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As a child in Nepal, Hayden Brown watched carefully as her mother ran a women's empowerment program while her father dedicated himself to community development in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 2:20 pm.

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U.S. says it is open to extending G20 debt framework to other countries.

The United States is open to extending a joint framework for debt treatment agreed Friday by G20 finance officials for the world's poorest countries to include middle-income countries and small island states, a senior U.S. Treasury official said.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 2:10 pm.

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Austria prepares tighter coronavirus restrictions as cases soar.

Austria was preparing on Friday to introduce tougher restrictions aimed at slowing a surge in coronavirus infections, with media reporting measures ranging from closing shopping centres to a full lockdown as in spring.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 2:05 pm.

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'That's crazy': Kylie tops chart in five decades as 'Disco' hits No.1.

Australian singer Kylie Minogue made what she called a "crazy" slice of pop music history on Friday, becoming the first female artist to have number one albums in Britain across five decades as "Disco" topped the charts.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 2:05 pm.

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Wall Street Week Ahead: Stock investors cast wary eye on yield rally.

As Treasury yields rally to multi-month highs, some investors are gauging how a more sustained rise could impact equity markets.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 1:55 pm.

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Airlines ban passengers who refuse to mask up. What about airports?

Airports in locations that have mask requirements do have the authority to cite, ticket, or, in some cases, eject travelers that fail to comply.

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 1:54 pm.

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French prosecutors: Nice church attack and teacher's beheading are linked.

The man suspected of knifing to death three people in a church in the French city of Nice had on his telephone pictures of the man who beheaded a middle school teacher near Paris 13 days earlier, prosecutors said on Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 1:50 pm.

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Canadians have to tamp down COVID-19 to save Christmas, PM Trudeau says.

Canadians have time to tamp down the surging second wave of COVID-19 by Christmas if they act now, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday, as he urged provincial leaders to impose more health restrictions for the second time this week.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 1:35 pm.

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A jail worker got COVID-19 after a 'superspreader' wedding. It caused an outbreak infecting 48 inmates.

The staffer who is believed to have brought COVID-19 into the jail, triggering an outbreak, worked five days while symptomatic, a CDC report says.

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 1:34 pm.

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Italy extends lockdowns to more regions, tightens curbs.

Restrictions aimed at slowing a surge in coronavirus cases will be extended in various Italian regions, with both Tuscany and Campania set to be designated as high-risk "red zones", the health ministry said on Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 1:25 pm.

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Analysis: Battered value bulls wary as vaccine news fuels cheap stock surge.

A long period of underperformance for value stocks has frustrated Mike Mullaney, whose firm's investing style is "all value, all the time."

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 1:15 pm.

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Texas AG Ken Paxton sued for allegedly abusing office, retaliating against whistleblowers.

Paxton abused his office to benefit himself, a campaign donor and a woman with whom he was reportedly having an affair, per the suit.

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 1:15 pm.

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PM Johnson aide Cummings will continue to work until mid-December.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top adviser Dominic Cummings will continue to work until mid-December, and another senior aide will serve as temporary chief of staff, Johnson's office said on Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 1:10 pm.

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Eta, Theta and now Iota? Tropical depression forecast to approach Central America as a hurricane next week.

Once the tropical depression's winds reach 39 mph, it will be named Iota, the record 30th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 1:07 pm.

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Michigan governor files lawsuit to terminate Enbridge Line 5 easement.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer informed Enbridge on Friday that it is terminating the easement that allows the Canadian pipeline company to operate its Line 5 pipelines below the Straits of Mackinac.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 1:00 pm.

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Could Energy Bring Lebanon And Israel Together?

By most perspectives, Trump has been a hands-off president in the foreign policy arena, with the visible exception of antagonizing Iran and fostering a withdrawal from - and then an about-face return to - Syria, where U.S. troops are now standing guard around northern Syria’s Kurdish-area oil to keep it from getting into Assad’s hands (it does, anyway). In some respects, that hands-off, zero-geopolitical-deep-state way of thinking from purely a foreign policy perspective has been a relief. In some respects, it has led to some accidental…

Published by OilPrice.com at November 13, 2020 1:00 pm.

