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May 17

Small free libraries offering solace amid virus shutdowns

Christine Gale Reynolds worked at the public library in Yosemite National Park before it closed in March when California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued shutdown orders…
Housing
May 17

Economist's forecast: Slumping home sales but steady prices

The coronavirus has depressed U.S. home sales, just as it has nearly every economic sector. Perhaps surprisingly, though, prices have remained fairly sturdy. Still, prospects…
May 14

Denver to furlough thousands of workers amid coronavirus

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said Thursday that thousands of city employees, including himself, will be furloughed for eight days this year to help close what is expected to be a $226 million budget gap caused by the coronavirus, joining mayors across the country that have made the same move or are thinking about it.
May 14

Man blocks black delivery driver in an Oklahoma neighborhood

A black delivery driver says he was overcome with emotion while recording himself and a black co-worker being blocked into a gated Oklahoma City neighborhood for more than an hour by a white resident who demanded to know why they were there.
May 14

US mortgage rates hover near all-time lows; 30-year at 3.28%

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were mostly steady this week, hovering near all-time lows.
May 14

The drive-in is giving indie films a box office boost

Indie films and drive-in theaters don't usually go together. Drive-ins need the big movies, the ones with superheroes and superstars, to draw substantial audiences. So it was a little surprising when " The Wretched," a supernatural horror flick with no stars, earned nearly $70,000 from 12 drive-in theaters on its first weekend.
May 13

Vast cutbacks in jobs and spending before any summer rebound

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Wednesday related to national and global…
May 9

Minnesota House OKs bill raising age to buy tobacco to 21

The Minnesota House approved legislation Saturday that raises the age for residents to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.
May 9

Decontamination system for N95 masks ready in Wisconsin

A decontamination system that can sanitize N95 respirator masks worn mainly by healthcare workers is ready for use in Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers announced Saturday.
May 9

US governors aim to boost production of medical supplies

Frustrated by scarce supplies and a chaotic marketplace amid the coronavirus outbreak, some U.S. governors are seeking to bolster their home-state production of vital medical and protective equipment to ensure a reliable long-term source for state stockpiles.