West Virginia’s COVID vaccine lottery under scrutiny over cost of prizes, tax issues

[ad_1] Some states used taxpayer money to fund vaccine lotteries during the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to encourage vaccinations. In West Virginia, which had one of the country’s largest sweepstakes, anyone who got the COVID shot could register for cash and prizes.  Now, there’s scrutiny over costs of the lottery — and if it … Read more

Downtowns struggle to adapt to changes brought on by the pandemic

[ad_1] Downtowns struggle to adapt to changes brought on by the pandemic – CBS News Watch CBS News Many downtowns nationwide have faced significant challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with more people opting to work remotely. Some cities, like Seattle, are thinking creatively in an effort to rejuvenate their downtown economy. Carter … Read more

Paxlovid has been free so far. Next year, sticker shock awaits.

[ad_1] Nearly 6 million Americans have taken Paxlovid for free, courtesy of the federal government. The Pfizer pill has helped prevent many people infected with COVID-19 from being hospitalized or dying, and it may even reduce the risk of developing long COVID. But the government plans to stop footing the bill within months, and millions of … Read more

European Union reaches deal to cap Russian oil at $60 a barrel

[ad_1] The European Union reached a deal Friday for a $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil, a key step as Western sanctions aim to reorder the global oil market to prevent price spikes and starve President Vladimir Putin of funding for his war in Ukraine. After a last-minute flurry of negotiations, the EU presidency, held … Read more

DoorDash cuts 1,250 jobs following pandemic surge, citing ballooning costs

[ad_1] DoorDash is eliminating about 1,250 corporate jobs, or about 6% of its workforce, saying it hired too many people when delivery demand surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. CEO Tony Xu said in a message to employees Wednesday that DoorDash was undersized before the pandemic and sped up hiring to catch up with its growth. “Most … Read more

Connecticut state lawmakers vote to revamp

[ad_1] A Connecticut program that offered “hero pay” to essential workers at the peak of of the coronavirus pandemic got so many applicants that state lawmakers had to go back into session Monday to provide extra funding and put new limits on who could get the biggest bonuses. The Connecticut General Assembly voted to revamp … Read more

“Tripledemic” in U.S. could bring deluge of patients to hospitals

[ad_1] The U.S. could very well face what has been dubbed a “tripledemic” this winter, with cases of COVID-19, the flu and a virus called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) surging at the same time.  Cases of RSV are rising quickly in young children, who typically contract the virus by the time they’re 3, but were … Read more

Foxconn apologizes for wage dispute that sparked violent protests at Chinese iPhone factory

[ad_1] Foxconn, the electronics manufacturing company that assembles Apple’s iPhones, apologized Thursday for the pay dispute that triggered massive employee protests, and violent police pushback, at a factory in central China where anti-virus controls slowed production.  Mounting unrest at the Zhengzhou factory has persisted for at least a month, since thousands of employees staged a … Read more

Workers at Apple iPhone factory in China beaten in COVID protest

[ad_1] Employees at the world’s biggest Apple iPhone factory were beaten and detained in protests over pay amid anti-virus controls, according to witnesses and videos on social media Wednesday, as tensions mount over Chinese efforts to combat a renewed rise in infections. Videos that said they were filmed at the factory in the central city … Read more

What to know if you’ve applied for student loan forgiveness

[ad_1] President Joe Biden’s plan to provide up to $20,000 in federal student loan forgiveness has been blocked by two federal courts, leaving millions of borrowers wondering what happens next. The administration plans to appeal.  Here’s what to know if you’ve applied for relief. What happens now? While the application for relief has been taken … Read more