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Surge In COVID Cases Counters Oil Market Optimism.

While much of the media attention has been on the recent Pfizer vaccine success, COVID cases are surging and new lockdowns are coming into effect, weighing further on oil prices For Global Energy Alert members there are now two new free reports available in your dashboard. The first of these reports is on how to interpret stock charts and the second outlines the three biggest mistakes made by traders today. Make sure you become a member to read these reports and many more.Friday, November 13th, 2020Oil prices surged early in the week on enormously…

Published by OilPrice.com at November 13, 2020 1:00 pm.

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Betting On A Rebound In Oil Drilling.

For those of us that pay attention to the Baker Hughes Rig Count, as all energy investors should, it has been an interesting month or so. After one of the most precipitous falls in the number of active rigs in America ever, the rig count bottomed out towards the end of July and has now started climbing again.As you can see from the chart above, we are still way below the highs, and even the average, but it is now clear that the closures were a bit overdone and there is a clear upward trend emerging. That is good news for energy investors, but it…

Published by OilPrice.com at November 13, 2020 1:00 pm.

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An Uneasy Peace Between Armenia And Azerbaijan.

Politics, Geopolitics & Conflict The Armenian government has signed what it has referred to as a “painful” agreement with Russia and Azerbaijan to end the war over the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh. Under the deal, Azerbaijan will retain areas of Nagorno-Karabakh that it has taken during the ongoing conflict. Armenia has agreed to withdraw from several other adjacent areas over the next few weeks. The deal sparked celebrations in Azerbaijan and protests in Armenia, while Michael Carpenter, an adviser to U.S. president-elect…

Published by OilPrice.com at November 13, 2020 1:00 pm.

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Oil Demand Revised Down Once Again.

1\. Oil rallies on vaccine hopes- The oil bulls returned this week on the extraordinary news that a potential coronavirus vaccine is not only effective but could be widely available by the second quarter of 2021. - WTI surged 9% in just a few hours and seesawed the rest of the week, but now looks steady above $40 per barrel. - The rally was accentuated by the fact that investors have recently sold off oil, trading out of bullish positions. “The excessive investor skepticism, and their previous unbridled optimism, are often good counter-indicators,”…

Published by OilPrice.com at November 13, 2020 1:00 pm.

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Will A Vaccine Reinvigorate Oil Markets?

U.S. West Texas Intermediate is trading lower on Friday. The catalysts behind the selling pressure are fears over skyrocketing COVID-19 cases and their negative effect on the global demand recovery. Nonetheless, the market remains on track to finish higher for a second consecutive week, helped by vaccine hopes. Bullish News This week’s strength was primarily driven by data that showed an experimental COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer Inc and Germany’s BioNTech was 90% effective. Also providing support was the notion that OPEC+…

Published by OilPrice.com at November 13, 2020 1:00 pm.

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New coronavirus cases drop sharply in France's second week of lockdown.

New coronavirus infections and hospital admissions for COVID-19 dropped sharply at the end of the second week of a new nationwide confinement in France, health ministry data showed on Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 12:50 pm.

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U.S. condemns 'massacre of civilians' in Ethiopia's Tigray.

The U.S. State Department's top diplomat for Africa on Friday denounced the killing of civilians in a conflict between federal and local troops in Ethiopia's Tigray region.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 12:45 pm.

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October 2020 was fourth-warmest October on record, NOAA and NASA report.

October 2020 was the fourth warmest October since global record keeping began in 1880, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, NCEI, reported November 13. The only warmer Octobers occurred in 2015, 2019, and 2018. NASA also rated the month as ...

Published by Yale Climate Connections at November 13, 2020 12:44 pm.

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Death of Belarus protester sparks unrest and threat of more EU sanctions.

Thousands of people took to the streets of Minsk and other Belarusian cities on Friday, after a 31-year-old anti-government protester died in hospital following what demonstrators said was a severe beating by security forces.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 12:40 pm.

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The Price Of Permian Acreage Has Slumped By 67% After Oil Price Crash.

