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Photo: Dai Sugano/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images

California is expected to see a "deadly heat wave" from Friday to Monday over Labor Day weekend that could fuel wildfires throughout the state, per the National Weather Service.

Why it matters: The heat wave comes after a gust of cooler temperatures gave California a lifeline last week, quelling blazes that had scorched the state. Thousands of residents have faced evacuation orders and Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) declared a state of emergency last month.

  • This heat wave is predicted to be shorter than the initial burst that breathed life into the fires, with temperatures expected to fall again Monday, per the New York Times. The most sizzling temperatures are anticipated to take place on Sunday.

Of note: Affected areas are forecast to see low winds over the weekend, which could prevent the fires' further spread.

What to watch: Extreme heat is also expected in Utah, Nevada and Arizona.

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Oct 25, 2020 - World

Spain declares new state of emergency as COVID-19 cases surge

Photo: Gabriel Bouts/AFP via Getty Image

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Sunday announced a new state of emergency that imposes a curfew in an effort to combat a rising number of coronavirus cases.

Driving the news: The mandate comes less than a week after Spain became the first nation in Western Europe to exceed 1 million COVID-19 cases.

U.S. economy added 379,000 jobs in February

Data: FRED; Chart: Axios Visuals

The economy added 379,000 jobs in February, while the unemployment rate dropped from 6.3% to 6.2%, the Labor Department said on Friday.

Why it matters: The first Biden-era jobs report shows hiring surged as coronavirus cases eased — though a full recovery remains far off. Economists expected the economy to add roughly 182,000 jobs last month, after adding a paltry 49,000 in January.

This story is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
2 hours ago - Economy & Business

Workers are getting a really bad deal

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

This week's spate of data highlighted the difficulties Americans who have lost their jobs have had bouncing back from the coronavirus pandemic, and just how much those who have managed to keep their jobs have been working.

What's happening: The Labor Department reported Thursday that the productivity of American workers fell by a revised 4.2% annual rate in the fourth quarter, the largest decline in 39 years.