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Moving averages

Q: What's a moving average? -- F.D., Norman, Oklahoma
A: A moving, or "rolling," average is used to smooth out data, to help reveal long-term trends. Imagine a list of a location's temperatures on Feb. 14 over 25 years. Some unusually high or low numbers would make it hard to see a trend. Instead, a moving average woul ... (full story)

Ohio wants to put Lake Erie on a new, strict pollution diet

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio wants to put Lake Erie on a new, stricter pollution diet to fight back against the toxic algae blooms that have flourished for more than a decade, environmental regulators said Thursday.
The state plans to establish tougher regulations on runoff that's feeding the outbreaks by limiting how much of ... (full story)

Negative interest rates turn saving, borrowing upside down

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Imagine a mortgage that pays you the interest, not the other way around. Or a savings account where it's the bank, not the saver, who collects interest.
Welcome to the upside-down world of ultra-low and negative interest rates that is taking hold in many parts of the world. Now more than a decade ... (full story)

Asian carp roundup in Kentucky opens new front in battle

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GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Like a slow-motion, underwater cattle drive, wildlife officials in a half-dozen aluminum boats used pulses of electricity and sound on a recent gray morning to herd schools of Asian carp toward 1,000-foot-long (305 meters) nets.
The ongoing roundup on wind-rippled Kentucky Lake opens a new front in ... (full story)

How to navigate your most dangerous decade

Losing a job is almost always traumatic. In your 50s, job loss can be devastating — and devastatingly common.
More than half the workers who entered their 50s with stable, full-time jobs were laid off or pushed out at least once by age 65, according to an analysis of employment data from 1990 to 2016 by the nonprofit newsr ... (full story)