Why Urgent Care Centers Are Popping Up Everywhere

new York CNN — If you’re driving through a busy suburban shopping mall or walking down a street in a big city, chances are you won’t go long without spotting a Concentra, MedExpress, CityMD or other urgent care center. Demand for urgent care spaces has increased during the Covid-19 pandemic as people seek tests and … Read more

McDonald’s, In-N-Out and Chipotle are spending millions to block their employees from getting raises

new York CNN — California voters will decide next year on a referendum that could overturn a landmark new state law that set working conditions and minimum wages to $22 an hour for fast-food workers in the nation’s largest state. Chipotle, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, In-N-Out Burger and KFC owner Yum! Each brand is donating $1 … Read more

New survey shows surge in adults rating US health care quality ‘poor’

CNN — Most U.S. adults rate the quality of health care in the country unfavorably, according to a new survey. It’s the first time in a 20-year trend of Gallup polls that the share of adults who rate the quality of the nation’s health care as “excellent” or “good” has fallen below 50%. The share … Read more

New survey shows surge in adults rating US health care quality ‘poor’

CNN — Most U.S. adults rate the quality of health care in the country unfavorably, according to a new survey. It’s the first time in a 20-year trend of Gallup polls that the share of adults who rate the quality of the nation’s health care as “excellent” or “good” has fallen below 50%. The share … Read more

CDC identifies possible safety issue with Pfizer’s updated Covid-19 vaccine, but says people should still be boosted

CNN — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that there is a possible safety issue with the bivalent Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech, but that it is unlikely to pose a real risk. The agency said it continues to recommend people stay up to date with their Covid-19 … Read more

Mud, mold and destruction: California businesses face catastrophic damage

new York CNN — At the end of a long wooden California pier that juts out over the Pacific Ocean is the Wharf House. It is now almost completely unavailable. The Wharf House Restaurant, an iconic establishment for residents of the coastal town of Capitola in Santa Cruz County, stands alone, boarded up, damaged and … Read more

Mud, mold and destruction: California businesses face catastrophic damage

new York CNN — At the end of a long wooden pier in Southern California that juts out over the Pacific Ocean sits the Wharf House. It is now almost completely unavailable. The Wharf House Restaurant, an iconic establishment for residents of the coastal town of Capitola in Santa Cruz County, stands alone, boarded up, … Read more

Healthcare is in crisis. The New York nurses’ strike is just the latest sign

new York CNN — Naniaka Kamara grew up near Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx of New York and remembers going there for her own medical care. A nurse at Montefiore for the past three years, she still lives just minutes from the hospital and often knows the neighborhood patients she cares for. She loves her … Read more

Seattle Public Schools is suing social media companies for allegedly harming students’ mental health

CNN — Seattle Public School System on Friday has filed a lawsuit against several major tech companies, alleging that their platforms have a negative impact on students’ mental health and claiming that it has hindered the ability of its schools “to fulfill their educational mission.” The lawsuit is filed against the parent companies of some … Read more

The layoffs in Silicon Valley are going from bad to worse

CNN — Shortly before Thanksgiving, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy confirmed rumors that layoffs had begun at multiple departments at the e-commerce giant and said he would review staffing needs in the new year. On Wednesday, Jassy provided a sobering update to that review: Amazon is cutting more than 18,000 jobs, nearly double the 10,000 that … Read more