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The best Black Friday gaming deals of 2020 include 50% off Nintendo Switch and PlayStation exclusives, and discounts on new games like “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla”

  Summary List Placement Black Friday tech deals are underway at several major retailers, bringing gaming discounts for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC gamers. Though the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S all launched earlier this month, stock for the new consoles remains extremely limited, and there won't be any discounts during Black Friday. Several stores will offer a $300 Nintendo Switch bundle with "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" for Black Friday, but stock has already run low at multiple retailers on Thanksgiving Day. Despite low stock on game consoles, Black Friday 2020 is delivering some great deals on Nintendo and PlayStation exclusive games, and the lowest prices we've seen on some popular gaming accessories. Check out Insider Reviews' Black Friday 2020 deals and

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Google US ad revenues are projected to decline 5.3% in 2020

Summary List Placement This story was delivered to Insider Intelligence eMarketer Briefing subscribers earlier this morning. Insider Intelligence analyzes this industry and several others to provide in-depth analyst reports, proprietary forecasts, customizable charts, and more. Learn more about what we offer. Google's net US digital ad revenues will decline this year for the first time since eMarketer began estimating ad revenues at the world's leading digital publisher in 2008. We forecast that Google will bring in $39.58 billion in US digital ad revenues excluding traffic and content acquisition costs (TAC and CAC) this year, down 5.3% from 2019. This represents a downward revision of more than $7 billion from our early-March forecast, which was created prior to the pandemic-related eco

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Trump said he will ‘certainly’ leave the White House if the Electoral College elects Joe Biden

Summary List PlacementPresident Donald Trump said he "certainly" would leave the White House if the Electoral College elects President-elect Joe Biden. When asked by a reporter Thursday if he would leave the White House if Biden wins the Electoral College vote, Trump said, "Certainly I will. Certainly I will. And you know that." The president's remarks at the White House were the closest he has come yet to a concession of the November election, which was called by all major news outlets weeks ago for Biden. The president has not conceded the election to Biden, and continued citing conspiracy theories about the election related to voter fraud and mail-in voting on Thanksgiving. During the White House press conference, Trump claimed that "massive fraud has been found" in the November ele...

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U.S. women’s national soccer team closes year against World Cup rival Netherlands

The U.S. Women’s National soccer team kicked off 2020 just how the previous year ended. Fresh off of winning the 2019 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. breezed through the competition in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament and the SheBelieves Cup. However, just like everything else in the world, the coronavirus pandemic slowed things down and forcing any future competition for the remainder of the year into doubt. After a small camp in October, U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski gathered the national team in the Netherlands this week for a week-long camp, culminating with Friday’s friendly against the host country (9:30 a.m., ESPN2). “Everyone is just really excited to have an international match,” Andonovski said. “That it’s against the Netherlands makes it even better and more challenging. “We h

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As winter approaches and coronavirus cases surge, fight against hunger continues

Lucía Angel and Jorge Saldarriaga|, founders of Grocery Run Club, an organization that provides produce and everyday necessities to underserved communities in Chicago, near their office in West Town. | Pat Nabong/Sun-TimesA report from Feeding America, a network of 200 food banks, examined the impact COVID-19 will have on access to food. It projected Cook County will have 785,890 food-insecure people in 2020, the third-most in the country. If you’d told Lucía Angel and Jorge Saldarriaga in February they’d spend the summer and fall feeding hungry people in Chicago, they probably would’ve laughed. The pair launched Grocery Run Club in July, one of many efforts in the city started to respond to the global pandemic that pushed many Chicago families into poverty and created a dire need for acce

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New York Governor Cuomo called the Supreme Court ruling that blocked some COVID-19 restrictions on religious services ‘irrelevant’

Summary List PlacementNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called a Wednesday Supreme Court ruling "irrelevant," Reuters reported. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against New York state COVID-19 restrictions that limited attendance at religious services in places with extreme COVID-19 outbreaks, designated red or orange zones. Cuomo told reporters on a call Thursday that the decision would not impact New York's rules, because the area in the case was no longer considered to be a red zone. "It's irrelevant from any practical impact because the zone that they were talking about has already been moot," he said. The case was brought by the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and two Orthodox Jewish synagogues who said they were being unfairly singled out by the rules, according to Reuters.  The case was based ...

