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Suddenly retired? Here's what to do next

The pandemic seems to be driving a surge of early retirements as businesses close or downsize and older people weigh the health risks of continuing to work.
The share of unemployed people not looking for work who called themselves "retired" increased to 60% in April from 53% in January, according to a study by three ec ... (full story)


Walmart to spread out deals to avoid Black Friday crowds

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it will spread out its traditional one-day Black Friday deals over three weekends in November in an effort to reduce crowds in its stores during a pandemic.
The nation's largest retailer said last Wednesday that more of its doorbuster deals will be reserved for online, as a way to steer more sh ... (full story)


Amid COVID, many businesses in precarious spot as 2020 ends

Amid COVID, many businesses in precarious spot as 2020 ends

NEW YORK (AP) — The final three months of the year, usually a boom time for many small businesses thanks to holiday shopping and celebrations, looks precarious as the coronavirus maintains its grip on the economy.
Owners contending with government restrictions or crumbling demand are trying to hold on, with some creating ... (full story)


State


State cannot challenge erroneous prison sentence 18 years later

When a trial court makes an error during criminal sentencing, the mistake cannot be challenged through postconviction proceedings, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently.
The Supreme Court further clarified its stance on “void and voidable sentences” by deciding that in 2017 Cuyahoga County prosecutors could not seek ... (full story)


Stolen property values can be combined to increase theft charge regardless of victim’s status

A state law allows for a greater penalty for a person convicted of committing multiple thefts against a single victim and broadens the protection for the elderly, disabled, and military personnel, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently.
In a unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court upheld the 2017 conviction of Lashawn Pettus, who ar ... (full story)


Landlords are getting squeezed between tenants and lenders

Landlords are getting squeezed between tenants and lenders

NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to sympathetic figures, landlords aren't exactly at the top of the list. But they, too, have fallen on hard times, demonstrating how the coronavirus outbreak spares almost no one.
Take Shad Elia, who owns 24 single-family apartment units in the Boston area. He says government stimulus benefit ... (full story)


With Americans anxious to go out, walking tours pick up pace

With Americans anxious to go out, walking tours pick up pace

CINCINNATI (AP) — With an eerily quiet and empty stadium plaza behind him, the tour guide tried to help people picture what they would have seen there more than 160 years earlier.
His audience of eight, all on foot, peered over masks at maps as he described hundreds of groceries, saloons, blacksmiths and 100,000 people liv ... (full story)


Plot puts focus on governors' safety amid threats, protests

Plot puts focus on governors' safety amid threats, protests

A plot to kidnap Michigan's governor has put a focus on the security of governors who have faced protests and threats over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
While the alleged plot against Gretchen Whitmer is the most specific and highest-profile to come to light, it's far from the first threat against state officials, ... (full story)