Due to the oil price collapse earlier this year, the price for drilling rights in the Permian basin has plunged by 67 percent since 2018, setting the stage for more mergers and acquisitions across the U.S. shale patch, Rystad Energy said in an analysis this week. The Permian has seen a more significant reduction in valuations per acre than other shale basins, based on historical deal price comparisons, the energy research firm said. The most recent deals in the Permian were made with little to no acquisition premiums, with an average price…

Published by OilPrice.com at November 13, 2020 12:30 pm.

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Italy reports record 40,902 daily coronavirus cases, 550 deaths.

Italy has registered a record 40,902 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Friday, up from 37,978 on Thursday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 12:20 pm.

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U.S. Oil Rig Count Rises For The Eighth Week In A Row.

Baker Hughes reported on Friday that the number of oil rigs in the United States rose by 10 to 236—the eighth week of oil rig additions. The total number of active oil and gas rigs increased for the week by 12, with oil rigs rising by 10 and gas rigs rising by 2. Total oil and gas rigs in the United States are now down by 494 compared to this time last year. The EIA’s estimate for oil production in the United States held fast in the week ending November 6—at 10.5 million barrels of oil per day in the most recent reporting period,…

Published by OilPrice.com at November 13, 2020 12:14 pm.

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Is it ethical to recommend travel while the world is in the grips of a second COVID-19 wave?

We're deep inside a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prices are low, but the risks are high. Should anyone be recommending travel right now?

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 12:05 pm.

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Nio stock falls after short-seller Citron targets EV maker.

Shares of electric vehicle maker Nio Inc reversed course to trade lower on Friday after short-seller Citron Research recommended investors to sell the stock, citing pricing pressure posed by bigger rival Tesla Inc in the Chinese market.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 11:50 am.

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Liverpool's Salah tests positive for coronavirus, says Egyptian FA.

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has tested positive for the coronavirus on the eve of Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo, the Egyptian Football Association said on Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 11:40 am.

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Thyssenkrupp considers carve-out of ailing steel unit: minister.

Thyssenkrupp is considering carving out its steel division to seek state aid from Germany's economic stabilisation fund in a bid to rescue the ailing business, a senior policymaker said on Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 11:30 am.

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VW boosts investment in electric and autonomous car technology to $86 billon.

Volkswagen has raised its planned investment on digital and electric vehicle technologies to 73 billion euros ($86 billion) over the next five years as it seeks to hold onto its crown as the world's largest carmaker in a new green era.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 11:25 am.

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Southwest Airlines says holiday bookings are slowing again after latest wave of COVID-19.

Southwest says it now sees a slowdown in bookings, adding to fears that the new wave of COVID-19 infections will hurt holiday travel demand.

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 11:24 am.

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What Portfolio Changes Should You Make Post-Election?

Short answer? None. Longer answer: “For the most part, none of this is something that people should use as a basis for changing their portfolios,” but you should listen to the full interview to get the rest. (Charts referenced can be found here) Audio below Previously: Why politics and investing…

Published by The Big Picture at November 13, 2020 11:18 am.

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Turkey fines Google $26 million for abusing market position: competition board.

The Turkish Competition Board has fined Google 196.7 million lira ($26 million) after ruling it was abusing its market dominance, a statement by the board said on Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 11:15 am.

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Ford CEO says carmaker now eyes making own EV batteries.

Ford Motor Co has reversed course and is now considering making its own battery cells as sales volumes of electric vehicles rise around the world, the automaker's top executive said on Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 11:10 am.

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K-pop's TXT sing of pandemic's toll on the young in 'We Lost the Summer'

K-pop boy band TOMORROW X TOGETHER (TXT) describe their latest EP as a teen account of how the pandemic shattered their world, and they hope it resonates with young people everywhere.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 11:10 am.

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Russia detains Aeroflot executive on suspicion of passing secrets to Britain: Russian news agencies.

Russian security services have detained a London-based executive of flagship airline Aeroflot on suspicion of passing state secrets to Britain, Russian news agencies reported, citing sources.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 11:05 am.

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Restaurants and stores are struggling to survive amid COVID-19. So why are many boosting spending, hiring workers?

Companies are ramping up capital spending despite the COVID-19 downturn, boosting hiring and bolstering the recovery.

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 11:02 am.

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Iraq's Latest Attempt To Corner Asian Oil Markets.

