Kent Covington

Kent is a reporter and news anchor for WORLD Radio. He spent nearly two decades in Christian and news/talk radio before joining WORLD in 2012. He resides in Atlanta, Ga. Follow him on Twitter @kentcovington.

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Jobless claims plummet as retail sales jump

by Kent Covington
Posted 4/15/21, 04:14 pm

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits last week tumbled to the lowest level since the pandemic began. The U.S. Labor Department reported 576,000 new jobless claims last week—a 25 percent drop from the week before.

Is there more good news? In March, employers added more than 900,000 jobs, the most since August 2020. That dropped the unemployment rate to 6 percent, less than half the pandemic peak of 14.8 percent. Sales at stores, car dealers, restaurants, and bars also jumped by almost 10 percent in March, the biggest gain in nearly a year.

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U.S. women can get abortion pill via telemedicine

by Kent Covington
Posted 4/13/21, 05:18 pm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s policy change on Tuesday allows women to receive an abortion pill without visiting a doctor’s office or clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FDA’s acting head, Janet Woodcock, said recent studies “do not appear to show increases in serious safety concerns” when women take the pill without first visiting a health facility.

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Afghanistan troop withdrawal delayed

by Kent Covington
Posted 4/13/21, 05:00 pm

President Joe Biden has decided to leave U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline, the timeline that the Trump administration negotiated with the Taliban. Biden’s new goal is to pull soldiers out before the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks later this year.

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