Georgia governor allows local mask mandates, with limits

Laveta Brigham

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor, who has opposed local mask mandates and even sued over one in Atlanta, has signed a new executive order that allows local governments to enact mask requirements to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

As with previous orders, the one issued Saturday says residents and visitors of the state are “strongly encouraged” to wear face coverings when they are outside of their homes, except when eating, drinking or exercising outside. But unlike previous orders, this one allows local governments in counties that have reached a “threshold requirement” to require the wearing of masks on government-owned property.

A county meets that threshold requirement if it has had 100 or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people over the previous 14 days. Only two of Georgia’s 159 counties were below that threshold, according to data from the state Department of Public Health.

Local mask mandates cannot result

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Kendall Jenner and Devin Booker Step Out for Dinner With Kylie Jenner

Laveta Brigham

It’s a party of three!

Kylie Jenner joined her sister, Kendall Jenner, and NBA star, Devin Booker, for a night out in Malibu, Calif. The trio stepped out and grabbed a bite to eat at the celebrity hot-spot Nobu on Saturday, Aug. 15.

For their outing, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians stars beat the heatwave in Los Angeles with summer-ready ensembles that looked effortlessly glam.

The beauty mogul, who recently celebrated her 22nd birthday, opted for a matching plaid co-ord set. She donned a tube top and bell-bottom pants that featured the same bold print. She accessorized with beige kitten heels and chunky jewelry pieces. At one point, Kylie was also spotted wearing a face mask.

As for Kendall? The model opted for something simple yet striking. She slipped into a cream-colored slip dress that she paired with an off-white cardigan, nude mules and her signature baguette

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U.S. Cases Slow as Deaths Pass 1,000 for Fifth Day: Virus Update

Laveta Brigham

(Bloomberg) —

The U.S. added 47,813 virus cases, a 0.9% rise that compares with a 1% increase over the previous week. Nationwide deaths exceeded 1,000 for the fifth consecutive day. A measure of intensive-care hospitalizations in California rose to the highest in seven weeks.

Italy told nightclubs to close, matching a similar directive by Spain on Friday. France’s public health agency warned that all of the country’s Covid-19 indicators are trending upward.

Russia agreed in principle with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to conduct clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine, the head of its sovereign wealth fund said. China and Russia may also work together on a vaccine, a Chinese virus expert said.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Global cases approach 21.5 million; deaths pass 771,500How $50,000-a-year private schools plan for Covid: NYC ReopensFirst into the virus slump, China is proving the fastest outRussia’s new Sputnik launch raises risks

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Coronavirus complicates California’s worst power shortage in two decades

Laveta Brigham

SANTA MONICA, CA - AUG. 15, 2020.: Beachgoers create a forest of umbrellas as thousands seek refuge in Santa Monica with temperatures reaching triple digits and beyond in inland valleys and deserts on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. A heatwave caused by a high pressure system over Southern California is expected to last through next week. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) <span class="copyright">(Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)</span>
SANTA MONICA, CA – AUG. 15, 2020.: Beachgoers create a forest of umbrellas as thousands seek refuge in Santa Monica with temperatures reaching triple digits and beyond in inland valleys and deserts on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. A heatwave caused by a high pressure system over Southern California is expected to last through next week. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

A late-summer heat wave in Southern California typically sends people fleeing to movie theaters, shopping malls and crowded beaches in search of a cool respite.

But the coronavirus pandemic has forced the closure of places where people once gathered, upending those routines.

So as temperatures soared Friday, many people instead stayed at home with their air conditioners blasting. Even though many offices and businesses were closed due to the pandemic, that intense demand — along with other factors including a dearth of power coming in

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Regions Financial (RF) Up 9% Since Last Earnings Report: Can It Continue?

Laveta Brigham

It has been about a month since the last earnings report for Regions Financial (RF). Shares have added about 9% in that time frame, outperforming the S&P 500.

Will the recent positive trend continue leading up to its next earnings release, or is Regions Financial due for a pullback? Before we dive into how investors and analysts have reacted as of late, let’s take a quick look at its most recent earnings report in order to get a better handle on the important drivers.

Regions Reports Q2 Loss, Provisions Up on Coronavirus Woes

Regions Financial reported second-quarter 2020 adjusted loss of 23 cents per share, as against the earnings of 39 cents per share recorded in the prior-year period. The Zacks Consensus Estimate was pegged at 7 cents.

