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The finances behind preventing HIV and AIDS

The prices for HIV-prevention medication PrEP can range from 50 cents a day to north of $18,000 annually.
Emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate is a daily pill that can prevent HIV infections.
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How inflation is impacting holiday ads

Advertisers are taking current market conditions into consideration when competing for consumer dollars.
A screenshot from Chevy's 2023 holiday ad, which features a family grappling with the effects of Alzheimer's. Some advertisers are ploying to viewers' emotions to distinguish their brands this year.
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Up-and-coming video game developers share their dream jobs

Video games have already grown bigger than a couple of other entertainment industries combined.
Students at the nonprofit Gameheads in Oakland, California spent the summer developing new video games. The group behind one called Project: Black Cat pushed the limits when it comes to making an online multiplayer game. Pictured here, from left to right: Trevor Cardoza, Jude Herbert, Matt Zhang, Melissa Romo Martinez, Jordon Dabney and Ryan Ramos.
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Being priced out of LA comes with its own cost

Nov 13, 2023
With rent nearing $3,000 for a two-bedroom apartment, Brenda Mendoza decided to purchase a home instead. Problem is, she now lives nearly 100 miles away from work.
Brenda Mendoza, an employee at JW Marriott, decided to move out of LA after seeing rents continue to rise. Now she has to start her day at 3 a.m.
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Meet the entrepreneur who started a gym centering inclusive fitness

Nov 3, 2023
Many gyms lack proper resources for people with physical disabilities, so Wesley Hamilton designed one.
Wesley Hamilton, founder of the Disabled But Not Really Foundation, shares his story.
Courtesy Disabled But Not Really Foundation

Yes, young people can fall victim to scams

Anti-scam education “is not information to just pass on to your grandmother,” says Emma Fletcher of the Federal Trade Commission.
Rip-off schemes involving investments, jobs and online shopping usually target younger people, says Emma Fletcher, senior data researcher at the Federal Trade Commission.
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What’s "Davos in the Desert" and why does it matter

We take a look at why financiers have flocked to Riyadh for face time with the crown prince.
The annual event informally known as  “Davos in the Desert” is used "as an opportunity to pitch Saudi Arabia as a destination for investment," explained the BBC's Sameer Hashmi.
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Inside the world of immigration scams

From faux English language programs to government impersonators, here's how criminals are targeting immigrants.
Complicated immigration law creates an opportunity for bad actors.
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Sociologist explains how the workplace can uphold racist practices

Overt racism in the workplace is illegal, but that doesn’t mean work is equitable.
Professor Adia Harvey Wingfield discusses how the gray areas of work can harm people of color.
Courtesy Harvey Wingfield

The economic impact of Kevin McCarthy's ouster as House speaker

What developments in the House could mean for a potential government shutdown, funding for Ukraine and more.
With Kevin McCarthy being removed as speaker of the House of Representatives, the chances of a government shutdown in November have increased, according to Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group.
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