There’s No Oil in Wisconsin. The Fracking Bust Hit It Anyway.

TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, Wis.—For years, Mary Drangstveit could feel the shale boom reverberating in her kitchen. This spring, oil prices crashed and the rattling ceased. It brought relief for her and distress for some others in her community. Digging stopped at the sand mine next door in Blair, Wis., which had …

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Long Before Nikola Trucks, Trevor Milton Sold Investors on Startups That Faded

In 2009, Trevor Milton drove a Dodge pickup from Utah to Phoenix to show off his latest business idea: a truck using natural gas along with diesel to lower fuel costs. Within months, Mr. Milton’s company had landed a $16 million contract to install the system on up to 800 …

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Why Hospitals Can’t Handle Covid Surges: They’re Flying Blind

El Centro Regional Medical Center was overrun with dozens of Covid-19 patients in May, with nowhere to send the critically ill. The only other hospital in Imperial County, Calif. also was swamped. Chief Executive Adolphe Edward called the state’s emergency medical services director, asking him to intervene. “Please, please help …

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How China Is Taking Over International Organizations, One Vote at a Time

When China curtailed political freedoms in Hong Kong this summer, two rival declarations circulated at the United Nations Human Rights Council. One, drafted by Cuba and commending Beijing’s move, won the backing of 53 nations. Another, issued by the U.K. and expressing concern, secured 27 supporters. China’s show of strength …

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How South Korea Successfully Managed Coronavirus

SEOUL—South Korea appears to have cracked the code for managing the coronavirus. Its solution is straightforward, flexible and relatively easy to replicate. The country has averaged about 77 new daily cases since early April and recently suppressed a spike in infections. Adjusting for population, that would be the equivalent of …

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