Net loss available to common shareholders was $237 million compared with the earnings of $374 million reported in the year-ago period.


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‘Emotional support K-pop boys’ help fans with their mental health

Laveta Brigham

‘Emotional support K-pop boys’ help fans with their mental health
‘Emotional support K-pop boys’ help fans with their mental health

“Every time I see him I feel like the sun is shining on my face.”

L. Gissele has three emotional support K-pop boys: Kim Namjoon aka RM from BTS, Bang Chan from Stray Kids, and Johnny Suh from NCT 127.


“[Namjoon’s] words speak to me and he motivates me to always do better and to aim big. To always challenge myself,” the 18-year-old Panamanian told Mashable via DM. “[Chan] has been there for me at my lowest point in life. He makes me remember that depression does not define me and that I can get through everything.”

And Johnny? “Seeing him smile makes me happy.”

Feeling a strong attachment to or drawing strength from a specific idol isn’t unusual in K-pop fandom. Commonly called “emotional support K-pop boys,” these artists inspire and reassure people through their music, livestreams,

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What to know in the week ahead

Laveta Brigham

Second-quarter corporate earnings season is beginning to wind down, but a host of retailers’ earnings results is still set to be a key focus this week. A slew of US housing reports will also be released, including data on housing starts, building permits and existing home sales.

Retail results

This week’s schedule of corporate earnings results results will span big-box retailers Walmart and Target, home improvement giants Home Depot and Lowe’s, as well as a bevy of other names in the industry including Kohl’s, TJMaxx parent company TJX Companies, L Brands and Ross Stores.

The results come against a tough backdrop for many retailers during the pandemic period, with the outbreak and forced brick-and-mortar business closures pushing dozens of major names including Lord & Taylor, Tailored Brands and Ascena Retail Group to file for bankruptcy in recent weeks. The pandemic has favored retailers that had already built out strong e-commerce

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When can you expect your second coronavirus stimulus check?

Laveta Brigham

Both Republicans and Democrats say they want to give Americans another round of $1,200 “stimulus checks” (and direct deposit and debit cards) to help relieve financial pain from the coronavirus and stimulate the ailing economy.

And, President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that his administration is “ready to send direct payments.”

But the money isn’t on the way, at least not yet.

It’s caught up in a dispute over broader COVID-19 assistance, including the boosted unemployment benefits that came to a halt at the end of last month.

Here’s what we currently know about when or if you’ll get a second cash payment from Uncle Sam.

What’s going on with the next stimulus checks?

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It’s probably been months since you got your first — and so far only — COVID-19 stimulus check; the IRS started distributing those in April.

Most people got $1,200, though the

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5 lasting changes from the COVID-19 pandemic

Laveta Brigham

COVID-19 has completely changed life, and while many hope those changes are temporary, the pandemic has unearthed weaknesses in the status quo. After every major crisis, humanity is forced to identify those weaknesses and evolve accordingly. The 2020 pandemic, in its aftermath, is set to change life for a very long time. Here are five fundamental ways.

1. Employment: More automation

The pandemic has helped identify work roles that can be downsized or replaced with technology as a technique to mitigate infection risk while retaining productivity.

“Online [ordering] has become the lifeline both for consumers looking for products [and] also for retailers looking for cash,” says Marc-André Kamel, who leads Bain’s Global Retail practice. A survey by McKinsey & Company showed that more Americans expect to make their purchases online post-COVID-19 compared to pre-pandemic, with 30-49% of people expecting to increase their online grocery shopping. Naturally, this will result in

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Facebook Barks At Apple For Refusing to Waive 30% Fee On New Online Tool

Laveta Brigham

Facebook announced on Friday that Apple has rejected its request to waive a 30% commission tax fee, which the iPhone maker charges apps on its devices.

The request coincides with Facebook’s (FB) launch of a new events feature for businesses to earn money from online events. The feature will allow page owners to create an online event, set a price, promote the event, collect payment and host the event, all in one place.

The tool is part of Facebook’s initiative to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) bring their products to customers online as social distancing mandates are still in place during the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the launch, the social media platform will not collect any fees from paid online events for at least the next year, the company said.

“We asked Apple (AAPL) to reduce its 30% App Store tax or allow us

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