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Northern California’s McKinney fire expanded to more than 60,000 acres Sunday with 40% containment.
France and Italy are in the midst of record-setting drought conditions, while unprecedented heat in England has led to discussion of water rationing.
Asian traffic through U.S. East Coast ports was up nearly 19% year-over-year in the second quarter as shippers avoid the West Coast in fear of a labor strike. Only 20% of ships are arriving on time on the East Coast due to rising congestion.
Nearly 2,000 dock workers at Britain’s biggest port of Felixstowe will strike for eight days on Aug. 21 in a dispute over pay.
The U.S. reported 114,830 new COVID-19 infections and 393 virus fatalities Sunday. Elevated fatality levels make it less likely that the CDC will change masking, testing and isolating guidelines in its new report due this week.
The BA.5 COVID-19 variant now accounts for nearly 86% of known virus cases in the U.S.
The White House is expected to extend the state of emergency for COVID-19 into early 2023, marking its fourth year in effect.
The U.S. president left isolation Sunday, the first time he has left the White House in 18 days, after testing negative for COVID-19 twice since suffering a virus rebound last week.
Despite health officials greenlighting the use of COVID-19 vaccines for children aged six months to four years last month, only 4%-5% have received the doses, new data shows.
Despite the still-tight jobs market, major employers are reporting reduced turnover and greater success in attracting and retaining employees.
Nearly half of U.S. mortgaged properties were considered equity-rich in the second quarter, the ninth straight quarterly rise fueled by soaring home valuations and larger down payments by recent buyers.
Major hotel chains including Marriott, Hilton and MGM Resorts saw double-digit profit growth in the second-quarter on higher occupancy levels and an easing worker shortage.
Amazon will acquire Roomba vacuum maker iRobot for $1.7 billion, a further push into internet-connected home robotics.
CVS is seeking to buy Signify Health as it looks to expand its in-home health services, according to reports. An initial bid will likely be announced this week.
COVID-19 cases in China spiked to 807 Sunday, with 504 reported in Hainan Province, where tens of thousands of tourists are stranded in lockdowns.South Korea reported 105,507 new COVID-19 infections Sunday, its sixth straight day of infections topping 100,000.
Russia saw 20,303 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, its highest since March.
Hong Kong is reducing mandatory quarantine for international visitors to three days from a week.
Weekly COVID-19 infections in Britain fell by over 500,000 each of the past two weeks.
Japan plans to roll out a new, Omicron-tailored COVID-19 vaccine as early as October.
Australia’s Qantas Airways is calling on some of its business executives to work as baggage handlers for three months at airports in Sydney and Melbourne to help ease staffing shortages plaguing the airline.