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Air Travel Was Gaining Momentum. Now What?

Confidence about the course of the coronavirus pandemic has helped put passengers back on planes in recent months, and Thanksgiving week is shaping up to be one of the busiest periods for U.S. air travel since it came to a near-standstill in the spring. News that effective vaccines may be close at hand lifted airline stocks.

But new concerns over the spread of the virus are rattling travelers and threatening airlines’ hopes for the months ahead.

United Airlines said Thursday that bookings had slowed and cancellations had risen in recent days because of the surge in virus cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans to avoid holiday travel altogether, presenting the industry with its latest wrenching question: How dark can this winter get?

“There’s two trains running toward us,” said John Grant, a senior analyst with OAG, an aviation data firm based near London. “One is full

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  • November 19, 2020
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As Illinois hunting season arrives, safety should be the key to the season

By Sam Van Camp
 |  Danville Commercial-News

Hunters in Illinois should think safety before, during and after their time in the field this fall and winter as waterfowl, upland game, furbearer, and firearm and archery deer seasons provide ample opportunity to enjoy time in the outdoors in Illinois.

“We want to encourage hunters to make safety their first priority as they head out to enjoy what we hope will be a successful hunting season for everyone,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Colleen Callahan. “Illinois’ hunting heritage is best celebrated by making sure hunters can spend their time experiencing the bounty nature provides for us and returning home safely to plan for their next hunting adventure.”

The IDNR Office of Law Enforcement, which administers the state’s Hunter Safety Education Program, has investigated seven hunting incidents so far during 2020. In 2019, there were 20 hunting incidents reported in

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  • November 19, 2020
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I’m a 29-year-old Instagram influencer who made $17,000 in one month

  • Marley Mauvais is a 29-year-old fruit influencer and plant-based content creator who lives in New Jersey.
  • In 2019, she started an Instagram account to share her fruit-based recipes with others, and slowly began to make and sell the products and home remedies she used.
  • In September, Marley recorded her first five-figure month, making $17,000 from a combination of sales on her website as well as paid speaking engagements and food demos at local colleges.
  • Instead of mimicking other people’s paths to success, Marley encourages fellow entrepreneurs to carve out their own niche. Especially online, she says being authentic to yourself is the best way to gain traction and build a community.
  • This is her story, as told to freelance writer Nasha Smith.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

I used to cook for my family a lot, and I enjoyed taking photos of the spread and posting them on

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  • November 19, 2020
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As Governors Lock Down, Millions of Americans Are Booking Thanksgiving Travel, Planning Parties

With COVID cases surging across the U.S. and officials rolling out lockdowns and restrictions to stop the virus spreading, ahead of Thanksgiving some Americans plan to flout the rules and celebrate as normal.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people to only celebrate with members of their household or virtually, and urges those who plan to mark the occasion with others to try to stay safe.

In an attempt to ease pressure on hospitals caused by a virus that has already killed more than a quarter of a million people in the U.S., officials around the country have imposed restrictions and lockdowns that affect Thanksgiving.

Some of the toughest are in Washington state, Oregon, New Mexico and Michigan, where businesses are mostly closed. New Mexico also has a stay-at-home order, as does Ohio.

Other states like Oregon have limited social gatherings to six people from no more

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  • November 19, 2020
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New season of ‘Jersey Shore’ filmed in quarantine bubble, sans Snooki

Jerzday takes on the pandemic in the latest season of “Jersey Shore.”

Yes, the reality show that launched a million “cabs are heres” is still on TV, this time without Snooki.

Here are the details. You know, in case you weren’t planning to watch “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reunion instead.

‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ season 4

Series mainstay Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi announced she was leaving MTV’s “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” in 2019, saying the show wasn’t fun anymore/too much drama and not worth spending time away from her three children.

