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Photos show long lines outside stores like Best Buy and GameStop on Black Friday, despite the CDC labelling in-store shopping as a 'higher-risk' activity

Long lines formed outside Best Buy, GameStop, and other stores on Black Friday 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay Photos and local news reports indicate shoppers formed long lines outside stores like Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, and Foot Locker on Black Friday 2020.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classified Black Friday shopping as a "higher-risk" activity due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases across the country.  Still, many malls and outlets appeared to see significantly few...
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Photos show just how empty stores are on a Black Friday unlike any other

A short line forms outside an Express store at a mall in Toledo, Ohio. Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images Stores were noticeably empty this Black Friday, as coronavirus cases continue to spike nationwide.  The flagship Macy's location New York City — typically one of the busiest stores on Black Friday — didn't see the familiar crowds of shoppers and tourists. Many large retailers like Target and Walmart extended Black Friday sales across multiple days or weeks, and shorten store hours to discour...
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College students weigh the risk of returning home for Thanksgiving

LauriPatterson/Getty Images Many college campuses nationwide saw outbreaks of coronavirus when the university community returned for the school year in the fall and cases spiked in a matter of days of reopening. Now, students on and off these campuses are weighing the risks of being home for the upcoming US holiday.   College students told Business Insider their plans for the holiday as they try to keep themselves and their families safe.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more storie...
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Retail workers may face a higher risk than shoppers of catching COVID-19 on Black Friday, even as stores like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy increase safety measures

Go Nakamura/Reuters Retail workers may face a higher risk than shoppers of catching COVID-19 on Black Friday and during the extended holiday shopping season. Workers spend more time than shoppers in enclosed spaces, where the virus thrives, and are likely to come into contact with multiple people during their shifts.  Walmart, Target, and Best Buy have detailed their plans to keep shoppers safe. The companies did not respond to requests for comment on any additional plans to protect worke...
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'You should fly': Southwest Airlines CEO said traveling by plane is safe, despite the CDC and infectious disease experts warning against air travel

Southwest Airlines CEO and Chairman Gary Kelly. Lawrence Jenkins/Getty Images Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said said passengers "should fly" during the coronavirus pandemic in a recent interview with Axios.  Kelly said air cabins recirculate and filter air well, but public health experts say patrons can still contract the virus in crowded airports and sitting near sick passengers. About one million Americans traveled on airplanes the weekend before Thanksgiving, going against the US C...
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I used Amazon's new pharmacy to get my medication. Here's how it works.

Here's what it's like to use Amazon Pharmacy. Allana Akhtar/Business Insider Amazon just opened a pharmacy, allowing shoppers to get prescription drugs delivered with no delivery fee. Here's all the steps I took to get my prescription medication delivered to me through Amazon. I learned the company does not yet offer 90-day fills, nor does it automatically refill prescriptions. Amazon said free delivery would take five days for my script because I am not a Prime member. Visit Busin...
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Pfizer just asked the FDA to authorize its coronavirus vaccine, a critical step before it can be given to more people

The first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore receiving an injection. University of Maryland School of Medicine/AP Photo Pfizer and BioNTech requested that the US Food and Drug Administration review their coronavirus vaccine for emergency authorization, they announced Friday. The vaccine was found to be 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 in a late-stage trial. The FDA has said it might ...
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Pfizer is about to ask the FDA to authorize its coronavirus vaccine, a critical step before it can be given to more people

The first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, receives an injection. University of Maryland School of Medicine/AP Photo Pfizer and BioNTech are about to request that the US Food and Drug Administration review their coronavirus vaccine for emergency authorization. The vaccine was 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 in a late-stage trial. The FDA has said it might take weeks to review the...
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Facebook, Twitter, and Google are uniting to stop vaccine misinformation from spreading online

A clinical trial volunteer participates in Johnson & Johnson's study to test a coronavirus vaccine. Janssen Facebook, Twitter, and Google are all teaming up, in partnership with Canada and the UK, to stop misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine from spreading online.  British fact checking charity Full Fact convened the group, and plans to launch an initial framework in January 2021. According to polls, some Americans are skeptic about getting a coronavirus vaccine.  Dr. Anthony F...
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Moderna's CEO says vaccines aren't a 'silver bullet,' people must still social distance and wear masks

Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel attends a meeting with President Donald Trump. Andrew Harnik/AP Images Wearing a mask and social distancing are the "best weapon" to control the virus, according to Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel. Bancel spoke at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum on Thursday.  Moderna recently announced that its experimental vaccine was 94.5% effective against the new coronavirus. Bancel said in a recent interview with Business Insider that the public will have access to a vaccine by...
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'You got me emotional': Joe Biden started tearing up after talking to a nurse about treating COVID-19 patients in ICU

Joe Biden and his son, Beau, in 2008. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images President-elect Joe Biden teared up when talking to an ICU nurse about her experience treating COVID-19 patients.  "You got me emotional," Biden said on a video call with frontline workers. "Anyone who spent significant time in ICU, like I did for months, ... observed the incredible mental strain on nurses in ICU units."  Biden's son, Beau, spent time in the ICU during his treatment for brain cancer. As coronavirus...
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800 nurses in Pennsylvania staged a walkout today to protest dangerous working conditions that they say are caused by understaffing

