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A woman passes an entrance of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street, continuing an upturn this week that has brought the S&P 500 back to the record high level it reached a week and a half ago. The benchmark index was up 0.6% in the early going Thursday, June 24. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks add to weekly gains, pushing S&P 500 back to record

Stocks were moderately higher in morning trading Thursday, helped by some modestly positive economic data as well as a continued belief that the U.S.

San Francisco to require vaccinations for all city employees

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco city workers will be required to be vaccinated against the coronavirus when a vaccine receives full federal approval.

This May 5, 2021 photo shows hiring signs posted outside a gas station in Cranberry Township, Butler County, Pa. The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped last week,  reported Thursday, June 24, a sign that layoffs declined and the job market is improving.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

US jobless claims tick down to 411,000 as economy heals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped last week, a sign that layoffs declined and the job market is improving.

FILE - In this April 30, 2021 file photo, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster speaks during the Richland County GOP convention in Columbia, S.C. Continuing efforts to boost South Carolina's economy following pandemic-related hardships, McMaster on Tuesday, June 8 announced a cash infusion for the state's technical colleges, aimed at training out-of-work residents for new skills as they reenter the workforce. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard, File)

South Carolina governor to sign COVID liability bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov.