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Council Bluffs baseball fields could be in for a big league upgrade

Baseball fields throughout Council Bluffs could soon attract leagues and tournaments to the city with a new feature — replica Major League Baseball stadiums surrounding the playing fields. At the Nov. 28 city council meeting, council members voted to approve a resolution awarding a $98,500 contract to HGM Associates, Inc. for the design and engineering …

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British Police Raid London Home of Russian Oligarch, Seizing Cash and Devices

British police arrested a wealthy Russian businessman at his upscale London home, officials said Saturday, amid stepped-up pressure by the UK on Russian emigrants suspected of aiding the rule of President Vladimir Putin. The UK’s National Crime Agency said more than 50 of its officers took part in the raid, seizing cash and digital devices. …

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Dutch sisters join resistance in an inspiring novel

David Arndt For The Free Lance-Star In the years before the Second World War, the Netherlands was an uneasy and uncertain country. Hoping to embrace a policy of neutrality should hostilities erupt, the Dutch nevertheless kept a cautious gaze toward their German neighbours. Their beliefs erode as German influences began to filter their daily lives, …

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From CNN to Paramount, Perfect Storm in Media Propels Layoffs

An advertising slowdown, economic worries and strains of the shift to streaming have many major media companies in cost-cutting and layoff mode. News organizations, TV networks, movie and television studios, and entertainment giants laid off hundreds of workers over the past week alone, including Warner Bros. Discovery Inc.’s WBD -0.69% CNN and Paramount Global PARA …

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Four Ways to Save Money on Home Insurance as Rates Rise

Homeowners had to shell out more money for mortgage payments, routine maintenance and heating costs this year as rapid inflation and rising interest rates strained monthly budgets. One more bigger bill to add to that list: home insurance. Home insurance premium rates rose 9.3% from Jan. 1, 2021, through Nov. 25 on average nationwide, according …

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Here’s how to rent a sustainable Christmas tree for the greenest holiday ever and what retail and warehousing jobs falling in November reveals about the typical holiday shopper

Hi, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories. Greenest holiday ever? Here’s how to rent a sustainable Christmas tree There are ways to make ‘greener’ choices with your holiday evergreen. Read More Retail and warehousing jobs actually fell in November. It reveals a lot about the typical holiday shopper. Month to month, retail employment declined 30,000, …

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G-7 joins EU on $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Group of Seven Nations and Australia joined the European Union on Friday in adopting a $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil, a key step as Western sanctions aim to reorder the global oil market to prevent price spikes and starve President Vladimir Putin of funding for his war in Ukraine. Europe …

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November Employment Report Shows US Economy Added 263,000 Jobs

The November payrolls gains compared with an upwardly revised 284,000 jobs in October, the Labor Department said Friday. Payrolls grew up in leisure and hospitality, healthcare and government. Retailers and transportation-and-warehousing companies cut jobs in a sign of weak holiday hiring. Average hourly earnings grew 5.1% in November from a year earlier, the department said. …

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