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Golf centers boom as coronavirus drives people to the sport. ‘Ridiculous how much I love it.’

In the middle of a pandemic, Adam Betz renovated his golf center along the Meramec River on the edge of Kirkwood, Missouri.

McDonald’s to pay employees to get vaccinated

McDonald’s plans to give employees four hours of bonus pay to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the first major fast food employer to announce incentives to encourage inoculation.

U.S. jobs to return to pre-pandemic level in 2024: CBO

U.S. unemployment rate is expected to gradually decline and the number of people employed will return to its pre-pandemic level in 2024, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Monday.

Why you shouldn’t put medical debt on credit cards

We all want to pay our bills and, faced with an unexpected medical expense — $8,000, say, for tests to determine whether one has a life-threatening condition — many households turn to the only source of cash they have: a credit card, likely charging 16% interest.

Nonprofit lender making big changes to expand small-business loans in Chicago

A nonprofit community lender is taking a new approach to small business lending in Chicago: It will no longer consider credit scores or collateral in deciding whether an applicant should get a loan.

CBOT agricultural futures hold gains

CBOT agricultural futures held their gains this week, with corn and wheat going even higher on export demand.

US airlines renew job warnings as United sees 14,000 at risk

United Airlines Holdings Inc. notified 14,000 employees that their jobs will be at risk in April after the second round of federal payroll support expires, saying the coronavirus pandemic still weighs heavily on the travel outlook.

Amazon algorithms promote vaccine misinformation, study finds

As vaccine misinformation has prompted some to say they will refuse to be inoculated against the coronavirus, the world’s largest online retailer remains a hotbed for anti-vaccination conspiracy theories, according to a new study by University of Washington researchers.

GM hopes to eliminate gas vehicles, have all-electric portfolio by 2040

General Motors "aspires" to have all of its global new light-duty vehicles, including full-size pickups and SUVs, be zero emission by 2035. It also targets 2040 for its global products and plants to be carbon neutral.

Biden administration suspends COVID-19 farm-aid tranche for review

The Biden administration suspended payments from a $2.28 billion farm-relief program for a review after officials under Donald Trump, the former president, authorized the aid on their last full day in office.

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