The third season, she said, would be her last.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation

From left: Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio, Lauren Sorrentino, Deena Nicole Buckner, what appears to be some kind of JWoww doll and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino in the new season of “Jersey Shore Family Vacation.”MTV

Polizzi, 32, who lives in Florham Park and owns the

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  • November 19, 2020
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7 Cyclical Stocks Still Hoping for Another Stimulus Round

As a whole, cyclical stocks are typically economically sensitive stocks. And as markets get ready to wrap up 2020, there is still uncertainty about the economy. Many analysts, as well as Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, would like to see Congress put more money into the recovery and issue a second round of stimulus checks to the American public.

Therefore, I will introduce seven cyclical stocks that are likely to benefit in the case of further direct payments to most U.S. households.

When economic conditions worsen, a great number of consumers re-adjust their spending levels. For example, they may cut back on purchases of non-essential and discretionary items. When households evaluate the economy more negatively, a number of cyclical industries get adversely affected. In turn, share prices of cyclical businesses tend to suffer during economic fluctuations and downturns. And in times of economic decline or recessions, earnings decrease or

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  • November 19, 2020
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CDC says people should not travel for Thanksgiving due to COVID-19 surges

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that people should not travel for Thanksgiving, citing the rapid increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations around the country. “It’s a strong recommendation,” said Henry Walke, COVID-19 incident manager at the CDC, during a press briefing.

The United States is averaging over 160,000 COVID-19 cases per day, and the coronavirus is spreading out of control in most states. “We all need to consider the safest way to celebrate this holiday amidst this critical phase of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Walke said.

The US saw spikes in cases after the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays, and Thanksgiving poses an even larger concern: celebrations usually happen indoors (where the virus spreads more easily), with multiple generations (including older adults at high risk of severe COVID-19). There’s also more virus spreading in most places in the US now than there was during those

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  • November 19, 2020
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Hartford Hilton hotel auction ends without a buyer

A three-day online auction seeking bidders for the Hartford Hilton hotel ended Wednesday afternoon without a buyer, owner Waterford Group confirmed.

The 388-room Trumbull Street hotel furloughed or laid off hundreds of workers over the spring and summer as the COVID-19 pandemic caused events and travel activity to plunge, warning that it may have to close.

The virtual auction, with a starting bid of $5.5 million, was announced over a month ago. It’s not clear how many bids the hotel received during the auction, but Waterford said none met the minimum amount of money it was prepared to accept.

“The auction did not result in the reserve price being met, and therefore we do not have a qualified buyer at this time,” Waterford said in a statement Thursday morning. “RobertDouglas, the exclusive advisor on this transaction, is in active discussions with interested parties that have expressed the need for additional

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  • November 19, 2020
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Jersey Shore Family Vacation Streaming: How to Watch


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Jersey Shore: Family Vacation cast photo

Everyone’s favorite guidos and guidettes are back with the fourth season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, premiering Thursday, November 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV

If you don’t have cable, here’s how you can watch Jersey Shore: Family Vacation streaming online for free:

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You can watch a live stream of MTV and 60 other TV channels on Philo TV, which comes with a seven-day free trial:

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Once signed up for Philo, you can watch Jersey Shore: Family Vacation live on the Philo app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast (compatible on Android mobile), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. You can also watch on your computer on the Philo website.

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  • November 19, 2020
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Ski resorts expect a busy season. Can they find enough workers?

As ski resorts start to open for a new season, the coronavirus pandemic has prompted protocols such as socially distanced lift lines and reduced capacity for indoor dining. Yet the industry is also benefiting from Americans’ desire to get out of their houses and into fresh air. 

“People are excited to have this ability to have a respite from everything they’ve been dealing with the last several months,” said Ryan Huff of Vail Resorts, which has several Colorado ski mountains open already.

A key challenge for industry is staffing. Typically, a system of temporary visas brings about 7,000 workers from other nations – often students from the Southern Hemisphere who are on their summer breaks.

A visa ban by the Trump administration means that, for this season, ski facilities are recruiting closer to home. One focus is on college students who have some flexibility due to online classes or lengthened

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  • November 19, 2020