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Beijing tracks the elderly as they take buses, go shopping

BEIJING (AP) — These days, when people over 80 in Beijing take a bus, see a doctor or spend money, their activities are digitally tracked by the government, as part of an effort to improve services for the country’s rapidly growing elderly population. The data amassed with each swipe of …

Survey shows fewer Americans are visiting libraries

DENVER (AP) — Fewer Americans are visiting libraries — which means they’re missing out on the changes at such institutions, according to results of a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday at the Public Library Association’s annual conference in Denver. Pew has been asking American adults whether they visited a …

Russian ruble hits a new low as oil prices weaken

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian ruble, battered by weak oil prices, on Monday fell to an all-time low against the euro and dropped to its lowest level in more than a year against the dollar. The Central Bank set the official exchange rate at over 85 rubles to the euro …