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    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — On Thanksgiving, many people depend on the kindness of strangers. And that’s where volunteers from Citymeals on Wheels step up to the plate. READ MORE: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Welcomes Back Spectators In New York CityNearly 19,000 meals were boxed and delivered to elderly New Yorkers in time for Thursday’s celebrations. After the dinners were packaged, they were delivered to homebound residents, thanks to more than 300 volunteers. Actress Kathleen Turner spent her holiday serving meals. Turner is also a board member and said she sometimes delivers meals. READ MORE: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation Celebration Returns On Upper West Side“We are sometimes their only source of food and companionship. They form great relationships with the drivers, the deliverers who may be the only person they see all day,” Turner said. “The average age is 85. They have lived full lives, but are really no longer able to cook a holiday meal,” added Beth Shapiro, the charity’s executive director. City Meals on Wheels wants to make sure our older neighbors do not miss a meal,...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Millions of Americans are used to the tradition of dipping out of the house on Thanksgiving to catch Black Friday deal, but this year that's not a choice with just about every retailer shut down in Chicago Thursday afternoon.While some people think that's just fine, tourists are having a pretty uneventful day.With not a shopping bag in sight, people are taking in their Thanksgiving holiday with a stroll down Michigan Avenue, but they don't have much to do.RELATED: What stores are open, closed Thanksgiving Day 2021?"I mean, for heaven's sake there are 365 days in the year, Thanksgiving, other holidays, other celebrations -- it's a good thing that they're closed," said Philip Burton.Just about every retailer is shutdown nationwide, a trend that could become the norm going forward.But even with the stores closed, companies, like Target, said they still need workers in on Thanksgiving evening to prepare for Black Friday shopping in the morning.Liam Nork, who is visiting from Connecticut, will have to wait for that after leaving the city empty handed Thursday.RELATED: How 900 North Michigan...
    Every Thanksgiving, I write a reminder for the people at home or with their families to take a moment to think about people who have to work on the holiday. This year, the pandemic has altered that landscape a little bit, in ways good and bad.  A number of retail chains that in recent years just couldn’t wait until Black Friday, and had opened on Thanksgiving, will be closed on Thursday this year. They didn’t necessarily do it out of the goodness of their hearts—many of those companies are struggling to find workers and burning out the ones they have probably won’t help them with staffing. Target even made clear that it was staying closed on Thanksgiving because customers liked it that way, not because it was the right thing to do for workers. Still, amid labor shortages, the holiday shopping season will be intense enough for the people working in those stores.  A rousing boo to any store that is closed on Thanksgiving but doesn’t have holiday pay. And too many workers will still be called into jobs that really don’t need...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The holiday season is here, starting with Thanksgiving just days away. As people plan to travel, shop, and eat, here are the things you need to know in the Tri-state area. TRAVEL The Philadelphia International Airport is asking travelers to not park their cars at the airport due to the holiday rush. Travelers who are flying with food or ingredients should check the TSA’s list of items that should go into checked baggage. For that list, click here.SUPPLY CHAIN SHORTAGESREAD MORE: Thanksgiving Weather: What To Expect In Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware On Turkey Day, Black FridayGlobal supply chain shortages are hitting consumers at a local level across the country. CBS3 talked to an expert who had tips on how to combat supply chain shortages in the Philadelphia area.SHOPPING HOURSREAD MORE: 15-Year-Old Injured In North Philadelphia Drive-By Wednesday Night, Police SayBlack Friday kicks off the Christmas shopping season, with many malls opening the night of Thanksgiving or at midnight Friday. CBS3 compiled a list of hours for Delaware Valley malls.SHIPPING DEADLINESMajor companies gave deadlines for shipping items so...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Thanksgiving is here and that means after the Turkey comes shopping, Black Friday shopping. Unlike previous years, many major retailers are closed on Thanksgiving this year, which shouldn’t be a problem because most early Black Friday sales are available online, and some are available before Thanksgiving. Whether its post pandemic staffing issues or the popularity of simply shopping online, the major retailers say they’re  closing on Thanksgiving Day to allow employees time to spend with family. So to help with your holiday shopping, here’s a list of many major retailers Thanksgiving and Black Friday hours. Aldi – Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Regular hours on Black Friday. Best Buy – Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Open 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. Black Friday. Big Lots – Open from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Open from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. BJ’s – Closed on Thanksgiving Day.  Opens at 7:00 a.m. on Black Friday. Costco – Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday hours vary depending on location. CVS – Open regular store hours on...
