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Without $600 Weekly Benefit, Unemployed Face Bleak Choices

Latrish Oseko, 39, sits with her daughter, at a hotel in Newark, Del., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, where they have been staying. (Hannah Yoon/The New York Times)
Latrish Oseko, 39, sits with her daughter, at a hotel in Newark, Del., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, where they have been staying. (Hannah Yoon/The New York Times)

When Latrish Oseko lost her job last spring, government aid helped prevent a crisis from becoming a catastrophe.

A $1,700 federal stimulus payment meant that when her 26-year-old car broke down, she could replace it. The $600 a week in extra unemployment benefits from the federal government allowed her to pay rent and buy food. When her day care provider closed, she was able to get her 4-year-old daughter a subscription to ABCmouse, an online learning app.

But the federal money has run out, and talks in Washington over how to replace it have broken down.

So Oseko, 39, is spending much of her time sitting in the Delaware hotel room where she has lived since her landlord kicked her out at

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How to get into a vacation mindset, no matter what life looks like right now

We can all agree that this year has been unlike any other in recent memory. It’s no wonder so many of us are searching for ways to protect and prioritize our well-being, amidst all the stress, uncertainty, and unsettling headlines. Taking time off is one way — but an important way — to recharge, especially during challenging times. It’s a pathway to feeling more refreshed, rested, and even hopeful.

But here we are, in August — in typical years, what might be known as peak vacation time — and those P.T.O. requests are M.I.A. Right now, I’m hearing from a lot of people that the idea of taking any time for themselves — whether it’s a day or a week — just feels weird.

I get that. But I also believe it’s time to reset our expectations around what taking time off really means, and what purpose it serves. Yes,

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Rivian R1T Electric Pickups Take 13,000-Mile Road Trip for TV

From Car and Driver

  • Rivian’s 2021 R1T electric pickup was picked as the camera truck for the Long Way Up motorcycle adventure series starting Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman.
  • The company had to install about 140 charging locations along the route to keep the vehicles on the road.
  • The show will premiere on September 18, on Apple TV+.

If you’re a fan of road trips, adventure, motorcycles, or just watching two friends have a great time, it’s likely you’ve watched the Long Way Round and Long Way Down series. If not, here’s the skinny: actors and BFFs Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman hop on motorcycles and ride either around or down the planet. They laugh, they fall over, they curse, they eat bad food. Essentially a recipe for a great time and wonderful TV.

McGregor and Boorman are at it again, except this time they’ve decided to ride Harley-Davidson’s electric

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10 of the best romantic comedies now streaming on Hulu

10 of the best romantic comedies now streaming on Hulu
10 of the best romantic comedies now streaming on Hulu
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There’s nothing like a feature-length chance to fall in love.

Whether you’re preparing a cozy evening for two, a socially-distanced hang with friends, or a private, solo cry over love lost/love won/the state of the planet/etc., romantic comedies are one of our greatest resources for emotional catharsis. To get things started for you, we’ve combed through every rom-com now streaming on Hulu — no add-ons needed — to assess the best of the best.

Ranked from like to love to love love, here are the 10 best romantic comedies now streaming on Hulu.

10. Juliet, Naked

Based on Nick Hornby’s novel of the same name, Juliet, Naked combines plot elements of Forgetting Sarah Marshall with the structure of Nora Ephron’s You’ve Got Mail to tell the unbelievably cute story

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Coolest Cars For Sale On Motorious To Beat The August Heat

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We check out some of the most interesting cars up for grabs right now!

The classic and collector car market is a fantastically diverse tapestry of vehicles from every breed and era. Delving into the classifieds reveals some real gems waiting to find a new home with both enthusiasts and serious collectors alike. Every week we’ll be highlighting the top cars in need of a new home that caught our eye.

1971 Pontiac GTO Convertible Is Rare Poncho Muscle

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A lot of people are going stir crazy sitting in their homes at the moment. And while take a drive in your car provides an out, cruising around is much better in a big vintage convertible like this 1971 Pontiac GTO. If you’ve never seen one of these before or it’s been a long time there’s good reason:

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Why the Founding Fathers would want us all to have fast Internet

My high-speed internet…isn’t.

