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US begins offering 1B free COVID tests, but many more needed

Jan. 19, 2022 13:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, people across the U.S. can log on to a government website and order free, at-home COVID-19 tests. But the White House push may do little to ease the omicron surge, and experts say Washington will have to do a lot more to fix the country’s long-troubled...

Optum again a big revenue driver for UnitedHealth in 2021

Jan. 19, 2022 10:27 AM EST

UnitedHealth Group's fourth-quarter profit soared as the nation's largest health insurance provider branched deeper into offering care as well as covering the bills. The health care giant said Wednesday that operating earnings from its Optum division grew nearly 10% to $3.4 billion...

White House soft-launches COVID-19 test request website

Jan. 18, 2022 21:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to officially go online. The website, COVIDTests.gov, now includes a link for “every home in the U.S.” to...

Website for free virus tests is here. How does it work?

Jan. 18, 2022 21:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under criticism after weeks of shortages, President Joe Biden's administration is working to make COVID-19 rapid test kits more available and accessible to Americans by boosting supply and lowering costs. A new federal website to request free test kits officially launches...

US-Apple-Books-Top-10

Jan. 18, 2022 12:39 PM EST

Apple Books US Bestseller List - Paid Books Book Title by Author Name - ISBN - (Publisher) 1. End of Days by Brad Taylor - 9780062886125 - (William Morrow) 2. The Summer Proposal by Vi Keeland - 9781951045623 - (C. Scott Publishing Corp) ...

Gas prices up in Vermont, down in Maine and New Hampshire

Jan. 18, 2022 09:48 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gas prices are again a mixed bag in northern New England. The average price in Maine fell a little more than a penny over the past week to $3.38 per gallon, according to GasBuddy, which survey’s stations. Prices in the state remain about 3 cents lower than...

REI Co-op to add 280-job Tennessee distribution center

Jan. 18, 2022 04:08 AM EST

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say the specialty outdoor retailer REI Co-op will set up a new distribution center in the state, creating more than 280 new jobs. The state Department of Economic and Community Development says construction is underway in Lebanon for the...

Train derails near LA site of recent wave of cargo thefts

Jan. 17, 2022 15:59 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crews made railroad repairs in Los Angeles Monday after a train derailed near the location where thieves have been raiding cargo containers, leaving the tracks littered with emptied boxes of packaged good sent by retailers. It wasn't immediately clear if the...

Amazon's UK site backs away from plan to stop taking Visa

Jan. 17, 2022 07:44 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Amazon’s British website has backed away from plans to stop accepting Visa credit cards issued in the United Kingdom, saying Monday that the move has been put on hold while talks between the two sides continue. The online retailer said the change would not be...

World shares mixed after China reports slowing growth

Jan. 17, 2022 03:31 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mixed on Monday after China reported that its economy expanded at an 8.1% annual pace in 2021, though growth slowed to half that level in the last quarter. Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Shanghai advanced while Hong Kong and Seoul declined. ...