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DPS Increases Enforcement for Thanksgiving Holiday

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging drivers to make safety a top priority this holiday, as increased travel can present additional challenges for drivers.

As part of the nationwide Operation CARE (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort) initiative, DPS Troopers will be increasing patrols beginning Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 29. DPS Troopers will be looking for drivers who violate the law, including those who are speeding, driving while intoxicated, failing to wear a seat belt, driving without insurance and not complying with the state’s Move Over, Slow Down law, among other traffic violations.

“As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, we want to remind every Texan of their duty to drive defensively and help keep our roadways safe,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The holidays may look different this year, but it is still up to each of us to

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  • November 23, 2020
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How to change or cancel flights during the pandemic

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  • A surge in COVID-19 cases across the US is encouraging would-be travelers to cancel their holiday flights.

  • Four major US airlines have eliminated change and cancel fees permanently, while others have travel waivers to make it easier to cancel when plans change.

  • Most airlines won’t offer a refund, however, unless a flight is canceled or there is a schedule change, so flyers should be strategic when they cancel. 

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The airline industry’s hope for an air travel resurgence during the holiday season may be dashed as some travelers are looking to avoid flying amid a coronavirus surge. 

Rising COVID-19 cases and new lockdown orders from governors across the US that limit how many people can be at Thanksgiving dinner are forcing travelers to rethink their holiday plans. And for some, that means staying off of airplanes, despite the industry’s push to

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  • November 23, 2020
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GE Is Buying Again. It Made Its First Acquisition Under CEO Larry Culp.

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Getting the balance sheet in better shape was an early goal laid out by CEO Larry Culp.


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General Electric

announced a health-care diagnostics acquisition on Friday. Ordinarily, a small deal wouldn’t mean much, but GE has been selling assets, lately, not buying them. It is also the first acquisition made by CEO Larry Culp.

General Electric (ticker: GE) is buying Prismatic Sensors, a Swedish start-up specializing in photon-counting detectors.Barron’s doesn’t know what those are, but they make CT scans better.

“We believe this technology has the potential to be a substantial step forward for CT imaging that will benefit millions of patients worldwide,” Kieran Murphy, CEO of GE Healthcare, said in the company’s news release. “GE Healthcare is committed to pioneering next generation technologies to achieve precision health and improve lives.”

Investors appeared to have been encouraged about what the deal signifies,

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  • November 23, 2020
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How to Navigate the Holidays In the Era of COVID



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When the country shut down back in March, you likely thought ‘Oh, a two-week quarantine? I’ve got this.’ But as your spring, summer, and fall plans were eventually canceled, you likely realized that social distancing, mask-wearing, and state-wide restrictions were going to be a fact of life for much longer.

The past year has ushered in Zoom weddings and drive-by birthday parties. And now, with the end of 2020 (finally) around the corner, this holiday season promises to be unlike any other as many people opt to stay at home or drastically limit the size of their gatherings. This could have negative psychological impacts, especially for people “who are isolated due to relationship status, health issues, or strict social-distancing preferences,” explains clinical psychologist Carla Marie Manly, Ph.D.




a young boy sitting at a table with food: The thought of navigating a season meant for celebration during the COVID-19 pandemic might leave you feeling pretty Scrooge-y. Here's how to make the most of it, while keeping safety in mind.


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  • November 23, 2020
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It’s 2020 so These Grandparents Sent Their Own Life-sized Cardboard Cutouts to Celebrate Thanksgiving

A Texan couple unable to make Thanksgiving have surprised their grandkids with life-sized cardboard cutouts made in their image to join them at the dinner table.

“My husband and I fall into the ‘vulnerable age’ category, so we made the decision a few weeks ago that we would not travel to either the Texas Hill Country where our son and family live or to California where our daughter’s family live,” Missy Buchanan told Newsweek.

Instead, the Rockwall couple brainstormed a creative way in which they could still celebrate the holiday with their grandchildren.

“With the rising COVID numbers, we thought it was a good opportunity to show younger generations that we could have fun ‘celebrating’ even though we were not together physically,” Missy explained.

