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    1. What to Make of the Rebound in the U.S. Jobs Report

      What to Make of the Rebound in the U.S. Jobs Report

      The job market halted its pandemic-induced collapse in May as employers brought back millions of workers and the unemployment rate unexpectedly declined.

      Tens of millions remain out of work, and the unemployment rate, which fell to 13.3 percent from 14.7 percent in April, remains higher than in any previous postwar recession.

      But employers added 2.5 million jobs in May, the Labor Department said Friday, defying economists’ expectations of further losses and offering hope that the rebound from the pandemic-induced economic crisis could be faster than forecast.

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    2. Small Businesses Counting on Loan Forgiveness Could Be Stuck With Debt

      Small Businesses Counting on Loan Forgiveness Could Be Stuck With Debt

      The embattled small business lending program at the center of the Trump administration’s economic rescue is running into a new set of challenges, one that threatens to saddle borrowers with huge debt loads, as banks begin the tricky task of proving the loans they extended actually met the government’s strict and shifting terms.

      With thousands of businesses preparing to ask for their eight-week loans to be forgiven, banks and borrowers are just now beginning to realize how complicated the program may turn out to be. Along with lawmakers, they are pushing the Treasury Department, which is overseeing the loan fund, to make forgiveness requirements easier to meet.

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    3. Sick Workers and Spooked Customers: Coronavirus Threatens Small Businesses - The New York Times

      Sick Workers and Spooked Customers: Coronavirus Threatens Small Businesses - The New York Times

      If the new coronavirus causes workers to take sick days; customers to stay home; and officials to order quarantines, it will be hard on all American companies. For small businesses, though, it could be catastrophic.

      Many of them, like local restaurants and retailers, operate leanly, with tight profit margins and just enough people on staff. They might struggle to provide sick pay at the same time they are encountering slow business because of widespread illness or public caution. Already, businesses in areas where patients have tested positive for Covid-19 are feeling the effects.

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      Mentions: coronavirus
    4. Hemp Industry Is Cleared to Do Business With Banks

      Hemp Industry Is Cleared to Do Business With Banks

      The number of banks in the United States willing to lend to hemp producers can be counted on one hand. That is about to change.

      Federal and state bank regulators announced Tuesday that they were scrapping a burdensome requirement that banks said kept them away from the hemp business. Banks will no longer have to treat their hemp customers as suspicious and file reams of paperwork to anti-money-laundering authorities for each interaction.

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    5. Is Dying at Home Overrated?

      Is Dying at Home Overrated?

      “If time were short, where would you want to be?”

      As a palliative care physician, I regularly ask my patients, or their family members, where they want to die. The specific language I use depends on what they know, what they want to know and how they process information, but the basic premise is the same. Having asked this of hundreds of patients, I have come to expect most will tell me that they want to be at home.

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    6. Morning Exercise May Offer the Most Weight Loss Benefits

      Morning Exercise May Offer the Most Weight Loss Benefits

      People who exercise in the morning seem to lose more weight than people completing the same workouts later in the day, according to a new study of workouts and waistlines. The findings help shed light on the vexing issue of why some people shed considerable weight with exercise and others almost none, and the study adds to the growing body of science suggesting that the timing of various activities, including exercise, could affect how those activities affect us.

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    7. California Tests a Digital ‘Fire Alarm’ for Mental Distress

      California Tests a Digital ‘Fire Alarm’ for Mental Distress

      The state is teaming up with Silicon Valley to make mental health services more available. Promises abound, and so do potential problems.

      For the past year, California state and county mental health officials, along with patient representatives, have met regularly with Mindstrong and another company, 7 Cups, to test smartphoneapps for people receiving care through the state’s public mental health system. Officials from 13 counties and two cities are involved, and the apps are already available to the public.

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    8. Six Simple Barre Stretches to Try on Vacation

      Six Simple Barre Stretches to Try on Vacation

      Traveling — even for fun — can be tough on our bodies. Hours spent in airline seats, heavy meals and long stretches of touristy walking or standing can leave muscles and joints stiff and achy.

      I asked two well-known fitness trainers, Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito, for some simple exercises that travelers of any age or condition can do on the move, no matter where they may be.

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      Mentions: Dublin Bermuda
    9. High Doses of B Vitamins Tied to Hip Fractures in Women

      High Doses of B Vitamins Tied to Hip Fractures in Women

      Large doses of vitamin B supplements are linked to an increased risk for hip fracture in older women, researchers report.

      The recommended dietary allowance for healthy women over 50 — 2.4 micrograms of B12 and 1.5 milligrams of B6 — would be fulfilled by eating six ounces of cooked tuna, and there are many other foods that contain these vitamins. One tablet of Centrum Silver, a widely used brand of multivitamins, contains 50 micrograms of vitamin B12 and 5 milligrams of B6.

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    10. U.S. Birthrate Drops 4th Year in a Row, Possibly Echoing the Great Recession

      U.S. Birthrate Drops 4th Year in a Row, Possibly Echoing the Great Recession

      The United States’ birthrate fell for a fourth consecutive year in 2018, bringing the number of people born in the country to its lowest level in 32 years, according to provisional figures published on Wednesday by the federal government. It said the fertility rate in the United States also fell to a record low.

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    11. Life Insurance Offering More Incentive to Live Longer

      Life Insurance Offering More Incentive to Live Longer

      Brian and Carla Restid, a couple in their mid-60s, bought life insurance four years ago to protect their lifestyle in retirement. A year later, they upgraded to a pilot program offered by the insurer to get fitter, healthier and more energized.

      In exchange for working to improve their well-being and providing details about the process, they have saved $700 so far in premiums.

      “It provided a way for me to be accountable to myself,” said Mrs. Restid, 67, who has an autoimmune disease that has slowed her down. “It provided me a way to get going and keep going. I was exercising before, but it wasn’t at the forefront of my mind. This set me on a life-changing program.”

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