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Concern about growing global antibiotic resistance has come to a head: The World Health Organization is now warning that the world is running out of antibiotics.

There aren’t enough truly new antibiotics being developed, especially for the most concerning antibiotic-resistant infections, according to a WHO report released Tuesday.

The United Nations health agency has aired its concerns about antibiotic resistance, which makes it more difficult to treat infections, for some time. Some of the group’s latest moves included updating guidelines for treating sexually transmitted infections and cautioning that just three antibiotics are being developed to treat gonorrhea, a “fairly grim” situation.

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One thing has been missing from this 8 ½-year bull market, now the second-longest in history: the active, enthusiastic participation of individual investors.

For years, average Americans have sat on the sidelines. Many had been burned badly by the crash and the housing bust during the 2000s. Many simply didn’t have the money to invest the way finger-wagging pundits like me said they should.

And a good number didn’t invest for political reasons, because they thought the national debt was too high, they didn’t trust the Obama administration’s economic stewardship, and, most of all, they said the Federal Reserve was flooding the markets with cheap money, making this a phony, artificial rally.

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With 70% of bachelor’s degree recipients graduating with loans, student debt is becoming an almost universal experience, but that experience may differ depending on where you live.

The average student debt load in each state ranges from $20,000 in Utah to $36,350 in New Hampshire, according to a report released Wednesday by the Institute for College Access and Success, an organization focused on increasing equality in higher education. The report is based on student-loan data from public and private, nonprofit colleges.

The states with the highest debt levels tend to be concentrated in particular areas of the country. In the Northeast, which has many of these states, students are more likely to attend private nonprofit colleges, Continue reading

Most people who know Mary White wonder when she has time to sleep. It’s a fair question given her schedule.

The 28-year-old spends her Mondays and Tuesdays in class or studying for her nursing program at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Mass. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, White has eight-hour clinical days and studies when she can find the time. She also picks up at least three 10-hour overnight shifts a week at a group home for psychiatric patients. Add to that taking care of her four-year-old son and it’s hard to see where White finds any spare hours in the day.

“I think I fight though the sleep because I don’t have any time to sleep,” White said. “I just keep telling myself there’s a light at the end Continue reading

Hurricane Maria smashed into Puerto Rico Wednesday as a Category 4 storm that is the worst to hit the island since a 1928 hurricane that killed 300 people.

Puerto Ricans had been warned to evacuate or risk their lives, as Maria hit with enormous force, bringing huge waves, torrential rain and harsh winds that knocked out power across the island. Flash flood warnings were in effect, after river levels rose a stunning 20 feet, according to Weathe Continue reading

Revenue from recorded music accelerated in the first half of 2017 in the U.S. as more consumers shelled out for subscription streaming services.

Retail revenue jumped 17% in the first six months of the year to $4 billion, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, thanks to a record 30 million music subscriptions to services like Spotify AB and Apple Inc.’s

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Tea service for one.

The music business has evolved dramatically in recent decades, and, according to Liam Gallagher of the legendary ’90s band Oasis, one needn’t look any further than the green-room refreshments table to see how massive the change has been.

Back in the 1990s, Gallagher tells a BBC Three camera, he’d have had no fewer than four people fetching his cup of tea — itself hardly a drink with which he and his band mates were well-associated at the time — while today it’s a do-it-yourself affair.

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