    Imgur Thanksgiving 2021 memes For many people, Thanksgiving 2021 is going to be their first big family holiday since the pandemic. Others may still prefer to have a smaller Thanksgiving meal with their household. But whatever the case is for you, this is still a great holiday to share Thanksgiving memes. Here are some of the best memes for 2021.Some Memes Focus on the Inevitable Holiday TensionLast year, many memes focused on COVID-19 and the pandemic. This year, more of the memes are focused on politics and how there could be quite a deal of tension at the holiday table if family members have different political ideologies. If things get tense at the family meal, you can always have some great responses prepared. My favorite time of year is Thanksgiving!! For the food and family time but more importantly, for the Memes!!#thanksgivingclapback in full affect tomorrow!! @simpliamazin80 sent me this one and had me crying!! ???????????? pic.twitter.com/Aoho6IrpuI — Jose Rodriguez (@thecreditdude_) November 24, 2021 Here’s another funny one. Hope my friends, boyfriend, the BVBarmy community and family that...
    In this article CMCSA DIS Stephanie Beatriz voices Mirabel Madrigal in Disney's "Encanto."DisneyThe week of Thanksgiving is typically a robust time at the box office, as parents with small children flock to cinemas to see new animated features and families seek out the latest blockbuster films that can be enjoyed by all ages. Covid-19 kept many moviegoers away from theaters last Thanksgiving, leading the box office to deliver its worst performance during the November holiday in decades. However, with vaccination rates on the rise and the recent approval of a vaccine for kids aged five to 11, there is hope that the box office will see significant improvements this year. "This Thanksgiving will be the first time many families have been able to safely get together since the start of the pandemic, and it's also the time of year when the most casual of moviegoers often head out to cinemas with their loved ones," said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. Robbins noted that health conscious consumers may still opt to avoid crowded public spaces. "Still, with how well...
    It’s jacket season in the Bay Area. People spending Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday in the region can expect dry and mild weather and chillier mornings, with a frost advisory in effect in the North Bay and East Bay valleys. Offshore winds trickled into the North Bay mountains on Tuesday night into Wednesday. Early morning temperatures are expected to range in the low-to-mid 30s in the valleys in the North Bay, East Bay, San Benito and southern Monterey Counties, Napa, Santa Rosa, Concord, Livermore, King City and other nearby areas while places closer to the water will be in the mid-to-upper 40s for low temperatures. Highs are expected to be in the 50s to 60s on Wednesday before warming up into the 60s and 70s on Thursday. A frost advisory is in effect from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday and again late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. “Places like the valleys tend to radiate heat so they tend to cool off faster and they tend to do it more efficiently because the winds die off at night and doesn’t...
    BLACK Friday sales are finally here, and stores like Target will be open to help meet your holiday shopping needs. This year, Black Friday lands on November 26, and retailers like Target are starting to host early Black Friday deals. 1Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk past a Target Corp. store in New YorkCredit: Getty Images - Getty What to know about Target retail for Black Friday? Black Friday starts as soon as Thanksgiving ends. Target has posted a 32-page ad highlighting its weekly deals leading up to Black Friday. There are discounts on electronics, toys and more. The major retail brand will be dropping prices all holiday season, according to CNET. Because new deals are added every Sunday, Target will price match its own deals through December 24. They will also match select competitor pricing within 14-days of your purchase. What are Target's opening and closing hours on Black Friday? Target's Black Friday is always highly anticipated because it contains some of the season's best deals. MORE IN MONEYIT'S A DEAL Black Friday opening and closing...
    HOLIDAY savings are quickly approaching this season with many retailers offering Black Friday sales. TJ Maxx offers discounted clothing and more all year long, but customers should expect even more deals on Black Friday this year. 2Black Friday 2021 at TJ Maxx customers can expect even more deals than usually do daily What are the opening and closing times for TJ Maxx? After enjoying Thanksgiving Day meals and time with loved ones, many often rush to stores the day after Thanksgiving to reap the Black Friday sales. TJ Maxx is a department store that offers clothes, home decor and more at a discounted rate all year long. Many of the brands they offer include Nike, Ralph Lauren and more. Customers should check with their local TJ Maxx for Black Friday hours as hours may vary by location. The department store will be closed on Thanksgiving Day for the major holiday. Most read in MoneyCASHING IN Families eligible for ‘surprise’ $8,000 payment after 'Thanksgiving' cash issuedCASHING IN States issue 'surprise holiday cash' up to $1.1k with parents in line for $1.8kTAKE...
