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    NOVATO, Calif. (KGO) -- Small businesses in the Bay Area are hoping for a merry and bright holiday shopping season, after a difficult struggle with the pandemic. On this small business Saturday, store owners are hoping the community will come through and support them.Lindsay Greco wanted a unique holiday gift and decided to make a detour away from the mall...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – After the pandemic forced an eight month delay, runners in the Los Angeles Marathon will hit the streets this Sunday. Friday was a day of preparation as participants grabbed their t-shirts and wristbands, declaring officially that they will run in this year’s marathon. READ MORE: Simi Valley Fire House Fire Started With Domestic Incident“Stay young, keep...
    Scientists report that the pandemic-related drop in carbon dioxide emissions has come to an end. A group of scientists who track heat-trapping gases related to climate change said in a recent study that the first nine months of 2021 have returned emissions to somewhere below 2019 levels. The group estimates that 2021 will spew out 36.4 billion metric tons...
    Getty Meme masks have become popular during the COVID-19 pandemic. Zoom meeting after Zoom meeting, while trying to feed, entertain and beg-to-sleep an infant whose day care had closed, I needed a break but couldn’t really take one in April of 2020. Enter memes. Between work, moving the laundry and taking care of my own dogs, I could...
    Zoom meeting after Zoom meeting, while trying to feed, entertain and beg-to-sleep an infant whose day care had closed, I needed a break but couldn’t really take one in April of 2020. Enter memes. Between work, moving the laundry and taking care of my own dogs, I could sneak a peak at Instagram and chuckle at images of very excited...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Workers heading in to city hall on a Monday morning may seem routine-but some are calling it a significant step for the city."It is a turning point in the pandemic. All city workers- or 98% of them- are all back to work in this building, it's alive again and thriving," said San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin.98%...
    LOS ANGELES (CBLSA) — A local couple said they were shocked when they were not able to cancel their Santa Barbara hotel reservation after they came down with COVID. Industry insiders now say the travel industry isn’t as lenient with pandemic-related cancellations anymore. So, what does that mean for those booking holiday travel? READ MORE: Feuer Calls for National Guard Assistance...
    Stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder for Americans to make basic decisions, according to a survey.  According to an American Psychological Association survey of "Stress in America," millennials were particularly affected, with nearly 50% of more than 3,000 adult respondents reporting that they are struggling with daily tasks as coronavirus continues to spread.  Comparatively, only 37%...
    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is set to paint a relatively rosy picture of the state of the British economy despite the devastating shock by the coronavirus pandemic when he presents his annual budget to Parliament later Wednesday. With government borrowing less than anticipated a few months ago, following a fairly solid recovery from Britain’s deepest...
    "The Archivist has also noted that "making these decisions is a matter that requires a professional, scholarly, and orderly process; not decisions or releases made in haste," the news release continues. "The Archivist therefore recommends that the President 'temporarily certify the continued withholding of all of the information certified in 2018' and 'direct two public releases of the information that...
    boonchai wedmakawand | Moment | Getty Images Consumers have lost $586 million to fraud linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to data from the Federal Trade Commission. Americans filed more than 269,000 fraud complaints from the beginning of 2020 to Oct. 14, 2021, according to most recent federal data. (Consumers cited Covid, stimulus or related terms in the complaints.) The...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Fleet Week Air Show, including those amazing Navy Blue Angels returned to the Bay Area this weekend.The legendary air show was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. This year, massive crowds are converging on San Francisco and waterfront businesses say things are finally looking up, literally.The stars of the 2021 Fleet Week Air Show...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The fast approaching holidays could be a happier time for merchants and consumers, compared to last year when the coronavirus pandemic impacted income and spending.A new national survey indicates people have seen their incomes rebound. With that, they have money and confidence to spend it.RELATED: Amazon announces you can shop its 'Black Friday-worthy' deals right nowWhat...
    The new evidence may corroborate the lab leak theory proposed by many who believe the pandemic originated from a laboratory in Wuhan rather than from a natural source, as the Chinese government has claimed. Experts and the media initially dismissed the lab leak theory as another partisan conspiracy theory, but the tide turned toward the possibility of...
    Since the call was held on February 1, 2020, EcoHealth Alliance's ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology have come to light, and Fauci's repeated assurances that the U.S. National Institutes of Health did not fund risky virus research at the Wuhan lab have been shown to be false. It is in the public interest to learn what was discussed...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Retailers at Westfield Valley Fair in San Jose are starting to staff up for the 2021 holiday season. It will be the second under the COVID-19 pandemic."Now Hiring" signs hang like holiday decorations around the mall, as the effort to hire seasonal workers is underway.Kate Diefenderfer with Valley Fair explained, "Whether it's part-time, full-time, seasonal......
    Teachers in the Los Angeles school district would receive a 5% raise and bonuses under a tentative agreement announced Wednesday by L.A. Unified and the teachers union. The proposed union contract also would update pandemic-related safety protocols, including the frequency of coronavirus testing among teachers and staff, and would provide union endorsement of a district policy that entitles students in...
