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A small town in denial comes face to face with the virus
When covid-19 became a reality in Southern Illinois in November, flooding across the plains, it illuminated a deeper, underlying problem in small-town America.
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With vaccinations underway, the economy needs consumers to spend again. But don’t overdo it.
As more people get vaccinated many may end up doing some "revenge spending."
Mohammed bin Salman
Not since the reign of the country’s founder, Abdulaziz ibn Saud, has so much power been in one man’s hands in Saudi Arabia. Mohammed bin Salman isn’t king, yet. But the 35-year-old crown prince essentially runs the country for his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, who is 85. The prince leapfrogged a generation of more experienced uncles and cousins to the brink of the top position in one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchies. He vowed to deliver revolutionary change by moderating r
‘Pokémon Legends Arceus’ is the game mainline Pokémon fans have been begging for
I thought Pokémon should break up with Game Freak. Then they announced "Arceus."
Hoping to travel in 2021? You might need a vaccine passport.
Proof of vaccination to travel or attend school is not new, but the coronavirus has introduced a potential need to modernize outdated paper standards.
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Mortgage rates surge higher for second week in a row
The 30-year fixed-rate average has risen nearly a quarter of a percentage point the past two weeks and now stands at 2.97 percent.
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Property tax increases aim to boost affordable housing inventories
Two programs in Michigan will be devoted to creating new units and other support services
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Worried about meeting coworkers at your new all-remote job? Here are some tips.
Being the new kid at work is even more awkward when you're joining an all-remote office. But the pandemic can help us all embrace the awkwardness.
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How Biden Is Putting a Number on Carbon’s True Cost
The “social cost of carbon,” or SCC, was created to show policy makers the gap between the market price of fossil fuels and the cost of the environmental damage they cause. 
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Why the World Is Short of Computer Chips, and Why It Matters
Carmakers from Tokyo to Detroit are slashing production. PlayStations are getting harder to find in stores. Even aluminum producers warn of a potential downturn ahead. All have one thing in common: an abrupt and cascading global shortage of semiconductors. Semiconductors, also known as integrated circuits or more commonly just chips, may be the tiniest yet most exacting product ever manufactured on a global scale. That level of cost and difficulty has fostered a growing worldwide dependence on t
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Why Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize Winner Is Waging War
Fighting in Ethiopia has left thousands of people dead and forced millions to flee their homes, sparking a humanitarian crisis. The unrest, which blew up in November, has compounded economic devastation wrought by the pandemic, prompting warnings from the country about its ability to repay debt. The dispute centers on the northern state of Tigray, where regional leaders are at loggerheads with the federal government led by Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
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Why the World Worries About Russia’s Nord Stream Pipeline
A natural gas pipeline being built under the Baltic Sea from Russia to the German coast is shaking up geopolitics. Nord Stream 2, as it’s called, fuels worries in the U.S. and other countries that the link could give the Kremlin new leverage over Germany and other NATO allies. Pipe construction, halted in 2019, resumed in December 2020, yet U.S. sanctions still threaten to pull the brakes on the project backed by the Russia’s Gazprom PJSC.
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Biden’s choice for trade chief calls for “worker-centered” approach
Katherine Tai, President Biden’s nominee to become the chief U.S. trade negotiator, said Thursday that U.S. policies must be rethought to safeguard the critical supply lines that feed American factories and to regain the support of “regular people” who have felt victimized by previous commercial deals.
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Five sensational vacation destinations from the virtual worlds of video games
From "Stardew Valley" to "Persona 5's" Tokyo to "Hades" itself, here's a guide to five can’t-miss video game ‘vacation’ destinations.
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Junk Bonds With Low Yields? Here’s Why They’re Hot
High-yield bonds that don’t pay very much? Sounds like an oxymoron, or maybe unwise. But investors are pouring money into what are also known as junk bonds -- debt issued by companies with less-robust finances that traditionally have paid higher interest rates to compensate for the extra risk. This month, the average yield on U.S. speculative grade debt fell below 4% for the first time ever. To some, that’s a sign that the Federal Reserve’s ultra-loose monetary policy is working as planned. To o
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