Starting a Zoom, Skype, WebEx or Google Meet at my house is like a countdown for a Space-X launch. 

-All applications off? Check. 

-Tabs closed? Check. 

-All other family members off-line? (“No, Dad, I have a call!”) Not so check.

And then regardless of how successful that process is, my video calls are invariably marked by blurriness, delays, freezing and interrupted audio. It makes me look and sound bad. And unprofessional, which is a problem because like 42% of Americans, I’m working from home these days. 

I’m hardly the only person suffering from inadequate internet of course. While the Federal Communications Commission likes to say that 21.3 million Americans, (or 6.5% of the population), don’t have broadband internet, a recent study by Broadband Now shows the actual number is more like 42 million. (Intuitively, that FCC number is low. Just ask yourself how many people you know

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This cheap online course can help make it easier to learn Spanish

This cheap online course can help make it easier to learn Spanish
This cheap online course can help make it easier to learn Spanish

TL;DR: Work on your language skills with the Complete Conversational Spanish Mastery bundle for $29.99, an 84% savings as of Aug. 8.

We may not be able to travel the world at the moment, but it’s a great time to study up on a new language nonetheless. And considering how many Spanish speakers reside in the US, you can’t lose by investing some time and effort into this worthy skill. The Complete Conversational Spanish Mastery Bundle is a unique three-in-one course that favors conversational skills over memorization so you can actually learn to communicate in real life.

The courses use everyday scenarios to stimulate conversation, while also teaching you a variety of other techniques proven to enhance performance in the associated part of the brain for learning languages.

You’ll jumpstart your education with a course dubbed “Spanish Made

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‘Why do we need to offer people gratuitous sex in film? There’s plenty of porn online’

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Timothy Dalton has a laugh like a pantomime villain. Rich, deep and playfully thespy, it booms from our Zoom chat as his press team asks me to pivot my camera away from a nice blank wall towards a pile of unwashed laundry, to improve the lighting. The laughter erupts again when he spots my broken hoover.

I’m rewarded with a third, expansive peal when I tell the 74-year-old actor that my 10-year-old son – eavesdropping from the hall earlier as I watched the delectably surreal but 18-rated series Doom Patrol – said of Dalton’s performance as Niles “Chief” Caulder: “His voice is a massive spoiler! I mean, the posh English guy in an American action thing? You just know he’s going to turn out to be a baddie! Even if he’s a good guy for now.”

“Good for your son!” Dalton chuckles. “After I shot my very first scene

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Brits taking more cash on holidays abroad

The coronavirus pandemic has altered Brits' money habits. Photo: Robert Anasch/Unsplash
The coronavirus pandemic has altered Brits’ money habits. Photo: Robert Anasch/Unsplash

Brits travelling abroad are taking more cash with them, as the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have altered their money habits.

The average currency transaction now stands at £423 ($553) — 42% higher than before 23 March, when the figure stood at £297, data from the Post Office shows.

This could be because Brits want to have extra cash in the event of a coronavirus emergency, Post Office Travel Money speculated.

Britons are also now more likely to buy currency online than exchange it in-branch, with home deliveries more than doubling since pre-lockdown now that Post Office Travel Money is once again operational, the data shows.

READ MORE: Coronavirus — Virgin Atlantic could ‘run out of money’ without rescue plan

Since re-opening at the end of June, the exchange service is offering 60 currencies — this is down from 80.

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Target of Tyler Skaggs’ indictment is Eric Kay, but ‘others’ are most troubling

Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, shown here pitching during a game in June 2018, was found dead in a Texas hotel room last year. <span class="copyright">(Jayne Kamin-Oncea / Getty Images)</span>
Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, shown here pitching during a game in June 2018, was found dead in a Texas hotel room last year. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea / Getty Images)

The word hangs in the air like a curveball that doesn’t break — “others.”

That particular six-letter combination appeared seven times in an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint filed against Eric Kay, the former Angels communications director, charged Friday with fentanyl distribution in connection with the overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

The term surfaced again in a news release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas.

The word “others” is an ominous presence in these documents, raising the possibility that one of the most tragic episodes in Angels history could be darker than anyone imagines.

The affidavit by a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent described how “Kay, [Skaggs], and others would refer to these pills

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