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Altria: iQOS cigarette alternative off market through 2022

Altria said Thursday that its heat-not-burn cigarette, iQOS, probably won’t be back in U.S. stores for at least a year.

Coronavirus daily news updates, January 27: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the wor

We’re updating this page with the latest news about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the Seattle area, the U.S. and the world.

New Italy president still elusive after 4th round of voting

Lawmakers and regional representatives have failed again to find consensus on a new Italian president.

EU watchdog clears Facebook’s purchase of Kustomer startup

European Union regulators have approved Facebook parent Meta’s purchase of customer service startup Kustomer, after the social network made concessions to ease concerns the deal wouldn’t squeeze out rivals.

In Mexico, avocados, deforestation, drug gangs go together

Regular citizens have taken the fight against illegal logging into their own hands in the pine-covered mountains of western Mexico.

In one small prairie town, two warring visions of America

The headline in the little newspaper said COVID-19 numbers were spiking in the farm towns of western Minnesota.

Oura Ring 3 review: A missed opportunity for wearable tech

At a time when we are especially concerned about health, the smart ring, which can track sleep and body temperature, is too flawed to recommend. Here's what tech writer Brian X. Chen found when he tried it.

US weekly jobless claims fall for the first time in a month

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week following three straight increases economists blamed on the surge in cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19.

US economy grew 5.7% in 2021 in rebound from 2020 recession

The U.S. economy grew last year at the fastest pace since Ronald Reagan’s presidency, bouncing back with resilience from 2020′s brief but devastating coronavirus recession.

Biden says 14.5M get health care under Obama law, with help

President Joe Biden says 14.5 million Americans got private health insurance for this year under the Obama-era health law, thanks to help from his administration.

Ukraine crisis updates: What to know as tensions rise

The United States and NATO have made no concessions to the main Russian demands to resolve the crisis over Ukraine.

McDonald’s ends 2021 strong, but costs rising

McDonald’s ended 2021 on a high note, with U.S. customers spending more and fewer restaurant closures in Europe.

Southwest posts $68 million 4Q profit, expects higher costs

Thanks to strong passenger traffic over the winter holidays, Southwest Airlines is reporting a $68 million profit for the fourth quarter.

Tata group regains control of debt-laden Air India

Tata Sons, India’s oldest and largest conglomerate, has regained ownership of the country’s debt-laden national carrier Air India.
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