Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing

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E-Mail Brownout Disrupts Lives Of AOL Subscribers

Computer problems at America Online left tens of thousands of Internet users unable to send e-mail messages to AOL's 8 million subscribers for three days this week.

The nation's largest online service AOL said the e-mail brownout was triggered on Monday by an unusual spike in the number of Internet users trying to send messages to its customers, whose online addresses end in aol.com. The increased volume overwhelmed its computers that relay Internet e-mail. The company in Dulles, Va., said it had largely fixed the problem by Thursday, by adding computers and software. No e-mail was lost because computers stored the messages, which are being resent, said AOL spokeswoman Tricia Primrose. Associated Press Jobless Benefit Filings Up, Still Below 320,000 The number of U.S. workers filing for unemployment benefits remained below 320,000 last week for a ninth straight week, the longest stretch in more than eight years. New applications for unemployment insurance jumped by 6,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 318,000 from 312,000 a week earlier, the Labor Department said Thursday. Many analysts had expected a slight decline. It was the largest number of first-time filings since 324,000 the week ended Feb. 1. But it still marked the longest string of claims numbering below 320,000 since the 23-week period between September 1988 and February 1989. Analysts say jobless claims in the lower 300,000-range reflect a growing economy resulting in a tightening labor market. Associated Press LaserVision Gets OK On Mobile Surgery Unit LaserVision Centers Inc. Thursday said the Food and Drug Administration has given it approval to begin using its mobile excimer laser unit for surgery to correct nearsightedness. LaserVision said the first patients will undergo surgery in the $800,00 0 mobile unit on Monday in Minneapolis. …

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