Gold Futures Settle Lower, Hit Near 11-month Low

Divided States: What now for QAnon?

QAnon has gone from fringe conspiracy theory to mainstream news.

The latest prophecy of the group was that Donald Trump would be inaugurated again on 4th March 2021. Of course, that didn’t come to fruition. So, what now?

In the first deep-dive episode of a new Divided States series, US correspondent Cordelia Lynch interviews former Q followers to understand its devastating impact, and talks to conspiracy expert Mike Rothschild about where it all goes from here.

Maia Chaka, NFL’s first Black female official, is a teacher whose conflict-resolution skills will be key on field

Maia Chaka is walking history as the first Black woman tapped as an NFL game official, yet she is quick to insist this is not about her.

This moment is about the kids.

Chaka has spent more than 14 years teaching health and physical education at Renaissance Academy, an alternative education school in Virginia Beach, Virginia, that caters to the needs of at-risk students. She sees her high-profile promotion to the NFL more as a lesson plan for her students than a historical milestone.

“What I want them to get out of it is, No. 1, you see somebody that you engage with every day make it to the highest level,” Chaka, 38, told USA TODAY Sports. 

“That should be motivation for you. It’s real important that they have representation right there in front of them. I also want them to know that it’s OK to step outside the box and work with people who are a little different from you. … A lot of times, especially with the kids I’m working with, they’re afraid to work with people that don’t look like them or don’t listen to the same music they listen to. They’re afraid to step outside their comfort zone." 

Stimulus check update: Here's how new details of the $1,400 payments could surprise some people

A round of $1,400 stimulus checks looks to be on the way.

The Senate passed a $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan over the weekend. The bill is expected to be approved by the House on Tuesday and signed by President Joe Biden before the end of the week.

Direct payments will be subject to new income requirements but also provide larger payouts for some dependents, according to Garrett Watson, a senior policy analyst at the Tax Foundation.

Check out this video for a full breakdown of the new salary thresholds and to learn how you might end up being eligible for more money this time.

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‘Working tirelessly’

What you can use Singpass for

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Shooting in Civic Center Park locks down Capitol

A shooting in Denver’s Civic Center on Monday afternoon led the Colorado Capitol to be locked down for a brief time. The shelter-in-place order has since been lifted.

One person has been taken to the hospital with an “apparent” gunshot wound, according to the Denver Police Department. The victim was an adult male.

There is one adult male suspect who is already in custody, police said. The investigation is still ongoing.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated.

Gold Futures Settle Lower, Hit Near 11-month Low

Gold prices drifted lower on Monday as the demand for the safe-haven asset waned after the dollar rose against most of its peers and the yield on U.S. 10-year Treasury Notes stayed around 1.6%.

Market also noted the passage of a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package on the Senate. The bill now goes to the House for its vote.

The dollar index advanced to 92.42 around noon, and was up nearly 0.4% at 92.33 about half an hour past noon.

Gold futures for April ended down $20.50 or about 1.2% at $1,678.00 an ounce, the lowest settlement in about 11 months.

Silver futures closed lower by $0.018 or nearly 0.1% at $25.269 an ounce, while Copper futures settled at $4.0930 per pound, up $0.0175 or 0.4% from previous close.

A report released by the Commerce Department on Monday showed wholesale inventories in the U.S. jumped in line with economist estimates in the month of January.

The Commerce Department said wholesale inventories spiked by 1.3% in January after climbing by an upwardly revised 0.6% in December.

Economists had expected wholesale inventories to surge up by 1.3% compared to the 0.3% increase originally reported for the previous month.