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AUSTIN, Texas—Texas lawmakers are poised to vote Thursday on a Republican-sponsored election bill that has received pushback from civil-rights groups and major corporations. The Texas bill comes after voting laws passed in Georgia and Florida that Republicans say will increase election security and Democrats contend will restrict voting access, particularly to minority communities. Florida Gov. …

The U.S. economy expanded rapidly in the first quarter, growing at a 6.4% annual rate and extending what economists project will be a robust, consumer-led recovery from the pandemic this year. The jump in U.S. gross domestic product in the first three months of the year, reported by the Commerce Department on Thursday, put the …

Robert Colescott’s George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page from an American History Textbook Courtesy of Sotheby’s Text size Robert Colescott’s George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page from an American History Textbook will be offered at Sotheby’s contemporary art sales in New York this May. With an estimate of between US$9 million and US$12 …

Healthy, young volunteers who have previously had COVID-19 will be deliberately exposed to coronavirus for a second time to see how the immune system responds, as part of a new U.K. study. Researchers at the University of Oxford on Monday launched the “human challenge” trial to investigate what happens when volunteers who have recovered from the …

It’s a sunny, breezy morning in Eugene, Ore., a place best known for access to the great outdoors, a history of environmental activism and being the birthplace of Nike . I’m standing outside a nondescript, one-story industrial space, speaking with Mark Frohnmayer, chief executive of Arcimoto, maker of a three-wheeled electric vehicle it calls a …

The Iowa State Capitol building July 31 in Des Moines. MEG MCLAUGHLIN Courier Des Moines Bureau More than $11.5 million in federal relief funding is available to assist public school districts in providing mental health support and other wraparound services to pre-K-12 students. The money also will support community college efforts in expanding programming to …

Credit Suisse Group AG A fire sale of stocks by a large U.S. investor burned Credit Suisse and Nomura Holdings Inc. The global investment banks said Monday that they could incur substantial losses after Bill Hwang’s firm Archegos Capital Management and its banks began liquidating huge positions in blue-chip companies. Large banks served as prime …

In the massive stimulus package enacted earlier this month, lawmakers inserted a last-minute exemption for many taxpayers with up to $10,200 of unemployment payments for 2020. Normally this income is fully taxable on federal returns, so the change could save many filers $1,000 or more. The brain twister, for the agency and affected taxpayers, is …

JOHANNESBURG—South African platinum miners are raking in record amounts of cash and reinvesting in their mines in a bet that vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells will help lift demand. After years of low prices, profits at local miners of platinum group metals, which include palladium and rhodium among others, have soared, even though lockdowns …

U.S. officials said they were told AstraZeneca PLC may have released outdated information in its disclosure of trial results for its Covid-19 vaccine that could have “provided an incomplete view of the efficacy data.” The statement from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases came a day after AstraZeneca released interim data from large-scale …