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    CHICAGO (CBS) — On the heels of Black Friday comes Small Business Saturday, a day when shoppers are asked to shop local and support local. Small businesses were some of the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic — resulting in the closure of roughly 200,000 of them nationwide during the first year of the pandemic alone. This year the Ravenswood industrial...
    FOLSOM (AP) — The Hampton Inn in Folsom, California, has 147 rooms, but General Manager Enid Baldock could only rent 117 of them recently because she did not have enough workers to clean them. “I was turning people away with 30 rooms (available). Ridiculous,” she said while stuffing bedsheets down a laundry chute to help out her skeleton housekeeping staff....
    (CNN)We're living through a life-changing pandemic, an assault on democracy and a reckoning with racial justice. But it's the economy and inflation souring the overall mood for Americans.There's plenty of cause for concern on social, political and health issues. Covid-19 cases are up in most states, signaling yet again that the virus is here to stay. A series of court...
    Those who haven't been vaccinated should reconsider, experts say. Is travel safe during the pandemic this holiday season? It depends. It can be safe if you're fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but officials say people who haven't gotten the shots should delay travel. Regardless of vaccination status, all travelers should keep taking...
    PHILADELPHIA -- Traveling for Thanksgiving this year is going to look way more like 2019 than our first pandemic holiday season: crowded.On Friday, the Transportation Security Administration screened more air travelers in a single day than on any day since the start of the pandemic."JUST IN: @TSA officers screened 2,242,956 people at airport security checkpoints nationwide yesterday, Friday, Nov. 19....
    NEW YORK (AP) — Santa is back this year, but he pleads caution as he continues to tiptoe through the pandemic. “Be smart. Be caring. If you have the tiniest tickle in your throat, the tiniest feeling, worry about yourself and worry about everybody else, and know Santa will always be there next year,” said 57-year-old Kevin Chesney, who’s been...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Santa is back this year, but he pleads caution as he continues to tiptoe through the pandemic. “Be smart. Be caring. If you have the tiniest tickle in your throat, the tiniest feeling, worry about yourself and worry about everybody else, and know Santa will always be there next year,” said 57-year-old Kevin Chesney, who’s been...
    PHOTO VIA ADOBE IMAGESAs many Hillsborough County residents prepare to celebrate the holidays, evictions continue to displace people, despite a local COVID-19 State of Emergency and ample evidence that evictions help spread the disease. Numbers from the Hillsborough County Clerk of Court shared with Creative Loafing Tampa Bay show that as of this week, 5,023 evictions have been filed at...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new report released Monday shows just how many families have been struggling to put food on the table during the pandemic, especially in the Bronx. CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis visited the borough to see what’s being done to help those in need this Thanksgiving. READ MORE: Assembly Probe Finds 'Overwhelming Evidence' Of Sexual Harassment By Former...
    Austrians savored one last mulled wine in packed Christmas markets before the curtain came down on the holiday season that was just getting underway, plunging the country that gave the world "Silent Night" into its fourth lockdown of this pandemic on Monday.  The capital, Vienna, awoke groggily to the new restrictions, with people heading to work, to bring children to...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Nearly 900,000 passengers are expected to travel through Logan Airport this Thanksgiving week. According to AAA, 53.4 million people across the country are expected to travel for the holiday. This holiday season air travel is up 80-percent, AAA says, bringing it back to almost pre-pandemic levels. Tuesday is expected to be the busiest day at airports. Karen...
    (CNN)As Americans head into the Thanksgiving holiday, I know everyone talks about being grateful, and that can feel rote or even cruel during a pandemic when so many and much have been lost. But I am truly grateful.I am grateful for the scientists who worked so hard for decades, hoping that their research would one day be useful to the...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia tradition returns. The mummers will be back on Broad Street on New Year’s Day after this year’s parade was canceled because of the pandemic. The mummers made the announcement Tuesday morning that the Philly tradition is making a comeback. The parade has been going on for 120 years. READ MORE: Central Bucks South High School...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Governor Larry Hogan announced new actions to stop the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in Maryland. Hogan said one-third of Asian Americans have experienced discrimination since the start of the pandemic and noted hate crimes have more than doubled in the state since 2018. “Words are not enough, which is why today we are turning those...
    Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb criticized the “confusing” messaging about Covid-19 booster shots, deeming it “one of the biggest missed opportunities in this pandemic.” In October, the FDA updated their guidance to recommend booster shots for all three of the Covid-19 vaccines approved for use in adults. For anyone 18 years or older who got the Johnson & Johnson...
    by Frances Nguyen This story was originally published at Prism. Throughout the pandemic, news outlets have covered the restaurant industry’s struggle with labor shortages and rising costs. But reports of restaurant workers quitting in droves, customer complaints about slow service and limited menus, and hand-wringing over “a lack of work ethic” consistently overlook a fundamental detail: Restaurant workers, especially back-of-house...
    By Christina Zdanowicz | CNN Double-masking, staying at home nearly 24/7 and rarely seeing people beyond his wife are still the way of life for kidney transplant recipient Andrew Linder, even after many in the United States are living like the pandemic has ended. Health officials are recommending third and even fourth shots to boost Covid-19 resistance for people with...
    PHILADELPHIA -- After hunkering down for the holidays in 2020, far more travelers are expected to be on the move this year.In the United States, AAA predicts travel for Thanksgiving will rebound to near pre-pandemic levels, with 53.4 million Americans expected to travel for the holiday -- a 13% increase from last year.That brings the total travel volume to just...
    (CNN) — After hunkering down for the holidays in 2020, far more travelers are expected to be on the move this year. In the United States, AAA predicts travel for Thanksgiving will rebound to near pre-pandemic levels, with 53.4 million Americans expected to travel for the holiday — a 13% increase from last year. READ MORE: Baltimore County Officials Announce...
    (CNN)Double-masking, staying at home nearly 24/7 and rarely seeing people beyond his wife are still the way of life for kidney transplant recipient Andrew Linder, even after many in the United States are living like the pandemic has ended.Health officials are recommending third and even fourth shots to boost Covid-19 resistance for people with certain conditions, but that hasn't eased...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health said Monday recent COVID-19 numbers “are among the highest we’ve seen so far in 2021.” Health officials reported 4,253 new cases of COVID-19 Monday and 34 more deaths, one of them an Isanti resident in their 20s. The latest figures from the Minnesota Department of Health bring the state’s total case count...
    Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Sunday the U.S. is "close" to the final phase of the coronavirus pandemic.  “I think that we're close to the end of the pandemic phase of this virus, and we're going to enter a more endemic phase and as things improve, cases may pick up,” Gottlieb said during “Face...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The countdown is on to the start of Sunday’s TCS New York City Marathon, which is back in person to mark the 50th anniversary of the race. It felt like homecoming at the New York City marathon finish line Saturday as first-time and long-time runners returned to celebrate the race’s illustrious 50-year history and its comeback...
    "If you're vaccinated and you want to come to the event, you can come to the event in New York," the no-holds-barred UFC president said. "If you're not, we're gonna be putting on 44 events around the country, you can go to one of those shows." White pointed to Republican Glenn Youngkin defeating former Gov. Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia...
    An excited Jim Cramer declared victory over the pandemic with news of Pfizer’s Covid pill, telling CNBC viewers “This is the atomic bomb!” On Friday morning’s edition of CNBC’s Squawk on the Street, Cramer reacted to the news that Pfizer’s experimental antiviral pill has been found, in preliminary results from unpublished trials, to cut the risk of hospitalization or death...
    UFC president Dana White said his business saw exponential growth throughout the pandemic, crediting the success to investing in his employees and continuing to hold events despite ongoing restrictions.  "Every event we’ve done has been a sellout," White told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade ahead of Saturday's UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden. "Going through the pandemic the way that we...
