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‘No Chinese allowed’: Racism and fear are now spreading along with the coronavirus
‘This week, my ethnicity has made me feel like I was part of a threatening and diseased mass,’ Sam Phan, a master’s student at the University of Manchester, said this week.
‘He owed a lot of back taxes.’ My ex-husband forgot to sign paperwork to split a sizable investment account — then he died suddenly. Can his estate claim that money?
‘The investment company says the account is now all mine. Is that true?’
‘The epidemic is a demon.’ Coronavirus set to exceed total SARS infections in days
‘Chinese people are currently engaged in a serious struggle against an epidemic of a new type of coronavirus infection.’
British Airways and Air Canada halt flights as U.S. warns travelers to avoid China — how airlines are responding to coronavirus
United, Delta and American Airlines are waiving some cancellation fees; some cruise lines are cancelling trips.
With 369,000 students from China on U.S. campuses, colleges are monitoring for coronavirus symptoms
China sends more international students to the U.S. than any other country, and universities are on alert for symptoms of coronavirus.
This one thing may be raising your risk of getting Alzheimer’s
And it could raise your risk of MS, Parkinson’s and other dementia too.
How the No. 1 bat maker in MLB is looking to disrupt the baseball glove market
Marucci Sports has teamed up with expert glove maker Scott Carpenter to make a glove that’s half-leather and half high-tech.
My wife’s son will never let her see her granddaughter again — unless she gives him $50,000. Should she give in?
‘Her two adult sons claim that their deceased father had promised them the house would one day be theirs.’
‘This is a novel coronavirus.’ As infections reach 6,000, here’s how the illness has spread across the world so rapidly
‘From observations, the virus is capable of transmission even during incubation period,’ says Ma Xiaowei, the director of China’s National Health Commission.
Apple investors are cheering a record quarter — why tax collectors might be too
‘Excessive taxes and fees may reduce low-income consumer access to wireless service at a time when such access is critical to economic success.’
Elsewhere on MarketWatch
The Fed is complacent; the bond market is not
The yield curve is on the cusp of inverting again, and the Fed is comfortable with the idea that policy accommodation is appropriate.
Trump’s impeachment trial moves to Q&A as Collins asks about president’s motives
As President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial shifts to its question-and-answer phase, Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine starts off by asking Trump’s attorneys about the president’s motives.
House Democrats roll out $760 billion plan for rebuilding roads, improving railways
House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a five-year, $760 billion package for rebuilding roads and improving railways, signaling a new election-year priority and urging the White House to get on board.
Do you use Times New Roman? People might think you’re a Trump supporter, according to this study
The typeface used on a campaign sign or in a news publication can be tell you quite a lot, according to a recent research study.
FOMC statement for January
The Federal Reserve left its benchmark short-term interest rate unchanged again in January, but it did slightly raise a special reserve rate it charges to banks.
Trump says U.S. would be in ‘World War Six’ if he’d listened to Bolton, as White House demands book changes
President Donald Trump blasted John Bolton on Wednesday, saying the U.S. would be in “World War Six” if he’d listened to the former national security adviser.
Tesla surges after earnings beat, vows to sell more than half a million vehicles this year
Tesla Inc. stock rose late Wednesday after the Silicon Valley car maker reported quarterly earnings that beat Wall Street expectations and said Model Y production started this month.
New York creeps closer to coal divestment from pension funds
New York state’s top pension fund official says he’s reviewing divesting from 27 coal companies, a decision that could impact some $98 million in holdings by the third-largest U.S. state pension system.
Hackers are ramping up attacks on retirement accounts — how to keep yourself safe
The financial services industry is a top target for scammers.