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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after President Donald Trump and his challenger former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in their second and final debate before the Nov. 3 election. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares, US futures gain after last Trump-Biden debate

Oct. 23, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after President Donald Trump and his challenger former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in their second and final debate before the Nov. 3 election. Stocks rose in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul but fell in Shanghai. Sydney's benchmark ended flat. In their debate late...

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2020, file photo, taken from video provided by the New Jersey Governor's Office, New Jerrsey Gov. Phil Murphy tells attendees at an event in Blackwood, N.J., that he must leave the event to quarantine after just finding out that he'd been in contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19. Murphy said on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, that New Jersey's climbing number of COVID-19 cases are beginning to spread to northern counties around New York. Essex, Union, Hudson and Bergen counties reported more than 100 new cases overnight, Murphy said, eclipsing recent hot spots in Ocean and Monmouth counties. (New Jersey Office of the Governor via AP, File)

Murphy: COVID-19 cases are climbing in northern New Jersey

Oct. 22, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's climbing number of COVID-19 cases are beginning to spread to northern counties around New York, Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday. Murphy spoke during a remote news conference while he isolates at home after coming into contact with a COVID-19-positive staffer over the...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020, file photo, information signs are displayed at the closed Illinois Department of Employment Security WorkNet center in Arlington Heights, Ill. U.S. employers advertised for slightly fewer jobs in August while their hiring ticked up modestly. The Labor Department said Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, that the number of U.S. job postings on the last day of August dipped to 6.49 million, down from 6.70 million July. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

US jobless claims drop to 787,000, but layoffs remain high

Oct. 22, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of laid-off Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 787,000, a sign that job losses may have eased slightly but are still running at historically high levels. Last week's figure was down from 842,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday. The...

US jobless claims drop to 787,000, though layoffs remain high 7 months after virus struck economy

Oct. 22, 2020 8:32 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US jobless claims drop to 787,000, though layoffs remain high 7 months after virus struck economy.

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Oct. 21, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Oct. 18 The Times and Democrat on essential Election Day workers: The coronavirus emergency has changed so many things. Voting is one of them. Lines of people are voting early via absentee ballot in order to avoid going to a polling place on Election Day. But...

Vermont unemployment rate dips slightly

Oct. 21, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's unemployment rate dipped slightly to 4.2% in September, according to the state Labor Department. The rate was down six-tenths of a percentage point from August. “While the data shows that employment increased in September, we know there are still many Vermonters...

Maine unemployment dips to 6.1%; state passes 6,000 cases

Oct. 21, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Unemployment in Maine has dipped close to 6% as the state's economy continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the state's governor said. Maine unemployment fell from 7% in August to 6.1% in September, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said. The number of unemployed people in the...

Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...

Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, center, gestures as he talks with Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, left, the governor's chief budget adviser, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, right, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The three men, all members of the Revenue Estimating Conference, spoke ahead of the conference's meeting. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

No tax hikes, benefit drops for Louisiana unemployment fund

Oct. 20, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The steep drop in Louisiana's unemployment trust fund balance during the coronavirus outbreak won't trigger a decline in benefits for jobless workers or tax hikes on businesses, state lawmakers have decided. The House unanimously gave final passage Tuesday to a package of measures...

FILE - In this July 15, 2020, file photo, job seekers exercise social distancing as they wait to be called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb. For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers are facing higher unemployment than midcareer workers, according to a study released Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, from the New School. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

Oct. 20, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer counterparts, according to a study released Tuesday by the New School university in New York City. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on employment for people of all ages. But researchers found that during its course,...