    (CNN)Last Thanksgiving, there was no coronavirus vaccine and the US government asked people to stay home for the holiday. Gatherings probably helped fuel a Covid-19 surge.This year, airports are full and most Americans are ready to get away from the pandemic and back to their traditions -- bringing families together to celebrate and maybe argue about masks and vaccines, and possibly spread the virus again among the unvaccinated.Home for the holidays. Two-thirds of Americans -- 67% -- said in a new Axios/Ipsos poll they'll see friends or family outside their households. It's a bipartisan and nationwide sentiment, as the figure includes 73% of Republicans, 70% of independents and 63% of Democrats. Is your Uncle Harold vaccinated? It might not matter to many Americans if their relatives or friends are vaccinated. Thirty percent of respondents who said they'll see people outside their households said their celebration would include people who are unvaccinated, and 17% said they didn't know whether other guests will be vaccinated. There is a notable partisan divide on vaccines in the poll: A much larger proportion of Republicans,...
    SHOPPERS may be hoping to beat the Black Friday madness and head to retail chain TJ Maxx on Thanksgiving Day. Shoppers hoping to snag a few good deals can look forward to heading to their local TJ Maxx to get some gifts for their loved ones for the holidays. 2TJ Maxx will be open the day before Thanksgiving, but not on the actual holiday Will TJ Maxx be open on Thanksgiving? Although TJ Maxx's frequent buyers are excited for their holiday sales, they will have to wait till the retail giant resumes their hours the Friday after Turkey Day. The Friday morning right after Thanksgiving is when TJ Maxx will reopen, just in time for Black Friday. If TJ Maxx is your choice retailer during the end of the year holidays, then it is recommended to either go some time before or after Thanksgiving. TJ Maxx will be open regular hours the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The store's usual hours of operation are from 9.30am to 9.30pm Most read in MoneyPRETTY PENNY Lincoln pennies from early 1900s sell for $1,175 eachCASHING...
    Miami (CBSMiami) – A chilly breeze is set to replace the soggy weather we’ve had over the past few days but it won’t stick around long. Despite the cooler mornings Monday and Tuesday, a pleasant Thanksgiving is expected for us here in South Florida. The cold front that will usher in this cooler air will be moving through the area Monday afternoon and evening. Expect warm temperatures ahead of if with highs in the middle 80s Monday afternoon. A few showers or even a gusty storm is possible mainly Monday afternoon and early evening. By Monday night the showers move out as much colder air pushes into the area. READ MORE: Broward County's Rental Relief Portal ReopensThe breeze really picks up Monday night, by Tuesday morning temperatures will be in the 60s with a chilly breeze. Bright sunshine will make for a nice afternoon as the wind diminishes before temperatures quickly drop Tuesday night. Wednesday morning is forecast to the coldest inland with temperature going below 60 degrees. Right along the coast it will be in the lower 60s as...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With Thanksgiving approaching, airports around the country are gearing up for an influx of travelers. But concerns have been raised about Transportation Security Administration staffing and the looming federal vaccine mandate, CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reported Wednesday. READ MORE: Despite Warnings From Officials, Millions Traveling For ChristmasTraffic at airports like LaGuardia is expected to look a whole lot different come Friday, when holiday travel begins. By Thanksgiving, airport officials expect to see a notable increase in travelers, and they are making sure everyone is prepared. “If it’s a solid it can go in your carry-on. If it’s a liquid, a gel, something spreadable, then it should go in your checked bag,” TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said. Farbstein walked CBS2 through the dos and don’ts of holiday travel, as it’s expected many will be taking to the skies for Thanksgiving celebrations. “We expect to see substantial increase in passengers volumes, which will be approaching the pre-pandemic 2019 volumes that we saw from two years ago,” said Robert Duffy, LaGuardia’s federal security director. TSA agent Michael Kelley said the...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Expectations of a huge increase in Thanksgiving travel this year — leaves some fear there will be chaos at airports. Air travel is expected to be up 80 percent from last year.  This comes as the airline industry has been dealing with widespread staff shortages.  and all federal employees must be fully vaccinated by next Monday.  As of last month, 40 percent of TSA employees were still not vaccinated — or had not submitted their vaccination status. READ MORE: Up To 10 Municipal Employees Under Scrutiny In Markham After Receiving Paycheck Protection Program Loans Without Any Prior Record Of Their BusinessesIn an interview on CBS this morning… the TSA administrator who oversees security at nearly 440 airports says he is confident all will go smoothly, and mandates will be taken seriously. READ MORE: After Hundreds Of Years, The Longest Partial Lunar Eclipse Happens Thursday“We will go through a progressive discipline policy with our unvaccinated employees, religious exemptions, process of looking through each of the cases and make a determination in the next several weeks. There is a...
    Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite foodie, beer lover or fermentation geek? You’ll find the speciality products of some of the country’s top food makers, including many Northern California purveyors, for sale on one website today through the end of November. The exceptional pickles, cheeses, chocolates and more from the finalists of the 2022 Good Food Awards are available for sale at the online pop up shop at https://shop.goodfoodfdn.org. Each year, a team of food professionals with the Good Food Foundation participates in a blind tasting of more than 2,000 entries to find the most exceptional in taste, sustainability and social responsibility. This year, there are 18 categories — Preserves, Oils, Confections and Charcuterie, to name a few -and several Northern California names, including Hayward’s charcuterie expert, Fabrique Delices; Oakland fair trade spice company, Diaspora Co.; San Francisco restaurant and Chinese condiment maker, China Live; and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. out of Point Reyes Station. The Good Food journey culminates in San Francisco in January 15 with an epic three-day weekend where the trade gather to celebrate,...
    AAA predicts more than 53million Americans are going to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, a rise in 13 percent from last year, bringing travel volume to almost pre-pandemic levels.  The total travel volume is forecasted to just be 5 percent below the 2019 figure and air travel is expected to increase by 80 percent compared to 2020, bringing it to just 9 percent below 2019. This year, the Thanksgiving holiday period starts Wednesday, November 24 and lasts until Sunday, November 28.  However, with recent operational blunders at Southwest and American Airlines, plus TSA staffing issues and a dramatic price increase in airfare deals , many air travelers will be wary that things could get chaotic. About 4.2 million Americans are expected to fly this year to visit their loved ones.  'The re-opening of the U.S. borders to international travelers means airports will be even busier than we've recently seen, so travelers must plan for longer lines and extra time for TSA checks,' said Debbie Haas, Vice President of Travel for AAA – The Auto Club Group.  'With flight delays and cancellations...
    As the holiday season rapidly approaches in the US, travelers who have not seen their families in months - and in some cases, years - face pricey plane trips and unexpected cancellations as airlines demand their employees get vaccinated. What's more, in addition to the astronomical airfares, unexpected cancellations and shocking wait times, travelers who elect to cross the states by car will have to deal with far higher gas prices than usual.  Both American Airlines and JetBlue issued mandates this month requiring their employees get the jab before the holidays.  The airlines have demanded their staff get their second shot of the COVID vaccine by November 24 - the day before Thanksgiving. Any staff who've refused could walk out or face the ax on the busiest travel day in the American calendar, triggering a flood of flight cancelations due to a sudden shortage of staff.    If a meltdown like that happens, flights that do end up taking off will see ticket prices soar even higher than normal for the pricey time of year as travelers whose planes have been...
    It’s that time of year when people are making plans for the holidays, and much has changed since last November when health officials urged everyone to limit social activities as COVID-19 cases spread like wildfire. So is it safe to gather at grandma’s again for your Thanksgiving feast? California saw its worst outbreaks of the pandemic after Turkey Day in 2020. The vaccines that arrived too late to save last holiday season were supposed to give everyone something to celebrate this time around. But then came the super-contagious delta variant, breakthrough infections and another awful summer of COVID-19. For now, public health officials and medical experts are holding off on “official” holiday guidance, anxiously eyeing case rates for signs that the virus’s current retreat might reverse like it did last fall. They say people should assess their own risk tolerance and follow health guidance to celebrate as safely as possible. “I think the stage we’re at in the pandemic is that hunkering down forever is not a viable strategy,” said Dr. Bob Wachter, chair of the medical department at UC...
    A petition has been launched calling for members of a New Jersey school board members to resign after voting to remove holidays from the official school calendar. The petition demands Randolph Township school board members and Superintendent Jen Fano to 'resign immediately,' saying they 'clearly do not have the best interests of our children in anything they do.'  Earlier this week, Randolph Board of Education members unanimously voted to remove all holiday names off of the school calendar, including religious holidays such as Yom Kippur and Christmas, at a meeting that drew more than 100 people on Thursday.   Instead, all holidays including religious and national holidays such as Thanksgiving and Memorial Day have been designated as simply 'days off,' in schools across the Morris County township, about an hour west of New York City.  The school calendar has had all references to holidays removed and they are now 'days off' A petition is calling for Randolph Board of Education board members to resign having voted to remove all holiday names off of the school calendar  'If we don't...
