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Why some gas stations are advertising $9.99 unleaded

If Your Time is shortGas stations will put $9.99 on their signs to indicate that they’re out of gas, not that they’re selling it...

Tucker Carlson Misrepresents Vaccine Safety Reporting Data

SciCheck Digest The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System accepts any reports of adverse side effects following vaccination to help regulators detect potential problems. Anyone can submit...

No, this isn’t a real Exxon gas station sign

If Your Time is shortThis image was fabricated online.See the sources for this fact-checkGasoline shortages are affecting some gas stations around the country and...

Magnet Videos Refuel Bogus Claim of Vaccine Microchips

SciCheck Digest The ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. are publicly available. Yet a false claim that the vaccines contain...

Misinformation surges amid India’s COVID-19 calamity

NEW DELHI (AP) — The man in the WhatsApp video says he has seen it work himself: A few drops of lemon juice in...

No, this isn’t a photo of South Carolinians who filled plastic bags with gas

If Your Time is shortA photo of plastic bags filled with gas is from a 2019 arrest in Mexico, not the United States in...

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Stefanik voted in as House GOP’s new No. 3 leader

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Jenner’s claim she didn’t vote at odds with LA county record

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Michigan Republican wants to register fact-checkers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Republican known for challenging the results of the 2020 presidential election has turned his attention to those who...

Cicilline seeks to censure Republicans who dismiss Jan. 6 insurrection

He specifically pointed to recent comments made by GOP Reps. Andrew Clyde (Ga.), Jody Hice (Ga.) and Paul Gosar (Ariz.). The resolution may face...

New York approves vaccinations of kids aged 12 to 15

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Children between the ages of 12 and 15 can get vaccinated in New York effective immediately, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said...

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Mother exorcises “foul spirits” from gay teen’s room in viral video / LGBTQ Nation

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Is climate change an LGBTQ issue? Let’s find out on this week’s podcast. / LGBTQ Nation

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Tech

EU to discuss US vaccine patent plan at Friday summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders said Thursday that in the wake of the U.S. backing patent waivers for COVID-19 vaccine technology, the 27-nation...

Streaming revenue boosts ViacomCBS Q1 results

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Why some gas stations are advertising $9.99 unleaded

If Your Time is shortGas stations will put $9.99 on their signs to indicate that they’re out of gas, not that they’re selling it...

Tucker Carlson Misrepresents Vaccine Safety Reporting Data

SciCheck Digest The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System accepts any reports of adverse side effects following vaccination to help regulators detect potential problems. Anyone can submit...

Stefanik voted in as House GOP’s new No. 3 leader

After the vote concluded, Stefanik walked to speak to reporters with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other members of the leadership team by...

EU to discuss US vaccine patent plan at Friday summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders said Thursday that in the wake of the U.S. backing patent waivers for COVID-19 vaccine technology, the 27-nation...

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets fell Tuesday after Wall Street rose to a new record as investors looked ahead to this week’s Federal Reserve meeting for assurance interest rates will be kept ultra-low.

Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and South Korea declined.

Overnight, Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index rose 0.2% as gains for tech, bank and consumer stocks outweighed declines for health care.

Investors expect the Fed to keep its key lending rate close to zero and to inject more money into the financial system through bond purchases following a two-day meeting that starts Tuesday.

Investors also looked for earnings announcements by U.S. companies that are expected to show stronger profits as coronavirus vaccines are rolled out and consumer spending strengthens. Quarterly profits among companies in the S&P 500 are expected to be up 24% from this time a year ago, according to a survey by FactSet.

The Fed’s announcement Wednesday of its decision “should be boring, as policymakers are widely expected to keep policy steady,” said Edward Moya of Oanda in a report.

Investor confidence has increased as governments roll out coronavirus vaccines they hope will allow business activity to return to normal. That has been tempered by unease about possible higher inflation and interest rates.

The Shanghai Composite Index sank 0.4% to 3,426.39 and the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo lost 0.3% to 29,047.00. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong retreated 0.2% to 28,910.94.

The Kospi in Seoul declined 0.2% after the government reported economic output rebounded to above pre-pandemic levels after growth accelerated to 1.6% over the previous quarter in the three months ending in March.

The S&P-ASX 200 in Australia fell 0.4% to 7,014.00. New Zealand declined while Singapore and Jakarta advanced.

On Wall Street, the S&P 500 advanced to 4,187.62. Nasdaq gained 0.9% to 14,138.78. The Dow slipped 0.2% to 33,981.57.

About a quarter of S&P 500 companies have reported quarterly results so far this earnings season. Of these, 84% have delivered earnings that topped Wall Street’s estimates, according to FactSet.

Also Wednesday, markets will focus on President Joe Biden’s prime-time address to Congress for possible details of infrastructure spending and tax reform.

In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude rose 18 cents to $62.09 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 23 cents to $61.91 on Monday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 24 cents to $65.27 per barrel in London.

The dollar rose to 108.29 yen from Monday’s 108.12. The euro declined to $1.2069 from $1.2092.

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Why some gas stations are advertising $9.99 unleaded

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