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This double-masking method can block up to 95% of viral particles, CDC says
New research suggests this is the best way to wear two masks to protect against COVID-19
Why isn’t my kid doing better in reading and math? 3 experts weigh in
Even before COVID-19, math and reading scores for 12th graders in the U.S. were at historic lows.
Millions of Americans who were unemployed last year face another shock: A 2020 tax bill they can’t afford
A new bill wants to block federal income taxes on the first $10,200 a person received in unemployment benefits last year.
More than 11 million Americans face an unemployment benefits cliff if lawmakers don’t extend COVID-19 relief programs
President Joe Biden’s stimulus package proposal would allow gig workers, independent contractors and self-employed workers to continue to collect unemployment benefits through September.
Borrowers with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac mortgages can get additional forbearance, regulator says
Roughly 3% of mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are currently in forbearance.
Jeff Bezos, Mike Bloomberg and an NBA legend were among America’s biggest donors to charity in 2020
Philanthropists gave large gifts to meet basic needs, including hunger and homelessness.
Have questions about managing student debt? MarketWatch’s ‘Mastering Your Money’ is here to help
Experts offered tips for borrowers preparing for student loan payments to start again. The next Mastering Your Money events are on Feb. 10 and Feb. 17.
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How NYSE, Nasdaq’s battle with SEC over market data could affect retail investors
Stock exchanges are stepping up their fight against the Securities and Exchange Commission and its attempt to reform rules about what kinds of market data it must provide to the public and at what prices, and the outcome could have an outsized impact on the trajectory of federal securities regulation in the years and decades ahead, experts say.
Powell says he doesn’t expect a ‘large or sustained’ inflation outbreak
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell on Wednesday said he doesn’t see an outbreak of inflation and pressed lawmakers and business leaders to focus on job creation.
Impeachment manager likens Trump to rogue fire chief who tells mob to start fire, then watches ‘with glee’ as blaze spreads
As House managers make their case on Wednesday in former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, the lead manager argues that Trump on Jan. 6 was “worse than someone who falsely shouts fire in a crowded theater.”