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Sweet Treat of the Week: A crunchy holiday brittle from Mackinac Island

There’s peanut brittle, and then there is Holiday Brittle from Original Murdick’s Fudge. A totally tricked-out version featuring Michigan-made ingredients, this brittle is a festive gift to give – or receive.

“This year we are featuring our Holiday Brittle,” said Bobby Benser Jr, owner and operator of Original Murdick’s Fudge. A heady, crunchy mixture of “pecans, cashews, peanuts, and we’re also including Traverse City cherries. It’s a new brittle for us, and it’s very, very good.”

Typically, Murdick’s Fudge is open through the end of October, and then they open their online holiday shop from Thanksgiving until Christmas. This year, you’ll have an even bigger window to order Murdick’s handmade, all-natural sweets, including both brittle and fudge.

For the first time, Original Murdick’s Fudge is going to have a location that will stay open year-round. Over the holiday season, they’ll be making fudge both on the island, and at the

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  • November 20, 2020
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These Virtual Santa Visits Let Your Kids Visit the North Pole from Home

From The Pioneer Woman

Although some of your favorite Christmas traditions might change this year in order to keep your family safe and healthy, there are still plenty of annual activities that you can still do: Decorating the Christmas tree, watching holiday movie marathons, and baking up batches of delicious cookies are just a few of them.

But what about your kids’ annual visit to Santa to tell him about how good they’ve been this year? You might have to postpone your mall trip or visit to Santa’s village in light of the pandemic. Here’s some good news: Their visit with Father Christmas can still go on! With the help of a little bit of Christmas magic (aka technology), you can bring Old St. Nick right to your home for a personal chat with your little ones. Don’t forget to mentally take note of the Christmas toys they tell him

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  • November 20, 2020
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College students face a real-life test: Go home for Thanksgiving?

Even though she already had COVID-19, Emma Zellmer is hesitant about returning home from college for Thanksgiving.

The Minnesota State University, Mankato junior is leaning toward spending the holiday with her immediate family at their Eagan home, but she likely won’t decide until a day or two beforehand to make sure no one has been exposed to the virus. It’s a dilemma that thousands of college students in Minnesota are facing ahead of the holiday break.

“I’m still within that period where I shouldn’t be able to get it again,” Zellmer said. “However, I still want to make sure since the science is kind of unclear on [immunity].”

Amid a semester of mostly online classes and social distancing, college students are eager to see their families but worry they could bring the virus home or catch it once they get there. Many students will have little reason to stay on

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  • November 20, 2020
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Best Black Friday GameStop Nintendo Switch Deals

The Nintendo Switch is one of the hottest selling systems of 2020, and for the longest time it was tough to even find one of Nintendo’s latest console. Even though the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X were just released to the world, the Switch is still holding its own with a solid lineup of games and the ability to take console-quality games with you wherever you go. GameStop’s Black Friday event looks to make it even more enticing with deals on some of its greatest games and bonuses for purchasing the system itself.While there isn’t a discount on the standard $299.99 price of the Nintendo Switch, GameStop is offering the system with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and 3 months of Nintendo Switch Online. Additionally, if you purchase a Nintendo Switch system, you will be able to get a free collector’s set of four 16 oz. Super Mario Glasses ($40
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  • November 20, 2020
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Ex-CDC Director Frieden: Cancel Thanksgiving? No, but we must make these hard choices to stay safe

For many people, this will be very different Thanksgiving. Still others don’t plan to change their holiday routine. But there’s a real risk of an uninvited guest barging in — COVID, which continues to surge exponentially in much of the country. Although many people become infected without getting seriously ill, some do get seriously ill – and one American dies from COVID every minute

Although there’s very encouraging news on vaccines, it will be many months before vaccines will allow us to get to the new normal–and that’s if everything goes well. Therefore, sadly, we’ll need to scale back our celebrations this year and avoid gathering with people from other households.

