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China’s financial regulators laid down the law for Evergrande Group. They told the struggling developer to do whatever it takes to avoid a near-term default on dollar bonds. Beijing also said the company should focus on completing unfinished properties and repaying individual investors. There’s no indication regulators offered any financial support for the bond payment, howeverDavid E. Rovella

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If you’ve been skipping Evergrande stories until now, it’s probably time you knew why everyone is talking about this Chinese developer, and what its fate means for your money. While many financial observers say it’s not China’s Lehman Brothers moment, some aren’t so sure.

Novavax and its partner Serum Institute of India filed for an emergency use listing of a Covid-19 vaccine candidate with the World Health Organization. In Asia, Singapore added a record 1,504 new cases in one day while Thailand planned to slash its mandatory quarantine period for vaccinated international travelers in order to boost its economy. In the U.S., a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel largely echoed Wednesday’s Food and Drug Administration recommendation for Covid-19 booster shots. Over the past month, with kindergarten through 12th grade in session, the U.S. has reported almost 1 million cases among those under 18. Deaths in America, which has long led the world in both fatalities and infections, rose 2.9% in a week. States including Alabama, Georgia and West Virginia were among states with the most widespread increases in deaths. In Idaho, where vaccination rates are low, funeral directors are running out of room to store the dead. Like Alaska, the state has been forced into the last resort of rationed care. Here’s the latest on the pandemic.

A nurse attends to a Covid-19 patient in the intensive care unit at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center in Idaho on Aug. 31. Photographer: Kyle Green/AP Photo

U.S. unemployment claims rose again last week, led by a surge of applications in California. But on Wall Street, stocks rallied for a second day with investors embracing the Fed’s optimistic outlook. Yields jumped worldwide after the Bank of England moved closer to raising rates and the dollar weakened. Here’s your markets wrap.

U.S. household net worth surged to a fresh record thanks to the stock market’s rush to new highs and the largest-ever increase in the value of real estate holdings.

U.S. President Joe Biden plans to nominate a law professor who has criticized cryptocurrencies and wants a bigger government role in banking to run a top Wall Street regulator. Saule Omarova, who has said she wants to “end banking as we know it,” will be tapped to run the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Saule Omarova Source: Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

With its eyes firmly fixed on China, India’s long-delayed plans to overhaul its military are getting new life as Prime Minister Narendra Modi moves closer to the U.S. and its allies, which are strengthening defense cooperation.

Facebook executives have long boasted that its platforms are safe, even as they invested in ways to keep teenagers hooked and hid what they knew about the side effects. Sound familiar? Critics say cigarette companies once used the same playbook, and it’s fueling a whole new level of outrage against the social media giant. Bloomberg Businessweek reports on whether Mark Zuckerberg’s Tobacco Moment has arrived.

Mark Zuckerberg testifying before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law on July 29, 2020. Photographer: Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

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Charcuterie Isn’t for Meat and Cheese Anymore

Long a feature of certain social gatherings, charcuterie platters garnered fresh attention in the past 18 months as people sought to elevate their lockdown snacking. Sure, hungry humans have arranged provisions such as prosciutto and cheese on boards for centuries. But amateur chefs are redefining the term charcuterie itself, adding novel ingredients to their creations. There are Mexican boards featuring nachos, while others focus on breakfast foods and even candy. “Barkuterie” boards with dog treats are also a thing. Seriously.

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