By Meera Jagannathan, MarketWatch
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I pay my gardener $100 a month. Should I pay him less if he misses a week here and there because of rain?
‘There have been one or two times over the past couple years where he did not come, and for no apparent reason.’
My wife found a half brother through Ancestry.com. Are we morally or ethically obligated to share her father’s estate?
‘The whole family seemed genuinely excited to finally find information on his biological father, after years of searching with no real leads.’
Why do I need to wear a mask if I’ve had COVID-19? Who is it protecting? Can I really be reinfected?
‘Like everyone else, I am hoping that the vaccine will help infection rates, and more people can get back to work.’
Dr. Fauci on COVID-19 infections: ‘Things will get worse as we get into January’
Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned of a ‘dark time’ in mid-January after Christmas and Hanukkah.
America’s richest person in 1831 left a legacy that still resonates in 2021
Stephen Girard knew the value of ethics and education as well as a dollar.
‘I thought dentists had some of the best job security’: More dental students are having second thoughts
The average amount of debt dental school students take on is over $290,000.
Weekend reads: Tesla’s stock is just too expensive
Also, the ideal stock sector for Joe Biden's clean sweep and retirement destinations for people who love to ski.
High-ranking company executives among employees being fired after participating in riot inside U.S. Capitol
In the wake of the riot at the Capitol, companies moved to cut ties with President Trump and his supporters and fired workers who participated.
‘Families across America watched in horror’: How to talk to your kids about the storming of the Capitol
It's already been months of convulsing current events for kids to process.
Telemedicine provides a lifeline during the pandemic — for wealthier Americans
‘We must acknowledge that our previous “normal” was a U.S. health-care system and digital connectivity landscape fraught with inequity,’ according to a new study.
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These are the people Trump has pardoned — or still could pardon
With President Trump expected to leave office on Jan. 20, his possible plans for issuing pardons keep drawing considerable attention.
Travel restrictions tighten further in Europe as COVID-19 is spreading faster
Nearly 53,000 new infections were registered in the U.K. in the last 24 hours and more than 25,000 in France.
Google’s new advertising technology is under investigation over competition concerns from U.K. regulator
The U.K.'s competition regulator will investigate Google’s new digital advertising tool, assessing whether it will harm competition by causing advertising spending to become even more concentrated on the tech giant’s ecosystem.
Democrats likely to get Senate control on Jan. 20, though it may take until Jan. 22
Democrats are due to take control of the U.S. Senate this month after their wins in Georgia’s runoff elections, but the exact date for their ascension isn’t guaranteed.
Consumer borrowing picks up in November but credit cards remain out-of-favor
U.S. consumer borrowing picked up in November, but consumers continued to shy away from using their credit cards, the Federal Reserve said Friday.