CDC tells officials to be ready for vaccine by November; steroids can help severely ill patients

Laveta Brigham

Clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine can be legitimately cut short and could allow a vaccine to become available more quickly than previously expected if results are overwhelming, Dr. Anthony Fauci says. And the CDC is telling some health officials  to be ready to start distributing a vaccine by November, according to one report. 

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he is confident the experts making the call on a vaccine would not be swayed by political pressure as Election Day approaches.

The Trump administration announced a nationwide ban on evictions until December to ease financial pressures fueled by the pandemic. The federal edict came down after some states, including California and Nevada, announced similar protections against evictions.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney apologized on Twitter after a photo of him eating in a Maryland restaurant made the rounds on social media. And Speaker of

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23 Secret Ways To Save Money on Amazon

Laveta Brigham

Visit Amazon, and you’ll likely find tons of deals on your favorite items — from electronics, books and toys to clothing, jewelry and home goods. Although you’re probably already getting a good deal on an item if you buy it on Amazon, there are still other ways you can save money when shopping at this online retailer.

Click through for 23 secret ways to get the best deals on Amazon.

Last updated: Sept. 2, 2020

1. ‘Subscribe and Save’ on Your Regular Purchases

Sign up for the Amazon “Subscribe and Save” program to get discounts on thousands of everyday items, like laundry supplies and baby products. Not only will you get free shipping, but you can also save up to 15%. Save money instead of throwing it away.

Check Out: 11 Inexpensive Things You Can Buy on Amazon Right Now

2. Sign Up Then Cancel Your Free Trial of Amazon

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Al Green wants to know who’s altering Walgreens marquees to honor him. We found the artist

Laveta Brigham

The Rev. Al Green wants to know who’s cleverly altering Walgreens drug store marquees to read “Al Greens.”

The 74-year-old “Let’s Stay Together” singer posted a photo on Twitter one of those altered signs, along with an emoticon of a laughing face.

“Who did this?” he asked.

To answer the reverend’s question, a West Chester, Pa., street artist who calls himself Cassius King did that —and he’s just getting started.

“I’ve been in shock all day,” King told the Daily News after learning Green had shared his work online.

Rapper Snoop Dogg also praised King’s work on social media, which caused his Instagram account to suddenly blow up.

King posted a photo of the Walgreens sign on Instagram Monday and labelled it “Walgreens -> Al Green’s, Pt. 2.”

It took about a day to go viral. The pharmacy’s newly revamped sign also includes a 1975 photo of Green from the

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Dr. Anthony Fauci Refutes COVID-19 Death Toll Claim Retweeted By Trump

Laveta Brigham

Dr. Anthony Fauci this week debunked an online theory that suggested the coronavirus had accounted for only 9,000 U.S. fatalities, noting that such a figure was only a fraction of the actual death toll. 

The infectious disease expert stated unequivocally on “Good Morning America” that more than 180,000 Americans have died of COVID-19. 

“The point that the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] was trying to make was that a certain percentage of them had nothing else, just COVID,” Fauci said Tuesday. “That does not mean that someone who has hypertension, diabetes who dies of COVID didn’t die of COVID-19, but they did. So the numbers you’ve been hearing, the 180,000 plus, are real deaths from COVID-19.”

“Let there not be any confusion about that,” he added. “It’s not 9,000 deaths from COVID-19. It’s 180,000-plus deaths.”

Fauci’s comments came in response to an Aug. 26 CDC report which found that

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Ant’s Mega IPO Sets Up Jack Ma to Escalate War With Tencent

Laveta Brigham

(Bloomberg) —

Ant Group’s late-summer IPO filing drove home why the business — backed by 711 million active users that spent $17 trillion through its platform — is headed for potentially the world’s largest stock debut. Yet investors may do well to focus on the long-term threat to its core businesses from arch rival Tencent Holdings Ltd.

Ant is set to join the top echelon of global finance alongside Bank of America Corp., as it seeks to raise about $30 billion with a valuation of about $225 billion in Hong Kong and Shanghai, people familiar have said. Once the dust settles, the crown jewel of Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. empire has to contend with a renewed challenge from old nemesis Tencent that’s increasingly encroaching on its turf from payments to wealth management.

