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Vaping could make teens more likely to catch COVID-19 and why some people are still waiting for stimulus checks

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By Jacob Passy

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Vaping makes teens up to 7 times more likely to catch COVID-19: study

Lawmakers are calling for a temporary e-cigarette ban during the coronavirus pandemic

My fiancée’s divorce decree says she’s not liable for her former husband’s $100K tax bill. That should protect her, right?

‘During their marriage he built up large tax bills, they filed jointly, and he built up close to $100,000 that’s still due from when they were married.’

Dr. Fauci says Russia risks ‘hurting a lot of people’ by rushing coronavirus vaccine

Having a vaccine, and proving that a vaccine is safe and effective, are two different things,’ he told ABC News.

Should I have gotten my stimulus check by now? Why some people are still waiting — and what to do about it

Next week, an IRS watchdog agency will help track down stimulus payments for taxpayers facing certain scenarios.

When are people with COVID-19 at their most contagious?

The actual number of coronavirus cases worldwide is likely far higher than 20 million due to asymptomatic carriers, scientists say.

When will I get my extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits? Why isn’t everyone out of work eligible under Trump’s proposal?

Trump signed an executive order calling for an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits — but it’s best to read the small print.

Dr. Fauci tells Americans to be mindful of these important limitations about any future coronavirus vaccine

‘You must never abandon the public-health approach,’ Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a live streamed Q&A.

Kamala Harris on student-loan forgiveness, Medicare, universal basic income, credit scores — and a tax on trading stocks

Former Vice President Joe Biden announced that Harris would be his running mate for the 2020 presidential election.

Does summer weather kill COVID-19? Here are the world’s most widely shared coronavirus myths and conspiracy theories

Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, some people are on edge, while others are just plain confused.

Elsewhere on MarketWatch

Good news, bad news on stimulus: they talked – but nothing’s changed

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer declined an offer to meet from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as the stalemate dragged on.

Kamala Harris is a friend, not foe, of Big Tech

As a presidential candidate, Harris did not support breaking up Facebook Inc., Google parent Alphabet Inc., and Amazon.com Inc., as did Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, but instead was open to strengthening antitrust enforcement.

More and more Americans don’t want Trump fully reopening schools yet

59% are against in-person classes at K-12 schools right now, a new poll says

The recovery is faltering, top forecasters say

After a sharp rebound in the economy in May and June, the economic recovery has slowed as consumers, workers, and businesses remain extremely cautious, say the economists at UBS who won the Forecaster of the Month contest for July run by MarketWatch.

Warren Buffett said this metric signaled the 2001 crash — now it’s sounding the alarm on global markets

A sell signal is flashing on Buffett’s favorite indicator.

Jacob Passy is a personal-finance reporter for MarketWatch and is based in New York.

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