Day Laborers Feel Pandemic Pain as Jobs Dry Up


BERKELEY, CALIF. – Before the coronavirus pandemic began, Julio Castro’s days began at 6:30 a.m. with a long walk to the parking lot of a Home Depot, hoping someone would hire him to do jobs like yard work or painting. The Guatemalan immigrant made $500 on a good week, enough to eke out a living […]

Celestial Events Liven Up Sky This Week


If life on Earth has become tedious with coronavirus restrictions, celestial activity this week promises some excitement. In addition to an ongoing meteor shower, the year’s last supermoon is out and will be seen at its best Thursday. The annual Halley’s Comet meteor shower peaked Monday, but the meteor streaks will still be visible in […]

Asian Markets Make Gains Tuesday


Asian markets are trading higher Tuesday. Sydney’s S&P/ASX index was up 1.4% in midday trading, while the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong was 0.7% higher and Taiwan’s TSEC 50 was 0.5% higher. Seoul’s KOSPI index had lost 2.6%. The markets in Tokyo and Shanghai remained closed Tuesday. Tuesday’s modest gains in Asia are a […]

Massive COVID Spending Could Unleash Surge of Scams, Experts Warn


WASHINGTON – With trillions of dollars in emergency assistance loosed in the global response to COVID-19, some observers warn of ripe conditions for another pandemic: corruption. “The more funds that are distributed, the more likely it is that people are going to try to steal that money,” said Jeff Cortese, a former acting chief of […]