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Q. How do mutual funds work, exactly? -- G.S., Madison, Alabama
A. In a nutshell, a mutual fund receives money from many investors and then professional managers choose how to invest it, for a fee. Mutual funds are a great solution for those of us who don't have the time, skill or interest to study the universe of investments an ... (full story)


Stocks are soaring, and most Black people are missing out

Stocks are soaring, and most Black people are missing out

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans who own stocks are pulling further away from those who don't, as Wall Street roars back to record heights while much of the economy struggles. And Black households are much more likely to be in that not-as-fortunate group that isn't in the stock market.
Only 33.5% of Black households owned stocks ... (full story)


Local


How do pandemics end? History suggests diseases fade but almost never gone

(THE CONVERSATION) When will the pandemic end? All these months in, with over 37 million COVID-19 cases and more than 1 million deaths globally, you may be wondering, with increasing exasperation, how long this will continue.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, epidemiologists and public health specialists have been usingmathem ... (full story)


Epic miscalls and landslides unforeseen: The exceptional catalog of polling failure

(THE CONVERSATION) The question looms in nearly every U.S. presidential election, even in this year's race: Could the polls be wrong? If they are, they likely will err in unique fashion. The history of election polling says as much.
That history tells of no greater polling surprise than what happened in 1948, when President Harr ... (full story)


State


What you need to know about Ohio drop box restrictions

What you need to know about Ohio drop box restrictions

COLUMBUS (AP) — How many drop boxes can each Ohio county set up for collecting absentee ballots cast in the November presidential election, and where can they be located? It's a seemingly simple question with a complicated answer.
A flurry of sometimes conflicting court rulings on Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose ... (full story)


Black churches mobilizing voters despite virus challenges

Black churches mobilizing voters despite virus challenges

NEW YORK (AP) — For the Rev. Jimmy Gates Sr., the 2008 presidential election year was one to remember — and not just because it yielded a historic result as the nation elected its first Black president.
The pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Cleveland recalls how, on the last Sunday of early voting before the gene ... (full story)