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Coronavirus: Amid uptick, San Francisco pauses some reopening

San Francisco has progressed through California’s reopening tiers faster than any other urban county, and the city’s positivity rate is lower than every other major metropolitan area in the country. Yet, two weeks after it entered the least-restrictive yellow tier, officials in San Francisco on Friday announced a rollback of some of the city’s reopening efforts amid worrisome indicators, including recent increases in hospitalizations, cases and positivity rate. Restaurants that got the green light to expand to 50% capacity indoors will no longer be able to do so, nor will indoor places of worship, museums, zoos, aquariums and movie theaters, but all will be permitted to remain open at 25% capacity. Indoor pools and bowling alleys, which had yet to reopen, have also been removed from the ci

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The best credit cards for Amazon purchases

Summary List PlacementThis page includes information about the Discover it® Cash Back, which is currently not available on Business Insider and may be out of date.  The best credit cards for Amazon purchases: 5% cash back at Amazon and Whole Foods: Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card Includes Amazon as a bonus category for Q4 2020: Discover it® Cash Back Often includes Amazon as a bonus category: Chase Freedom Flex℠ 50% bonus if you make 30 purchases each billing period: Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card Best for purchase protection: Platinum Card® from American Express Any American Express card that has an Amex Offer for shopping with Amazon If you find yourself shopping at Amazon frequently, you'll want to give some thought to the credit card you're using for these purcha

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The best airline credit cards of 2020

 Summary List PlacementThe best airline credit cards: Best if you're not loyal to one airline: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card Best for American Airlines flyers: Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® Best for Delta flyers: Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card Best for United flyers: United℠ Explorer Card Best for Southwest flyers: Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card Best for Alaska flyers: Alaska Airlines Visa® Credit Card Best for JetBlue flyers: JetBlue Plus Card Get maximum points on flights plus great lounge access: Platinum Card® from American Express If you want to use travel rewards to save money on flights, an airline credit card is a must. You can choose between credit cards that earn airline miles, or cards that earn more flex

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Man who claimed he was Burge victim at 13 is freed after decades in prison for another murder

Marcus Wiggins. | Illinois Department of Corrections Marcus Wiggins said he was tortured into confessing to murder in 1991 when he was 13. That case was dismissed, but he was convicted of another murder. He says he was framed. One of the youngest murder suspects to accuse the late Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge of torture was paroled Friday after more than two decades in prison for an unrelated murder conviction. Marcus Wiggins, 42, plans to seek vindication for what he says was a wrongful conviction that put him in prison, according to his attorney, Justin Bonus. “They destroyed this man’s life,” Bonus said of the Chicago Police Department investigation into the killing that led to Wiggins’ 1999 conviction. Bonus is a New York lawyer who said he decided to represent Wiggins after wat...

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is quarantining following COVID-19 exposure, and his office won’t disclose his test result

Summary List PlacementGeorgia Gov. Brian Kemp is quarantining following his exposure to someone who contracted the coronavirus, his office announced Friday. The governor's office did not disclose Kemp's initial coronavirus test result when they announced he was quarantining, though spokesman Cody Hall confirmed both Kemp and his wife Marty took a test, according to the Associated Press. Drew Ferguson, a Republican congressman from Georgia who was with Kemp at a Trump campaign rally on Tuesday, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a different announcement on Friday, AP reported. Kemp has taken a laissez faire approach to the pandemic, earning praise from President Donald Trump and criticism from medical experts. Georgia has seen more than 7,900 deaths from COVID-19, and ...

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There are only 2 places where you can buy a money order with a credit card — but it’s better to pay with cash anyway to avoid extra charges

Summary List Placement  A money order lets you move funds from one place to another, but unlike a check it represents guaranteed funds, so it can't bounce. You need to purchase a money order from a bank, credit union, or store, but there are only a few places where you'll be able to pay with a credit card. Western Union and 7-Eleven both allow you to buy a money order with a credit card, but that doesn't mean you should. Since a money order is a cash equivalent, paying for one with a credit card is often treated as a cash advance — which entails steep interest fees. See Business Insider's list of the best credit cards » For anyone seeking a secure way to send money, a money order is an excellent — if often underutilized — option. A money order is a paper document that's used to move fun...

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Why vaccine hesitancy is growing during a deadly pandemic

We’re all desperate for a universal solution that will restore our pre-COVID lives. But even some of science’s most ardent fans say they’re reluctant to roll up their sleeves and participate in the pandemic’s first wave of inoculations, unnerved by reports of speed, politicization and poor communication. There isn’t one yet — and with initial vaccine supplies very limited, such apprehension may not pose an immediate problem, say experts. But persistent distrust could spell trouble for the nation’s ambitious Operation Warp Speed campaign to protect all Americans. These aren’t your usual “anti-vaxxers,” the traditional tinfoil-hat conspiratorialists and fear-mongering celebrities like Jenny McCarthy and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Rather, they are “vaccine hesitants,” a broad and diverse spectrum

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Who’s Getting Money from Whom? A Closer Look at the Huge Fundraising Hauls in Notable L.A. Races

Election ballots won’t be tabulated until next week, but for local politics watchers, there is already something to count: the money haul. Astounding sums are being spent on local races, ensuring that City Council, LAUSD School Board and other battles will not be submerged under the flood of pro and con ballot proposition ads that filled seemingly every World Series commercial slot. It’s worth noting that money is only the second most important thing on Election Day—following actual votes—and while a hefty war chest makes campaigning easier, Los Angeles has seen plenty of instances in which the better-financed competitor face-planted with voters. Here’s a rundown of some local fiscal highlights as Election Day approaches. Fourth District Flip-Flop The District 4 race between incumbent Dav

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Elizabeth Warren rebuked Disney for reportedly paying executives in full while laying off 28,000 employees. Here’s how much those executives made in 2019.

