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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2020 file photo, stone sculptures adorn the New York Stock Exchange.  Stocks are pulling lower again on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021,  after reports showed the pandemic is deepening the hole for the economy, as Washington prepares to throw it another lifeline.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Stocks fall as economy's pain deepens, head for weekly loss

Jan. 15, 2021 2:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are pulling lower on Friday after reports showed the pandemic is deepening the hole for the economy, as Washington prepares to throw it another lifeline. The S&P 500 was down 0.5% in afternoon trading, with stocks of companies that most need a healthier economy taking the...

Kansas on track to pay out extra unemployment benefit

Jan. 15, 2021 2:42 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is on track to pay out an extra $300-a-week federal unemployment benefit as part of a coronavirus rescue aid package enacted late last month, a top Department of Labor official said. Ryan Wright, who stepped down as acting secretary of the agency in December but remains a top...

Fewer Oklahomans seeking to continue unemployment benefits

Jan. 14, 2021 10:45 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of Oklahomans filing to continue their unemployment benefits continued to decline, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Thursday. The agency reported the four-week moving average of claims to continue unemployment benefits decreased for the 29th consecutive...

Ohio to roll out online tool to look up vaccine locations

Jan. 14, 2021 3:28 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is rolling out an online tool to allow state residents to look up locations where the coronavirus vaccine is available by county and ZIP code, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday. The tool will be available on the state's coronavirus web site on Friday, and all local health...

The closed sign of a former restaurant is displayed at a shopping center Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Houston. The latest figures for jobless claims, issued Thursday, Jan. 14, by the Labor Department, remain at levels never seen until the virus struck. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)

VIRUS TODAY: Unemployment claims in US rise to 965,000

Jan. 14, 2021 3:19 PM EST

Here’s what’s happening Thursday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — The number of people seeking unemployment aid soared last week to 965,000, the most since late August, offering evidence that the resurgent virus has caused a spike in layoffs. The Labor...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2021, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right rear, watches as Carlos Dennis, left, 65, rolls up his sleeve so that Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue paramedic, Capt. Javier Crespo, can administer a COVID-19 vaccine shot at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Florida was one of the first states to throw open vaccine eligibility to members of the general public over 65, leading to rumors that tourists and day-trippers are swooping into the state solely for the jab.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Florida to begin statewide appointment system for vaccine

Jan. 14, 2021 2:49 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s director of emergency management said Thursday that a statewide appointment system for COVID-19 vaccinations should be ready within weeks, bringing order to the chaos marking Florida's rollout of vaccines to its most vulnerable residents. Director Jared Moskowitz...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's State of the State address

Jan. 14, 2021 12:16 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Here is the text of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's State of the State address as prepared Thursday: Lieutenant Governor Duncan, Speaker Ralston, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, members of the General Assembly, Chief Justice Melton, Chief Judge McFadden, and my fellow Georgians: In my first State of the...

Andrew Walcott, owners of Fusion East Caribbean & Soul Food restaurant, poses for a photo at the restaurant in East New York neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.  Walcott had to furlough four employees at his restaurant just before Christmas, after New York state stopped allowing indoor dining.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

Jan. 14, 2021 11:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment aid soared last week to 965,000, the most since late August and a sign that the resurgent virus has likely escalated layoffs. The latest figures for jobless claims, issued Thursday by the Labor Department, remain at levels never seen until the...

Unemployment claims remain high in Maine amid pandemic

Jan. 14, 2021 10:29 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Unemployment claims remained high in Maine during the early part of the new year. The Maine Department of Labor reported about 3,700 initial claims for state unemployment insurance during the week that ended Jan. 9. That figure is 200 less than the previous week, but 1,000 more than...

US jobless claims jump to 965,000 as layoffs remain high with economy in grip of virus

Jan. 14, 2021 8:32 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — US jobless claims jump to 965,000 as layoffs remain high with economy in grip of virus.