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The Future of Fintech: AI & Blockchain

Summary List PlacementSweeping global regulations, the growing penetration of digital devices, and a slew of investor interest are catapulting the fintech industry to new highs. Of the many emerging technologies poised to transform financial services, two of the most promising and mature are artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain. 74% of banking executives believe AI will transform their industry completely, and 46% of global financial services employees expect blockchain to improve transparency and data management. In The Future of Fintech: AI & Blockchain slide deck, Business Insider Intelligence explores the opportunities and hurdles of adopting the two technologies within financial services. This exclusive slide deck can be yours for FREE today. Join the conversation about th

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Chargers QB Justin Herbert continues to cook rookie records

COSTA MESA — Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert doesn’t have a Twitter account because he doesn’t want to lose focus of his football responsibilities, but he occasionally updates his Instagram profile. The star rookie posted updates Tuesday of a brisket he cooked on his Traeger grill to celebrate the Chargers’ win against the New York Jets last week. Herbert called it a “victory brisket” and said it would be a tradition after every Chargers win. It was his first successful time cooking a brisket. He didn’t finish cooking a brisket following the Chargers’ win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7 because of fire evacuation orders near Irvine. “It was pretty good,” Herbert said Wednesday. “It was a good victory brisket and looking forward to having more in the future.” Herbert doesn’t

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LA County reports another 5,087 coronavirus cases on Thanksgiving as dining restrictions kick in

As Los Angeles County’s rekindled ban on outdoor dining kicked in, many restaurants shifted their Thanksgiving serving strategy to takeout and delivery service on Thursday on a most unusual, pandemic-framed holiday. Daily statistics fueled by the relentless recent surge in coronavirus cases, meanwhile, showed no sign of letup. County public health officials posted another 37 coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday, Nov. 26, and another 5,087 cases, while 1,809 people were listed as hospitalized. The county now has a cumulative total of 7,580 deaths linked to the virus, and 383,275 cases since the outbreak arrived in the county. Officials reported that 3,654,454 people have been tested so far, with 10% testing positive. The county’s five-day average for cases stood at 4,386 on Thursday. Heal

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Angry Trump promises rally in battleground state of Georgia

President Donald Trump took questions from reporters Thursday for the first time since losing the election to Joe Biden. | APWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday renewed baseless claims that “massive fraud” and crooked officials in battleground states led to his election defeat, and said he’ll go to Georgia to rally supporters ahead of two Senate runoff elections. “This has a long way to go,” Trump said on Thanksgiving evening, despite the fact that President-elect Joe Biden won the election. “This election was a fraud. It was a rigged election.” Trump spoke to reporters at the White House after speaking with U.S. military leaders overseas. After his conversation, Trump took questions for the first time since Election Day and angrily denounced officials in Georgia and Pennsylva...

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USC football cancels practice again

No. 19 Southern California has canceled practice for the second time in three days while another player is tested because he is exhibiting symptoms of a possible COVID-19 infection. USC also held its team activities virtually on Tuesday after a player who had traveled to the Trojans’ win at Utah last weekend tested positive for COVID. Another player tested positive Wednesday, and five additional players were quarantined due to contact tracing. The Trojans haven’t said which players are involved, but coach Clay Helton says they include starters. USC’s home game against fellow unbeaten Colorado is still scheduled for Saturday, but the Trojans said they’ll provide an update on its status after the ill player’s test results return. USC and UCLA are the only teams in the Pac-12 South that have...

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49ers injury report: Coronoavirus precautions keep Jordan Reed, two linebackers out of practice

SANTA CLARA — Three 49ers did not practice Thursday because of illness amid COVID-19 precautions: tight end Jordan Reed and linebackers Azeez Al-Shaair and Dre Greenlaw. Had any of them tested positive for the coronavirus, they would have gone on the NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list before 1 p.m. The 49ers (4-6) had only one healthy linebacker on the active roster participate Thursday, that being leading tackler Fred Warner. Safety Marcell Harris moonlighted as a linebacker last game and in practice this week, so he is an option if the ailing linebackers can’t play Sunday at the Los Angeles Rams (6-3). Jonas Griffith is the 49ers’ only linebacker on the practice squad. Linebacker Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (hamstring) remains out of practice and Mark Nzeocha (quadriceps) is on Injured Reserve....

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Our Lady of the Angels school fire to be remembered at Sunday Mass

Three nuns and 92 children were killed in the Dec. 1, 1958, blaze at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School. | Sun-Times fileThe Dec. 1, 1958, fire at the grade school at Iowa Street and Avers Avenue killed 92 students and three nuns. It resulted in stricter fire safety codes nationwide.  A Mass is planned Sunday to mark the 62nd anniversary of Chicago’s Our Lady of the Angels fire. Social distancing and masks will be required at the memorial, which is scheduled at 5 p.m. Sunday at Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd., according to the Chicago Fire Department Foundation. Members of the fire department and relatives of those affected by the blaze are expected to attend, said Bill Kugelman, president of the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago. The Dec. 1, 1958, fire at the grade school ...

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Lawmakers hear of ‘hurdles’ to state takeover of Utah Transit Authority

The Utah Transit Authority’s Salt Lake City office building is pictured in 2017. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret NewsBut still ‘very early in the process’ of overhauling transit agency SALT LAKE CITY — There doesn’t seem to be much interest in a state takeover of the Utah Transit Authority and its $2 billion debt, but some Utah lawmakers aren’t ready to close the door entirely on the possibility it could still happen in the future. “I think we are very early in the process,” Sen. Wayne Harper, R-Taylorsville, said at a Transportation Interim Committee meeting last week, after criticizing the final report from a consultant on the feasibility of transitioning the public transit district into a state entity for stopping short of making specific recommendations. “There’s nothing new. I think th

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