Summary List PlacementSen. Elizabeth Warren is calling Disney out for its executives' "hefty compensation packages" in the midst of large layoffs at the firm.  Disney was one of many firms to cut executive pay when the pandemic hit — the company announced in an internal memo in March that Executive Chair Bob Iger's salary would be cut by 100%, and CEO Bob Chapek's by 50%. In late August, Hollywood news site Deadline reported that Disney's pay cuts were coming to an end. While the reinstatement of pay has not been confirmed by Disney, such a move would mean pay would return to pre-COVID levels. Disney's pre-pandemic compensation Before the pandemic, Disney paid its executives well. We can look at Disney's 2019 compensation to get a better view of Disney's executive pay. The chart below sp...

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Big Sur’s Dolan Fire: Evidence against alleged arsonist presented in court

MONTEREY COUNTY, CA (KSBW) — Big Sur’s devastating Dolan Fire was started intentionally by a worker at an illegal marijuana grow who ignited dry grass with a Bic lighter, investigators say. Details were made public Thursday at a preliminary hearing for the accused arsonist, Ivan Geronimo Gomez, 30, of Fresno. The Dolan Fire, which started Aug. 18, has burned 125,000 acres (195 square miles) and destroyed 14 homes and six other structures. Three firefighters were injured on Sept. 8 when their position was overtaken by flames, and one has been in a hospital’s burn unit since then. The Dolan was one of a number of large wildfires reported in Northern California Aug. 16-18 — but, unlike the others, it was not started by lightning, investigators said. Rangers responding to reports of flames ne...

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Anti-France protests grow across Mideast

By Isabel Debre | Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Tens of thousands of Muslims, from Pakistan to Lebanon to the Palestinian territories, poured out of prayer services to join anti-France protests on Friday, as the French president’s vow to protect the right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad continues to roil the Muslim world. Hardline Islamic groups across the region have seized on the the French government’s staunch secularist stance as an affront to Islam, rallying their supporters and stirring up rage. Demonstrations in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad turned violent as some 2,000 people who tried to march toward the French Embassy were pushed back by police firing tear gas and beating protesters with batons. Crowds of Islamist activists hanged an effigy of French President

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The top 9 movies on Netflix this week, from ‘Rebecca’ to ‘Over the Moon’

Summary List PlacementNetflix's "Rebecca" and the animated "Over the Moon" are its most popular movies this week, but Adam Sandler's "Hubie Halloween" is still going strong at No. 3. That means the top three most popular movies this week are all Netflix originals. Every week, the streaming search engine Reelgood compiles for Business Insider a list of which movies have been most prominent on Netflix's daily lists that week. On Reelgood, users can browse Netflix's entire movie library and sort by IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes ratings. Below are Netflix's 9 most popular movies of the week in the US: SEE ALSO: New data may show the reason Peacock canceled 'Brave New World' after just 1 season 9. "Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb" (2020, Netflix original) Description: "After unearthing a tomb that had...

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Flex-workspace firm Industrious is eyeing a big expansion in Asia and just inked its first deal outside the US

Summary List PlacementThe flexible-workspace company Industrious has struck a deal to open its first overseas location in Singapore, part of what it says will be a focused expansion in Asia over the next year. The company, which in recent years has grown to over 100 locations in the US, agreed to take a roughly 30,000 square foot space in the Southeast Asian city and said it would open in additional spaces both there and in other major metropolises in Asia, including Hong Kong and Tokyo. "We will announce up to 15 new locations over the course of next year," said Jamie Hodari, the chief executive and co-founder of the flexible-workspace firm, which has announced ambitions to go public. "We'll be in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and a couple of other Asian markets." Read More: Knotel just s...

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San Mateo police investigating Friday morning homicide

SAN MATEO — One person was shot and killed Friday morning in what San Mateo police are investigating as a homicide. The shooting occurred around 9:40 a.m. Friday on the 1600 block of Eleanor Drive, in a residential community just northwest of the Highway 101-State Route 92 interchange, authorities said. San Mateo police have determined it was an isolated attack but released no other information. The slaying would be the 10th homicide in San Mateo County this year and the second in the city of San Mateo, according to this news organization’s records. Anyone with information or surveillance footage related to this shooting is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Paul Pak at (650) 522-7660 or pak@cityofsanmateo.org. Anonymous tips can be submitted to http://tinyurl.com/SMPDTips or by cal...

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