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With virus limits at ski resorts, backcountry risks beckon

Bozeman, Mont. • Ben Werner glided up the craggy mountain bowl between Hardscrabble Peak and Frazier Basin in the Bridgers, his heels lifting off his skis with every step. He paused periodically to assess his route up the slope.

Before Werner ascended the bowl, he’d tested the snow’s stability on a small hill with a similar slant and aspect. He directed his skis toward the hillside and coasted along, looking around for any signs of cracks or slides. The snow held. He continued his path upward.

In backcountry skiing, deciding where to climb up or ski down a slope can be the difference between life and death. And the mountains are deceiving.

Werner would know. He’ll soon be releasing the third edition of his 2011 book, “The Bozeman and Big Sky Backcountry Ski Guide.” The book documents popular backcountry runs across the Gallatin, Bridger, Madison, Absaroka and Beartooth ranges. Werner

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  • December 5, 2020
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From power banks to ‘Planekets’: Here are holiday gift ideas for the traveler in your life

Do you have a traveler on your holiday gift list? Chances are they had their wings clipped this year. That’s especially true for international travelers. With the exception of a few countries, an American passport won’t get you very far in the world today. Heck, with very few exceptions, you can’t even drive into Canada.

But whether you’ve got your sights set on a trip around Alaska, to the Lower 48 or beyond, it helps to have the right gear.

Many of the items on my short list for holiday gifts are things that make a trip easier or more fun. Plus, many of them are small enough to slip into a stocking — or carry-on luggage.

Let there be light: When I walked into REI the other day to search for ideas, a sales associate, Mark, asked me about my headlamp. It’s a Zipka model by Petzl. “Oh, this

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  • December 5, 2020
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Bill Nye Appears in Viral TikTok Video Explaining Why Face Masks Work Against Coronavirus



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Anyone still unclear about the importance of face masks may want to check out a new clip from Bill Nye the Science Guy. In Friday’s viral TikTok video—which was shared online by comedian Christopher Titus, among others—the 65-year-old scientist offers his insight into how and why masks work, in his own “hilarious” way, per ET Canada. First, Nye addresses the fear some have that the virus can effortlessly make its way through any face covering. “Viruses don’t travel by themselves, they travel in little droplets of spit and snot,” he says. “When the droplet gets into the fibers of a mask, it gets trapped. This is not that hard to understand, everybody. That’s why we have rules about wearing a mask.”


To underscore his point on the efficacy of face coverings, Nye pulls out a map of the United States, showing where coronavirus case

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  • December 5, 2020
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COVID-19’s economic impact largely depends on your job title | Business

The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt South Carolina an economic crisis like no other, with a relatively small segment of workers and businesses suffering the greatest losses, while much of the state has weathered the stay-at-home orders and social distancing with little or no lasting financial impact.

Shaniqua McCants has seen the worst of that economic division.

After losing her job as a dispatcher for a North Charleston trucking firm and a side gig as a wedding singer, McCants landed a server position — at about half her previous pay — with James Island restaurant Maple Street Biscuit Co. She has since been promoted to assistant manager and her salary now is close to what she had been making, but the virus definitely threw her for a loop.

By contrast, Ford Simmons and wife Rachel barely skipped a beat when the pandemic hit.

“We were fortunate that we both were able

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  • December 5, 2020
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Inside the ‘bubble college’ U Experience relaunch in January

  • The U Experience, a startup which aims to create a “bubble campus” environment for college students studying remotely, is aiming to launch at a Texas resort in January.
  • Previous attempts didn’t go forward in Hawaii, Arkansas, and Florida.
  • One epidemiologist told Business Insider the program just can’t be a “true bubble.” The U Experience responded in a statement: “It’s interesting you were able to find an epidemiologist willing to stake their reputation on claims about our COVID policy despite never having discussed it with us, our testing team, or their epidemiologists.”
  • The program is allowing applicants to vote on who will join them at the resort; the founders say they’ll make the final call.
  • An applicant who’s an Instagram influencer said The U Experience will compensate her for recruiting more applicants, which the company confirmed to Business Insider.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Lane Russell and Adam

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  • December 5, 2020
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Texas A&M vs. Auburn: Live stream, watch online, TV channel, coverage, kickoff time, odds, spread, pick

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No. 5 Texas A&M will travel Saturday to face SEC West rival Auburn with its College Football Playoff hopes still alive and revenge on its mind. It’s not likely  the one-loss Aggies can win the SEC West, but heading into the end of the regular season with their one loss coming in a hard-fought game against No. 1 Alabama should sit well with the committee. 

