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Customers eat lunch at Boudin Bakery on May 11, 2022 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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Consumers are spending on services again as the pandemic shopping spree for goods cools

by Sabri Ben-Achour May 31, 2022
People want to get outside and do stuff, not just buy stuff. That's reflected in surging travel bookings — and airfare.

Summer jobs are plentiful. Applicants are not.

by Meghan McCarty Carino May 31, 2022
Summer tourism industries continue to face a worker shortage and climbing wages. Teenagers, especially, are in demand.

Why are there still so few houses for sale?

by Matt Levin May 31, 2022
Sellers who don't want to become buyers and the refinancing craze play roles in the lack of supply.

Why the U.S. stopped researching gun violence: "It's a thing that has set us back decades"

by Kai Ryssdal and Andie Corban May 31, 2022
John Woodrow Cox of The Washington Post explains how a 1996 legal provision effectively halted research on gun violence.

Is European resolve against Russia’s war beginning to soften?

by Stephen Beard May 31, 2022
The EU has just unveiled a punitive ban on oil imports from Russia — but the Ukrainian government is unimpressed.

Need a CT scan? You may have to wait weeks, thanks to lockdowns in China and dye shortages

by Samantha Fields May 31, 2022
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, a critical Shanghai plant that produces the dye has been operating at reduced capacity for weeks.

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