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Pandemic-weary chefs, cooks enjoy serving from home

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — When COVID-19 shutdowns hit in March 2020, Mike Winneker, a hotel executive sous chef, found himself without work for the first time in years. Between caring for a 6-year-old son and waiting for unemployment benefits, days now spent at home in Scottsdale were stressful.
One night in June, Winneker ... (full story)


Fed in March saw brighter outlook, yet underscored patience

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials were encouraged last month by evidence the U.S. economy was picking up, but they showed no sign of moving closer to ending their bond purchases or lifting their benchmark short-term interest rate from nearly zero.
Fed policymakers also said they expect inflation will likely rise ... (full story)


9 money numbers you need to know

Your doctor needs to know certain numbers to judge your physical health, such as your weight, your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels.
Similarly, you need to know certain numbers to monitor your own financial health, including:
AFTER-TAX INCOME AND 'MUST-HAVE' EXPENSES
Your after-tax income is your gross income ... (full story)


Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Daniel Roberts hadn't had a vaccination since he was 6. No boosters, no tetanus shots. His parents taught him inoculations were dangerous, and when the coronavirus arrived, they called it a hoax. The vaccine, they said, was the real threat.
So when the 29-year-old Tennessee man got his COVID-19 shot ... (full story)


Reboot your budget to prep for reopening

Picture cruising your car deep into 2021 and never glancing in the rearview mirror. Vaccines, travel and a hope of normalcy are finally on the horizon.
With so much to look forward to in the future, it's understandable to not want to look back.
But returning to typical day-to-day life will be a transition. And from a financi ... (full story)