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President-elect Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Latest: Biden urges Americans to forgo big Thanksgiving

Nov. 25, 2020 3:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A big Biden family Thanksgiving is off the table for President-elect Joe Biden because of the pandemic. In remarks billed as a Thanksgiving address to the nation, the Democrat urged Americans to “hang on”...

Editorial Roundup: US

Nov. 25, 2020 3:05 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Nov. 25 The Baltimore Sun on toilet paper purchases during the pandemic: You’ve got packages of toilet paper stacked in your bathroom closet. And some stashed in the basement. But then you throw some more rolls into your grocery cart,...

Envelopes from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Reemployment Assistance Program are shown, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Surfside, Fla.  The number of a Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to 778,000, evidence that the U.S. economy and job market remain under strain as coronavirus cases surge and colder weather heighten the risks.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

Nov. 25, 2020 1:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gripped by the accelerating viral outbreak, the U.S. economy is under pressure from persistent layoffs, diminished income and nervous consumers, whose spending is needed to drive a recovery from the pandemic. A flurry of data released Wednesday suggested that the spread of the virus is...

FILE - This May 11, 2018, file photo, from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, shows Scott Peterson. A California prosecutor says someone has filed an unemployment claim in the name of convicted murderer Peterson. Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said it is one of at least 35,000 unemployment claims made on behalf of prison inmates between March and August 2020. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)

California OK'd aid in name of Scott Peterson, other killers

Nov. 24, 2020 9:54 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's system for paying unemployment benefits is so dysfunctional that the state approved more than $140 million for at least 20,000 prisoners, local and federal prosecutors said Tuesday, detailing a scheme that resulted in claims filed in the names of well-known convicted...

Illinois: Fraudulent jobless claims soar during pandemic

Nov. 24, 2020 4:00 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Fraudulent unemployment claims have soared in Illinois with scammers directing jobless benefits to their own accounts even as record numbers of residents sought relief due to the coronavirus pandemic, state officials said. More than 212,000 fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits have...

Wisconsin state Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Finance, has faulted Gov. Tony Evers' administration for the slow pace at which it has processed a surge of unemployment insurance claims during the pandemic. He is seen here during a public hearing at the State Capitol on Dec. 3, 2018 in Madison, Wis. (Coburn Dukehart/Wisconsin Watch via AP)

Wisconsin jobless claims rise as state's system woes persist

Nov. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As Wisconsin businesses shuttered this spring to slow the spread of COVID-19, jobless filings and phone calls flooded the Department of Workforce Development — too quickly for staffers to keep up. But DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman remained optimistic. In a May 4 email, Frostman...

Idaho doesn't count jobless on federal unemployment programs

Nov. 20, 2020 10:05 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho has not included claims from jobless residents on federal unemployment programs in its weekly unemployment reports, according to reporting from Boise State Public Radio. The radio station reports that anyone who files a claim for the first time is counted as an initial claim. But...

Fabian Rodriguez cleans a table in an outdoor tented dining area of Tequila Museo Mayahuel restaurant, in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. California's unemployment rate has dipped below 10% for the first time since March. A new report from the state Employment Development Department shows California added 145,500 jobs in October as the state's unemployment rate fell to 9.3%. Those gains could be short lived as a surge of cases has already prompted new restrictions on businesses with most restaurants ordered to halt indoor dining and impose a 10 p.m. curfew in most areas that begins Saturday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

New virus rules threaten California's October job gains

Nov. 20, 2020 6:28 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's beleaguered restaurant and hospitality industry rebounded in October, adding 66,000 jobs as the unemployment rate in the nation's most populous state dipped below 10% for the first time since the pandemic upended its economy in March. But the gains are likely to be...

In this photo, provided by the New York Stock Exchange, specialist Dilip Patel, left, works with a trader on the floor of the NYSE, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. U.S. stocks are drifting in mixed trading on Thursday, as Wall Street's tug of war continues between worries about the worsening pandemic in the present and optimism that a vaccine will come in the future. (Courtney Crow/New York Stock Exchange via AP)

Asian shares mostly climb amid tug of war between hope, fear

Nov. 19, 2020 9:26 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly rose in muted trading Friday after Wall Street eked out modest gains amid a tug of war between worries about the worsening pandemic in the present and optimism that a vaccine will rescue the economy in the future. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.5% in morning...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2013, file photo, visitors use the Unemployment Insurance phone bank at the California Employment Development Department, EDD office in Sacramento, Calif.California's unemployment benefits agency has sent out at least 38 million pieces of mail containing Social Security numbers since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, putting residents at risk of identity theft, according to a state audit released Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Audit: California agency exposed 38M Social Security numbers

Nov. 19, 2020 5:27 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s unemployment benefits agency has sent out at least 38 million pieces of mail containing Social Security numbers since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, putting residents at risk of identity theft, according to a state audit released Thursday. The Employment...