“For us, it’s all in the attitude… and we chose to bring some laughter to a challenging situation. So my husband and I took a

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  • November 23, 2020
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Holiday dos and don’ts of a COVID-19 Thanksgiving

(Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that with the rapidly increasing number of coronavirus cases, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to postpone travel and celebrate with the people who live at home with you.

If you plan to travel by bus, train or plane in circumstances that might make staying 6 feet (2 meters) apart difficult – or are traveling with people who do not live with you – the CDC urges considering making other plans, such as hosting a virtual gathering or delaying your travel.

IF YOU DO TRAVEL…

* Check travel restrictions before you go.

* Get your flu shot before you travel.

* Always wear a mask in public settings, when using public transportation, and when around people who do not live with you. Wear a mask with two or more layers to help protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

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  • November 23, 2020
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We only have to do this once. How to celebrate the holidays alone

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Gobble gobble. Oh, wait, I was muted. (Photo illustration by Micah Fluellen / Los Angeles Times / Getty)

Many of us are about to spend the holidays the same way we spent most of 2020: at home.

If you’re one of the people planning to hit the road for Thanksgiving travel, the CDC is asking you to reconsider. L.A. County reported more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, shattering the previous record. The state is imposing a limited curfew. Most of California is back in the purple tier.

In the interest of forgoing this holiday season together in order to ensure many more with our extended families, let’s focus on the good news. Though it might be hard to believe right now, as things get so grim, the promising vaccine developments suggest the proverbial tunnel finally has a light at the end of it. We

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  • November 23, 2020
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‘It’s going to be busy.’ How to navigate Charlotte’s airport during the holiday season

People flying through Charlotte Douglas International Airport could be in for packed lines this week, as the airport prepares to see its busiest days of travel since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The busiest single day of travel during the Thanksgiving holiday is expected to be this coming Sunday, with 22,000 passengers starting their travel from Charlotte, CLT chief operating officer Jack Christine said in a recent news conference at the airport.

Nov. 24, 25 and 28 are expected to be other high-traffic days around the Thanksgiving holiday, with roughly 17,000 passengers leaving Charlotte. Those numbers don’t include the “tens of thousands” of people flying through the airport with connecting flights every day, according to airport officials.

But those holiday travel numbers are still much lower than last year’s passenger tally. In 2019, the Charlotte airport averaged 33,000 to 38,000 people starting their travels out of CLT per day.

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  • November 23, 2020
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Travel bosses warn that cutting quarantine will not be enough to save the industry

The reduction of the quarantine period from 14 days to five will offer a timely boost for holidaymakers – but tour operators have warned they will not be able to offer trips to “high-risk” destinations unless the Foreign Office (FCDO) changes its travel advice. 

Currently, countries not on the travel corridor list – such as South Africa, Brazil and Mexico – are subject to an FCDO warning against “non-essential” travel, and tour operators, which have a duty of care to protect their customers, will not offer trips against FCDO advice.

Edward Paine, managing director of adventure specialists Last Frontiers, said: “I welcome any reduction in the length of quarantine, and using testing to do this safely makes perfect sense. It will definitely help Christmas and New Year bookings where time off can be a limiting factor. However, we still need the FCDO to remove its Covid-related advice against non-essential travel.

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  • November 23, 2020
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The best post-lockdown breaks to book now

Lockdown is set to end on December 2, with the three-tier system reinstated with additional restrictions. For many, this means the blanket ban on travel abroad will be lifted. Previously, travel was allowed in all three tiers but advised against in the highest tier. More details on the return to the tier system, and which areas of England will fall into which tier, are expected this week. For now, find four of the best post-lockdown options for a quarantine-free holiday below.

Dubai 

With the recent addition of the UAE to the travel corridor list, Dubai should be back in business come December. Travellers from the UK are asked to arrive with a recent negative PCR test result, with the option of taking a test on arrival. The emirate’s desert glitz makes for quite a contrast after a drab month at home. Amp up the glamour further with a stay at

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  • November 23, 2020