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    Workers Overdose on the Job, and Employers Struggle to Respond

    Workers Overdose on the Job, and Employers Struggle to Respond


    Jimmy Sullivan has been a bricklayer for more than two decades. For several years, Mr. Sullivan injected a shot of heroin in his car before starting...

    Many businesses are ill-equipped or unwilling to deal with opioid addiction even as it has driven up health costs and hurt productivity.
    Tariffs to Raise Cost of Rebuilding After Hurricane Florence

    Tariffs to Raise Cost of Rebuilding After Hurricane Florence


    Charles T. Wilson III, a contractor based in Durham, N.C., said tariffs had driven up the cost of countertops and other building...

    Homeowners and businesses will have to pay more for lumber, steel, aluminum and other materials because of President Trump’s trade policy.
    State of the Art: Why Jeff Bezos Should Push for Nobody to Get as Rich as Jeff Bezos

    State of the Art: Why Jeff Bezos Should Push for Nobody to Get as Rich as Jeff Bezos


    Here’s what the Amazon founder’s vast fortune tells us about the economic concentration of the tech industry — and how he might help unravel that for the...

    Here’s what the Amazon founder’s vast fortune tells us about the economic concentration of the tech industry — and how he might help unravel that for the world.
    Tech We’re Using: Windows on How Cities Change Can Be All Too Captivating

    Tech We’re Using: Windows on How Cities Change Can Be All Too Captivating


    Emily Badger, a reporter for The Upshot in Washington, likes Google Street View’s time-lapse feature, which can show a neighborhood’s transformation since...

    Technology is crowding curbs with ride hailers and keeping homeowners fixated on housing values. Here are the tools that Emily Badger, a writer for The Upshot, uses to analyze the ripple effects.
    Facebook Accused of Allowing Bias Against Women in Job Ads

    Facebook Accused of Allowing Bias Against Women in Job Ads


    Facebook users who clicked on “Why am I seeing this ad?” were told that the employer wanted to reach men 18 to 50 who live in or were recently near Fort...

    A case filed with federal regulators says the company’s targeting technology is used to screen out female candidates in violation of the law.

    Republicans Opposing Trump on Trade Face Election Quandary


    Many party leaders in Washington like tax cuts but dislike tariffs. Few Americans share that combination of...

    Many party leaders in Washington like tax cuts but dislike tariffs. Few Americans share that combination of views.
    Labor Board Moves Anew to Limit Employers’ Workplace Liability

    Labor Board Moves Anew to Limit Employers’ Workplace Liability


    The National Labor Relations Board wants to reverse a 2015 rule that exposed more companies to legal liability and made it easier for workers to unionize at fast-food restaurants and hotel...

    Foiled in reversing a policy change from the Obama era, the agency will try again to limit companies’ responsibility for franchisees and contractors.
    Trade Ministers Call for W.T.O. Overhaul, but Offer Few Details

    Trade Ministers Call for W.T.O. Overhaul, but Offer Few Details


    In a tacit acknowledgment that Mr. Trump has shaken the international trading system, G20 officials sought to reduce...

    In a tacit acknowledgment that Mr. Trump has shaken the international trading system, G20 officials sought to reduce tensions.
    Bits: The Week in Tech: Apple’s Watch Steals the Show

    Bits: The Week in Tech: Apple’s Watch Steals the Show


    The new Apple Watch Series 4 announced on September 12, 2018 at the Steve Jobs theater at Apple headquarters in Cupertino,...

    Apple held its annual iPhone event, but its watch wowed the industry. Plus, Google is in for a tougher time in Washington.
    Defying Erdogan, Turkey’s Central Bank Raises Interest Rates

    Defying Erdogan, Turkey’s Central Bank Raises Interest Rates


    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has resisted calls for an increase in interest rates to curb worsening...

    The bank’s move, to ramp up the benchmark rate by 6.25 percentage points, had long been resisted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
    E.C.B., at Latest Meeting, Highlights Risks From Trade War

    E.C.B., at Latest Meeting, Highlights Risks From Trade War


    A clearer picture of the damage from trade tensions will come on Thursday, when economists for the European Central Bank publish their latest...

    The central bank did not shift its monetary policy, but lowered its forecasts for economic growth in Europe, in part because of tensions over trade.
    U.S. Household Income Rises to Pre-Recession Levels, Prompting Cheers and Questions

    U.S. Household Income Rises to Pre-Recession Levels, Prompting Cheers and Questions


    Median household income, an important measure of the distribution of economic gains, increased 1.8 percent last year to $61,372, the Census Bureau said on...

    The median income rose in 2017 for the third straight year, the Census Bureau reported. But the details of the report raised concerns about whether middle-class households will simply tread water.
    Are You Middle Class? This Calculator Claims to Tell You

    Are You Middle Class? This Calculator Claims to Tell You


    A calculator built by the Pew Research Center groups people into lower-, middle- and upper-income categories depending on where they live and the size of their...

    But some researchers say the tool from Pew Research isn’t designed to include all of the factors associated with class, such as college education, types of employment and wealth.
    State of the Art: The Metamorphosis of Silicon Valley C.E.O.s: From Big to Boring

    State of the Art: The Metamorphosis of Silicon Valley C.E.O.s: From Big to Boring


    Technology chief executives were once admired for their force-of-nature personalities and daring. Now boring is the new black (or is it beige?). Except for Elon Musk, of...

    Technology chief executives were once admired for their force-of-nature personalities and daring. Now boring is the new black (or is it beige?). Except for Elon Musk, of course.
    Edgy Investors Are Retreating From Risky Economies

    Edgy Investors Are Retreating From Risky Economies


    An electronic board showed the Hong Kong share index outside a bank last month after Asian stock prices dropped as Turkey’s financial turmoil fueled fears that a contagion might spread to other emerging...

    In stark contrast to the U.S., where a bull market continues, investors are pulling out of developing economies as the economic and financial risks mount.
    China Sees Hints of a Past Threat: Inflation

    China Sees Hints of a Past Threat: Inflation


    Consumer prices in China rose in August for the third consecutive...

    If it persists, a steady uptick in prices could complicate Beijing’s effort to support economic growth and contend with the trade war with the United States.