The Tigers are coming off of an embarrassing 42-13 loss to rival Alabama in the Iron Bowl. Quarterback Bo Nix struggled under immense pressure last weekend, the running game struggled and the secondary was lost against the high-flying Crimson Tide. There’s still plenty for coach Gus Malzahn’s crew to play for. Not only can the Tigers play the spoiler role and wreck Texas A&M’s title hopes, but they can pick up their fourth straight win in the series. 

Let’s break down the game and

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  • December 5, 2020
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Arizona Legislature ‘cannot and will not’ overturn election, Republican House speaker says

House Speaker Rusty Bowers presides before Gov. Doug Ducey's State of the State address at the Arizona State Capitol on January 13, 2020.
House Speaker Rusty Bowers presides before Gov. Doug Ducey’s State of the State address at the Arizona State Capitol on January 13, 2020.

PHOENIX – Republican Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives Rusty Bowers said Friday that pleas from some GOP lawmakers to overturn the results of the state’s presidential election are illegal and “cannot and will not” happen.

Republican state Reps. Mark Finchem and Kelly Townsend spent much of the day imploring their fellow legislators on social media to overturn the election results in favor of President Donald Trump.

Bowers said such action would be both illegal and inappropriate.

“As a conservative Republican, I don’t like the results of the presidential election,” Bowers said in a prepared statement. “I voted for President Trump and worked hard to reelect him. But I cannot and will not entertain a suggestion that we violate current law to change the outcome of

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  • December 5, 2020
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Jay Alvarrez, Alexis Ren’s Ex-Boyfriend: 5 Fast Facts


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Jay Alvarrez.

Jay Alvarrez is a male travel blogger and former boyfriend of model Alexis Ren who is making headlines after rumors of a leaked sex tape began making the rounds online.

Fans of Alvarrez took to Twitter this week to get the scoop following a handful of users who claimed they stumbled across the social media star’s tape.

Podcasters Logan Paul and Mike Majlak on November 24 validated the rumors during an episode of Impaulsive, in which Majlak expressed that he saw the rumored sex tape on Pornhub.

“I went over to Pornhub, and I searched it out, and you know, hidden in the coffers there, locked up with very little viewership on it, almost like it could have skated under the radar if people

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  • December 5, 2020
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No Brexit breakthrough after latest talks, Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen announce

Boris Johnson and EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen this evening failed to make a breakthrough in deadlocked Brexit trade talks and instructed the chief negotiators to meet again tomorrow.

The announcement came after the Prime Minister and Ms von der Leyen held a crucial phone call as they sought to secure a deal ahead of Britain’s departure from the EU next month. 

The Prime Minister and the the president of the European Commission said in a joint statement: “In a phone call today on the on-going negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom, we welcomed the fact that progress has been achieved in many areas. Nevertheless, significant differences remain on three critical issues: level playing field, governance and fisheries. Both sides underlined that no agreement is feasible if these issues are not resolved.

“Whilst recognising the seriousness of these differences, we agreed that a further effort

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  • December 5, 2020
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Community Christmas events go virtual | News

It may feel like the Grinch stole Christmas, with so many beloved traditions moving from in-person to online, but – like the cheerful residents of Whoville – organizers are finding the silver lining in these changed circumstances.

The Cullman Regional Hospital Foundation’s Lights of Love fundraiser has been held for 29 years, and this marks the first one done virtually.

“We wanted to put safety first and opted for a virtual program,” said Foundation Executive Director Maria Stanford.

Foundation President and Daystar Church pastor Jerry Lawson emceed the event in video streamed on Face Book. The program was pre-recorded and included musical productions. Throughout the video, the names of those being remembered or honored scrolled on the screen. The event honored families impacted by COVID-19, those who have died from the disease, the healthcare workers at Cullman Regional and all the Cullman Regional Hospice patients who died this year.

“Our

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  • December 5, 2020