    RICHMOND, Va. — Schools across Virginia will soon administer additional testing to assess how students in grades 3 through 8 are doing in math and reading after two turbulent school years. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the mandated tests are part of state legislation signed earlier this year that requires schools to administer a growth assessment system that includes testing...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The holidays are not here yet, but some people are already starting to stock up on gifts. That’s because shortages are already starting to show up across the supply chain. READ MORE: Gabby Petito Search: Timeline Of Road Trip With Fiance Brian Laundrie, Notable Dates And Events Shopper Nicole Jimenez, of Harlem, browsed a toy aisle,...
    A Massachusetts man admitted to trying to profit from the COVID-19 pandemic by applying for phony business loans and then spending the money on personal expenses. Richard Oworae, age 59, of Worcester, pleaded guilty this week to fraudulently applying for business loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to the tune of nearly $200,000. Specifically,...
    Eighteen airlines operating in the United States are under investigation for not promptly issuing refunds for customers affected by flight cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Transportation announced this week. A report released Thursday detailed the agency's progress in enforcing customer refund policies, including a steep fine imposed against one carrier and the corrective actions other...
    Green Bay resident Jarrett Brown, a labor activist and former union steward, believes there’s dignity and pride in work. He never applied for unemployment benefits in nearly two decades of working — until the pandemic. He was unemployed from June to September 2020 and again from December to March. Article continues after advertisement He became one of many Americans receiving...
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday announced $700 million in grants to help food and farmworkers with costs related to COVID-19. "The program will provide relief to farmworkers, meatpacking workers, and front-line grocery workers for expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic," the USDA said in its announcement. "This relief is intended to defray costs for reasonable and necessary...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texas school districts are continuing to rework their pandemic policies as cases of the virus hit unprecedented numbers. Some students will be returning to school from Labor Day weekend to classrooms with new mask mandates in place. READ MORE: Passion For Dallas Cowboys Shines Through North Texan Living With Degenerative Brain Disease Others will be temporarily...
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear announced Saturday that he’s calling the state’s Republican-led legislature into a special session to shape pandemic policies as Kentucky struggles with a record surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The return of lawmakers to the state Capitol starts Tuesday and marks a dramatic power shift in coronavirus-related policymaking in the Bluegrass State...
    Six Long Island residents died from cocaine overdoses that were laced with fentanyl, the latest casualties of the the synthetic opioid similar to morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin.  The victims, who ranged in age from 25 to 40, died between August 11 and August 13 and were from towns on the North Fork in Suffolk County.  They...
    Visoot Uthairam | Moment | Getty Images Scammers have bilked Americans out of $545 million in Covid-related fraud since the beginning of 2020 in a range of schemes from online shopping to travel, according to the FTC. The agency received almost 589,000 consumer complaints associated with the pandemic from Jan. 1, 2020 to Aug. 30, 2021. Roughly 61% of the...
    America First Legal, a judicial outfit launched by former top Trump adviser Stephen Miller, sued President Joe Biden's State Department on Wednesday over the termination of an investigation into COVID-19's origins launched by the Trump administration in 2020. The suit seeks to force the administration to hand over "records explaining President Biden’s order to stop an independent investigation into the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Many San Francisco restaurants and bars have reopened, but as coronavirus numbers have been up and down, so has business for some.One restaurant recently lost thousands of dollars in one night due to a COVID-related cancellation.RELATED: Hundreds of SF bars now requiring proof of vaccination or COVID-19 test"We understand that emergencies happen, but it's just difficult...
    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Help is on the way for dairy farmers who got a lower price for their products because of pandemic-related market abnormalities, the U.S. Department of Agricullture said Thursday. The department will provide about $350 million in assistance payments to eligible farmers, it said. “Family dairy farmers have been battered by the pandemic, trade issues...
    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is scaling its production back 40%, affecting 14 auto assembly plants in Japan, as the surging coronavirus pandemic in Southeast Asia crimps parts supplies. Japan’s top automaker said Thursday production will halt completely next month at some plants and partly at others, affecting a wide range of models, including the Corolla subcompact, Prius hybrid and...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- East Bay mayors of two towns in Contra Costa County have teamed up to call on other Bay Area leaders to implement vaccine mandates in their respective local governments.RELATED: US to recommend COVID vaccine booster shots for all Americans at 8 months: SourcesAntioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe and Walnut Creek Mayor Kevin Wilk will hold a joint press...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – As students get ready to head back to school, vaccines are top of mind for many parents. At yearly back to school checkups, doctors often recommend children receive routine summertime vaccinations like Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) and meningococcal… but parents may also hear their child’s doctor recommending the HPV Vaccine. HPV is the most common...
