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US retail sales were flat in July as inflation takes a toll

Aug. 17, 2022 10:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pace of sales at U.S. retailers was unchanged last month as persistently high inflation and rising interest rates forced many Americans to spend more cautiously. Retail purchases were flat after having risen 0.8% in June, the Commerce Department reported...

Tips to take the sting out of 50% higher car rental prices

Aug. 17, 2022 09:26 AM EDT

When making your travel budget, don’t assume that lodging and airfare will be your biggest expense. Now, more than ever, rental cars are shaping up to be one of the biggest — and stubbornly high — aspects of people’s vacation budgets. While airfare and lodging prices are...

WA pays $2M to workers assaulted at psychiatric hospital

Aug. 16, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

A judge has ordered the state agency that operates Washington's largest psychiatric hospital to pay more than $2 million to four female health workers who were assaulted by a violent patient who targeted women. One of the nurses who filed the lawsuit, Bernia Garner, lost part of her...

Arizona governor touts school voucher plan, slams opponents

Aug. 16, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and backers of universal school vouchers took a victory lap Tuesday over legislation the Republican-controlled Legislature enacted in June giving the state the nation's most expansive voucher system, and he also used the time to attack backers of...

Millennial Money: A scarcity money mindset can cost you

Aug. 16, 2022 09:26 AM EDT

We all saw it at grocery stores in 2020. The shelves, once brimming with toilet paper and hand soap, were bare. We hid in our homes, deep-cleaning every surface, occasionally braving the threat of COVID-19 to hunt down the last remaining bottle of hand sanitizer in a 50-mile radius. We felt out of...

Deadline to close nursing home extended by 2 months

Aug. 15, 2022 20:33 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The deadline to close a nursing home administered by the city of San Francisco has been extended by two months and patients will no longer be transferred or discharged as part of a federally-mandated closure plan, local, state and federal officials said Monday in a joint...

Kemp will hand out up to $1.2B in cash to poorer Georgians

Aug. 15, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp said Monday he will spend up to $1.2 billion in federal COVID-19 aid on payments of $350 apiece to more than 3 million Georgians who benefit from Medicaid, subsidized child health insurance, food stamps or cash welfare assistance. The payments will...

Congress OKs Dems' climate, health bill, a Biden triumph

Aug. 12, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Congress gave final approval Friday to Democrats' flagship climate and health care bill, handing President Joe Biden a back-from-the-dead triumph on coveted priorities that the party hopes will bolster their prospects for keeping their House and Senate majorities in...

Gov: No school vouchers approved yet for Tennessee families

Aug. 12, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Friday the state had not yet approved any school vouchers for families seeking taxpayer funds to cover private school expenses, even as students begin a new school year. The Republican governor had announced in mid-July that the...

Senate climate bill has West Virginia written all over it

Aug. 12, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The sprawling economic package passed by the U.S. Senate this week has a certain West Virginia flavor. The package, passed with no Republican votes, could be read largely as an effort to help West Virginia look to the future without turning away entirely...