A nurse puts on her PPE before tending to a COVID-19 patient on October 21, 2020 in Essen, Germany. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images 800 nurses at St. Mary Medical Center, part of Trinity Health, near Philadelphia walked out Tuesday to protest hospital understaffing. About 42% of nurses nationwide said staffing has gotten "slightly or much worse recently," per a recent survey. One study in the Journal of Nursing Administration found adding 10% more nurses to hospitals can reduce the odds a patie...
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General Motors has recalled 51,000 Chevrolet Bolts for catching fire, and the NHTSA instructed owners to park cars 'outside and away from homes'

Chevrolet Bolt EV. Chevrolet General Motors announced a voluntary recall for 50,932 select Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the safest place to park cars until repair is "outside and away from homes." NHTSA confirmed five Chevrolet Bolt vehicle fires that caused two injuries and ignited a home. GM CEO Mary Barra plans to invest $20 billion on electric and autonomous vehicles by 2025. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories...
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DoorDash CEO Tony Xu says helping small businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic is part of why the company is filing to go public

DoorDash and Burma Bites. DoorDash DoorDash CEO Tony Xu said he founded his company to help small businesses, many of which shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic.  The National Bureau of Economic Research estimates one in five businesses have closed permanently as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. But some restaurants say food delivery apps charge high commissions that cut into profit. DoorDash filed for an initial public offering Friday. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more sto...
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Dozens of pharmacies, including those inside Walmart, Costco, and Kroger stores, will now be able to administer COVID vaccines when they're available

HHS: Pharmacists in CVS, Costco, Walmart, and Rite Aid will be able to provide the eventual COVID-19 vaccine. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images The US Department of Health and Human Services just announced a partnership with large pharmacy chains to distribute an eventual COVID-19 vaccine.  The list of chain pharmacies includes CVS, Costco, Walmart, Rite Aid, Publix, Walgreens and Kroger.  There is not currently an approved vaccine for the new coronavirus. Pfizer this week sai...
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Target is re-opening its looted Minneapolis store, adding a wider variety of spices and remodeling changes to improve its reputation with Black shoppers

Mark Makela/Getty Images A Target store in Minneapolis, looted during this summer's national unrest over police brutality, reopened on November 10.  Company executives met with Black residents and employees to take suggestions on how to improve the store to meet their needs, Bloomberg reported. Updates stemming from these conversations include adding more spice varieties and bringing the pharmacy to the front of the store to aid elderly customers.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for mo...
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Everything you need to know about Parler, the social-media app conservatives are flocking to and that's No. 1 on the App Store

Twitter; Paige Leskin/Business Insider Parler, a social-media app touted by Republican politicians and right-wing pundits, made it to the top of the App Store in the days following the 2020 election. The app, which brands itself as a "free speech" platform, has "no fact checkers," CEO John Matze told Forbes in June. When someone signs up, Parler recommends "promoted members" that include Sen. Ted Cruz, Sean Hannity, and Dinesh D'Souza. Parler has a "discover news" section that recommends ...
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Everything you need to know about Parler, the social media app conservatives are flocking to and that's currently No. 1 on the App Store

Twitter; Paige Leskin/Business Insider Parler, a social media app touted by Republican politicians and right-wing pundits, topped the App Store in the days following the 2020 election.  The app brands itself as a "free speech" platform, and CEO John Matze told Forbes there are "no fact checkers" on the app. Upon signing up, Parler recommends "promoted members," including Sen. Ted Cruz, Sean Hannity, and Dinesh D'Souza. Many promoted members have spread false information about the election...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, New York, News, Republicans, Trends, Social Media, Joe Biden, Tech News, Ted Cruz, New York Times, Bill Gates, Islam, Muslim


Here's how President-elect Joe Biden's corporate tax plan will impact big businesses

Former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech at the William Hicks Anderson Community Center, on July 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Mark Makela/Getty Images President-elect Joe Biden, who Insider and Decision Desk HQ project will get the 270 votes to secure the White House, said he would like to raise taxes on big corporations.  Biden pledged to raise the corporate tax rate to 28%, higher than the current rate, but lower than the one before Trump took office.  Biden's proposed tax ...
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CVS will become the biggest Fortune 500 company to be run by a woman as Karen Lynch becomes CEO

Karen Lynch, the former president of Aetna, will be CVS Health's next CEO. Aetna/Youtube CVS Health named Aetna President Karen Lynch as the company's new CEO, effective February 2021. Because CVS Health ranks fifth on the Fortune 500, the company will become the most valuable one led by a woman. CVS Health bought Aetna in 2018 for $70 billion. Lynch told Business Insider's Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer her vision as Aetna's leader was to help insurance members stay better on top of doctor vis...
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The US's workplace safety regulator just released guidance on how to ventilate offices to decrease the airborne spread of COVID-19

A Thai cleaner sprays disinfectant inside a meeting room of a Bangkok office as a preventive measure against the novel corona virus. Amphol Thongmueangluang/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the watchdog for workplace safety, just released guidance on how offices can better ventilate spaces to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 through small particles in the air. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said small CO...
Tags: Work, South Korea, Jobs, News, US, Trends, Strategy, Healthcare, Offices, Bangkok, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Vanderbilt University, OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Auckland University of Technology, Rachel Morrison


Most people are wearing N95s incorrectly when they fly. Here are 3 reason you should switch to a different mask for travel.

