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Personal finances are a major source of stress for about half of the lower income households in the U.S., a new poll shows, illustrating the toll of high inflation and economic uncertainty on those who can least afford it.

First Citizens will acquire much of Silicon Valley Bank, the tech-focused financial institution whose lightning-quick failure this month set off a chain reaction that rattled faith in banks around the world. The sale underscores that Silicon Valley Bank’s assets do have value and helps to rebuild some faith. Stocks of several beaten down banks rose in a show of strength after the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. announced the deal. But investors and experts caution the sale doesn't by itself provide an immediate all-clear for other banks following the second- and third-largest U.S. failures in history. That will likely take more time.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris has opened her weeklong trip to Africa by pledging support for Ghana, a democratic pillar in the region that’s being squeezed by an economic crisis and security concerns. The visit comes as fears of terrorism and Russian mercenaries are rippling through West Africa. Harris made a high-profile show of support for Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, who faces rising discontent over inflation after previously overseeing one of the world’s fast-growing economies. Harris announced $100 million in assistance for the region. The administration also is requesting another $139 million from Congress to help Ghana reduce child labor, improve weather forecasting, support local musicians and defend against disease outbreaks.


A Florence museum and the city's mayor are inviting parents and students from a Florida charter school to visit and see Michelangelo’s “David” after the school principal was forced to resign following parental complaints that an image of the nude Renaissance masterpiece was shown to a sixth-grade art class. 

TikTok has now been banned on government issued phones of federal employees, a move they say is a cyber security measure. Now lawmakers are moving forward with a bill to ban the social media platform nationwide. Recently the CEO of TikTok went before a house committee to answer questions rel…

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