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Omicron cases could fall as quickly as they rose in the US — new models suggest daily infections may have already hit their max

People take COVID-19 tests at pop-up testing site in New York City on December 7, 2021.Reuters/Brendan McDermid Omicron cases could be peaking roughly a month after they started rising in the US, models suggest. Disease experts predict that cases could fall back down as quickly as they rose. By the end of the wave, Omicron may have infected "a substantial fraction," if not a majority, of the US. Omicron appears to take a swifter, sharper course than its predecessors: Cases of the variant tend...
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Popular US inflation gauge climbs at fastest rate since 2008 in April

Shoppers leave a Nordstrom store on May 26, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images The PCE price index - a popular inflation measure - rose 0.6% in April as spending rebounded. The reading matches the median economist estimate and marks the fastest rate of price growth since 2008. The Biden administration expects strong inflation to fade next year, but Republicans say they fear a dangerous overshoot. See more stories on Insider's business page. Stronger inflation has offic...
Tags: Nordstrom, White House, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Chicago, House, Treasury, Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve, Biden, Fed, Commerce Department, Republican Study Committee, Ben Winck


AstraZeneca's latest COVID-19 vaccine setback

Hello,Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I'm Blake Dodge, and I cover Big Tech for the healthcare team at Insider. Here's today's news:AstraZeneca may have provided outdated information on its coronavirus shot, US health authorities said;A vaccine that can be taken as a pill could begin early clinical trials soon;1 million people are flying out of US airports every day.If you're new to this newsletter, sign up here. Tips and opinions about Google-Amazon-Microsoft-Apple in healthcare?...
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Senators who voted against a $15 minimum wage represent three-quarters of the workers who would benefit, study says

Demonstrators participate in a protest outside of McDonald's corporate headquarters on January 15, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images A new report from the Economic Policy Institute looks at who would benefit from a $15 minimum wage. It found that 24 million of the workers who would are in states where senators voted against it. The wage hike wasn't included in the stimulus package after 7 Democrats voted against it. Visit the Business section of Insider for more ...
Tags: Senate, America, Trends, Walmart, Chicago, Maine, Murray, McDonald, Sen Bernie Sanders, Economic Policy Institute, Angus King, Joe Manchin, EPI, Economic Policy Institute EPI, Kyrsten Sinema, United for Respect


Minimum-wage workers and activists say $15 an hour is a moral and economic imperative

Demonstrators participate in a protest outside of McDonald's corporate headquarters on January 15, 2021, in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images President Biden reiterated his support for a $15 minimum wage on Tuesday. Some minimum-wage workers have been campaigning for the raise for years. Workers and economists say Biden isn't just right on moral grounds — it's good for the economy, too. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. In a CNN town hall on Tuesday, Pre...
Tags: Trends, Walmart, Joe Biden, Cnn, Chicago, Poo, Biden, Cnbc, Murray, Durham North Carolina, McDonald, Sen Bernie Sanders, National Women s Law Center, CBO, Congressional Budget Office, Mary Kay Henry


Raising the minimum wage to $15 will actually save the US billions of dollars per year

Demonstrators participate in a protest outside of McDonald's corporate headquarters on January 15, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images A $15 minimum wage would be life-changing for many workers and their families. Half of working families who would receive pay increases under the $15 minimum wage bill are enrolled in public safety net programs. These programs are costly at $107 billion a year, and lowering dependency on them could save us a lot of money. Ken Jacobs is t...
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