Why building roads and transit costs more in the U.S.

If history is a guide, President Joe Biden’s $1.3 trillion investment may not fund nearly as much transportation as it would in much of the rest of the world.

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For store owners, bike lanes boost the bottom line

Retailers often resist bike lanes and other street changes that reduce the number of nearby parking spaces. But research shows that fewer cars are often good for business. 

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The world is unprepared for the next pandemic, report says

The latest Global Health Security Index finds that no country is positioned well to respond to outbreaks.

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Biden Orders Federal Vehicles and Buildings to Use Renewable Energy by 2050

The federal government would stop buying gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 and its buildings would be powered by wind, solar or other carbon-free electricity by 2050.
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After Covid Closures, a New Quest to Make Offices Less Awful

To lure workers back, companies are renovating spaces, using software so staff can coordinate visits and dangling upgraded food to make offices more appealing. ‘You want to create a pull, not a push.’

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Jobless Claims Are Stabilizing at Pre-Pandemic Levels

Worker filings for unemployment benefits are seen settling at pre-pandemic levels as employers are reluctant to lay off workers amid a tight labor supply in the U.S.

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Covid Spurs Biggest Rise in Life-Insurance Payouts in a Century

Death-benefit payments rose 15.4% in 2020 to $90.43 billion, mostly due to the pandemic, according to the American Council of Life Insurers. It’s the sharpest rise since 1918.

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Uber Workers Would Be Classed as Employees Under EU Proposal

Companies in what is known as the gig economy could be forced to give more benefits to their drivers and delivery personnel under a European Union proposal that would reclassify many of their jobs as employment.

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Montana’s slice of $555B in clean energy plan could expand green projects

Senators Want Social-Media Apps to Share Research

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators plans to introduce legislation that would require Meta Platforms and other social-media companies to provide outside researchers with data access.

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