Every new crisis is a formidable opportunity to try new things, oftentimes merely to have another go with methods that have failed in the past but should work better now. Cognizant of the pricing developments in the Asian market, the Iraqi state oil marketing company SOMO has announced that from 2021 onwards it would introduce a new medium sour grade to its set of available grades – Basrah Medium. The concept of Basrah Medium is by no means a complete novelty, it has been mooted for more than 2 years already as a necessary step to mitigate…

Published by OilPrice.com at November 13, 2020 11:00 am.

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Ethiopians fleeing to Sudan describe air strikes, machete killings in Tigray.

Civilians fleeing fighting in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region described bombing by government jets, shooting on the streets and killings by machete, as they joined thousands of refugees crossing into neighbouring Sudan.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 10:54 am.

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Indian and Pakistani troops exchange fire, at least 15 dead.

At least 10 civilians and five security personnel were killed in cross-border shelling between India and Pakistan on Friday, in one of this year's deadliest days along the heavily militarised frontier separating the nuclear-armed rivals, officials said.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 10:50 am.

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Corpses and burnt-out cars line Karabakh road as Russian troops deploy.

Corpses of ethnic Armenian soldiers lined stretches of a mountain road in Nagorno-Karabakh on Friday as Russian peacekeepers in trucks and armoured personnel carriers moved in after a peace deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 10:45 am.

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Refugee exodus to Sudan swells as war crimes feared in Ethiopia's Tigray.

The United Nations voiced concern on Friday that the conflict between Ethiopian government forces and insurgent northern leaders could spiral out of control and said war crimes may already have been committed.

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Vegetables lift U.S. producer prices; trend remains moderate.

U.S. producer prices increased for a sixth straight month in October amid more expensive food and gasoline, but the trend remained moderate, supporting views of tame inflation given labor market slack and a resurgence in new coronavirus cases.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 10:40 am.

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10 burning questions for the second half of the NFL regular season.

From the playoff push to the MVP race, the second half of the NFL season will feature plenty of intriguing developments.

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 10:33 am.

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PDVSA Chief Goes to Russia To "Deepen Ties"

The head of Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA, Asdrubal Chavez, and Venezuelan vice-president and economy minister Delcy Rodriguez are visiting Russia today to "deepen strategic alliances," Reuters reported, citing a statement issued by the Venezuelan information ministry. Russia's Interfax reported the Venezuelan delegation will meet with Russian entrepreneurs during their visit. Russia, along with China, is one of very few allies the government in Caracas has left. State energy giant Rosneft had a joint venture with PDVSA for years before it…

Published by OilPrice.com at November 13, 2020 10:30 am.

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Kim Ng hired by Marlins as general manager, becoming first woman to hold that post in baseball.

Kim Ng, who served as a high-ranking executive in baseball for more than 30 years, made history Friday when she was named GM of the Marlins.

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 10:22 am.

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Vale, Chinese port sign $651 million deal on iron ore storage, processing.

Brazil's Vale and China's Ningbo Zhoushan Port <601018.SS> have signed a deal to invest around 4.3 billion yuan ($650.6 million) in iron ore storage and processing facilities in Zhejiang, a local government statement said on Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 10:20 am.

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Sweden reports record 5,990 new COVID-19 cases as second wave strikes.

Sweden, whose unorthodox virus-fighting strategy has garnered global attention, registered a record 5,990 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest since the start of the pandemic, Health Agency statistics showed.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 10:10 am.

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Americans are concerned about blue light as screen time increases during pandemic. What experts say.

A July survey suggests Americans are becoming more concerned about blue light from digital devices, but what is blue light and can it be dangerous?

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 10:03 am.

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Oil Price Crash Costs Saudi Arabia $27.5 Billion In Revenue In 2020.

The oil price collapse is depriving Saudi Arabia of US$27.5 billion in oil revenues this year, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Friday, admitting that the current oil income is not enough to cover the Kingdom’s salaries bill. Saudi Arabia had projected last year that this year’s revenues for the state would be US$222 billion (833 billion Saudi riyals), of which US$137 billion (513 billion riyals) would come from oil, the crown prince said in a speech carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. However, after the…

Published by OilPrice.com at November 13, 2020 10:00 am.