China’s two largest corporations Alibaba and Tencent are wrestling for online leadership in everything from social

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Items That Sell on eBay, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace

Laveta Brigham

As cases of COVID-19 spread across the nation in the spring, Bob Moulton decided it was best to close his business, National Pawn, to walk-in sales. Although pawnshops were deemed essential in North Carolina and could remain open, Moulton didn’t want to risk the health of customers or employees at his 19 locations.

However, he also didn’t want to lay off any workers, so he had employees start listing items for sale on sites such as the Facebook Marketplace. Items that were sold were then delivered to customers via curbside pickup.

“We actually found it to be very successful,” Moulton says. “It amazed me the amount of disposable income that our customers had.”

When it comes to selling online, three names stand out: eBay, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. While eBay made a name for itself as an online auction site, the latter two serve as local classified ads. Today, people

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Is this the best time to start a business? ‘The Profit’ star offers some insight

Laveta Brigham

Is this a good time or a bad time to start a business? What if I told you it is a great time?

I have long thought that recessions are excellent times to start businesses. The smart and passionate Marcus Lemonis, star of the “The Profit” on CNBC, agrees.

Recessions could work well for startups for a few reasons:

•Startups require passion and commitment, and those facing financial uncertainty have those traits in spades.

•Essential startup costs are cheaper in recessions, i.e. rent, advertising, labor, etc.

Lemonis added another very important reason: There is a lot of money available for startups. “With the (Small Business Administration) being more generous than ever with their guidelines and with more cash on the sidelines than there has been in years,” the time could be opportune to launch a startup.

Perhaps it's time to launch a startup.
Perhaps it’s time to launch a startup.

Lemonis suggested that we all should especially

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Harvard Enrolls Smallest MBA Class In Decades

Laveta Brigham

Masked students in Harvard Business School’s Baker Library

Harvard Business School‘s new MBA class profile is out and as expected it shows that the school has enrolled its smallest MBA cohort in many years: Just 732 students, roughly 200 fewer MBA candidates than a more typical incoming class. Last year’s cohort totaled 938 students. The shortfall occurred after HBS gave all Class of 2022 admitted students the option to defer their enrollment for a year or two and decided against pulling more of its applicants from an enlarged waitlist.

The Class of 2020 represents the smallest entering class at HBS since the early 1950s when enrollment was impacted by the Korean War and a new $15 application fee established to discourage casual candidates from applying to the school.

For Harvard, it was a year in which its MBA application slump failed to recover (see chart below). Applications for the class

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If you get these texts, delete them immediately

Laveta Brigham

Like the old adage about finding true love goes, “There are plenty of fish in the sea!” In the digital world of cyber hacking, they’re known as “phish,” a scamming tactic used to trick people into revealing confidential information about their bank account, credit card, or other personal accounts. These phishing attempts first started out as phone calls and emails, but now cybercriminals can also reach you via SMS (text message) through a popular phishing scam dubbed “smishing.” “A good general rule of thumb for a text from someone you don’t know is to just ignore it or delete it,” says Stephen Cobb, senior security researcher at ESET, a company that makes antivirus and Internet security software for businesses and individuals worldwide. “I think blocking is an option if you’re getting messages from the same source all the time, but the smarter criminals will rotate the numbers they come from.”

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Macy’s rethinks holidays in the time of COVID-19 with new gifts, online focus

Laveta Brigham

By Melissa Fares and Nivedita Balu

(Reuters) – Macy’s Inc will drastically change how it does business this holiday season, executives said on Wednesday, placing a sharper focus on online sales and promoting more beauty and home items to shoppers opting to stay home due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

Shares of the largest U.S. department store operator rose as much as 11% after it reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss and beat sales estimates as shoppers bought more activewear, shoes and handbags on its app and website during the pandemic. They were up about 4% in late morning trading.

“Our immediate priority is successfully executing Holiday 2020,” Chief Executive Officer Jeff Gennette said.

The holiday season accounts for a huge chunk of annual sales for retailers. This year, retailers are rolling out their earliest-ever holiday deals and promotions.

Gennette said nearly half of the company’s total gift assortment will be

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