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How $1,400 stimulus checks could be best targeted based on past payments

Finance
Sarah Casillas | DigitalVision | Getty ImagesA new coronavirus relief bill could give millions of Americans $ 1,400 stimulus checks.Congress is poised to pass the legislation in March, at which point individuals and families could see the money in the following days or weeks.But as negotiations continue, one argument has surfaced: Is the amount too much or too little? And who exactly should be eligible?The current proposal calls for sending $ 1,400 to individuals, or $ 2,800 to married couples who file their taxes jointly. Their children and adult dependents would also be eligible for $ 1,400.More from Personal Finance:As Washington debates $ 1,400 checks, who qualifies may changeChild tax credit proposal could give families more aid than stimulus8 million missing out on unemployment ...
Covid-19: China pushes for QR code based global travel system

Covid-19: China pushes for QR code based global travel system

Technology
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Apple launches first MacBooks based on its own processor

Apple launches first MacBooks based on its own processor

Technology
Apple has launched a new Mac Mini and two MacBooks - the first versions which are using a processor based on the company's own designs.It was the third product launch ahead of Christmas, coming a month after the firm released four models in its new iPhone 12 range, and two months after its first September event in years not to feature an iPhone. Apple introduced its most powerful-ever chip in September, the A14 Bionic, then described as the company's most powerful chip ever.Just two months later that title has now gone to the new M1 chip - a "gigantic leap forward" according to the company, which said it contains 16 billion transistors and delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU performance and up to 6x faster GPU performance. Image: The event was called...

Trump admin funds plasma company based in owner’s condo

Health
WASHINGTON -- When the Trump administration gave a well-connected Republican donor seed money to test a possible COVID-19-fighting blood plasma technology, it noted the company’s “manufacturing facilities” in Charleston, South Carolina.Plasma Technologies LLC is indeed based in the stately waterfront city. But there are no manufacturing facilities. Instead, the company exists within the luxury condo of its majority owner, Eugene Zurlo.Zurlo's company may be in line for as much as $ 65 million in taxpayer dollars; enough to start building an actual production plant, according to internal government records and other documents obtained by The Associated Press.The story of how a tiny business that exists only on paper has managed to snare attention from the highest reaches of the U.S. milita
Thomas Lennon says ‘Reno 911!’ jokes based in facts

Thomas Lennon says ‘Reno 911!’ jokes based in facts

Entertainment
LOS ANGELES, May 4 (UPI) -- The inept Reno, Nev., sheriff's department is back to bumble its way through a revival of Reno 911!, premiering Monday on Quibi. Thomas Lennon, who co-created the show and stars as Lt. Jim Dangle, said plot lines in the new series are based on real laws and events. The original series ran from 2003 to 2009 on Comedy Central. The style is faux documentary, like the real police documentary series Cops, as cameras follow the Reno police on wacky misadventures. In one episode of the revival, the Reno police officers record a public service announcement saying that posting pornography involving an ex is a crime. The state of Nevada really passed a law outlawing "revenge porn" in 2015. "I'll spend some time doing a little bit of research," Lennon told UPI in a phone...