Latest Discretionary spending News

Man arrested after refusing temp check on $15K Disney trip

Apr. 05, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Louisiana man who said he spent $15,000 on a Disney World vacation learned to his misfortune that the “the most magical place on Earth” has very real rules to maintain public health during the coronavirus pandemic. Kelly Sills, 47, of Baton...

Fire kills 3 in market near Rohingya camp in Bangladesh

Apr. 02, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire on Friday destroyed more than 20 shops in a makeshift market near a Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh, killing at least three people, police and witnesses said. Local police chief Ahmed Sanjur Morshed said they recovered...

Cape Cod sees virus surge; Gov urges patience with website

Mar. 28, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

A look at coronavirus developments around New England: MASSACHUSETTS Officials on Cape Cod are pleading with the state for more help as the vacation destination deals with another surge of COVID-19 cases, including multiple cases of new variants that...

5 pandemic-driven financial habits worth keeping

Mar. 24, 2021 07:51 AM EDT

As the pandemic shut down the world around her, Ashli Smith , an Atlanta resident and mom to a newborn, says she set up autopay for her recurring bills to help her stay organized and avoid late payments. “With everything going on, plus being a mom, I don’t want to forget to pay something...

Wall Street on track to match longest winning streak of 2021

Mar. 16, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

Stocks were mixed in afternoon trading Tuesday after Wall Street hit a new high the day before. Investors continue to closely watch the bond market, with even minute changes in bond yields causing stocks to fluctuate. Investors are also working through economic data that...

New Mexico governor used fund to buy groceries, dry cleaning

Feb. 20, 2021 13:15 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she regrets discretionary spending of taxpayer money that included $6,500 on groceries and alcohol. Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, over a six-month period in 2020 spent almost $13,500 from a taxpayer-funded...

Walmart sales still surging, but a chill may be on the way

Feb. 18, 2021 10:28 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is raising wages for 425,000 of its 1.5 million U.S. workers and is investing $14 billion this year to speed up its distribution network as the nation's largest retailer navigates vast industry changes that were accelerated by the pandemic. ...

Dogged volunteer feels at home in Twin Cities homeless camps

Feb. 13, 2021 01:04 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — For a man who claims to be terrible with names, Bryan Ring seemed to have no trouble last week at the homeless encampment near Sheridan Memorial Park in Minneapolis. “Hey, Robert,” he said to a man headed to the camp’s portable toilet while...

The Latest: Hawley blocks quick confirmation of DHS nominee

Jan. 19, 2021 15:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s nominees for his administration (all times local): 3:40 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden’s hopes of quick confirmation of his nominee to lead the...

U.S. retail sales fell in December for 3rd straight month

Jan. 15, 2021 12:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans cut back on spending in December for the third-straight month as a surge in virus cases kept people away from stores during the critical holiday shopping season. The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales fell a seasonally...