NFL hires first Black female game official

The NFL has hired Maia Chaka as the first Black female official in league history. She will work games during the 2021 season.“I am honored to be selected as an NFL official,” Chaka said. “But this moment is bigger than a personal accomplishment. It is an accomplishment for all women, my community and my culture.”Chaka enters the NFL after working in the Pac-12 and Conference USA. She was selected in 2014 for the NFL’s Officiating Development Program, which identifies college officiating talent with the goal of showing them some of the same experiences as NFL officials before determining if they … Read More

Gas headed up, stocks headed down

GasBuddy says gasoline prices at the pump may climb past $3 a gallon by Memorial Day, following a decision by OPEC and its allies to keep production curbs in place through April. The national average for regular unleaded hasn’t topped $3 since Oct. 2014. News of the production curbs sent oil prices rallying yesterday to their highest level since April of 2019. This morning, crude is trading around $65 a barrel.

 U.S. travel demand remains low even as tens of millions of people get vaccinated for Covid-19, with just 12% planning a spring break trip this year. The U.S. Travel

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Business owners scramble after Texas lifts mask mandate

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As small-business owners and managers across Texas went to work Wednesday morning, they faced yet another 2021 headache: deal with losing business from customers who don’t want to wear face masks during the pandemic or from patrons who will only frequent places that require them.

The dilemma was abruptly thrust upon them after Gov. Greg Abbott announced yesterday afternoon that the state will lift its mask mandate and allow all businesses to operate at

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Hippo to Go Public in Merger with Reinvent Technology Partners Z; Company is Transforming the Home Insurance Industry

PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hippo Enterprises Inc. (“Hippo”), the home insurance group that created a new standard of care and protection for homeowners, has entered into a definitive business agreement with Reinvent Technology Partners Z (“Reinvent”) (NYSE:RTPZ), a special purpose acquisition company (“SPAC”) that takes a “venture capital at scale” approach. Upon the closing of the transaction, the combined company will be publicly traded.

Hippo: A Protective, Modern Approach to Home Insurance

Founded in 2015, Hippo’s goal is to make homes safer and better protected by taking a proactive approach designed to prevent losses. Harnessing real-time data, smart home

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Don’t Pay Tax Penalties on Money You Took From Retirement Accounts

If you’re using tax preparation software, the document should print out with the word “rollover” entered next to the zero, Mr. Slott said. Someone completing a paper form would need to write in the word “rollover.” That will treat the withdrawal as a nontaxable event. (Usually, R.M.D.s aren’t eligible for rollovers, but the I.R.S. made an exception for 2020.)

Some clients who returned their R.M.D.s have had pleasant surprises on their tax returns, Ms. Costa said. Because their taxable income is lower than it would have been, some were able to deduct medical expenses or even qualify for the federal

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Personal information of thousands of KY members may have been inappropriately shared

Humana is notifying approximately 65,000 health plan members, including approximately 3,000 in Kentucky, that some of their personal information may have been inappropriately shared after an incident involving the employee of a subcontractor.According to a statement from the company Friday, one of the separate companies Humana uses to request medical records to verify data — Cotiviti — used a subcontractor to review those collected medical records.One of the employees of the subcontractors, who was authorized to access and use the data for Humana purposes, then inappropriately disclosed the information to unapproved individuals for unauthorized training purposes that took place between … Read More