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Why Dollar Tree is ditching $1 forever

Dollar Tree is throwing away those green “Everything’s $1” signs at stores, ditching the brand identity it created and stuck to devotedly for 35 years. The chain said last week that it will permanently raise prices by 25% on the majority of its products. Dollar Tree has already made the change at some stores and…MORE

Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land for nearly 50 years. Will that matter?

In a biting dissent two years ago, when the Supreme Court overturned a ruling from 1979, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that the decision “can only cause one to wonder which cases the court will overrule next.” Breyer is about to find out. The justices are gathering Wednesday to consider a momentous question that has roiled…MORE

Qatar 2022: Amid ongoing human rights concerns, World Cup chief promises host nation is ‘tolerant’ and ‘welcoming’

With less than a year to go before the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, questions surrounding host nation Qatar’s handling of humanitarian issues show few signs of abating — specifically concerning the state’s anti-homosexuality laws. Nasser Al Khater, the chief executive of the tournament’s organizing committee, insists that Qatar has been treated “unfairly…MORE

China is mining much more coal again and that’s boosting its factories

China’s economy is finally getting some good news: Its big factories are staging a recovery as a power crunch that held back production starts to ease because of a big jump in coal supply. A government survey of manufacturing activity increased to 50.1 in November from 49.2 in October, according to data released by the…MORE

US urges vaccination ahead of Omicron concerns, with experts warning even mild Covid infections risk stronger mutations

As scientists race to answer whether the newly identified Omicron variant poses a greater threat, experts are urging measures to help lower coronavirus risks to millions of Americans — including vaccinations and mask wearing. Cases of the Omicron variant have been confirmed in at least 18 countries and territories as of Tuesday. And while no…MORE

Stocks and oil prices fall as Moderna CEO says vaccines will struggle with Omicron

Global stocks and oil prices are falling again after a brief respite Monday from the heavy sell-off triggered by the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant. Stocks in Asia Pacific and Europe slid, Dow futures were down 1% and oil prices fell about 2% as more countries reported cases of the variant and imposed new…MORE