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Pamela Ross is a Bloomfield Free Press news writer. She writes about politics, health, and travel. Pamela has been a Bloomfield Free Press writer since 2017. She started her career as a freelance writer for various publications before making the jump to Bloomfield Free Press. She covers local and national news stories, with an emphasis on health issues and environmental issues.

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EU's $47bn trade surplus over U.S. is a new record high—expect it to get bigger

Friends who trade together, stay together. That’s the mantra that seems to increasingly dictate global trading dynamics, to the benefit of the resurgent European economy. The EU’s trade surplus with the U.S. rose to a record high of €43.6 billion ($47.3 billion) in the first quarter of 2024, official data shows. The 27% jump from […]

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Average age of cars, trucks and SUVs in the U.S. hits record 12.6 years as people hang on to old vehicles because new ones cost so much

Cars, trucks and SUVs in the U.S. keep getting older, hitting a record average age of 12.6 years in 2024 as people hang on to their vehicles largely because new ones cost so much. S&P Global Mobility, which tracks state vehicle registration data nationwide, said Wednesday that the average vehicle age grew about two months

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Biden administration is cancelling $7.7bn more in federal student loans for 160,000 borrowers

The Education Department announced the latest round of cancellation on Wednesday, saying it will erase $7.7 billion in federal student loans. With the latest action, the administration said it has canceled $167 billion in student debt for nearly 5 million Americans through several programs. “From day one of my administration, I promised to fight to ensure

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California may soon require all new cars to beep at drivers when they break the speed limit

California could eventually join the European Union in requiring all new cars to alert drivers when they break the speed limit, a proposal aimed at reducing traffic deaths that would likely impact motorists across the country should it become law. The federal government sets safety standards for vehicles nationwide, which is why most cars now

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Ozempic and Wegovy are all the rage—but people are quitting them too fast to achieve meaningful weight loss, according to the largest GLP-1 study yet

As recently as the onset of COVID-19 four years ago, you probably didn’t know what a glucagon-like peptide 1 agonist, or GLP-1 drug, was. But this class of medications, which help people with Type 2 diabetes and obesity lower their blood sugar and promote weight loss, is now a household name. “It’s everywhere,” Dr. Razia

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Want to fit in while in Japan? Follow these unusually specific 'life rules' issued by the government

Japan recently introduced a Digital Nomad Visa that allows foreigners from 49 countries to live in the country for six months. But before they pack their bags, they may want to read Japan’s “Life and Work Guidebook,” which is aimed at helping foreigners fit in. The guidebook, published by Japan’s Immigration Services Agency, provides advice

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With summer road trips fast approaching, Biden seeks to lower gas prices

The Biden administration said Tuesday it is releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from a Northeast reserve established after Superstorm Sandy in a bid to lower prices at the pump this summer. The sale, from storage sites in New Jersey and Maine, will be allocated in increments of 100,000 barrels at a time. The approach

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Donald Trump looks to entice the alt-finance crowd. His campaign will now accept crypto assets

Donald Trump ‘s presidential campaign said Tuesday it would begin accepting donations in cryptocurrency as part of an effort to build what it calls a “crypto army” leading up to Election Day. The Trump campaign launched a fundraising page that allows “any federally permissible donor the ability to give” to its political committees using any crypto

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Don’t expect health care to fix itself: It will take consumers wielding their money to ‘shift the big Titanic’ of the system, health exec says

In the health care world, one thing is clear: “We are increasingly moving from patient to consumer, and consumers hold a tremendous amount of power,” Liana Douillet Guzmán, chief executive of FOLX Health said at Fortune’s Brainstorm Health conference in Dana Point, Calif., on Tuesday.  FOLX Health, a health care provider for the LGBTQIA+ community,

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