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Today we remember trailblazing military commander and first Black secretary of state, Colin Powell. The national security leader died Monday at 84 from COVID-19 complications.
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Also in the news this week: Americans are quitting their jobs. Millennials are flooding the housing market. And the viral Netflix show "Squid Game" is not just gore, but an exploration of society and debt.
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A storied legacy | Powell is remembered for his diplomatic and military legacy, writes USA TODAY's Tom Vanden Brook. His career was marked by firsts: the first and only Black officer to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the first Black man to become secretary of state. He made the case for the war to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, a cause that he was reluctant to push and for which he later expressed regret.
Left to rot | When Champlain Towers South ascended from the beachfront 40 years ago in the quaint Miami suburb of Surfside, the new condominium gleamed with promise. But even before developers sold off the 136 units to their first owners, the construction had been botched and the building had been set on a course to rot from the foundation up, a USA TODAY investigation shows.
'The pervasive stigma is insane' | Four police officers died by suicide after the Jan. 6 insurrection. It's the reason their names won't be memorialized. The Capitol attack, and the suicides that followed, reignited a national discussion about what constitutes a job-related death and the policies that advocates say perpetuate a long-standing bias that law enforcement has failed to confront.
Today in the news
Colin Powell was fully vaccinated, but he still died from COVID complications. How rare is that?
A 'lynching' or self-defense? Three Georgia men go on trial in the 2020 murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
Skinny shaming is real. But experts warn against comparing it to fat shaming.
8 years. $28 million in deposits. The perplexing tale of a three-wheeled car that never arrived.
Grocery store shelves bare? These products may be hard to find amid supply chain disruptions.
'We dodged a bullet': California oil spill could have decimated Huntington Beach. Why didn't it?
How bad can it get? 4 reasons car prices, availability show no signs of improving.
Spotlight: The Great Resignation is changing America's workforce
In August, 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs. Were you one of them?
Many workers bolted in search of higher pay, better employment conditions and critical support in their daily lives. And it's a trend that's here to stay. USA TODAY's Paul Davidson breaks down why workers are quitting and what we can expect from the labor market in the future.
“It’s no longer enough that employers are adjusting wages,” said Becky Frankiewicz, president of Manpower group North America. “They’ve got to address health and well-being, safety and flexibility too ... What people want from work and life has changed.”
We're getting less for our money. Food prices are climbing amid worker shortages, supply-chain problems and extreme weather.
As offices reopen, workers resist bringing back the commute: 'Hours of my life I'm never going to get back.'
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In Opinion: From Brittany Murphy to Britney Spears, TV documentaries are turning trashy. It has to stop.
'Squid Game' is horrifying. It's more horrifying that we're all fascinated by it.
What pandemic? College football coaches cashed in big with lucrative deals despite schools making COVID-19 cutbacks.
The next big cyberthreat isn't ransomware. It's killware. And it's just as bad as it sounds.
Alcohol is everywhere. Here's why it's still so hard not to drink.
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