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S&P 500 barely strikes record high as Federal Reserve commits to economic recovery

S&P 500 barely strikes record high as Federal Reserve commits to economic recovery

Business
April 7 (UPI) -- The S&P 500 scraped its way to a record close on Wednesday in a mixed day of trading as the Federal Reserve indicated it would remain committed to policies supporting economic recovery. The equity benchmark gained 0.15% to a new closing high of 4,079.95. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 16.02 points, or 0.048%, while the Nasdaq Composite dipped slightly to close down 0.07%. Advertisement Markets reacted to minutes from the Fed's March policy meeting where officials indicated the pace of asset purchases is likely to remain the same as the central bank works toward its economic goals. "Participants noted that it would likely be some time until substantial further progress toward the Committee's maximum-employment and price-stability goals would be realized and that...
‘Our flight refund battle for mum who can barely walk’

‘Our flight refund battle for mum who can barely walk’

Business
Clare D'AgnostinoAn elderly grandmother who can "barely walk" has finally been sent a refund - a year after her flight was cancelled.Veronica Brown, aged 85, had hoped to visit her son and grandchildren in Munich last Easter, until Covid restrictions put an end to her plans.Her daughter Clare D'Agostino said, with little prospect of rearranging, there was "no way on earth" they would have chosen a voucher over a refund.But they were sent one anyway, until the BBC followed up the case.Pointless voucherMrs Brown visited her family in Germany as much as she could. In her advancing years, her daughter Clare booked her flights for her. The Easter trip was booked via Expedia, but then the Covid crisis intervened, and all such travel halted.For a variety of reasons including an apparent disagreem...
Man City 1-2 Lyon: City reduced to 'a barely recognisable rabble'

Man City 1-2 Lyon: City reduced to 'a barely recognisable rabble'

Sports
In the first half of their shock Champions League defeat by Lyon, I described Manchester City as being a "rabble" - and they really were that bad.When I said that, just after they had gone 2-0 down, I meant they were a team that appeared disorganised and did not look like they were together, which was also conceding possession unnecessarily.Normally that is the state that City reduce other teams too, but at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night the brilliant side we saw last season was barely recognisable. Why? I think it was down to a combination of things, but it is important to remember this is a bad result for City, but not a catastrophic one.They have got plenty of time to recover and qualif...
Navy SEALs who rescued Thai soccer team from cave barely made it out, officials say

Navy SEALs who rescued Thai soccer team from cave barely made it out, officials say

World
Thai Navy SEALs who were clearing the flooded cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were rescued, barely made it out after the main pump that had been siphoning water out of the cave failed, Thai military sources who were directly involved in the operation told ABC News. The system, which had pumped hundreds of millions of gallons of rainwater out of the cave over the past 18 days, gave out soon after rescuers extracted the coach and the four Thai Navy Seals who had volunteered to stay with them. Thai SEALs and support teams, who were carrying air tanks from the third to the second chamber of the labyrinthine cave, soon noticed the waters rising. The third chamber filled, then the second and then the first, as crews scrambled to avoid the kind of cave flooding that had trapped the so...
Too much, too young? Tallia Storm barely covers undercarriage in skimpy swimsuit

Too much, too young? Tallia Storm barely covers undercarriage in skimpy swimsuit

Entertainment
Good Lie songstress and Celebs Go Dating star Tallia Storm certainly turned up the heat as she wore a very racy swimsuit while in Cannes.Seb Morris' ex is in the French resort for the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival.And she certainly made sure she grabbed attention in her latest swimwear.The 19-year-old barely kept her privates covered as she donned a skimpy yellow bikini on a boat trip. FLYNET/SPLASH NEWS SKIMPY: Tallia barely covered her nether regions in her saucy swimsuit FLYNET/SPLASH NEWS RISQUÉ: The pop princess certainly dared to bare in her swimwear The saucy number was so high-cut that it put the starlet thigh-brow on full disp...