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7 ways to earn miles for your next vacation without leaving the house



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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has changed just about every facet of our daily lives, including how we eat, shop and travel. For many people, the extended quarantines and lockdown have also disrupted their normal points and miles-earning strategy, much of which had depended on travel or points earned from shopping in-person.

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Just because we aren’t traveling right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t use this time to pad your points and miles balances. There are several great ways to earn points from the comfort of your home, and learning a new strategy now will be helpful even when things return to

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  • November 27, 2020
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New Mexico St. basketball hoping to weather COVID from base in Phoenix

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If or when Chris Jans sits down to write his memoirs of a life in basketball, 2020 will be a big part of the narrative.

The New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach and his Aggies find themselves in a bubble of sorts at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix, about a six-hour drive from campus in Las Cruces. It’s no vacation, but rather the Aggies’ temporary home base as the players work out, practice together and take their online classes, while the coaches and staff work to minimize exposure to COVID-19 and put together some kind of nonconference season for the program. 

In a year of so much upheaval in daily life and the things people

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  • November 27, 2020
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Buyer Beware: How to protect your information while shopping online during the pandemic

Security experts at Unisys said online sales are expected to jump by 33%, but less than one in three (31%) of Americans expressed concern about their data

Jamie Luster is a mom who lives in York County. The day after Thanksgiving, she’s normally hitting stores armed with a game plan of stops to check off her holiday list.

But in 2020, she’s armed with a keyboard and a credit card, as she is doing her shopping 100% online. 

“We have a family we know that has been, they have tested positive for COVID. And, this morning they posted all over their Black Friday deals they got this morning,” said Luster, who added that’s just one more reason why her family decided to stick to cyber shopping this holiday. 

Luster admits she will miss the mall, but she has been quarantining since the beginning of the pandemic. 

“I have a 3-year-old,

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  • November 27, 2020
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Group issues report about potentially dangerous toys, warns of recalled toys still sold online

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Toys are a big part of the holiday for children — and parents want to make sure their children get the gifts they want. But they also need to make sure those toys are safe. 

As they do every year, the advocacy organization US  Public Interest Research Groups has issued its “Trouble in Toyland” report advising people on how to avoid potentially dangerous toys. 

The group says parents can use a simple toilet paper tube to protect a toddler from such toys. 

The tube is pretty close in size to a child’s esophagus and if a toy can fit into that, it can fit into a child’s esophagus creating  a dangerous choking hazard. 

Those who deal with childhood injuries say it’s normal for toddlers place items in their mouths.  

“They explore the world with their mouths,” said Michell Sterling of St. Joe’s Children’s Hospital in Florida.

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  • November 27, 2020
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Red Rock requires timed entry for Scenic Drive

A visit to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area now requires a timed entry reservation for the park’s popular Scenic Drive.

The new program, which started Nov. 3, addresses capacity issues and long wait times from fall to spring, the Bureau of Land Management announced in September.

The new system requires entry reservations for people visiting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through May 31 , according to a news release. Reservations are available online at Recreation.gov, along with entry passes, and visitors with annual passes can enter the pass number at checkout.

Although the park has undergone varying levels of closure during the coronavirus pandemic, Bureau of Land Management spokesman John Asselin said implementation of the reservation system is not related to COVID-19 safety precautions.

“We’ve been looking for a solution for quite some time now with our capacity issues,” he said.

The reservation requires people to

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  • November 27, 2020
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Is the Future of Luxury E-Commerce Big or Small? | This Week in Fashion, BoF Professional

Mytheresa is going public. Or at least that seems to be its intention after its Netherlands-based parent company said this week that it had filed paperwork for a proposed initial public offering with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

According to market reports, Mytheresa aims to IPO in early 2021 and is seeking a $1 billion to $1.5 billion valuation. This would generate a substantial return for owners Ares Management and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, which acquired the German e-tailer in 2014 via Neiman Marcus (which they then controlled) for about $253 million.

Mytheresa’s backers first began exploring strategic options for the business in April 2019, soon after an estimate by Goldman Sachs valued Mytheresa at $1 billion. But it’s not surprising the company is seizing the current moment to make a move.

Investor interest in online luxury players is riding high after a pandemic-driven e-commerce boom. Farfetch’s share

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  • November 27, 2020
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Shopping this Cyber Monday? Check out these Oregon businesses

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While Black Friday may look a little different this month, these services help find deep discounts at retail stores and online.

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Businesses large and small have fortified their online presence to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, opening up new opportunities to keep holiday dollars local. 

Cyber Monday follows Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and has become the biggest online shopping day of the year on an international scale. But big industry names like Amazon are not the only retailers that will offer digital deals on this day. 

The Salem Chamber of Commerce recently published a column on the benefits of buying local, saying that buying locally puts twice as much money back into the community as buying at a chain store.

Local businesses hire local employees, pay local taxes and are more likely to donate to local charities, according to Salem Chamber of Commerce membership manager Zachary Sielicky.

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  • November 27, 2020
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How to have the best post-lockdown holiday in the Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly are about to have a bit of a moment. This low-lying archipelago flung off the coast of Cornwall is one of the few places due to be under the Government’s tier 1 coronavirus restrictions from December 2. This means pints with friends indoors without food – the luxury! – will be allowed on the five sparsely populated islands, and revellers can even stay out past 10pm. 

But there’s more to these isles than relaxed restrictions. The Isles of Scilly have endless walking trails – ideal for socially distancing with granny this winter – strikingly white beaches with supremely soft sand, and some of the finest seafood feasts in all of the UK. You might be tempted by tier 1, but you’ll be sold on the Scillies as soon as you set foot on St Mary’s or Tresco, where a dangerously laidback vibe will have you

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  • November 27, 2020
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Iran says top nuclear scientist ‘assassinated’ in shootout | World News

Those wounded, including Fakhrizadeh’s bodyguards, were later taken to a local hospital, the agency said.

State television on its website later published a photograph of security forces blocking off the road. Photos and video shared online showed a Nissan sedan with bullet holes through windshield and blood pooled on the road.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Iranian media all noted the interest that Netanyahu had previously shown in Fakhrizadeh.

Hossein Salami, chief commander of the paramilitary Guard, appeared to acknowledge the attack on Fakhrizadeh.

“Assassinating nuclear scientists is the most violent confrontation to prevent us from reaching modern science,” Salami tweeted.

Hossein Dehghan, an adviser to Iran’s supreme leader and a presidential candidate in Iran’s 2021 election, issued a warning on Twitter.

“In the last days of their gambling ally’s political life, the Zionists seek to intensify and increase pressure on Iran to wage a full-blown

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  • November 27, 2020
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Looking for a Christmas tree? Here’s where you can get a Utah public lands permit this year

SALT LAKE CITY — Now that Thanksgiving is over, the remaining holidays of the year are in sight.

Many Utahns have already started decorating for Christmas. Given all that has happened in 2020, who could blame anyone for celebrating the season early?

But for those of you who haven’t started decorating and are maybe still searching for the right tree, you can find one around several public land areas throughout Utah.

The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management both began selling tree permits weeks ago. There were some adjustments made due to COVID-19, but people can still access permits in different ways.

BLM permits

The Bureau of Land Management offers permits in different ways. It’s advised to contact a BLM field office to see if a permit needs to be purchased in person or if it can be bought over the phone or through email.

Anyone planning to

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  • November 27, 2020