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Futures rise slightly after S&P 500 hits fresh record

Finance
U.S. stock futures moved higher in overnight trading on Thursday after the S&P 500 notched a fresh record in the regular session.Dow futures rose about 50 points. S&P 500 futures gained 0.2% and Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.17%.The major averages rose on Thursday, bolstered by gains in technology stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 57 points, helped by a near-2% gain in Apple's stock.The S&P 500 climbed 0.42% and closed at a record high for the second day in a row.The Nasdaq Composite was the relative outperformer, gaining more than 1% as Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft and Google-parent Alphabet all closed higher.Investors largely shrugged off an unexpected jump in jobless claims from last week. The Labor Department reported first-time claims for the week ended April ...
West Ham ace Tomas Soucek hits first Czech Republic HAT-TRICK as Wales and Republic of Ireland stumble in World Cup qualifying openers

West Ham ace Tomas Soucek hits first Czech Republic HAT-TRICK as Wales and Republic of Ireland stumble in World Cup qualifying openers

Sports
Tomas Soucek has been a sensational addition to West Ham’s ranks since joining last January and he is now doing the business for Czech Republic. The Hammers midfielder completed a brilliant hat-trick for his nation as they got their World Cup qualifying campaign to a winning start with a thumping 6-2 victory over Estonia. Getty Soucek is doing the business for West Ham and Czech Republic His first was a towering header at a corner, the second was a sweetly-struck long-range effort and the third a simple tap-in. Elsewhere, Wales suffered an opening defeat in their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign as Kevin De Bruyne’s brilliance proved the difference in a 3-1 win for Belgium in Leuven. Harry Wilson stunned Belgium with a superbly-crafted 10th-minute ...
Covid-19: NHS waits at record high as second wave hits care

Covid-19: NHS waits at record high as second wave hits care

Health
Getty ImagesThe Covid surge in January hit key services including cancer and routine surgery, NHS England figures show.Less than half the expected number of operations were done, pushing the waiting list to a record-high of 4.6m.More than 300,000 of those have been waiting more than a year for treatment - compared to 1,600 before the pandemic began.Surgeons described it as a dire situation which would take a long time to turnaround.Tim Mitchell, of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, said: "Behind today's statistics are people waiting in limbo. "Many will be in considerable pain, others will have restricted mobility and be at risk of isolation and loneliness. "Dealing with this daunting backlog will take time, and also sustained investment in the NHS," he said.Similar problems are a...

Champions League live: Haaland hits landmark and celebrates in goalkeeper’s face after VAR drama, Ronaldo fights to keep Juventus alive in extra-time

Sports
[unable to retrieve full-text content]Keep up to date with all the latest football news, gossip and expert opinion on a busy night of Champions League action. HEADLINES Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp rules himself OUT of contention to become Germany manager this summer as search for Joachim Low’s replacement begins Edinson Cavani’s father says striker will quit Manchester United for […] talkSPORT
NASA’s new Mars rover hits dusty red road, 1st trip 21 feet

NASA’s new Mars rover hits dusty red road, 1st trip 21 feet

Technology
NASA's newest Mars rover has hit the dusty red road, taking a spin for the first time this weekBy MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace WriterMarch 6, 2021, 3:30 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA’s newest Mars rover hit the dusty red road this week, putting 21 feet on the odometer in its first test drive.The Perseverance rover ventured from its landing position Thursday, two weeks after setting down on the red planet to seek signs of past life.The roundabout, back and forth drive lasted just 33 minutes and went so well that more driving was on tap Friday and Saturday for the the six-wheeled rover.“This is really the start of our journey here,” said Rich Rieber, the NASA engineer who plotted the route. “This is going to be like the Odyssey, adv...