    According to CNN, “cave syndrome” is a non-medical term coined by psychiatrist Dr. Arthur Bregman to describe the mid to severe anxiety some people feel towards reentering society after the pandemic and a year in isolation.  During his telemedicine calls, Bregman says he’s “seen patients who are locked in their room at home, and they’re wearing a mask.” Bregman...
    NAPA, Calif. (KGO) -- When Frank Diaz was hired as at the Watermark in Napa, he expected a typical job doing tech support at a retirement community."I mainly thought it was going to be phone problems, connecting printers, setting up their TVs," recalled Diaz, who was hired during the pandemic.The shutdown in the spring of 2020 was hard on seniors...
    According to CNN, the pandemic could be contributing to your bad dreams. Harvard Medical School psychologist Deirdre Barrett has been accumulating people’s dreams since the beginning of the pandemic. Barrett has found that many dreams focus on death, with some dreams even portraying the virus as an “invasive predator,” like an insect.  “There were grasshoppers with vampire fangs, masses...
    As the coronavirus pandemic swept the country starting in March 2020, Congress and federal agencies stepped in to help keep millions of people in their homes, put food on tables, pay bills and household expenses for those who lost their jobs and more. In total, Congress passed more than $5.4 trillion in aid in just over a year. These actions...
    simonlong | Moment | Getty Images Consumer losses due to Covid-related fraud top $500 million, according to data from the Federal Trade Commission. The agency has received more than 558,000 complaints from consumers related to the pandemic since the start of 2020. About 60% of the complaints were associated with fraud, citing an aggregate loss of $501 million through July...
    SONOMA, Calif. (KGO) -- In the North Bay, some of drag racing's biggest and fastest stars will be in Sonoma this weekend for the NHRA Nationals.Among those taking the track at Sonoma Raceway, there's racing legend John Force and his daughter Brittany.RELATED: NASCAR's return to Bay Area a welcome attraction for fans despite lingering COVID restrictionsThey know from experience, this...
    A new study reveals that Americans are becoming desensitized to the COVID-19 pandemic as they take more risks and ignore safety precautions - even as the Delta variant marches across the country.    The data shows that regardless of the rising cumulative number of cases and deaths, people overall are showing less interest in COVID-related news and pandemic safety measures. In...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As the Delta variant becomes the dominant strain across the country, hospitals are gearing up for what they say is a preventable fourth surge of COVID cases."This group that we are seeing now absolutely could and should have been prevented. The numbers are more convincing as we are looking at that. This is becoming the pandemic...
    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota won’t be airing any Olympic-themed advertisements on Japanese television during the Tokyo Games despite being one of the IOC’s top corporate sponsors. The extraordinary decision by the country’s top automaker underlines how polarizing the Games have become in Japan as COVID-19 infections rise ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony. “There are many issues with these Games that...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Working from home, sitting all day, spending too much time on your phone and binge-watching TV from your couch are all taking their toll on our bodies.Some doctors said this is creating more health issues at an alarming rate.Sitting all day in a desk chair that is not ergonomically designed can result in lower back pain, wrist...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than 600,000 Michigan residents who received pandemic-related unemployment aid are being told to update their accounts after the state learned that some reasons for eligibility approved months ago were wrong. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, states had the flexibility to interpret federal guidelines, but the U.S. Labor Department subsequently “became more prescriptive,” the...
    The Best Tech Gadgets & Laptops for Kids This Back-to-School Season Full list of latest Premier League transfers © Provided by People Brendan Coughlin Naomi Cooke is a married woman! The Runaway June singer-songwriter tied the knot with Martin Johnson, lead singer of The Night Game and Boys Like Girls, over the weekend at the Bald Mountain Camps Resort...
    A Holocaust survivor who returned home to the Hamptons to find her tenant still there refusing to leave has spoken out to slam her tenant and claim that she 'totally destroyed' some of her furniture and left bags of trash outside. Genya Markon, 78, spends the winters in Israel and the summers at her $675,000 home in Hampton Bays -...
    More On: liquor Woman allegedly rams car into liquor store in failed attempt to hit lover Boozy beef: White Claw’s higher alcohol proof sparks war with Four Loko SL Green lands multimillion-dollar Manhattan tenant despite COVID-19 NY authorities fine ‘Walmart of liquor’ over out-of-state gift cards WINOOSKI, Vt. — Vermont is undergoing a pandemic-related liquor shortage, state regulators say....
    A Holocaust survivor returned to her home in the Hamptons to find that her tenant was still there, refusing to leave, and had 'totally destroyed' some of her furniture, according to court documents. Genya Markon, 78, spends the winters in Israel and the summers at her $675,000 home in Hampton Bays. She had leased out the home in July 2020,...
    Doctors who reported nearly double the number of hospital admissions for teens with eating disorders are warning it may be the tip of the iceberg as the data only reflects those with severe cases. The study, which appears in a pre-publication of Pediatrics, saw 125 hospitalizations among patients ages 10-23 at Michigan Medicine over the first 12 months of the...