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Potential delay of new long-term care payroll tax considered

Dec. 02, 2021 19:58 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday he is talking to lawmakers about a potential delay in the collection of a mandatory payroll tax to fund Washington state’s new long-term care program. On Wednesday, Senate Democratic leadership sent Inslee...

NC Duke Energy customers see bill uptick due to storm costs

Dec. 02, 2021 18:43 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy electric customers in North Carolina will see a new line-item charge on their bills to repay $1 billion in special bonds the company issued last week to repay the company for its infrastructure repairs after 2018 and 2019 storms. ...

'Buy now, pay later' catches on just in time for holidays

Dec. 01, 2021 03:09 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As Americans shop for the holidays, they will likely see a swarm of offers to get their gifts now but pay for them later in fixed monthly installments. Fueled by several hot Silicon Valley startups as well as a push by the big credit card...

Families turn down Travis Scott offer to pay for funerals

Nov. 30, 2021 18:32 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Several families of the 10 people who died from injuries in a massive crowd surge at the Astroworld festival have turned down an offer by headliner Travis Scott to pay for their loved ones’ funeral costs. Attorneys for the families of four of the...

Supply chain problems hit charities' holiday gifts for kids

Nov. 30, 2021 09:51 AM EST

With less than four weeks to go until Christmas, Kristyn Begari has been rushing to find enough doll styling heads to give to kids in need. But, the purchasing coordinator for the California-based nonprofit Family Giving Tree says it's been difficult to find them, or...

Japan crown prince says royals should refute extreme attacks

Nov. 30, 2021 02:00 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Crown Prince Akishino, the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito, has complained about harsh criticism of his daughter’s recent marriage and suggested that the imperial family should be allowed to refute false and extreme attacks. Currently,...

Cyber Monday caps holiday shopping weekend as virus lingers

Nov. 29, 2021 19:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are spending freely and going back to store shopping, knocking out some of the momentum in online sales from last year when Americans were making many of their purchases exclusively via the internet. Shopper traffic roared back on Black Friday,...

Police investigate Black Friday mall shooting in Washington

Nov. 27, 2021 18:36 PM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Police in Washington state on Saturday were investigating a shooting at a shopping mall that left one person seriously wounded and sent hundreds of Black Friday shoppers fleeing for exits or hiding in stores. As of Saturday afternoon, no arrests had...

Shippers prepare for another pandemic crush of holiday gifts

Nov. 27, 2021 09:46 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The last holiday season was far from the most wonderful time of the year for the U.S. Postal Service: Sick and quarantined workers, a flood of packages from shoppers loath to set foot in stores and a last-minute dump of packages from overwhelmed private shippers. ...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Nov. 26, 2021 14:57 PM EST

Portland Press Herald. November 21, 2021. Editorial: Local zoning drives high housing costs around Maine Municipal officials don’t have to answer to the people who can’t afford to live in their community. When people talk...