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Fauci predicts the COVID-19 pandemic won’t likely improve by Christmas or New Year’s Day

Summary List PlacementIn a recent interview with USA Today, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that Americans should prepare themselves for a difficult holiday season, with the coronavirus pandemic likely showing little improvement by Christmas or New Year's Day. According to Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, coronavirus cases, which are currently surging across the US, are expected to remain at elevated levels through December, January, and February. "If the surge takes a turn of continuing to go up and you have the sustained greater than 100,000 infections a day and 1,300 deaths per day and the count keeps going up and up ... I don't see it being any different during the Christmas and New Year's holidays than during Thanksgiving," Fauci said. Accor...

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez streamed ‘Among Us’ on Twitch and raised $200,000 for food pantries and other groups

Summary List PlacementRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York on Friday once again invited people to watch her play Among Us on Twitch, and this time used the platform to raise $200,000 for charities. "Today I'm using the stream to fundraise for local food pantries, eviction defense legal aid, & community support organizations," she said on Twitter, adding a link that directed people to a donor page. "So many people are having a hard time in this crisis."  Today I’m using the stream to fundraise for local food pantries, eviction defense legal aid, & community support organizations.So many people are having a hard time in this crisis. If you’re able, you can help direct aid here efforts here:https://t.co/Dn7xy2LXCT — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 28, 2020 ...

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Injured Sky forward Azura Stevens looks to rebound

Azura Stevens was acquired in an offseason trade that sent 2019 first-round pick Katie Lou Samuelson to the Wings. | Phelan M. Ebenhack/APSky forward Azura Stevens is rehabbing in her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, with the support of family. Sky forward Azura Stevens is on the mend after her WNBA season was cut short by surgery on her left knee. She is rehabbing in her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, with the support of family. ‘‘I’m doing really well,’’ said Stevens, who is hoping to be cleared for action by training camp. ‘‘I’m starting to do some strengthening and stuff, which is good. We’re kind of at the healing phase right now, so I’m just taking it day by day and really just not trying to rush things. That way, I’m not having to deal with it next year.’’ Stevens is in a

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A thief is disguising himself as an Amazon delivery driver and stealing packages from people’s porches, say police

Summary List PlacementPolice in Richmond, Virginia, said on Friday they were searching for a man dressed as an Amazon delivery driver who was stealing packages from doorsteps rather than dropping them off.  Wearing a vest that looked similar to ones worn by Amazon delivery drivers, the man had been stealing packages for a few days, the department said. He walked up to homes with a dummy box, and exchanged it for full boxes, police said. "A male, wearing a blue delivery-type vest, much like the one in the photo, has been stealing packages from porches in recent days. With a box in hand he would approach a porch with parcels already present and switch them out before leaving area in a waiting blue vehicle," the department said on Twitter.  A male, wearing a blue delivery-type ves...

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Ex-Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has died at 46. Here’s how the iconic entrepreneur went from selling pizzas from his Harvard dorm to leading the shoe company he sold to Amazon for $1.2 billion

Summary List PlacementZappos CEO Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay) has died at the age of 46. His death was due to injuries he sustained from a house fire while he was with his brother in Connecticut over Thanksgiving, a spokesperson told TechCrunch. "The world has lost a tremendous visionary and an incredible human being," Zappos CEO Kedar Deshpande said in a statement. "We recognize that not only have we lost our inspiring former leader, but many of you have also lost a mentor and a friend." Hsieh in August announced his retirement from the company after 20 years, marking the end of a chapter for the eccentric but widely admired entrepreneur. During his tenure leading the company, Hsieh moved the company's headquarters from San Francisco to Las Vegas as part of a larger effort to make Vega...

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Thrust into spotlight of California’s crusade against cash bail, Kenneth Humphrey hopes to be an example

Sometimes, when Kenneth Humphrey meets new people, they’ll tell him that he’s the reason they aren’t stuck in jail. The name of the 66-year-old from San Francisco has been reverberating through California’s justice system for nearly three years now. His challenge of the $600,000 bail a judge assigned him in 2017, after he was charged with robbing and threatening his elderly neighbor in a residential hotel for $5 and a bottle of cologne, led to a landmark appellate court ruling known as the “Humphrey decision,” which upended the bail process and is now before the state Supreme Court. Defendants who can’t afford to post bond file “Humphrey motions” to lower their bail amount. They ask for “Humphrey hearings” where judges must consider how much they can pay as well as whether they could be re

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Downtown San Jose staying bright for the holidays

Christmas in the Park may have moved out of downtown for this year, but Plaza de Cesar Chavez is brighter than ever, thanks to the Light the Holiday Nights installation running through Jan. 3. “No way were we going to leave the center of the city dark this season when we need to be uplifted more than ever,” San Jose Downtown Association Executive Director Scott Knies said. “We had to brighten up the center of the city.” Plaza de Cesar Chavez in downtown San Jose will be lit up, including a 26-foot-tall “tree” of lights, from Nov. 26, 2020 through Jan. 3, 2021. (Sal Pizarro/Bay Area News Group) Two other downtown traditions — Downtown Ice and the Winter Wonderland carnival — were canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic,  prompting the Downtown Association into action. Working wi