Passengers wearing face masks on board a plane at Geneva Airport. Valery Sharifulin/TASS via Getty Images All major US airlines and a growing number of airports are requiring that passengers wear face masks when they fly but not all masks are as effective as most people think. The N95 mask, while believed to be the gold standard, actually has some flaws when used outside of the healthcare setting. The average user isn't likely wearing a fitted mask, reducing its effectiveness, and an N95 m...
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Republican Ashley Hinson is projected to unseat Rep. Abby Finkenauer in Iowa's 1st Congressional District

  Republican Ashley Hinson is projected to win against Rep. Abby Finkenauer in Iowa's 1st Congressional District. Iowa's 1st Congressional District, a key swing district in 2020, encompasses the northeastern region of the state. Rep. Abby Finkenauer is the second-youngest woman to be elected to the House of Representatives, less than a year older than New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. See the live coverage and full results from all US House elections. In July 2020, Republican candidate As...
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Lowe's is giving $100 million in bonuses to frontline workers

Mario Tama/Getty Images Lowe's announced it will give all hourly frontline workers $100 million worth of bonuses on November 13, ahead of holiday season. Full-time hourly associates will receive $300, and part-time workers will get $150. The company will also hire 20,000 seasonal workers at stores and distribution centers. Lowe's may see a rise in online orders during the holidays. Sales made on Lowe's website increased by 135% year-over-year as of August. Visit Business Insider's homepag...
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RESULTS: Republican Karen Handel looks to regain House seat from incumbent Rep. Lucy McBath in Georgia's 6th Congressional District

  Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath defeated Karen Handel in 2018 in a tightly contested race which McBath won by just 1 percentage point in Georgia's 6th Congressional District. In 2017, Handel defeated Jon Ossoff in a special election to replace former Trump administration official Tom Price, which became the most expensive House election in history. Polls closed at 7 p.m. local time. McBath is the first nonwhite congressperson to represent Georgia's 6th Congressional District. See the live coverag...
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RESULTS: Rep. Abby Finkenauer faces off against Republican Ashley Hinson in Iowa's 1st Congressional District

  Iowa's 1st Congressional District, a key swing district in 2020, encompasses the northeastern region of the state. Rep. Abby Finkenauer is the second-youngest woman to be elected to the House of Representatives, less than a year older than New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. See the live coverage and full results from all US House elections. In July 2020, Republican candidate Ashley Hinson was accused by the New York Times of plagiarism. Hinson later apologized and blamed staff for the mi...
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Fox News website appears to briefly go down as states continue to count election votes

A map of user reports of issues with Fox News' website on Wednesday. DownDetector/OpenStreetMap Fox News' website, which the network said averaged 100 million monthly uniques in 2019, stopped displaying articles for around 30 minutes, users reported on Wednesday. DownDetector, a site that identifies online outages by collecting social media posts, reported that users began having problems accessing the Fox News website at 2:32 p.m. EST.  A Fox News spokesperson declined to comment on t...
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LIVE RESULTS: Rep. Abby Finkenauer faces off against Republican Ashley Hinson in Iowa's 1st Congressional District

  Iowa's 1st Congressional District, a key swing district in 2020, encompasses the northeastern region of the state. Rep. Abby Finkenauer is the second-youngest woman to be elected to the House of Representatives, less than a year older than New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. See the live coverage and full results from all US House elections. In July 2020, Republican candidate Ashley Hinson was accused by the New York Times of plagiarism. Hinson later apologized and blamed staff for the mi...
Tags: Politics, Congress, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Live, New York Times, Iowa, House Of Representatives, Republican, Donald Trump, Election 2020, Cedar Rapids, Hinson, US House, Sabato


LIVE RESULTS: Republican Karen Handel looks to regain House seat from incumbent Rep. Lucy McBath in Georgia's 6th Congressional District

  Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath defeated Karen Handel in 2018 in a tightly contested race which McBath won by just 1 percentage point in Georgia's 6th Congressional District. In 2017, Handel defeated Jon Ossoff in a special election to replace former Trump administration official Tom Price, which became the most expensive House election in history. Polls closed at 7 p.m. local time. See the live coverage and full results from all US House elections. McBath is the first nonwhite congressperson to ...
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Mars Wrigley warehouse workers say they're getting yelled at for washing their hands and wiping down equipment amid an $8 billion boom for candy this Halloween

Inside the battle to get hazard pay at a Mars Wrigley's warehouse. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Workers at an Illinois distribution center for candy maker Mars Wrigley have been demanding the company provide hazard pay and improve safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mars Wrigley produces popular candies like Twix, Skittles, and M&M's. Ahead of this Halloween, the National Confectioners Association reported a 25% increase in chocolate sales. Michael Samuel, a former worker...
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