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US doctors keep lobbying for things that make American healthcare so expensive

Doctors and their lobbyists are against new rules that could lower medical bills, part of a long history of their opposition to health care reform.

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One of the world’s most popular iOS apps right now was developed by Chinese police

The National Anti-Fraud Center, designed by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, became the second most downloaded iOS app in the world in September

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R Kelly’s sex trafficking conviction has increased his income

Although R Kelly faces a long prison sentence after being convicted of state extortion and sex trafficking last month, his music sales and streaming have increased since the court ruling. When the Lifetime channel aired Surviving R. Kelly two years ago, on which several women had alleged him cari...

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Can Texas’s governor override Biden’s federal vaccine requirements?

Texas Governor Greg Abbott plans to ban vaccine mandates, but it's unclear whether he can override federal policies.

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Tesla won’t “make cars in India, sell in India, and export from India” anytime soon

Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari's demand that Elon Musk stop selling Chinese cars in the country is unrealistic for the time being.

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Bored Chinese consumers spent a national holiday on a shopping spree in China’s Hawaii

The surge in spending on luxury goods suggests that many Chinese consumers are comfortable bringing home their passion for fancy overseas-made goods.

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Shipping companies are tapping the brakes on skyrocketing container prices

Importers and retailers have voiced their anger at what they saw as "price gouging" by shipping companies making record profits.

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GM’s new electric SUV is at least $10,000 cheaper than Tesla’s Model 3

A centenarian automaker plans to beat Elon Musk on his own. Yesterday (October 6), General Motors (GM) announced to investors that it plans to take the lead in electric vehicle (EV) sales in the United States. Part of that ambitious plan depends on bringing a new electric SUV to market at around ...

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One of California’s most expensive beach communities is soaked in oil

Authorities believe the leak is from an underwater pipe connected to an offshore oil rig called "Elly" operated by Beta Operating Corp., a subsidiary of Amplify Energy.

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In settling with Scarlett Johansson, Disney shows it can’t afford to lose a major star to streaming

Actress Scarlett Johansson settled her breach of contract lawsuit against Disney in July, which poses a major challenge to her streaming strategy.

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What the shipping supply-chain crunch looks like from space

The pandemic recession and recovery has created a major shipping crisis, with public health restrictions slowing activity in ports and factories, even when fluctuations in demand for durable goods, which first collapsed and then skyrocketed, bullwhiped the economy. Have broken through the effect....

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This pair of billionaire brothers is gaining on Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man

India has a new pair of billionaire brothers. For the first time ever, both Adani brothers - Gautam and Vinod Shantilal - were listed in the top 10 of the IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List 2021. With 505,900 crore rupees ($ 76 billion), Gautam Adani became the second richest Indian billionaire. d...

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A big new study from Oxford University confirms the bad news about long Covid

Months after diagnosis, 37% of Covid-19 patients still suffered from pain, depression, and brain fog.

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A Canadian study of Covid-19 vaccine side effects contains a major mistake

The Canadian study, which had not been peer-reviewed, had a data error suggesting that 1 in 1,000 people who received Pfizer or Moderna vaccines developed heart infection. The actual rate was closer to 1 in 25,000.

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Cargo ships are so stuffed that ports are struggling to unload them

The pandemic has driven the volume of calls from container ships to a record level and pushed the already overloaded port infrastructure to its limits.

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R. Kelly was found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking. Here’s what that means

Singer R. Kelly faces 10 years in prison for extortion and sex trafficking in women and underage girls.

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A daily pill to treat Covid could be just months away, scientists say

Millions of Americans could soon have access to a daily oral drug that could be taken for five to ten days at the first confirmation of Covid infection.

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The return of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou has become a nationalist moment for China

State media used their return as evidence that the fate of Chinese citizens is closely linked to that of the Communist Party.

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US airlines are planning to unnecessarily burn 20,000 tons of CO2 per day because of FAA rules

US-based airlines have planned 13% more flights to and from the seven airports that fall under the slot rule

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Only one country in western Europe has a low opinion of Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel has had a particularly high-profile job for a remarkably long time - and has made surprisingly few enemies. As Federal Chancellor for the past 16 years, Merkel, who resigned after a federal election at the weekend, has earned respect in the European Union, in which she played a lead...

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A researcher who foresaw Evergrande’s troubles says it’s a pyramid scheme

Anne Stevenson-Yang called Evergrande a pyramid scheme because it was characterized by the fact that it purported to create value where there actually was none.

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Schools are losing teachers at an unprecedented rate

The Covid-19 pandemic reduced teachers' obligations to stay in the classroom, our study on teacher turnover found. When schools resumed teaching in autumn 2020, teachers faced a number of new challenges. As a result, teachers experienced even more stress and burnout than they did before the pande...

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E-waste from every two bitcoin transactions is the equivalent of throwing away an iPad

It's no secret that cryptocurrency mining has a huge carbon footprint. The process requires legions of power hungry computers working around the clock to unlock new coins by solving math problems.

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Why a record number of container ships are chilling off the California coast

As retailers prepare for the holiday season, a record number of container ships attempting to bring imported goods into the U.S. are stuck off the California coast - another victim of ongoing global supply chain disruptions. 65 ships waited to dock in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Sa...

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How the first truly continental railroad could change North American trade

Canadian Pacific will expand its rail network from Canada to Mexico with the acquisition of Kansas City Southern.

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Why are steel prices so high when iron ore prices have crashed? Because: China

China, which makes 57% of the world's steel, plans to cut its production this year - meaning the chronic shortage of new cars and other products is likely to continue in the near future.

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Hundreds of former international flight attendants accuse United Airlines of discrimination

The closure of US bases overseas and the layoffs of 536 flight attendants who were not US citizens show how laws and corporations have yet to catch up with the realities of the globalized workforce.

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Boris Johnson was no match for Nicki Minaj in an online spat about vaccine misinformation

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was trolled online after rejecting Minaj's vaccine misinformation

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The best way to avoid new Covid variants is to delay booster shots

Prioritizing vaccine distribution around the world over booster vaccines can help prevent dangerous new variants from emerging.

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Texas’s new social media law is a clear violation of the First Amendment

Last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a law banning the largest social media companies from removing users or their posts based on their political views. Also, Texans can sue social media sites with more than 50 million US users for perceived violations. The law categorizes social media pl...

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