It’s estimated that more than 3 million Americans are currently contagious with coronavirus, and many don’t have symptoms. In places with widespread community transmission, COVID will be a silent, dangerous guest. The people we get together with –

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  • November 20, 2020
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The best credit cards of 2020

The best credit cards of 2020
The best credit cards of 2020

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you sign up for a credit card after clicking one of our links, we may earn a small fee for referring you. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.

The best credit card for you is the one that meets your needs and gives you the best benefits for your lifestyle. Whether you’re traveling abroad, starting a business, taking a road trip, or just looking to save on a big purchase, many cards comes with features that can increase your purchase power and make your life a little easier.

The financial, business, and travel experts at Reviewed evaluated credit cards—comparing benefits, yearly fees, rewards programs, and more—to find the best option for different scenarios. This is our best of the

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  • November 20, 2020
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Africa gets first UK travel corridors as ‘winter safari’ destinations of Rwanda and Namibia are opened up

Africa is to get its first quarantine-free travel corridors from the UK opening up the prospect of winter safari holidays in Namibia and Rwanda once national lockdown ends.  

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the two countries will have quarantine lifted from Saturday at 4am, along with other winter sun destinations Israel, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, the US Virgin Islands, St Eustatius and Saba and the North Mariana Islands.  

The whole of Africa has been subject to the UK’s 14-day quarantine since it was first imposed in early June despite many countries in the continent having some of the lowest Covid rates in the world.  

Ministers are understood to have been reluctant because of concerns that low levels of testing could be masking the true extent of the disease.  

However, travel industry chiefs and stars including South African born England cricketer Kevin Pietersen claimed the refusal to lift quarantine was potentially discriminatory.  

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  • November 20, 2020
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Downtown San Antonio luxury hotels offering curbside Thanksgiving packages

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Travel and tourism in SA has taken a huge hit from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but that’s not stopping downtown’s St. Anthony Hotel and San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter from getting creative this holiday season.

The two luxury hotels are offering to-go Thanksgiving feasts that guests can retrieve without ever leaving their vehicles.




Tributary — the Marriott Rivercenter’s restaurant — is offering packages based on the number of folks at your gathering, from two people to 10. Each includes a turkey breast that’s been citrus-brined and smoked, a confit turkey leg and Gulf shrimp cocktail as well as four side items, two kinds of bread, a whole pie and sauces.


Online orders for Tributary’s Thanksgiving Feast must be placed before November 23. Orders

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  • November 20, 2020
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Better Buy: iQiyi vs. Huya

iQiyi (NASDAQ:IQ) and Huya (NYSE:HUYA) are two of China’s most well-known video platforms. iQiyi is a top premium platform for TV shows and movies, and Huya is a leading platform for streaming video games.

Both companies are also subsidiaries of much larger companies. iQiyi belongs to Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU), which still retains control over the company after spinning it out in an IPO in 2018. Huya belongs to Tencent (OTC:TCEHY), which bought out JOYY‘s (NASDAQ:YY) stake in the company earlier this year. Tencent also owns a stake in Huya’s top rival, Douyu (NASDAQ:DOYU), and it’s currently in the process of merging the two companies under Huya’s banner.

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iQiyi’s stock has risen about 25% above its IPO price. But Huya, which went public just two months after iQiyi, trades nearly 75% above its IPO price. Let’s see why Huya outperformed iQiyi, and whether or

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  • November 20, 2020
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Parish Council votes to refund, reissue two bonds to help relive demands on general budget | Local News Stories

The Iberia Parish Council voted to refund and reissue two of the parish’s bonds Wednesday night in order to help relieve some of the demands on its general fund budget.

Over the last five years, the council has had to make cuts and pull back on services and other expenditures in order to keep up debt service on the bonds, specifically the one for the Cajun RVera project. That bond sets the parish back approximately $400,000 per year and was initially paid from the parish’s royalty fund. The evaporation of oil revenues atrophied that fund, which is why the facility is now operated — and partially paid for — under the parish Playgrounds and Recreation Department.

The refinancing of the bonds will save the parish approximately $925,000 in the first year. But instead of paying the bonds off by 2027, payments will now be extended through 2032.

During the council’s

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  • November 20, 2020