    President BidenJoe BidenHouse sets up Friday votes for Biden agenda House leaders make last-minute change on drug pricing after dispute Aide who traveled with Biden to Europe tests positive for COVID-19: reports MORE on Friday touted the potential of a pill developed by Pfizer that has shown promising results in reducing hospitalizations and death among those with COVID-19, arguing the...
    "I don't expect you today to admit that you approved NIH funding for gain-of-function research in Wuhan, but your repeated denials have worn thin and a majority of Americans, frankly, don't believe you," Paul said in his opening remarks. "The facts are clear. The NIH did fund gain-of-function research in Wuhan despite your protestations," he stated. ...
    SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The average long-term mortgage rate in the U.S. ticked back down this week following several weeks of increases. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate for a 30-year mortgage fell to 3.09% from 3.14% last week. Last year at this time the long-term rate stood at 2.78%. The rate for a 15-year...
    The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it soon will begin reducing the pace of its monthly bond purchases, the first step towards pulling back on the massive amount of help it had been providing markets and the economy. Tapering of bond purchases will start "later this month," the policymaking Federal Open Market Committee said in its post-meeting statement. The process will...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California apparently has a new favorite Halloween candy. Candystore.com released its analysis of 2021’s Most Popular Halloween Candy by state in September. Bulk candy sales data from the past 14 years was used to compile the list. READ MORE: Teen Arrested After Fatal Shooting At Councilmember's HomeThere was a noted drop in total candy buying last year...
    Viral, a gripping new book by Alina Chan and Matt Ridley, probes at the heart of the investigation into the origins of Covid-19 and the question preoccupying scientists around the world.  Was this a natural disaster, as we first believed, a naturally occurring virus that jumped from animals to humans...or the laboratory leak of a possibly engineered coronavirus — and...
    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have demanded G20 leaders end Covid-19 pandemic 'once and for all' while accusing 'wealthy' nations failing to give poorer countries access to vaccines. The couple has penned an open letter, co-signed by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, demanding leaders of the 'wealthiest' nations at the G20 summit end the Covid crisis by working to vaccinate the world's population. ...
    (CNN)The White House said Wednesday it would not be hosting a traditional Halloween celebration this year due to President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden's overseas travel.Michael La Rosa, the first lady's press secretary, says the annual trick-or-treating on the South Lawn, which is typically attended by White House staff and military families, would not be taking place. But...
    She's known for going to the extreme when it comes to Halloween. And Heidi Klum proved her favorite time of the year was just around the corner as she flashed a peek at her grisly costume on Instagram Tuesday morning. The 48-year-old supermodel showed some serious sideboob while revealing a gruesome painted spine after canceling her annual bash out of...
    As the nation has faced the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, there’s been a crucial conversation about food insecurity. As Daily Kos has covered, we’ve seen unusually long lines at food banks and schools scrambling to get enough food into cafeterias to feed hungry children. One topic that gets less coverage, but is just as is essential, is diapers.  Even before the pandemic,...
    A woman's unsolicited pandemic rant is going viral after she stood up on a flight with a microphone to preach to passengers her theories about COVID-19. “I brought my microphone. I’m going to use it,” the woman said on the full plane at the beginning of the clip. The video went viral after being shared by pop singer Jawny...
    Even as some Bay Area cities pull dining tables off of the streets and reopen their downtown strips to motorists for the first time in 18 months, Mountain View leaders have no intention of doing away with what they see as one of the silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic. On the contrary, Mountain View plans to make some serious investments to...
    Even as some Bay Area cities pull dining tables off of the streets and reopen their downtown strips to motorists for the first time in 18 months, Mountain View leaders have no intention of doing away with what they see as one of the silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic. On the contrary, Mountain View plans to make some serious investments to...
    (CBS Detroit) —  The pandemic goes on well after COVID first shut down the economy. The Delta variant continues to cause positive cases among the unvaccinated, and President Biden has instituted stronger efforts to encourage vaccines. The broad economy has made strong gains overall. But some people have yet to experience any real improvement. Unemployment still exceeds pre-pandemic levels, even...