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These are the top 10 most popular US states for living in a tiny home

Summary List PlacementThe tiny home movement has captured the hearts of Americans in recent years. Tiny homes are defined as abodes that are under 400 square feet. The movement has picked up steam, with many opting for the tiny lifestyle to save money or to be able to travel freely. Sustainable energy use and waste systems are also key drivers, though the tiny home life isn't always as glamorous as it looks. A 2020 report from home improvement site HomeAdvisor zeroed in on the most popular states for the tiny home life — or at least the states with the most active tiny home Instagrammers. HomeAdvisor scraped Instagram for posts tagged with the #tinyliving hashtag and tagged somewhere in each state, such as in a city or a restaurant. It also considered the amount of activity the posts g...

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The 5 highest-paid CEOs in the financial services industry an earned average of $27.9 million each in 2019. Meet the CEOs from Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs

Summary List PlacementFinancial services firms have long been the force behind Wall Street, providing wealth management, commercial and consumer banking, brokerage, advisory, trading services, and more for corporate and individual customers. The executives at the top of these companies are paid handsomely, earning millions in total reported compensation in 2019. The top five earners at financial services firms in the S&P 500 made an average of $27.9 million in 2019, with a majority of that compensation coming from equity awards. In fact, for each executive, more than 60% of their total reported compensation was equity — on average, long-term awards make up 48% of total reported compensation for all financial services proxy officers in the S&P 500. The number reaches as high as 9...

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Winning the electric car race is just the beginning of Elon Musk’s plan for Tesla (TSLA)

Summary List PlacementThe idea that automakers are racing to commercialize electric cars — and that one or some of them will come out on top — has always been flawed.  For starters, the auto industry is huge: More than a billion passenger vehicles are roaming the planet, with another 80 million or so joining them every year. No single victor could satisfy that level of demand. This was obvious even in the early days of the auto industry, when scores of carmakers, engine-makers, and coachbuilders were competing to put Americans and Europeans behind the wheel. Yes, there were obvious winners and losers: Henry Ford captured a huge amount of market share early on with his Model T, then General Motors grew itself into a competitor and took the lead. But more than a century on, both are carr...

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San Jose set to become largest U.S. city to ban natural gas in almost all new construction

San Jose is set to become the largest U.S. city to ban natural gas from nearly all new construction as part of a growing movement to usher in an era of all-electric energy to fight climate change. But some advocates worry that a special exemption added by the city at the eleventh hour could threaten the overall intention of the ban. The San Jose City Council on Tuesday is expected to approve a proposal to prohibit natural gas in new commercial and high-rise residential buildings beginning in August 2021. The action would expand an ordinance that went into effect in January barring natural gas in new single-family homes, detached granny flats and low-rise multifamily buildings up to three stories. “San Jose is really making history, and I do hope that local governments across the state and

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One Bay Area college student shares why he trekked home for Thanksgiving, and what he’s doing to stay safe

By Bianna Golodryga and Meridith Edwards | CNN College sophomore Elliot Boz arrived at his parent’s home in San Mateo, California, over the weekend with his bags in tow. Like many colleges across the country, his school –– the University of Michigan — rewrote its academic calendar to end the in-person semester at Thanksgiving, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That means Boz will remain home for the remainder of the year. But just days before Thanksgiving, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance urging Americans not travel for the holiday. That left Boz — and hundreds and thousands of other students nationwide — in a predicament: Leave as planned, despite CDC guidance, or stay even though the semester is over? And do the risks of potentially carrying Covid to thei

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California woman hospitalized after suspected shark bite off Hawaii beach

By Andy Rose and Leah Asmelash | CNN Shark warning signs went up along a beach in Maui, Hawaii, Friday after a woman was potentially bitten on Thanksgiving Day. “A companion nearby saw a fin in the water and reported the woman was bitten by a shark,” the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a statement. The 35-year-old visitor from California, who has not been named, had “severe trauma from what was believed to be a shark bite,” according to the Maui County Fire Department, which was dispatched for a possible drowning. The woman was swimming about 100 yards off shore from the Mahina Surf Condominiums in Lahaina in West Maui when the incident occurred. She was rescued and taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon. Safety patrols are monitoring the area around Honokowai B...

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More than two dozen Covid-19 cases were traced to youth basketball at a Northern California gym, health officials say

By Stella Chan and Jason Hanna | CNN More than two dozen people have tested positive for Covid-19 after participating in youth basketball tournaments this month at a gym in Northern California, county health officials said. Those infected were involved in tournaments November 7-8 at the Courtside Basketball Center in Rocklin, Placer County health officials said this week. The tournaments took place despite the state’s pandemic-related prohibition against youth sports competitions, the county said. Although youth training and conditioning are allowed with distancing and other restrictions, competitions and tournaments are not. “Unfortunately, Courtside Basketball Center has not been responsive to our outreach over many months,” the county’s interim health officer, Dr. Rob Oldham, told CNN a

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