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DoorDash stock bounces back from record intraday low, Airbnb avoids biggest stock drop ever

DoorDash stock bounces back from record intraday low, Airbnb avoids biggest stock drop ever

Like the broader stock markets, gig-economy companies staged a comeback of sorts to close out Monday’s volatile session, but not before DoorDash Inc. shares hit an all-time low and Airbnb Inc. flirted with its steepest drop on record. Major U.S. stock markets and indexes, which plunged in early trading due to a combination of factors …

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14 million Americans stopped working because they had COVID-19 or they were caring for someone with the virus

14 million Americans stopped working because they had COVID-19 or they were caring for someone with the virus

How big a toll has omicron had on the economy? Economists have been scratching their heads for weeks to estimate the damage the highly contagious COVID-19 variant is causing. The U.S. Census Bureau has some early answers. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that omicron was the most dominant COVID-19 strain in …

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Florida laboratory owner ran $7 million Medicare fraud, pushing expensive, unnecessary tests for patients who were worried about having COVID-19

Florida laboratory owner ran $7 million Medicare fraud, pushing expensive, unnecessary tests for patients who were worried about having COVID-19

The owner of a Florida laboratory has pleaded guilty to a $7 million Medicare fraud scheme in which he paid kickbacks to brokers for telemedicine firms and doctors to prescribe expensive but unnecessary genetic testing along with low-cost COVID-19 tests for thousands of patients. Christopher Licata, 45, of Delray Beach, Florida, admitted that his lab, …

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The world's richest 10 men doubled their fortunes to $1.5 trillion during the pandemic, says Oxfam

The world’s richest 10 men doubled their fortunes to $1.5 trillion during the pandemic, says Oxfam

The world’s top ten billionaires increased their wealth by $1.3 billion a day, or $15,000 a second, during the global pandemic. That’s according to a new report from global charity Oxfam International released on Monday, that said those billionaires doubled their fortunes from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion. Over the same timeframe, the incomes of …

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Who gave a 50-year-old federal agency the power to create a vaccine mandate? Behind the Supreme Court's decision to block Biden's employee mandate

Who gave a 50-year-old federal agency the power to create a vaccine mandate? Behind the Supreme Court’s decision to block Biden’s employee mandate

Did anyone actually give a 50-year-old federal agency — the government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration — the legal ability to create COVID-19 vaccination-or-testing rules that could affect 84 million private sector workers? The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a ruling that stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses …

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I earn $35K, have $20K in credit-card debt, and $200K in stock. I dream of turning my studio into a rental unit and building a pool

‘I think they did it on purpose’: My dad and stepmother caught COVID-19 from her family — now he’s dead, and she’s in assisted living with her assets under their control

My father married a wonderful lady about three years ago; both were widowed and in their 70s and 80s. The woman was well off — not rich, but having several rental properties, investments and cash on hand. My father was comfortable and had no financial concerns, and was able to afford vacations and other things …

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Will this COVID-19 wave lead to herd immunity? Are you less likely to get sick again if you had omicron? Why this 'milder' variant is a double-edged sword

Will this COVID-19 wave lead to herd immunity? Are you less likely to get sick again if you had omicron? Why this ‘milder’ variant is a double-edged sword

“I think we’re all going to get it. It’s just a matter of time.” How many times have you heard a friend or family member say that in the last few weeks? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has relaxed its isolation guidelines. Is it any wonder that some people appear to be letting …

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Banished Words List 2022: Time to retire ‘new normal,’ ‘supply chain’ and ‘you’re on mute’

Banished Words List 2022: Time to retire ‘new normal,’ ‘supply chain’ and ‘you’re on mute’

Wait, what? At the end of the day, people are sick of hearing someone say “no worries” after telling a colleague “you’re on mute” during a Zoom call. That being said, folks are also way past promising to “circle back” after taking a “deep dive” into that latest report about … groan … supply chain …

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'This moment was an explosion': Broadway finally makes progress on racial equity --- but there's more work to do

‘This moment was an explosion’: Broadway finally makes progress on racial equity — but there’s more work to do

Ever since the pandemic forced Broadway to shutter theaters in March 2020, the industry has faced a never-ending series of challenges. The virus has been the primary one, of course. The health crisis brought Broadway, whose box-office tally reached a record $1.83 billion in the 2018-19 season, to a complete standstill until the middle of …

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