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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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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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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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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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MLB Winter Meetings 2020: Yankees lose DJ LeMahieu? J.T. Realmuto’s mystery team; Trevor Bauer gets paid? Mets land a star | 10 bold predictions

Get ready for the strangest MLB Winter Meetings any of us can remember.

This year won’t involve a fancy hotel, rumors coming out of late-night conversations in the bar or lobby, or trades completed in the secrecy of hotel rooms. That was pre-COVID life. In 2020, the most interesting week of the Major League Baseball offseason will happen like most everything else in 2020: Virtually.

So get ready for even more rumors (less in-person talk means more virtual banter), some big moves and a wild week that can change the landscape of the sport for 2021 and beyond.

Introducing Yankees Insider: Get exclusive news, behind-the-scenes observations and the ability to text message directly with beat writers

Here are 10 bold predictions for the 2020 MLB Winter Meetings.

Mets land George Springer: As dots begin to connect the Mets to catcher James McCann, another shoe feels destined to drop. Why

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  • December 5, 2020
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United Airlines quietly made a decision that may annoy many in the future

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Will you get a good deal? Perhaps.


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On the more turgid days, I practice booking flights.

I go through all the motions of booking a trip to Lisbon in April, only to stop myself just in time.

Who knows what the world will look like then? Who knows if a vaccine will have reached enough people? Who knows if Portugal will even let me in? (I’m sorry about that incident last year at Restaurante Raízes in Lisbon. I promise it won’t happen again.)

Some business travel does seem to be occurring. Why, The Information reported that Apple is paying its employees a $500 bonus for undertaking business trips to China. That’s $500 a day.

It’s clear, though, as those in charge of corporate travel budgets realize how much money they’re currently saving their overlords thanks to Zoom and Microsoft Teams, that flying won’t be quite the same.

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  • December 5, 2020
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Omoruyi scores 22, No. 21 Oregon beats Seton Hall 83-70

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Oregon’s Amauri Hardy shoots to score against Seton Hall during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

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Eugene Omoruyi put together another strong game for No. 21 Oregon, and coach Dana Altman is eager to see what he does next.

Playing in his second game since transferring from Rutgers, Omoruyi scored 22 points to lead the Ducks past Seton Hall 83-70 on Friday night.

“He’s all about team, and it’s so easy to coach and work with him,” Altman said. “He listens, he tries to do everything we ask him to do. When he doesn’t do something and you bark at him a little bit, he knows it and he’s ready to adjust.

“He’s going to have a tremendous year. Wow, this week, two really good games.”

Oregon bounced back from an 83-75 loss to Missouri

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  • December 5, 2020
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5 things you need to know this weekend

Seattle hospitals brace for more COVID patients; Spike in catalytic converter thefts; Ski resorts open; Seattle hotels struggling; Millions of masks for children.

Around 54% of all American adults know someone who has been hospitalized or someone who has died from coronavirus, according to a new Pew Research Poll. That’s a sharp increase from the 20% who knew someone impacted back in May.

Dr. Elizabeth Wako, Chief Operating Officer at Swedish First Hill, says about one in every eight patients at the hospital has COVID-19. 

“Our beds at baseline are already almost at capacity, so this is putting us over the edge,” said Wako, who added that, at the moment, the hospital is able to manage the caseload.

If your car suddenly makes a loud, rumbling noise when it starts, someone may have stolen your catalytic converter.

Several police departments in western Washington are reporting a spike in catalytic converter

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  • December 5, 2020
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Mack Brown’s Daughter Wins on Jeopardy!

Mack Brown is no longer the only one in his family with a championship. Brown’s daughter, Katherine Ryan, won $22,801 on Jeopardy! on Friday night and will get to appear again as defending champion next week.

While her Hall of Fame coach father didn’t spoil the result, he made sure that everyone was aware that she’d be on the show.

“Everybody make sure to watch Jeopardy on Friday,” he tweeted, “when our brilliant daughter will be on the show. How cool is that? So excited for her.”

At his mid-week press conference, he again hyped his daughter’s appearance, saying, “We need everyone to watch and pull for her. All of these parents can pull for their kids in sports, I can pull for mine in Jeopardy! I’m not smart enough to be on Jeopardy! I’m glad she is. I’m pulling for Katherine.”

Brown said he helped his daughter prepare for

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  • December 5, 2020
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From small businesses to farmers, middle India is driving demand

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) – Manish Mehra, owner of Washex Hospitality, an industrial laundry service, recently flew from Delhi to Jodhpur, a city in north-western India, to win a contract to service a large, government-run hospital – a move essential to kickstarting his business.

FILE PHOTO: An airport staff member pushes trolleys at the entrance of Mumbai’s airport after the Indian government allowed domestic flight services to resume during an extended nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo

“For a new relationship it is essential to know each other before you can establish the trust and confidence to work online and that need is higher in case of government departments,” said Mehra, who had to stay for a week in a Jodhpur hotel.

Increased demand for air travel and hotel stays by small business owners like

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  • December 5, 2020