Omicron BQ variants dominant, XBB circulating at low level

A person receives a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 22, 2021. Andrew Kelly | Reuters The omicron BQ coronavirus subvariants have risen to dominance in the U.S. as people gather and travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, putting people with compromised immune … Read more

Omicron boosters aren’t very effective against mild illness

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic in the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody, Massachusetts, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. Vanessa Leroy | Bloomberg | Getty Images The new omicron Covid boosters probably aren’t very effective at preventing Covid infections and mild illness, but they will … Read more

If rail strike begins, every union will honor picket line, says BLET

Shipping containers sit at a railway facility waiting to be transferred. Scott Olson | Getty Images One of the largest rail labor unions, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), will honor the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) strike date of December 5, the first date upon which a rail union to reject the … Read more

SMART-TD votes down labor deal as rails move closer to national strike

An aerial view of shipping containers and freight railway trains at the BNSF Los Angeles Intermodal Facility rail yard in Los Angeles, California, September 15, 2022. Bing Guan | Reuters SMART-TD, one of the largest railroad labor unions, voted down the tentative agreement with rail management, raising the likelihood of a strike in December. The … Read more

Trump snubs Twitter after Musk announces reactivation of his account

Former U.S. President Donald Trump announces that he will once again run for U.S. president in the 2024 U.S. presidential election during an event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, November 15, 2022. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters Donald Trump on Saturday said he had no interest in returning to Twitter even as a … Read more

Catherine Cortez Masto defeats Adam Laxalt

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) speaks at a campaign rally for Nevada Democrats at Cheyenne High School on November 01, 2022 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Anna Moneymaker | Getty Images Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., won her reelection bid against former state Attorney General Adam Laxalt, defending a swing-state seat for the Democrats, … Read more

Global shipping industry faces a new problem — too many containers

Trends in global supply chains continue to flip as container prices fall and container depots fill up, logistics data show. Sasin Tipchai | 500Px | Getty Images While there was a shortage of containers at the height of the pandemic, the global economy is now facing the opposite problem: too many containers.  On top of … Read more

The unemployment rate for Black men fell in October, but so did labor force participation

A Now Hiring sign at a Dunkin’ restaurant on September 21, 2021 in Hallandale, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images The unemployment rate for Black men ticked down in October while it rose for most other groups, but that may be because workers are dropping out of the labor force. The October nonfarm payrolls print … Read more

Asia-Pacific will lead global economic growth in 2023, S&P says

People walk along a commercial street in Seoul on February 24, 2021. Ed Jones | AFP | Getty Images Economies in Asia-Pacific will dominate global growth in the upcoming year, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. S&P predicts the region will achieve real growth of roughly 3.5% in 2023, while Europe and the U.S. will … Read more