Coronavirus

Media

US taking the plunge on bidets four years after toilet paper shortage wiped store shelves

A new report in The Washington Post detailed how more Americans are opting to purchase bidets in order to lessen their reliance on toilet paper.

Lifestyle

Mars Wrigley pitches new idea to get Americans back into chewing gum

Mars Inc., which owns Wrigley, is hoping to get Americans and other consumers back into chewing gum and has a new idea on how to do it.

World

China sees surge in tourism spending during Lunar New Year, surpassing pre-COVID levels

During China's recent Lunar New Year holidays, tourism revenues went up by 47.3% compared to last year, surpassing levels seen in 2019, official data showed.

Politics

Federal deficit blew up $89B more in 1st quarter 2024 than last year

The federal budget deficit widened by $89 billion in the first three months of FY24 compared to the same period last year, with rising interest costs outpacing higher tax revenue.

US

US commercial real estate suffers as telework becomes the new norm

Less commercial real estate space is being occupied due to more companies using telework which is causing downtown areas to suffer financially from fewer patrons.

Economy

California job growth falls by most in the nation post-pandemic: report

California saw the largest decline in job creation from 2019 to 2023 when compared with the pre-pandemic 2015 to 2019 period, with the pace slowing by 54% according to a new report.

Economy

US national debt tops $34T: How much debt is too much debt?

The U.S. national debt surpassing $34 trillion this month for the first time in history, which raises new questions about how large a debt burden the U.S. economy can tolerate.

Lifestyle

Many college grads struggle to land jobs due to a lack of preparedness, study finds

A new study surveyed employers across the country about Gen Z job candidates and employees. Career experts and a recent college graduate weighed in.

Lifestyle

US passport processing times back to pre-pandemic norms, State Department says

The State Department announced that processing time for passports has returned to pre-pandemic norms. The agency was backed up amid the resurgence in travel.

Lifestyle

New 'coffee badging' job trend has some business leaders on high alert

As more companies want workers back in the office, some employees are pushing back by engaging in "coffee badging," the latest job trend. Here's what to know and what to do.

Markets

Pfizer shares sink after it resets 2024 COVID expectations

Pfizer, Inc. on Wednesday forecast 2024 sales that could be as much as $5 billion below Wall Street expectations, driving shares down 9% to a 10-year low.

Politics

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sues Pfizer, alleges pharma giant lied about COVID vaccine efficacy

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a lawsuit against Pfizer, alleging that the pharmaceutical giant lied about the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine.

Media

Government’s involvement in censorship a ‘grave threat to our republic,’ says Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul criticizes the government's interference in free speech as newly-obtained documents show the lengths in which the Biden administration went to curb alleged COVID misinformation

Economy

NYC's downtown recovery post-COVID ranked among worst in US: study

New York City's business districts, Midtown and Lower Manhattan, are still struggling to recover post-pandemic and the Big Apple's downtown recovery rate is among the worst in the U.S.

Food & Drink

Downtown San Francisco McDonald's location closes after 30 years: 'Not recovered since the pandemic'

The downtown businesses, which now lack consistent foot traffic, will face even further strain when California's minimum-wage increase kicks in next year.

Business Leaders

Blackstone CEO says remote workers don't work as hard

Billionaire Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman said this week employees slack off when working from home, arguing they "profit" from working remotely.

Lifestyle

Carnival found negligent in case stemming from cruise that led to early COVID outbreak

The Australian federal court overseeing a class action case about a cruise by Carnival's Princess Cruises that experienced COVID-19 outbreak has released a judgment.

Lifestyle

Employees consider wellness programs at work critical for job choice, report says: 'Rethink a future'

A report from Mindspace found that wellness-enhance offerings in the workplace aren't just good for employee health but can boost workers' motivation and sustain productivity.

Markets

Walgreens shares have best day since 2022

The new CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance will help steer a massive cost-cutting plan as the drug-store chain attempts to stop losing money and as demand from COVID related products wains.

Small Business

Irish pub forced to shutter as California crime wave scares patrons away: owner

A pub in Oakland, California, announced it will permanently shutter its doors at the end of October due to rising crime and operating costs, the owner said.

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