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Montana became the first US state to ban TikTok. The state law also compels Apple and Google to drop TikTok from their app stores under penalty of a $10,000-per-day fine.
Cancer patients are struggling to access drug treatment in the US. The reason for the shortage is one American drugs don’t often have to contend with: they’re too cheap.
Amazon announced its largest-ever investment in India. The tech giant committed $13 billion to build cloud infrastructure in the country.
Deutsche Bank is settling a Jeffrey Epstein lawsuit... The bank offered $75 million to the women who accused Epstein of sexual abuse—half the sum it paid New York regulators to settle a similar case in 2020.
…while Walgreens is paying another record sum in an opioid-related case. The $230 million settlement with San Francisco is thought to be the highest ever won by a local US government over the opioid crisis.
American home improvement fever has broken
A craze to rip up floors and re-upholster everything has been waning ever since pandemic lockdowns started easing in the US. Now, the trend has all but faded into a dusty corner, much like those half-used paint cans in your basement.
It’s no wonder, then, that Home Depot, one of the largest retailers in the US, is expecting its yearly sales to drop for the first time since 2009. Read more about what’s driving people to abandon their measuring tapes and hammers.
Pop quiz: How much money would put you in India’s 1%?
D. $1.5 million
Find the answer in our report. Here’s a hint: The place with the highest super-rich entry point is Monaco, and that threshold is about 70 times higher than what it is in India.
Charted: Union membership in the US is nearing a 100-year low
For all the news surrounding new unionization efforts among Hollywood writers, Starbucks employees, Amazon warehouse workers, and, most recently, dancers at a Los Angeles strip club, the fact is that union membership in the US is at its lowest level since the Great Depression.
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