Tourists flock to Japan after COVID restrictions lifted

TOKYO — Eager to admire colorful foliage, eat sushi and go shopping, droves of tourists from abroad started arriving Tuesday in Japan for the first day of lifted border restrictions, which had been in place for more than two years to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

Obituaries for October 11

Celine M. Carreira, 83, of Kaaawa, Oahu, died Sept. 10 at Hilo Medical Center. Private services held. Survived by four sons and a daughter; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Social Security boost will help millions of kids, too

WASHINGTON — Seventy-year-old Cassandra Gentry is looking forward to a hefty cost-of-living increase in her Social Security benefits — not for herself but to pay for haircuts for her two grandchildren and put food on the table.

Search for victims done, Florida coast aims for Ian recovery

FORT MYERS, Fla. — An army of 42,000 utility workers has restored electricity to more than 2.5 million businesses and homes in Florida since Hurricane Ian’s onslaught, and Brenda Palmer’s place is among them. By the government’s count, she and her husband, Ralph, are part of a success story.

A jobs survey full of good news

For as long as I’ve been paying attention to economic news, pundits and investors have waited anxiously for the monthly report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on the employment situation. That’s still true, and there was some important news in Friday’s report. More on that later.