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WeWork losses mount but sees 'seismic shift' in office leasing to its favor.

WeWork Companies LLC's revenue declined but its cash burn slowed in the third quarter, a company memo showed on Thursday, as management expressed confidence the shared-workplace provider can weather the hit to the global office sector from COVID-19.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 9:50 am.

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Counties with Big Ten, Big 12 schools see bigger increases in COVID-19 cases.

As college football struggles to contain the coronavirus, cases in counties with Power Five programs are significantly outpacing the national rise.

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 9:32 am.

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Enbridge Gets More Permits For Line 3.

Enbridge received a set of permits from Minnesota regulators that will allow it to push ahead with its Line 3 replacement project, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said. The agency noted it had placed stringent environmental protection conditions on the permits. "The MPCA has used sound science and thorough analysis to ensure that necessary safeguards are in place to protect Minnesota's waters. The 401 certification requires Enbridge to meet Minnesota's extensive water quality standards instead of lower federal standards," said Laura Bishop,…

Published by OilPrice.com at November 13, 2020 9:30 am.

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Serious injuries reported in explosion at VA hospital in West Haven.

There have been serious injuries in an explosion at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Connecticut, an official said Friday.

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 9:29 am.

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5 strategies to help busy families holiday shop without the stress.

Knock out your shopping for gifts, gadgets, groceries and more with a little help from Walmart+.

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 9:23 am.

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Bullard: 'Household level' virus spread may require new 'education initiative'

The coronavirus may be spreading faster now "at the household level" rather than in business settings, and a new U.S. push for changes in personal behavior may be needed to control it, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said on Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 9:10 am.

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China approves Shanghai Fosun's unit to run human testing for BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine.

Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group said on Friday that its unit has received clinical trial approval from China's National Medical Products Administration for a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by German firm BioNTech.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 9:05 am.

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Michigan AG details extremist plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer, including plan to burn Capitol building.

“Plan A” wasn’t just storming the Michigan Capitol and taking hostages, as officials have already said publicly.

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 9:01 am.

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DoorDash shows surge in revenue growth, profitable quarter in IPO filing.

DoorDash Inc, the U.S. food delivery startup backed by SoftBank Group Corp <9984.T>, made public on Friday its regulatory filing for a listing on the New York Stock Exchange, setting the stage for a blockbuster IPO before the end of the year.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 9:00 am.

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Saudi Arabia Says It Foiled Houthi Attack On Oil Facility.

Saudi Arabia has thwarted a planned attack with explosives against an oil products terminal near the border with Yemen, the Kingdom said early on Friday, adding that the attempted attack was the deed of the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen. Saudi forces intercepted and destroyed on Wednesday evening two unmanned boats carrying explosives to a floating offloading platform that belongs to an oil products terminal at the port city of Jizan in southwestern Saudi Arabia just north of the border with Yemen, the official Saudi Press Agency reported…

Published by OilPrice.com at November 13, 2020 9:00 am.

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North Korean, Russian hackers target COVID-19 researchers: Microsoft.

Hackers working for the Russian and North Korean governments have targeted more than half a dozen organizations involved in COVID-19 treatment and vaccine research around the globe, Microsoft said on Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 8:50 am.

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SEC charges former Wells Fargo CEO and top executive with misleading investors over sales practices.

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged former Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf and community bank chief Carrie Tolstedt with misleading investors, the watchdog announced Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 8:45 am.

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NY Fed's Williams: U.S. economy still in 'deep hole' and rising infections pose risk.

The U.S. economy is on a positive trajectory, but it is still in a "deep hole" and a rise in coronavirus infections could slow growth, New York Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams said Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 8:40 am.

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Latam ecommerce giant MercadoLibre is not currently an acquisition target: CEO.

MercadoLibre Inc , Latin America's largest ecommerce company which has experienced dramatic growth due to COVID-19 lockdowns, is not being pursued by global rivals as an acquisition target, its chief executive told Reuters.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 8:20 am.

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Baptism by fire: Georgia Democratic challenger Warnock faces first TV attack in crucial U.S. Senate race.

Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia unleashed her first full-scale TV attack ads on Democratic challenger the Rev. Raphael Warnock on Thursday, as the final battle for control of the U.S. Senate intensifies ahead of their January runoff.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 8:20 am.

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COVID-19 infections are soaring. Lockdowns could be coming. A list of restrictions in your state.

As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise, states are halting reopening plans or imposing new coronavirus-related restrictions.

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 8:05 am.

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G20 agrees debt framework to help poor countries hit by COVID.

G20 finance ministers have agreed for the first time on a new joint framework for restructuring government debt, in anticipation that the coronavirus crisis will leave some poor countries in need of deep relief.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 8:05 am.

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Cooking Cocaine in Full View of Guards at Paraguay’s Largest Prison.

Cooking Cocaine in Full View of Guards at Paraguay’s Largest Prison
A drug kitchen was openly run by inmates inside Paraguay’s biggest prison, Tacumbú, in one of the clearest representations to date about how corruption has taken over the country’s penitentiary system.

Published by InSight Crime at November 13, 2020 8:03 am.

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Exclusive: Indonesia to start mass COVID-19 vaccination this year - President.

Indonesia has sought emergency authorisation to start a mass vaccination campaign by the end of the year to combat the coronavirus in the archipelago, the Southeast Asian nation's president said on Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 7:55 am.

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Lockdown 2.0: Food companies overhauled production to put more toilet paper, pasta sauce in stores.

When rumors first began to circulate that the UK would go back into lockdown, Leanne Barnes despaired as bread and toilet roll flew off the shelves again at her local supermarket. But to her surprise, shelves were back to being fully stocked within a few days.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 7:50 am.

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As COVID-19 shuts malls and hotels, their owners fall behind on loans, setting the stage for a changed landscape.

Huge numbers of hotel and retail loans are going bad because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many of these properties will have to be repurposed.

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 7:46 am.

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Switzerland starts 'rolling review' of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Switzerland has begun a rolling review of Moderna's , COVID-19 vaccine candidate so it can give it a speedy approval should it pass muster in clinical trials, the country's drug regulator said on Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 7:45 am.

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Magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits remote corner of Nevada.

It was felt across desert communities in western Nevada and in California’s Sierra mountains, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 7:43 am.

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U.S. life insurers face questions about risk after Fed report.

U.S. life insurers face questions about their ability to cover a sudden rush of claims after the Federal Reserve highlighted liquidity and leverage risks in a report this week.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 7:40 am.

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Breakingviews - Corona Capital: Pinduoduo, Thyssenkrupp, WeWork.

Corona Capital is a daily column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 7:31 am.

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Sewage testing could protect schools, hospitals from COVID-19 outbreaks.

Early in the pandemic, a few cities and countries around the world began testing sewage for evidence of the coronavirus, hoping to detect rising infections early.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 7:30 am.

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Croatia jails former PM Sanader for party slush funds.

Former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader was sentenced on Friday to eight years in prison for creating slush funds for his conservative HDZ party by taking money from public companies via a marketing agency.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 7:25 am.

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Austria investigating 21 possible accomplices of Vienna attacker.

Austria is investigating 21 people as possible accomplices of the jihadist who went on a deadly shooting rampage in Vienna last week, but much remains unknown, including how he got to the area of the attack, officials said on Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 7:20 am.

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Australia, Thailand step up security ties.

Australia and Thailand have agreed to strenghthen ties, stepping up cooperation on defence and crime-fighting and looking to increase trade, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 7:15 am.

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Philippines hunts for missing after its deadliest typhoon this year.

Philippine police and soldiers joined a search on Friday for missing people after Typhoon Vamco killed at least 42 people, as residents returned to devastated homes following the worst flooding in years in Manila and nearby provinces.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 7:10 am.

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Analysis: Surprise defaults may slow global stampede into China bonds.

A smattering of high-profile Chinese debt defaults this week may give bullish foreign investors pause and likely dampen the debt sales outlook, bankers and analysts said, as a bond market selloff revived worries about flaky government support.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 7:00 am.

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Germany says Russian sanctions related to Navalny unjustified.

