Personal Finance Daily: The No. 1 reason adults support legalizing marijuana and why a T-Mobile-Sprint merger could be ‘devastating’ for consumers

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Why this effective $9 insect repellent scores nearly 3,000 rave reviews on Amazon

Looking for the best bug spray? Here are 3 of the best insect repellents

Bottoms up! The real reason well-educated people spend 9x more on booze

And it’s not just because they often have more money than less educated people.

Starbucks testing reusable cups in London to help consumers ‘do the right thing’

More than half of consumers say they’re willing to pay more for products from brands that follow eco-friendly practices.

What the haters get wrong about the U.S. women’s soccer team’s 13-0 drubbing of Thailand

There’s debate on whether the women’s team was right to run up the score.

Consumers won’t be allowed to sue over alleged bedbugs in Wayfair headboard

Wayfair’s terms of service say consumers must take complaints to arbitration.

Meatless fast-food burgers probably aren’t any healthier — and they’re definitely more expensive

Burger King, McDonald’s, White Castle and Del Taco all have meatless alternatives — are they worth the extra money?

The No. 1 reason adults support legalizing marijuana (it’s not to get high)

A recent Gallup poll delved into why some Americans want cannabis legalized.

Why a T-Mobile-Sprint merger could be ‘devastating’ for consumers

New York’s attorney general says the merger would harm low-income and minority customers in urban areas.

Norwegian Cruise Line passenger presumed dead after falling overboard — how common are these incidents?

The company has called off the search for a woman who went overboard Saturday.

‘You can’t expense it the way you used to’ — the power lunch is dead, and millennials are probably to blame

The Four Seasons, home of the power lunch, is closing, but some workers don’t need lavish meals to network.

Elsewhere on MarketWatch
FCC’s chairman takes step to improve rural broadband mapping

The FCC’s maps have been blasted for overstating how many places in the country have access to high-speed internet.

Housing market sentiment hits a 5-year high: a good omen for sales?

A large-scale survey finds that attitudes towards the housing market are improving. But shrugging off the negative press of 2018 and achieving big gains in sales are two different things.

‘I’m simply trying not to die,’ says one advocate as senior Democrats reluctantly give ‘Medicare for All’ more attention

“Medicare for All” got a hearing Wednesday before a powerful House panel, but there continued to be signs that top Democrats aren’t embracing the issue.

A 20-year-old bitcoin millionaire is determined to create the ‘Acorns of crypto’

Before he turned 19, bitcoin bets made Erik Finman a millionaire. Now, the crypto wunderkind says he wants to create a platform for investing in cryptocurrencies that is easy for average folks to use.

A recession shock could wipe 30% off U.S. stocks, warns Oxford Economics

A worst-case scenario could see a worsening economy resulting in a 30% drop for U.S. stocks, triggering a recession, according to our call of the day. But there’s good news too.

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