    Coronavirus updates: CDC says up to 420K deaths by mid-January; California first state to 2M cases; Vaccines given slower than expected Coronavirus stimulus bill, Christmas Eve shopping: 5 things to know Thursday 10 stupendous stuffing and delicious dressing recipes for the holidays Boxed mixes may be on supermarket shelves year-round, but fresh, homemade stuffing is part of what makes the holiday season so special. This savory, stick-to-your-ribs side has a permanent place on the dinner table because it pairs perfectly with Thanksgiving poultry, goes great with meaty Christmas roasts and can be made a myriad of ways. It can be prepared with different bread bases, a variety of veggies, many different proteins — even seafood! Stuffing took home the trophy in this year's Sidesgiving bracket challenge as the ultimate side to serve with any holiday meal. Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, we just call it delicious. Make Alex Guarnaschelli’s twice-baked potato casserole TODAY See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Mom gives daughter with Down syndrome doll that looks like...
    Dr Anthony Fauci has revealed that he won't be spending time with his children for Christmas this year and encouraged others to do the same as coronavirus cases continue to surge in the US.  The nation's top infectious disease expert told The Washington Post that while the decision is 'painful' it's also 'just one of the things you're going to have to accept as we go through this unprecedented challenging time'. Fauci will also be turning 80 on Christmas Eve, a time usually spent with his wife, Christine Grady, and their daughters, Jennifer, 34, Megan, 31 and Alison, 28. However, Fauci explained that it will just be him and his wife for Christmas. It will mark the first time in 30 years that Fauci hasn't spent the holiday and his birthday with his children.  Dr Anthony Fauci has revealed that he won't be spending time with his children for Christmas this year and encouraged others to do the same as coronavirus cases continue to surge in the US. Fauci and his wife, Christine Grady, are seen with their three daughters...
    By Deidre McPhillips and Nadia Kounang | CNN Despite a growing number of Covid-related travel restrictions nationwide and caution from the federal government, more than 4 million people in the US spent Thanksgiving away from home, including more than 1.6 million who traveled out of state for the holiday, according to data shared with CNN by The Center for New Data. Using geolocation data, the non-profit agency was able to anonymously track the movements of more than 30 million devices across the country. Comparing the location of a device on Thanksgiving to its established home base allowed the researchers to see how far individuals traveled and whether they crossed state or county lines in the process. Nearly 2.5 million people — more than half of those who spent the holiday away from home — traveled more than 60 miles to their holiday destination, and about 91,000 devices were detected flying, the data shows. About half of states have travel restrictions or safety measures in place, including California, which is under a statewide ban on non-essential travel, along with a regional...
    The nation's top infectious disease expert has warned Americans that even as cases, hospitalizations and deaths rise across the county, the worst is yet to come. In an interview on TODAY on Friday morning, Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the post-Thanksgiving surge is still a few weeks away. 'We don't expect to see the full brunt of it [until] between two to three weeks following Thanksgiving,' he told host Savannah Guthrie. 'So I think we have not yet seen the post-Thanksgiving peak.' It comes as new data from roadways and airports reveals that many Americans ignored the pleas of public health experts and traveled for the holiday, only slightly down from the year before.  Dr Anthony Fauci  pictured) said, in an interview on TODAY, that the US has not yet seen the worst of the surge in coronavirus cases following Thanksgiving travel He told host Savannah Guthrie (left) that he expects the peak to come between two and three weeks after the holiday, as people prepare for Christmas...
    Dr Anthony Fauci has once again advised against festive travel plans and gatherings after the Centers for Disease and Prevention Control (CDC) urged people to stay home for Christmas.  During an interview with MSNBC, Fauci was asked whether Americans should cancel their travel plans for Christmas.  'I think they're going to have to make individual decisions, but I think we need to, as a nation, seriously consider the things that we in the public health arena have been talking about, of minimizing travel to the extent possible,' Fauci responded.  'Sometimes it's absolutely necessary, but to the extent possible, don't travel, don't congregate together,' Fauci said.  Scroll down for video   Dr Anthony Fauci has once again advised against festive travel plans and gatherings after the Centers for Disease and Prevention Control (CDC) urged people to stay home for Christmas 'Sometimes it's absolutely necessary, but to the extent possible, don't travel, don't congregate together,' Fauci said, A traveler wearing a mask walks through the O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on November 29  Passengers wait in line to enter a...
