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    The labor market continues to defy the Federal Reserve’s attempts at loosening it, with U.S. applications for unemployment benefits down again last week and remaining at historically low levels. The Labor Department said Thursday that jobless claims in the U.S. for the week ending March 18 fell by 1,000 to 191,000 from the previous week. The four-week moving average of claims, which flattens out some of week-to-week volatility, fell by 250 to 196,250, remaining below the 200,000 threshold for the ninth straight week. Applications for unemployment benefits are seen as a barometer for layoffs in the U.S.

      Holocaust survivor Tova Friedman is a TikTok star at age 85, thanks to her 17-year-old grandson. In the family living room in Morristown, New Jersey, Aron Goodman records his grandmother talking about her life in 1944 and 1945 as a 6-year-old child at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. They say they clips have garnered 75 million views since they started posting in September 2021. Friedman says it's a way to share the history of the Holocaust with young people in a space where they're listening. Goodman says their most-viewed videos show the identification number tattooed on his grandmother's arm.

        China’s government says it would oppose possible U.S. plans to force TikTok’s Chinese owner to sell the short-video service as a security risk and warned such a move would hurt investor confidence in the United States. Governments are worried TikTok’s owner, ByteDance, might give browsing history or other data about users to China’s government or promote propaganda and disinformation. The Wall Street Journal reported U.S. authorities were considering banning TikTok ban if ByteDance doesn’t sell the company. A Ministry of Commerce spokeswoman, Shu Jueting said, “If the news is true, China will resolutely oppose it.” TikTok is one focus of conflicts between China and other governments over technology and security that are disrupting various high-tech industries.

          A rocket made almost entirely of 3D-printed parts has finally taken flight, but didn't last long. The second stage failed three minutes after liftoff from Florida late Wednesday, and the mission failed to reach orbit. Relativity Space's rocket carried nothing on board except for the company's first metal 3D print from six years ago. Most of the 110-foot rocket, including its engines, came out of the startup's huge 3D printers in California. The rocket blasted off from an old missile pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Relativity Space says 3D-printed metal parts made up 85% of the rocket and larger versions of the rocket will have even more in the future.

            The NIL age has opened a vast new world of earning potential for student-athletes the NCAA long insisted were amateurs. Social media platforms, once solely windows into smaller worlds, became gateways to wider audiences and revenue streams. Social media has in turn turbocharged March Madness, that one-of-a-kind American sporting event with communal elements already built in long before the internet even existed. Taking advantage of this Madness-fueled social media explosion requires a bit of savvy, discernment and lots of engagement.

              Thai police busted an international gang that operated call centers to deceive older Americans into wiring them money and netted $87 million. More than 20 suspects, including Indians and Thais, were arrested this week by Thai and U.S. law enforcement agents. They also seized bank accounts and real estate. The suspects have been charged with transnational crime, fraud, money laundering and other offenses. Police said the scammers claimed to be investigating money laundering and told their victims their funds needed to be transferred to be verified. Some of their computers also were hacked. Investigators found the gang laundered their proceeds through Thai gold shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues and had assets hidden in several countries.

                Security concerns rise among Android users as Google warned them to stop using Wi-Fi for calling. The Hill reports Google’s Project Zero team detected vulnerabilities in Exynos chipsets, made by Samsung. Veuer’s Maria Mercedes Galuppo has the story.

                A reusable water bottle is good for the environment, but can also harbor bacteria. In fact, it could have more bacteria than a toilet. The Water Filter Guru says a study found that a squeeze top water bottle can have 6000 times more bacteria than a toilet. Your water bottle might be harborin…

                Q: I am 76 and my wife is 58. I own our home outright, and she will inherit the house when I die through a living trust. Is it to her advantage to maintain the situation the way it is from a capital gains perspective, or should I add her to the deed now? I am thinking of the step-up in valuation of the house when she inherits it to minimize her capital gains tax if/when she sells the house.

                Because home prices have risen so dramatically since 2020, tax assessments are rising as well—which means larger annual property tax bills. Higher property taxes can be daunting for homeowners, but they are a boon for state and local governments that rely heavily on property tax revenue. Pro…

                Lawmakers in states including Colorado, California, Texas and New York are taking big, legislative swings at the eating disorder crisis. It’s estimated that around 30 million Americans — about the population of Texas — will struggle with an eating disorder in their lifetime. Every year about 10,000 die from the illness. The proposals include prohibiting the sale of weight loss pills to minors, blocking the use of body mass index or BMI in determining treatment and restricting social media algorithms from promoting content that could exacerbate the illness. Among the most common eating disorders is anorexia, which typically involves restrictive eating habits and extreme thinness. It can cause abnormally low blood pressure and organ damage.

                The specter of missing GoPro camera footage documenting the 2016 ski collision between Gwyneth Paltrow and a retired optometrist has been raised at trial in Park City. The daughter of a man suing Paltrow testifies Thursday that her father Terry Sanderson's health and cognitive function deteriorated after the collision, when he broke his ribs and suffered from a concussion. Paltrow has claimed that Sanderson was actually the culprit for the collision, and her attorneys also questioned the daughter about her father's mentions of Paltrow's wealth and celebrity. Paltrow is likely to be called to testify Friday or early next week.

                Four families have filed a federal lawsuit against Florida health officials. They're challenging the state’s prohibition against puberty-blocking hormones and gender-affirming surgeries for minors. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Tallahassee federal court against Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and the state boards of medicine and osteopathic medicine. It claims the ban violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution by singling out transgender minors and blocking them from obtaining medically necessary care for gender dysphoria. The anonymous plaintiffs are four mothers with transgender children. The families are asking the federal court to halt the policy while their case against it proceeds.


                For the first time in three decades, the U.S. has a new favorite dog breed, according to the American Kennel Club. Adorable in some eyes, deplorable in others, the sturdy, push-faced, perky-eared, world-weary-looking and distinctively droll French bulldog became the nation's most prevalent p…

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