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U.S. jobless claims down 24,000 to 400,000 as economy recovers

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits slid last week, another sign that the job market continues to recover rapidly from the coronavirus recession.

Jobless claims dropped by 24,000 to 400,000 last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

The weekly applications have fallen more or less steadily this year — from a peak of 904,000 in early to January. But they remain high by historic standards: Before COVID struck the United States in March 2020, claims were coming in at about 220,000 a week.

Learn more about new Avalanche goalie Darcy Kuemper

New Avalanche goalie Darcy Kuemper, 31, is a 10-year professional from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He stands 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, and will enter the last year of his contract in 2021-20, with a $5.5 million salary and $4.5 million cap hit (Arizona retains $1 million cap hit).

— Kuemper played major-junior for the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League and became a 2009 sixth-round draft pick (161st overall) of the Minnesota Wild.

— He bounced back and forth from the Wild and its AHL affiliate from 2010 to 2015, then became an NHL regular with Minnesota in 2015-16.

WWE star Sheamus: Ringside seats, beer for return of stolen necklace

TAMPA, Fla. — WWE star Sheamus is offering ring-side seats and “many beers” to anyone who returns a prop cross necklace that was stolen from an arena on the campus of the University of South Florida.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is also offering a $5,000 reward for information about the theft in May of the necklace, three title belts signed by various WWE stars and a corner pad.

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