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Asian markets mixed after modest gains on Wall St

BANGKOK (AP) – Asian markets are mixed after major indices edged up on Wall Street, preserving their gains for the week.

Hong Kong and Shanghai fell while Sydney and Seoul advanced. Tokyo was closed on Friday for a public holiday.

The S&P 500 came out of a midday slump to end Thursday up 0.2%. Even though most S&P 500 stocks fell, gains from several tech heavyweights, including Apple and Microsoft, pushed the index higher.

The Nasdaq added 0.4% while a measure of small business stocks fell 1.5%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average managed a 0.1% gain. Trade was subdued as investors looked at the latest corporate earnings and a surprise increase in the number of Americans claiming unemployment benefits.


WV man found guilty of using shoplifters for resale program

CHARLESTON, West Virginia (AP) – A West Virginia man has been convicted of organizing a shoplifting ring to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in store merchandise which he then resold on Internet. The prosecutor said many of these shoplifters were paid cash to support their drug use habits.

A federal jury convicted Nedeltcho Vladimirov of Cross Lanes on three counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy after a three-day trial in Charleston.

Prosecutors said that among the stolen items he bought from shoplifters at a Cross Lanes gas station were high-end vacuum cleaners and tools. An investigation revealed that Vladimirov had sold more than 7,000 items on an online market account and had more than $ 550,000 in sales over three years.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and a confiscation judgment. The sentence is set for November 18.


US authorities are looking to see if 3rd dose helps some

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health officials reported on Thursday they were looking for ways to quickly find out whether a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine could better protect organ transplant recipients and other patients whose system immune system is weakened.

While vaccines are very effective in most people, many Americans with immunosuppressive health problems are left in limbo after vaccination, not knowing how protected they really are. France and Israel have already started offering an extra dose to transplant recipients and other immunocompromised people. In the United States, these patients increasingly ask – even lie to get – another injection as well.

On Thursday, advisers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at a few small studies that suggest, but do not prove, that a third dose could help at least some immunocompromised patients. The panel can’t officially recommend an additional dose without permission from the Food and Drug Administration, but several advisers have asked if the government can allow concerned patients to sign up for one in a study.


California changes to pay unemployment benefits faster

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California has changed the way it will pay unemployment benefits. The Employment Development Department said it will continue to pay some people even while it investigates their eligibility.

Previously, the state suspended payments until these investigations were completed. But the state was overwhelmed with millions of claims during the pandemic, causing long delays.

Thursday’s announcement is part of a legal settlement between the state and the Center for Workers’ Rights advocacy group. The change only applies to people who have been certified for benefits and who have already received at least one week of payment in the past.


Federal government urges rental websites to warn of elevator dangers

NO DATE (AP) – US Consumer Product Safety Commission urges vacation rental websites to warn customers of the dangers of home elevators and require hosts to lock elevators until inspected .

The request comes days after the death of a 7-year-old boy from Ohio who got stuck between an elevator car and the well of a beach house in North Carolina. In a Tuesday letter, the committee’s acting chairman, Robert Adler, urged Airbnb, VRBO (VUR’-boh) and others to “act immediately to protect consumers.”

A spokesperson for Airbnb said the company was reviewing the letter, but had no further comment.

VRBO will share elevator safety information with elevator owners, including a recommendation to deactivate elevators until they are inspected and common safety issues are addressed, according to a company statement Thursday. . Elevator safety information has also been posted on a safety page which all customers can access.


Mexico to send 2 ships of food and medical aid to Cuba

MEXICO CITY (AP) – The Mexican government has announced that it will send two naval ships to Cuba with food and medical aid. The foreign relations department said the ships will set sail for Cuba on Sunday from the port of Veracruz on the Gulf coast.

The ships will carry oxygen tanks, needles and syringes, as well as basic food items like powdered milk and beans.

The announcement on Thursday came the same day the U.S. government tightened sanctions against Cuban officials after violently cracking down on protests from islanders tired of shortages, long lines, price hikes, and price hikes. lack of medication.

Thousands of Cubans took to the streets of Havana and other towns on the island earlier this month.

The new US sanctions target a Cuban official and a special government brigade who the United States claims have been implicated in human rights violations during the government crackdown.


GM will use Super Cruise extended on 6 vehicles next year

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors has announced that it will feature its Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance technology extended to six vehicles next year.

The automaker says the system will be able to make lane changes while following signaling protocols. Drivers of Super Cruise Assisted Vehicles will also be able to keep their hands free while towing a trailer.

Features will be available on 2022 model year Super Cruise compatible vehicles including the Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac CT4, Cadillac CT5, Chevrolet Silverado2, GMC Hummer EV Pickup and GMC Sierra2. The features will be introduced on vehicles in the first quarter of next year.

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