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Pfizer Inc. and its German vaccine partner said their booster tailored to the latest omicron variants raised more antibodies against the dominant strains of COVID-19 when compared with the original … more
Accounting for ticks up and back down again over the last week, average gasoline prices fell slightly across the Austin metro area. GasBuddy reports the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded … more
U.S. retail sales stalled last month as shoppers grew more guarded about discretionary purchases amid the worst inflationary environment in decades and rising interest rates. The value of overall … more
Social Security beneficiaries are set to get the largest boost to their benefits in four decades.The 2023 cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will be 8.7%, the Social Security administration … more
The CDC bowed to the Trump administration’s demands to change the editorial process of its weekly scientific journal after warnings from then health secretary Alex Azar to “get in line,” a … more
The holiday season is an opportunity to slow down, connect with friends and family or even take a much-needed vacation. But according to a new Bankrate survey, a substantial portion of travelers are … more
The OPEC+ group of oil producers will consider cutting output by more than 1 million barrels a day, according to delegates, when it meets in person on Wednesday for the first time in more than two … more
After a slight tick upward last week, local gas prices fell back down below the $3 range at many stations across Cedar Park and Leander. The Austin metro area average fell 4 cents to $3.12 per … more
Applications for U.S. unemployment insurance ticked up from an almost four-month low, suggesting demand for workers remains healthy despite an increasingly uncertain economic outlook.Initial … more
August electricity bills for U.S. consumers jumped the most since 1981, gaining 15.8% from the same period a year ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.Natural gas bills, which crept … more
Mortgage rates jumped to a shocking 6% as homeownership grows even more unaffordable for many homebuyers.The average rate for a 30-year-fixed mortgage hit a level not seen since the 2008 housing … more
Librarians and their legislative allies are pushing publishers of electronic books to lower their prices and relax licensing terms, an effort that could make it easier for millions of library users … more
Why are you getting virtually no interest on your savings?After all, mortgage interest rates are nearly twice as high as they were at the start of the year, thanks largely to the Federal Reserve’s … more
U.S. consumer prices were resurgent last month, dashing hopes of a nascent slowdown and likely assuring another historically large interest-rate hike from the Federal Reserve.The consumer price index … more
Queen Elizabeth II, who wasn’t expected to ascend to the throne when she was born but went on to become the longest-lived and longest-reigning monarch in British history, has … more
Lawmakers return to Washington this month to wrestle with a White House request for $47.1 billion in emergency supplemental funds and the need to pass a stopgap spending bill to avoid a partial … more
The next generation of COVID-19 booster shots — tailored specifically to combat the highly infectious family of omicron subvariants — could roll out early next month.The long-in-the-works … more
After privacy concerns arose, three Republican senators, including Texan John Cornyn, introduced legislation to repeal a provision that would mandate the development of advanced … more
Average gasoline prices in the Austin area fell another 2.8 cents per gallon in the last week, with some Cedar Park and Leander stations reporting an even further drop with prices as low as $3.16 … more
Applications for U.S. unemployment insurance fell for the second week, suggesting that employers are holding on to workers despite growing economic uncertainty. Initial unemployment claims … more
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