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Hospital System That Serves 4 States Fires 175 Workers After Vaccine Mandate

Hospital System That Serves 4 States Fires 175 Workers After Vaccine Mandate

By Jack Phillips Days after announcing that about 375 healthcare employees would be suspended, a North Carolina-based hospital system confirmed Monday that around 175 workers were fired in one of the largest-ever mass terminations due to a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Several days ago, Novant Health announced that around 375 of its employees had been suspended and […]

Google, in Fight Against Record $5 Billion EU Fine, Slams Regulators for Ignoring Apple

By Naveen Anthrappully As Google attempted to annul a record fine of 4.34 billion euro ($5.1 billion) related to the monopolistic practices of the Android ecosystem, the company censured EU antitrust regulators for disregarding Apple’s key position in the market. “The Commission shut its eyes to the real competitive dynamic in this industry, that between Apple and Android,” Google’s […]

New York Hospitals Preparing for Health Care ‘Problem’ as COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Takes Effect

By Jack Phillips Some hospitals in New York state are bracing for disruptions due to staff shortages triggered by a COVID-19 vaccine mandate that took effect on Sept. 27 for health care workers. “We’re anticipating a problem,” said Michael Balboni, executive director of the Greater New York Health Care Facilities Association, according to The Wall Street Journal. “There are […]

Democrats ‘Reach Agreement’ to Raise $600 Cap on Biden’s Proposal on IRS Reporting and Surveillance

By Katabella Roberts Democrats have said they plan to raise the threshold of President Joe Biden’s radical proposal that all bank transactions of more than $600 be reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The initial proposal (pdf)—which Biden says is aimed at curbing tax evasion—would require banks and other financial institutions to report to the IRS any deposits or […]

Arizona Senate Hears of Multiple Inconsistencies Found by Election Audit

By Jack Phillips and Mimi Nguyen Ly This article was updated with the findings presented during the Arizona Senate’s hearing and the auditors’ report provided to the Arizona Senate. Arizona attorney general says his office will review findings. Lawmakers were told on Friday during a hearing on an audit conducted in Arizona’s most populous county, Maricopa County, of inconsistencies uncovered during a forensic […]

Intel Breaks Ground on $20 Billion Arizona Plants as US Chip Factory Race Heats Up

By Reuters Intel Corp on Friday broke ground on two new factories in Arizona as part of its turnaround plan to become a major manufacturer of chips for outside customers. The $20 billion plants—dubbed Fab 52 and Fab 62—will bring the total number of Intel factories at its campus in Chandler, Arizona, to six. They will house Intel’s […]

Wall Street Rally Fizzles out as Evergrande Worries Persist; Nike Drops

By Reuters U.S. stock indexes fell on Friday following a two-day rally, as worries persisted about the spillover from debt-laden China Evergrande, while Nike tumbled after cutting its sales forecast. Six of the 11 major S&P sectors advanced in early trading, with economy-sensitive energy, financials and defensive utilities shares leading gains. Technology and consumer discretionary were the biggest losers. […]

Norway Official: COVID-19 Can Now Be Compared to the Flu as Country Removes Pandemic Restrictions

By Jack Phillips Norway will end all COVID-19-related restrictions starting Saturday, Sept. 25, the government announced, joining a growing list of countries and states that have removed pandemic curbs. “It is 561 days since we introduced the toughest measures in Norway in peacetime … Now the time has come to return to a normal daily life,” Prime […]

Business Activity Growth Hits 12-Month Low on Supply Hold-Ups and Capacity Shortages

By Tom Ozimek Business activity in the United States in September grew at its slowest monthly pace in 12 months, with supply chain hold-ups and capacity shortages hampering growth. Data firm IHS Markit said on Sept. 23 that its flash U.S. Composite PMI Output Index (pdf)—which tracks the manufacturing and services sectors—retreated to a reading of 54.5 in September. […]

New Hampshire House Speaker Files Bill to Block Vaccine Mandate

By The Center Square New Hampshire House Speaker Sherman Packard is working on legislation that would ban state or local enforcement of COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Packard, a Londonderry Republican, said his office is working on a bill that is aimed at blunting the impact of President Joe Biden’s new federal vaccine requirements to “prevent federal overreach, protect our […]

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