Russian sanctions against Germany in the case of the poisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny are not justified, a German government spokesman said in Berlin on Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 6:55 am.

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Futures bounce back as Cisco, Disney jump after results.

U.S. stock index futures rebounded on Friday as shares of Disney and Cisco advanced after both reported upbeat quarterly results, but investors remained cautious as many U.S. states imposed restrictions to curb the relentless surge in coronavirus cases.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 6:50 am.

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Drones light up Seoul sky with messages of hope amid COVID-19.

More than 300 drones lit up the sky over Seoul on Friday in a show the government said was meant to give "comfort and hope" to residents enduring the coronavirus pandemic.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 6:45 am.

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France's COVID-19 'Ground Zero' turns saviour in second wave.

In the first wave of COVID-19 earlier this year, the region around Strasbourg was so badly hit that it had to evacuate patients by helicopter. In the second wave, other regions are suffering and the French city is returning the favour.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 6:40 am.

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Oil falls on coronavirus surge but on track for weekly gain.

Oil prices fell on Friday, pressured by fears about a slow recovery in the global economy and fuel demand due to rising coronavirus infections, but hopes for a vaccine kept the market on track for a second straight weekly gain.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 6:35 am.

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Infected again or endless COVID? How the 'reinfection phenomenon' could impact vaccines, herd immunity and human behavior.

Can you get it again? Scientists are still investigating to find out how long the immune system can keep someone safe from COVID-19 after infection.

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 6:33 am.

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World's top intensive care body advises against remdesivir for sickest COVID patients.

Antiviral remdesivir should not be used as a routine treatment for COVID-19 patients in critical care wards, the head of one of the world's top bodies representing intensive care doctors said, in a blow to the drug developed by U.S. firm Gilead .

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 6:30 am.

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Breakingviews - Vaccine is inexact bonus for freight and freezers.

Every challenge is also a business opportunity. Rolling out a potential Covid-19 vaccine is no exception. The shots developed by U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, which clinical trials have shown to be highly effective at preventing coronavirus, must...

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 6:20 am.

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Vaccine alliance secures $2 billion to fund COVID shots for poor nations.

A facility set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the GAVI vaccine group has exceeded an interim target of raising more than $2 billion to buy and distribute COVID-19 shots for poorer countries, but said it still needs more.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 6:15 am.

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Naturgy sells Chilean unit to China's State Grid for $3 billion.

Spanish power company Naturgy said on Friday it had agreed to sell 96% of its Chilean utility Compania General de Electricidad to China's State Grid International Development for 2.57 billion euros ($3.04 billion).

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 6:10 am.

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China drafts rules to govern its booming livestreaming sales industry.

China's internet watchdog has drafted rules for the first time to regulate the country's livestreaming marketing industry, stepping up scrutiny on e-commerce marketplaces belonging to the likes of tech giant Alibaba Group and JD.Com.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 6:05 am.

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Mr. Potato Head? Another botched art restoration in Spain gets flak online.

“Nobody knows who would do such a barbarity,” Antonio Capel, the artist who shared the photo, told USA TODAY.

Published by USA TODAY at November 13, 2020 6:03 am.

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Why some labor unions are talking about climate change.

Labor unions work on many different issues that affect their members – from trade and immigration to civil rights and public health. Michael Leon Guerrero, executive director of the Labor Network for Sustainability, says many unions are starting to talk ...

Published by Yale Climate Connections at November 13, 2020 6:00 am.

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Internet can't be Wild West, EU's Breton tells Google CEO Pichai.

Europe's industry chief Thierry Breton has warned Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai that he plans to rein in U.S. tech giants via a raft of new rules to curb the excesses of a "Wild West" internet.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 5:50 am.

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Special report: The woman fell from the sky: the pandemic crashes into Russia's space city.

The Star City Closed Administrative Territorial Unit is barely an hour's drive northeast of the Kremlin, but for decades the town never appeared on any maps. Only after the Soviet Union fell apart was its location revealed.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 5:45 am.

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TUI examining all options to boost pandemic defences, says CEO.

Travel group TUI is considering additional state aid, raising new equity and potential disposals to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic, its chief executive said on Friday.

Published by Reuters at November 13, 2020 5:34 am.

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