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FILE – In this June 11, 2011, file photo, then-University of Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett gives the commencement address to Trinity at Greenlawn graduates at the Trinity People of Praise Center in South Bend, Ind.

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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s affiliation with the Christian community People of Praise is drawing scrutiny because of what former members and observers describe as its ultraconservative views on women. Her defenders say scrutinizing her beliefs and relationship to the mostly Catholic organization is akin to anti-religious bigotry.

But in interviews with a dozen former members of the organization and graduates of the schools it runs, most told The Associated Press that Barrett’s association with the group should be examined when the Senate takes up her nomination beginning Monday.

Some were proud and excited that one of their own could soon be on the high court, in a

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A Mixed Bag For Retailers

October 4, 2020 | technology | No Comments

Alexa, when is Amazon Prime Day? We finally got the answer this week, as Amazon announced its annual “Prime Day” sales event will kick off at midnight Pacific Time on Tuesday, October 13, and run through Wednesday, October 14. Prime Day came to life on July 15, 2015, as a way to celebrate Amazon’s 20th birthday, offering deep discounts to Prime members across a wide variety of categories. Each year, the event has grown larger. In 2019, Prime members worldwide purchased more than 175 million items, resulting in sales that surpassed Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. Amazon’s own Echo and Fire branded products have typically been the bestselling products, often enticing customers to purchase Amazon Prime memberships.

Historically, the annual

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TOKYO (AP) – Asian shares were mixed Friday following a selloff of technology shares on Wall Street.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 recouped early losses to rise 0.3% in morning trading to 23,310.94. South Korea’s Kospi dropped 0.8% to 2,377.92, while Australia’s S&P;/ASX 200 lost 0.8% to 5,860.50. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.3% to 24,394.06, while the Shanghai Composite slipped 0.2% to 3,228.01.

Shares were lower in Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

Analysts say investors are preoccupied with the coronavirus pandemic and hopes for development of a safe, effective vaccine.

While Big Tech is benefiting from the shift to online life that the pandemic and ensuing stay-at-home economy has accelerated, critics said their stocks prices have surged too high.

“Big tech stocks might have seemed like safe havens, but they have found themselves at the center of a brutal sell-off,” said Stephen Innes, chief global market strategist at AxiCorp.

The catch

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