Target joins Walmart in ending Thanksgiving store shopping

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is joining Walmart in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a decadelong tradition of jump-starting Black Friday door buster sales. The move, announced Monday, comes as stores are rethinking this year’s Black Friday shopping bonanza weekend — along with other key retail days during the holiday season — as […]

Macy’s hit as New York imposes curfew amid Floyd protests

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City imposed a late-night curfew Monday that failed to prevent another night of destruction, including arrests after a break-in at the iconic Macy’s store on 34th Street, following protests over George Floyd’s death. As the 11 p.m. deadline to get off the streets approached, bands of protesters marched peacefully […]

How many people saw ‘Hamilton’? For now, that’s a secret

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney+’s streaming of “Hamilton” was surely the biggest event on television screens over the holiday weekend. Just how big, however, remains a mystery. Disney knows, but it’s not telling. Data is coming in to the Nielsen company, too, but won’t be released until Disney gives the go-ahead. “Hamilton” is the poster […]

From big cities to backyards, July 4 not usual blowout bash

NEW YORK (AP) — The idea sounds almost un-American. The Fourth of July was always a time for communities to come together, daylong celebrations with patriotic parades in the morning and fireworks finales to cap it off. This year, people are being urged to stay home. If they want a show, watch it on TV. […]

NYC takes ‘biggest step’ in reopening after virus crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City ventured into a crucial stage of reopening as stores let people in Monday, offices brought workers back, restaurants seated customers outdoors and residents both welcomed and worried about rebounding fromthe nation’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak. From Macy’s “Miracle on 34th Street” store to the World Trade Center’s office towers, […]

How California went from success story to virus hot spot

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Heading into Memorial Day weekend, California’s mood was celebratory. The state had avoided dire predictions of a coronavirus surge, hospitalizations were starting to decline and restaurants and most other businesses had reopened. As July 4th approaches, the mood has soured. Infection rates and hospitalizations are rising fast. Most bars have been […]

US job market’s modest improvement may be stalling

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of laid-off workers seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely fell last week, and the reopening of small businesses has leveled off — evidence that the job market’s gains may have stalled just as a surge in coronavirus cases is endangering an economic recovery. The government also reported Thursday that the economy […]

US retail sales up a record 17.7% in partial rebound

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. retail sales jumped by a record 17.7% from April to May, with spending partially rebounding after the coronavirus had shut down businesses, flattened the economy and paralyzed consumers during the previous two months. The Commerce Department’s report Tuesday showed that retail sales have retraced some of the record-setting month-to-month plunges of […]

US retail sales up a record 17.7% in a partial rebound

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. retail sales jumped by a record 17.7% from April to May, with spending partially rebounding after the coronavirus had shut down businesses, flattened the economy and paralyzed consumers during the previous two months. The Commerce Department’s report Tuesday showed that retail sales have retraced some of the record-setting month-to-month plunges of […]

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