    San Jose’s Democrat Mayor Sam Liccardo failed to take his own advice over Thanksgiving, spending the cherished American holiday with people outside of his immediate household, despite urging residents to “cancel the big gatherings.” The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit reported that Liccardo broke county health protocols and spent Thanksgiving with “his elderly parents at their Saratoga home with an unknown number of other guests.” While the anti-Trump mayor’s press team initially stated that the mayor would spend the holiday “staying home,” his office later claimed that the spokesperson “misspoke” and confirmed that he spent the holiday at his parents’ home, though the number of households present, as well as the number of total guests, remains unknown. “This is a private event — not public,” Liccardo’s Chief of Staff Jim Reed said, according to the outlet. “We are going to redraw the line between what is personal and what is public because that line has become blurred.” Reed would not provide specific details of the gathering, such as if guests were wearing masks, but he claimed the mayor and others “practiced social...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Despite the COVID-19 warnings, the Thanksgiving holiday was once again a very busy travel time in the U.S. Now thousands of Texans are returning to homes and schools as the state and the nation braces for an expected sure in positive cases. Nearly 1.2 million people passed through U.S. airports Sunday, the greatest number since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country in March. (credit: David Ryder/Getty Images) The Transportation Security Administration screened at least 1 million people on four of the last 10 days through Sunday. That’s still half the crowd recorded last year at airports, when more than 2 million people were counted per day. With new reported cases of coronavirus spiking across the country, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had issued a warning against Thanksgiving travel just a week before the holiday. Some airlines had reported a pullback in bookings as virus cases grew. On Monday, JetBlue Airways said “booking trends remain volatile,” and a recovery in travel demand will be uneven into next year. The majority of holiday travel was...
    Amy Coney Barrett Plays Decisive Role As Supreme Court Bars New York COVID Restrictions on Religious Services Why now? Dismay as US considers troop pullout from Somalia European stocks struggle for traction as virus worries, U.S. Thanksgiving holiday keep investors on the sidelines © Getty Images EUROPE MARKETS Load Error European stocks struggled for traction on Thursday, as concerns over climbing COVID-19 cases worldwide and a U.S. holiday kept investors on the sidelines. The Stoxx Europe 600 index traded flat, similar to Wednesday’s session. The month of November has seen a 14% gain for the index thanks to a string of positive vaccine news that has cheered investors. If those gains hold, that will mark the best monthly return in 30 years, according to FactSet data. The German DAX and the French CAC 40 fell 0.1% each, and the FTSE 100 dropped 0.5%. U.S. stock futures were flat outside of higher Nasdaq-100 futures. U.S. markets will be closed for the Thanksgiving Day holiday, and reopen for a shortened session on Friday. The Nasdaq Composite closed at a...
    Imgur/Twitter Thanksgiving Memes 2020 Thanksgiving Day 2020 is going to be different for everyone this year. Some people are still meeting with family, but others are heeding COVID-19 warnings are only spending the holiday with household relatives. Whatever the case for you, this is still a great holiday to share Thanksgiving memes. Here are some of the best memes for 2020.Some Memes & Jokes Are Focusing on the PandemicTwitter Thanksgiving is a nationally observed in the United States (and it’s celebrated in Canada too, but on a different date.) In the U.S., Thanksgiving is always the fourth Thursday in November. Depending on what day of the week the month starts, that’s why some years it seems to be a lot earlier in the month (like the 22nd in 2018, the 28th in 2019, and now the 26th in 2020.) But this year, things are a little different as Thanksgiving is celebrated in the time of COVID-19. A lot of new memes are reflecting this change. Some memes are making fun of COVID-19 regulations against...
    Imgur/Twitter Thanksgiving Memes 2020 Thanksgiving Day 2020 is going to be different for everyone this year. Some people are still meeting with family, but others are heeding COVID-19 warnings are only spending the holiday with household relatives. Whatever the case for you, this is still a great holiday to share Thanksgiving memes. Here are some of the best memes for 2020. Some Memes & Jokes Are Focusing on the Pandemic Twitter Thanksgiving is a nationally observed in the United States (and it’s celebrated in Canada too, but on a different date.) In the U.S., Thanksgiving is always the fourth Thursday in November. Depending on what day of the week the month starts, that’s why some years it seems to be a lot earlier in the month (like the 22nd in 2018, the 28th in 2019, and now the 26th in 2020.) But this year, things are a little different as Thanksgiving is celebrated in the time of COVID-19. A lot of new memes are reflecting this change. Some memes are making fun of COVID-19 regulations against family gatherings,...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Wednesday’s Allegheny County Health Department coronavirus briefing took on extra importance. Heading into Thanksgiving, Allegheny County had another 500-plus case day. Dr. Debra Bogen again asked for the public’s help in trying to bring this virus back under control. “It has been a challenging couple of weeks, and I’m not sure when things are going to get any better,” said Dr. Bogen. No new restrictions or no new sanctions. In the face of rising numbers in the county, the health department and county leaders asked the public to help arrest the community spread over the holiday. Mask up, social distance and limit gatherings to family only. “Be safe, be responsible. Again, we need to come together by staying apart,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. The case numbers continue to alarm. With 555 new cases announced on Wednesday in Allegheny County, it brings the 10-day total to 5,153. To put that number in perspective, it nearly equals the combined number of cases during the entire months of October and September — 5,449. And hospitalizations are on the...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — It’s one of the toughest questions people are asking themselves this holiday season: to stay home, or to see family and friends? While everyone is being urged to stay home for Thanksgiving, some are still weighing the risk. “You’re almost on a fence of what you should do,” said Christy Spotz, a traveler at LAX. As COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S., Christy said it’s a risk she was willing to take. She landed at LAX on Wednesday from Denver to see family. “Family might not be around for very long so it’s like you want to see that family but the same thing too, they may not be around for long, so you don’t want to risk getting them sick,” she said. “So it’s very hard.” For many travelers, Thanksgiving may be the first trip on a plane since the beginning of the pandemic. Mila Rehik said she was hesitant to hop on her flight to Houston. But, she said she’s been tested for COVID-19 and is taking safety measures seriously. “I’m a little nervous,...
