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It’s the Winter of Backcountry. Here’s How to Start Safely.

Just an hour from Seattle lies Snoqualmie Pass, home to several ski areas and vast backcountry skiing terrain. The ski tour to Pineapple Pass is a classic for its quality terrain and gorgeous setting. Starting from the parking lot of the Alpental Ski Area, you ski up following the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River into Pineapple Basin. The basin is ringed by the thousand-foot walls of Bryant Peak, Hemlock Peak and the Tooth. It is a spectacular landscape.

After skinning up Pineapple Pass (the upper section can be wind loaded and avalanche-prone), there are views to the south of the massive profile of Mount Rainier. The scenery is rewarding enough, but another highlight awaits on the 1,800-vertical foot ski descent back the way that you came. “The ski touring is moderate but the terrain is spectacular,” said Mr. Volken. There are many options for expanding the tour to venture

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  • November 27, 2020

Walmart’s best Black Friday deals: Here’s what to shop when sales go live at 7 p.m. on Nov. 25, 2020

With Black Friday just a couple of days away, Walmart wants to make sure shoppers know what deals they can expect to find online and in-store.

Shoppers will find the latest gaming consoles, as well as plenty of other electronics at discounted prices. They will also find deals on home items, clothes, toys and more.

The store opens some of its Black Friday shopping online at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Some of the other deals will begin at midnight on Friday, Nov. 27 and in stores at 5 a.m. the same day.

This year, Walmart launched a brand new way for shoppers to find the best deals during the holiday season. They called it Black Friday Deals for Days. They released three separate savings events over the month of November to help shoppers to find more chances to save.

Shoppers will have the option to pick up

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  • November 26, 2020

Here’s why Thanksgiving is always on the fourth Thursday of November

Thursday is a weird day for a holiday, right? Sure, some companies give their employees the Friday after Thanksgiving off, but many don’t, which means Americans across the country are lugging their turkey-filled bodies back to work after inhaling every piece of food in sight the day before.

A famed publisher even wrote to President Herbert Hoover in 1929, asking him to *please* move the holiday to Friday so we all get a three-day weekend for “thanksgiving, rest, pleasure and recreation” – amen, F.B. Haviland.

Historians don’t know exactly which day the “first Thanksgiving” between the Pilgrims and Native Americans fell on — and it actually happened in October, not November, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. So why do we observe Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November?

Thanksgiving 2020: CDC recommends that Americans don’t travel for Thanksgiving

History: What you learned about the ‘first Thanksgiving’ isn’t true. Here’s the

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  • November 25, 2020

Elon Musk is now the world’s second-richest person. Here’s how the billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO went from getting bullied as a child to becoming one of the most successful and controversial men in tech.

Elon Musk
Elon Musk. Steve Nesius/Reuters
  • Elon Musk has had a tumultuous yet successful life. 

  • He was bullied as a child but ultimately attended an Ivy League university before going on to become the CEO of two companies, Tesla and SpaceX, and the founder of three more.

  • He’s also been married three times and has triplets and twins. He recently had another baby with his girlfriend, the musician Grimes. 

  • But Musk also courts controversy, especially on Twitter. The tech billionaire has been outspoken about the coronavirus crisis, questioning the severity of the outbreak and urging for business to resume.

  • Now, Musk has hit a new milestone: His net worth has skyrocketed to $128 billion as Tesla’s stock surged.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

It seems like there’s nothing Elon Musk won’t try. 

As CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, founder of The Boring Company, and cofounder of OpenAI and Neuralink, Musk

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  • November 24, 2020

COVID-19 testing wait times have increased in Spokane County, here’s why

Here’s a hint: Thanksgiving travel.

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash — Spokane medical professionals say they are swamped with COVID-19 testing, which would make sense since the cases keep rising. However, the people coming in for testing are not always sick.

Many people without symptoms are trying to get tested for travel purposes, according to health providers. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, urgent care sites are having to shut down early due to the massive influx of people.

The Department of Health is discouraging certain people from getting tested, and for good reason. Travelers without symptoms seeking tests are clogging up testing sites, according to four separate clinics in Spokane County. 

The health providers say healthy people are coming in to get clearance to travel for their Thanksgiving plans.

