortion, This Time Over Access to Widely Used Medication

Two years after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, abortion opponents on Tuesday will ask the high court to ratify a ruling from a conservative federal appeals court that would limit access to the medication mifepristone.

Tyson Foods Isn’t Hiring Workers Who Came to the US Illegally, but Boycott Calls Persist

Conservative influencers and politicians are calling for a boycott of Tyson Foods after false claims spread online saying the multinational meat producer is planning to hire 52,000 people who came to the U.S. illegally.

Average Long-Term US Mortgage Rate Climbs Back to Nearly 7% After Two-Week Slide

The average rate on a 30-year mortgage rose to 6.87% from 6.74% last week, mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday. A year ago, the rate averaged 6.42%. The average rate is now just below where it was two weeks ago.

Federal Reserve Still Foresees 3 Interest Rate Cuts This Year Despite Bump in Inflation

Powell will surely be pressed on the topic at a news conference Wednesday after the Fed ends its latest two-day meeting.

Inflation Remains a Headache for Small Business Owners

The National Federation of Independent Businesses’ Optimism Index fell to 89.4 in February. It’s been below the 50-year average of 98 for 26 straight months.

Supreme Court Seems Favorable to Biden Administration Over Efforts to Combat Social Media Posts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed likely Monday to side with the Biden administration in a dispute with Republican-led states over how far the federal government can go to combat controversial social […]