    (CNN)Hours after encouraging Denver residents to avoid Thanksgiving travel, the city's mayor has plans to fly to see his family.Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is flying to Mississippi to spend the holiday with his daughter and wife, according to his office. He tweeted Wednesday morning saying that avoiding travel is a way to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 over the Thanksgiving holiday.The city also encouraged residents to only host Thanksgiving dinners with members of their immediate household. In a statement sent to CNN, Hancock's spokesperson, Mike Strott, said that Hancock was traveling alone "to join his wife and daughter where the three of them will celebrate Thanksgiving at her residence instead of having them travel back to Denver." Read MoreHe said that Hancock "will follow all necessary health and safety guidance and quarantine" upon his return to Denver. Strott also said that Hancock has shared previously that he was not hosting his traditional large family dinner this year. According to the latest data provided by the city's health department, there are 33,971 total reported cases of Covid-19 in Denver since...
    By LISA MARIE PANE and SOPHIA TULP, Associated Press Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways for Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household. Those who are flying witnessed a distinctly 2020 landscape at the nation’s airports during what is traditionally one of the busiest travel periods of the year: plexiglass barriers in front of the ID stations, rapid virus testing sites inside terminals, and paperwork asking them to quarantine on arrival at their destination. While the number of Americans traveling by air over the past several days was down dramatically from the same time last year, plenty of others pressed ahead with their holiday plans amid skyrocketing deaths, hospitalizations and confirmed infections across the U.S. Many were tired of more than eight months of social distancing and determined to spend time with loved ones. “I think with the holidays and everything, it’s so important right now, especially because people are so bummed out...
    Millions of Americans took to the skies and hit the road ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household. Those who are flying witnessed a distinctly 2020 landscape at the nation’s airports during what is traditionally one of the busiest travel periods of the year: plexiglass barriers in front of the ID stations, rapid virus testing sites inside terminals, and paperwork asking them to quarantine upon arrival at their destination. While the number of Americans traveling by air over the past several days was down dramatically from the same time last year, plenty of others pressed ahead with their holiday plans amid skyrocketing deaths, hospitalizations and confirmed infections across the U.S. Many were tired of more than eight months of social distancing and determined to spend time with loved ones. “I think with the holidays and everything, it’s so important right now, especially because people are so bummed out because of the whole pandemic,” said...
    Aldi is selling an array of Thanksgiving staples this November. Aldi Aldi, a budget-friendly grocery store chain, is offering an array of festive items throughout November for under $5. There'll be plenty of holiday favorites, like sweet potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, on the shelves. Some of the top items include festive popcorn tins, fruity wines, meatless turkey breasts, and cozy teas. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. This month, Aldi is making holiday celebrations more affordable with plenty of seasonal picks. From sweet-potato mash for Thanksgiving to gingerbread cookies for the winter holidays, here are some of the best things to get at Aldi this November for under $5:
    BOSTON (CBS) – Despite pleas from experts to stay home for Thanksgiving, fewer than 50 million Americans are expected to take the risk and travel anyway, most by car. Mass Pike rest areas wee full of out-of-state parents scooping up college students. “Because of the pandemic, we don’t want to send him on the bus this year,” said Scott Perlowin, who came in from New Jersey. “I’m picking up my daughter in Boston, we’re going back to Westchester,” said Sue Shultis. “Stay home. That’s the safest choice,” said AAA spokesperson Mary Maguire. She says the agency expected pandemic holiday travel to be the lowest it’s been since the 2008 recession. Traffic is a breeze, and gas prices are below $2.00 a gallon, but Maguire says the travel forecast has been hard to nail down. “I think a lot of people are still making up their minds about whether or not to travel Thanksgiving, especially because 95% of those who plan to travel, are driving or plan to drive, and so they’re capable of making a last-minute decision,” she...
