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1.2 Million Seek Jobless Aid After $600 Federal Check Ends

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired. The Labor Department’s report…

Moderna Details Coronavirus Vaccine Pricing as Orders Roll in

(Fox Business) - Moderna’s customers are lining up to order its coronavirus vaccine even though it's still in the experimental state. “We have received approximately $400 million of customer deposits for potential supply. As we pivot to a commercial-stage company, we recognize the need for…

Dunkin’ to Close 800 US Stores as Pandemic Hurts Sales

CANTON, Mass. (AP) — Dunkin’ Brands Inc. expects to close up to 800 underperforming U.S. stores this year as it tries to shore up its portfolio in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The company had previously announced the closure…

Target to Close on Thanksgiving, Ending Black Friday Kickoff

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is joining Walmart in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a decade long tradition of jump-starting Black Friday doorbuster sales. The move, announced Monday, comes as stores are rethinking the Black Friday in-store bargain…

Virus Vaccine put to Final Test in Thousands of Volunteers

(AP) -- The world's biggest COVID-19 vaccine test got underway Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers. The experimental vaccine is made by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., and it's one of several candidates in the…

Trump Calls off Florida Segment of GOP National Convention

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he has canceled segments of the Republican National Convention scheduled for Florida next month, citing a “flare-up” of the coronavirus. Convention events will still be held in North Carolina. “To have…

Walmart to Close its Stores on Thanksgiving Day

NEW YORK (AP) - Walmart Inc. said that it will be closing its namesake stores and Sam’s Clubs on Thanksgiving Day this year, saying that it wants to have its employees spend time with their families during the coronavirus. The…

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