China says its factory activity expanded at a faster-than-expected pace in March
China's factory activity expanded at a faster-than-expected pace in March, official data showed on Wednesday, as factories that had closed for the Lunar New Year holiday resumed production to meet improving demand.
The official manufacturing Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) rose to 51.9 from 50.6 in February, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed, remaining above the 50-point mark that separates growth from contraction.
Analysts had expected it to rise to 51.0.
Beijing has set an annual economic growth target at above 6% this year, well below analyst expectations for an expansion of more than 8%. Premier Li Keqiang has said policies would not be dramatically loosened to chase higher growth, adding that the focus will be on consolidating the economic recovery.
China's was the only major economy to post growth last year with an expansion of 2.3%.
No. 1 Gonzaga drubs Southern California to stay undefeated, reach men’s Final Four
Gonzaga senior wing Corey Kispert said prior to the 2020-21 season that last year's NCAA Tournament cancellation drove himself and his teammates to "make it count."
"March Madness is a buildup over two years," Kispert told USA TODAY Sports in November.
Now, the Bulldogs (30-0), the top overall seed, will be playing in April.
Gonzaga dominated No. 6 seed Southern California 85-66 on Tuesday in the Elite Eight to secure the program's second ever men's Final Four – keeping the quest alive for the first undefeated season in men's college basketball since 1976 when Indiana went 32-0.
The 'Zags came up short in the 2017 national title game in a loss to North Carolina. This is longtime coach Mark Few's best chance yet to win a championship.
Major U.S. airlines commit to carbon neutrality by 2050, trade group says
- Major U.S. airlines have said they will commit to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
- The group wants to expand production of sustainable jet fuel
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Airlines for America, a group representing major U.S. airlines, said on Tuesday it is committed to working with the aviation industry and the government to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The trade group said it intends to work towards a rapid expansion of the production and deployment of commercially viable sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to make 2 billion gallons of SAF available to U.S. aircraft operators in 2030.
Airlines for America, which represents American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and others, had told Reuters previously it has been in contact with the Biden administration's climate change officials to discuss expanding the sustainable aviation fuel market.
‘It Wasn’t Right’: Young Witnesses Offer Emotional Testimony in Chauvin Trial
On the second day of Derek Chauvin’s trial, eyewitnesses painted a harrowing and consistent picture of what they saw during the fatal arrest of George Floyd.
By John Eligon, Tim Arango and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs
Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi talk Olympics, NCAA tournament inequities and controversial no-call in UConn’s win
Not only is the entire NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament being played in San Antonio, but half of the U.S. National team is there too for a final training camp before the start of the WNBA season.
Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi and Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird are among 16 players participating as USA Basketball continues on the selection path for the Tokyo Olympics, now less than four months away.
The former Connecticut stars are in contention for a fifth Olympics, which would put them in company with Teresa Edwards, who played in five Olympics from 1984-2000 and won four gold medals. Bird and Taurasi have a chance to win their fifth consecutive gold each, beginning with their first in 2004.
Bird was the first player taken in the 2002 WNBA draft by Seattle followed two years later by Taurasi in the same position. Now at 40 and 38, respectively, they still are playing for their original teams — winning seven WNBA titles combined — and icons in a rapidly evolving sport that owes much to their role in the WNBA reaching its silver anniversary season.
The Best Deals at Costco Right Now
Members at Costco, the massive nationwide warehouse style retailer, already receive a substantial discount for buying from the store’s massive selection of bulk and store brand products. But the retailer also offers deals which could save you even more.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed the list of available deals on the Costco website to select some of the best savings available to shoppers today. Those deals range from more than $1,000 off an outdoor dining set to 25% off a 12-pack of macaroni and cheese.
The earliest of these deals expire on April 4, so make sure to hurry and check them out before they’re gone. All deals listed were collected on March 29, 2021, and may change prior to the announced end of the sale.
Click here to see the best deals at Costco right now.