    Coronavirus hospitalizations in Maine have surpassed 100 for the first time, according to state health data. As of Monday, at least 103 people in the state were hospitalized due to COVID-19, an increase of eight from the day before. Nearly a month ago, just 13 people in Maine were hospitalized because of the virus. The state also reported 185 virus cases on Monday. To date, Maine has recorded more than 10,500 COVID-19 cases. Although Maine has been one of only a few states to keep coronavirus cases relatively low since the start of the pandemic, the recent increase in both cases and hospitalizations has concerned public health officials there, especially ahead of Thanksgiving and the holiday season. “As we go into this holiday week, please recognize that the choices you and your family make this week can affect the trajectory of our state for many weeks to come,” Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Nirav Shah said during a press briefing, according to the Portland Press Herald. The news comes as...
    One in three parents believe the benefits of gathering family for Thanksgiving is worth the risk of contracting or spreading the novel coronavirus, a new poll finds. This is in spite of three-quarters of parents saying they typically have extended family members at their holiday dinners and 90 percent who said grandparents - who are at high risk of severe disease and death  - also in attendance.   The team, from CS Mott Children's Hospital, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, says the findings show that some parents' unwillingness to forego holiday traditions during the pandemic could lead to an outbreak. It comes less than a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 'strongly' advised Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving or to spend the holiday with people from outside their household.  A new poll from CS Mott Children's Hospital, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, found that 35% of parents believed a large family gathering for Thanksgiving was worth the risk of contracting or spreading coronavirus (file image) 'Our report suggests that while many children have spent less time with relatives...
    NEW YORK -- Thanksgiving travel is surging despite new coronavirus cases approaching 200,000 a day in the United States.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance on Thursday urging Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving. But millions of Americans are still planning to travel over the holiday week.On Friday, the number of travelers screened at US airport security checkpoints topped 1 million for only the second time since March, according to Transportation Security Administration figures. That's still just 40% of the volume screened on the Friday before Thanksgiving a year ago.Many weary Americans eager to join family and friends for Thanksgiving face another risk calculation as they weigh scrapping travel plans at the last minute or going ahead as Covid-19 cases surge.Gail Duilio, a retired public health nurse in Portland, Oregon, has canceled her flight to Minnesota for the holiday and her mother's 93rd birthday."When making the arrangements a month ago, I felt the risks vs. benefits weighed on the side of going," she told CNN. This week, the risks tipped the scales in the other direction for...
    Airlines say a record number of Americans are canceling flights after the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 'strongly' advised against traveling for Thanksgiving during the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance from the health agency came as the US recorded a new high for COVID-19 infections at more than 187,000 on Thursday and hospitalizations also reached never before seen levels with more than 80,000 patients. New data from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) shows that just 907,332 people passed through checkpoints on Thursday. That's down from 2,428,095 who did so at the same time last year - a 62 percent drop. An estimated 2.4 million people are still expected to fly over the busiest days, but that's half the number that did in 2019.  Meanwhile, the American Automobile Association (AAA) says road travel could drop to the lowest levels since the 2008 Great Recession. However, for those who have decided to travel, photos have shown people public health guidelines and not practicing social distancing as they pack airports. Airlines report that they are experiencing a drop in bookings and...
    By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As college students prepare to go home for the holidays, some schools are quickly ramping up COVID-19 testing to try to keep infections from spreading further as the coronavirus surges across the U.S. Thousands of cases have been connected to campuses since some colleges reopened this fall, forcing students to quarantine in dorms and shifting classes online. Now, many students are heading home for Thanksgiving, raising the risk of the virus spreading among family, friends and other travelers. “The responsibility and the reach of the impact is not just to the student body anymore, it’s to those close contacts,” said Emily Rounds, a student who helps collect data on college testing plans nationwide for the Crisis College Initiative at Davidson College. Colleges' pandemic plans vary widely. About one-third of four-year colleges started primarily in person this fall, the initiative's researchers found as they tracked about 1,400 schools. Only about 100 colleges initially tested all students once or twice a week, regardless of symptoms, as part of their back-to-school plans. Many...
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