It is “insane” right now, according to an employee at the Providence Urgent Care in Downtown Spokane. The increase of people over

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  • November 23, 2020

Here’s where you can buy popular face mask styles for 2020

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

By now you’ve been stocking up on comfortable face masks to wear when you go out in public (especially with coronavirus cases surging), and maybe even some holiday styles. Here, we’ve highlighted our favorites from popular fashion brands and reputable stores, including options for kids to wear to school or for you to wear to work and companies that donate a percentage of each purchase to coronavirus-related charities. 

Below, you’ll also find the face masks that CNET readers love most, which we measured from previous clickthrough data. And if you’re wondering what CNET editors are wearing, we show those off, too.

Read more: 8 dangerous COVID-19 face mask myths you need to stop believing

Face mask tips to remember

  • Cotton face mask options may be the most
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  • November 21, 2020

Here’s what to know in South Florida on November 19

We’re keeping track of the latest news regarding the coronavirus in South Florida and around the state. Check back for updates throughout the day.

Florida adds 9,085 new COVID-19 cases, nearly 2,000 in Miami-Dade

4:30 p.m.: Florida’s Department of Health on Thursday confirmed 9,085 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s known total to 914,333. Also, 79 resident deaths were announced, bringing the resident death toll to 17,810.

Miami-Dade accounted for 1,945 additional confirmed cases and seven new deaths.

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Key West approves strict mask law

On Oct. 16, 2020, at Mallory Square in Key West, some wore masks outside while others didn’t.
On Oct. 16, 2020, at Mallory Square in Key West, some wore masks outside while others didn’t.

4 p.m.: Key West city commissioners voted unanimously to make wearing a mask outdoors the law on the island as they, once again, made a local mask ordinance tougher at a special meeting on Thursday morning.

The retooled law says everyone over age

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  • November 20, 2020

I’m a Doctor and Here’s How to Avoid Catching COVID-19

As coronavirus cases and hospitalizations hit record numbers, you’re being told that being outdoors is better than indoors. But is it safe to go outside? How do you know you won’t get the virus? How do you become infected with COVID-19? What can you do to stay safe? As a doctor, I’m asked these questions all the time. Here are the top ways to avoid catching coronavirus. Note that there is no way to actually NEVER catch the virus, but there are sensible actions you can take to considerably decrease your risk. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.

1. Remember: You’re Safest at Home. But You’re Safer Outdoors Than in an Enclosed Space That’s Not Your Home

woman outdoor wearing medical face mask, social distancing, sitting on a bench, isolated from other people
woman outdoor wearing medical face mask, social distancing, sitting on a bench, isolated from other people

You’re safest

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  • November 16, 2020

Kansas universities are sending students home for Thanksgiving in a pandemic. Here’s how. – News – Salina Journal

WICHITA — In just a week, thousands of college students in Kansas will board planes and hop into cars, daydreaming of sweet potatoes and turkey legs.

Most of those students won’t return to campus for the rest of the semester. To cut the risk of spreading the coronavirus, the majority of universities in Kansas will have students finish the fall semester online.

Even one-way Thanksgiving trips, health experts worry, could mean trouble when all those students return home, pack around holiday feasts, pass the gravy and hug an uncle or a grandma they haven’t seen for months.

One study found that student travel during spring break led to the local spread of the coronavirus. Now that the virus is surging across Kansas, the mass exodus from college campuses could make the spread even worse.

Here’s what Kansas six universities are — or aren’t — telling students before they leave to

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  • November 15, 2020

Traveling for the holidays? Here’s what you need to know in New York | News

ALBANY (TNS) — If you’re traveling outside of New York for the holidays, or have friends and family coming here from another state, make sure you know the coronavirus restrictions in place.

As cases rise here and around the nation, New York recently updated its travel advisory guidance allowing non-essential visitors to the Empire State to “test out” of the otherwise mandatory 14-day quarantine by presenting a negative COVID-19 test — but even that option comes with a caveat.

Whether you are a resident of the state or simply coming to visit, these quarantine measures apply to you when entering New York:

• Coming from Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Connecticut? You do not have to quarantine or submit a negative COVID-19 test.

• Are you an essential worker coming to New York from out of state? Same deal — you do not need to quarantine or provide test results.

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  • November 14, 2020