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For hospitals, COVID surges mean staff and bed shortages yet again

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Nurses care for COVID-19 patients in a makeshift intensive care unit at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California in January..

Nurses care for COVID-19 patients in a makeshift ICU at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, in January. Some seven months later, hospitals are once again running out of ICU beds. Mario Tama via Getty Images

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COVID surge might not be the main factor in retail sales drop

by Marielle Segarra Aug 17, 2021
The obvious explanation for July's 1.1% dip would be the coronavirus delta variant. Not so fast; inflation may also be a culprit.

Cutting the Taliban off from global trade could be a tall order

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Aug 17, 2021
The U.S. has already frozen Afghan assets in this country.

Hospitals are short-staffed and running out of beds. Again.

by Samantha Fields Aug 17, 2021
With COVID-19 cases rising, at least a few hospitals in almost every state are dealing with critical staffing shortages, including nurses and custodians.

Business districts face an uncertain future as return-to-office is delayed

by Kristin Schwab Aug 17, 2021
State Street is closing its two Manhattan offices — a sign of what may be to come as we get closer to many companies' back-to-office target dates.
A Warmer World

Emissions offsets ease travel guilt, but do they reduce carbon footprints?

by Amanda Peacher Aug 17, 2021
The voluntary carbon offsets market is unregulated, with no standard pricing. And offsets may not deliver what they promise.

Where are all the construction tradeswomen?

by Jill Replogle Aug 17, 2021
Despite steady progress toward gender equality in other fields, women still make up only a small percentage of construction workers.

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