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Businesses are reopening across the U.S., especially where vaccine rates are higher

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A man walks past a restaurant with an illuminated "Open" sign on May 5, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

A man walks past a restaurant with an illuminated "Open" sign on May 5 in Los Angeles. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

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The Weekly Wrap

The New York Times’ Jeanna Smialek and The Washington Post’s Catherine Rampell chat with Kai Ryssdal about next week’s Federal Open Market Committee Meeting, the bond market, and more.

Parking headaches make a comeback

by Matt Levin Jul 23, 2021
Traffic is back to pre-pandemic levels in many places, but there are a lot of tables for two where parking spaces used to be.

Back-to-school spending is hard to predict this year

by Marielle Segarra Jul 23, 2021
This time of year is always a big moment in retail. But there’s a lot going on that makes this back-to-school season different.
Back to Business

Businesses are re-opening at a frenetic pace, Yelp finds — especially where vaccination rates are higher

by Mitchell Hartman Jul 23, 2021
Where there are lower vaccination rates, there’s less consumer interest.
My Economy

Chocolate shop has plenty of business but not enough staff

by Sean McHenry Jul 23, 2021
Dean's Sweets in Portland, Maine, has had "crazy growth," but it's competing with other local businesses for employees.
A Warmer World

As wildfires intensify in the West, scientists look at how they spread

by Jes Burns Jul 23, 2021
On a farm in Oregon, they try to figure out what kinds of trees and shrubs produce the most flying embers.

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Diving Woman Japanese Breakfast
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