Stranded in a Hurricane? There’s an App for That

Carolina residents in the path of Florence have turned to technology and social media to stay connected—and even call for help. Zello Inc.’s mobile app, which lets people use their phones like walkie-talkies, shot to the No. 1 spot in Apple Inc.’s app store in recent days. The app became popular last year during Hurricanes…

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Dull Skin? Restless Sleep? There’s a Drink for That

Money is pouring into developing beverages that claim to do much more than quench thirst. A lot of that funding ends up going down the drain. Conglomerates and startups alike are placing bets on “enhanced” drinks that promise everything from better sleep to a more youthful complexion. While sales of such drinks are rising—up 11%…

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The Summer of Plastic-Straw Bans: How We Got There

When reality-TV star Kim Kardashian West told her 115 million Instagram followers that her household had stopped using plastic straws, the head of an environmental nonprofit responded in disbelief. “I thought, ‘Did we culture-hack this?’ ” said Dune Ives, executive director of Lonely Whale, whose #StopSucking social-media campaign advocates banning single-use plastic straws. “Did we…

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Boston Wants Amazon, But Is There Room?

BOSTON—The possible arrival of Amazon’s second headquarters here is triggering both hopes and apprehension in a neighborhood already dealing with fallout from surging costs in a growing city. The city has pitched East Boston, an immigrant-filled area of about 46,000 people, as a prime locale for Amazon.com Inc.’s next home. While developers say gentrification came…

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How Bad is the Labor Shortage? Cities Will Pay You to Move There

How Bad Is the Labor Shortage? Cities Will Pay You to Move There – WSJ Chelsea Khabbaz, 30 years old, and her husband, Robert Khabbaz, 27, took advantage of an incentive grant to move to St. Clair County, MIch. Fabrizio Costantini for the Wall Street Journal Towns with unfilled jobs are handing out money, student-debt…

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