Lockdowns in Europe are a warning to the United States

The coronavirus is surging again in Europe, forcing harsh new restrictions in London and Paris as governments carefully weigh their next steps. That’s bad news for the region’s economic recovery — and puts the United States on notice ahead of a difficult winter. What’s happening: Paris has imposed an overnight curfew. In London, people from…MORE

‘SNL’ takes on the dueling town halls between Trump and Biden

Instead of a presidential debate, this week had dueling town halls between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. “Saturday Night Live” covered both, like many viewers, by flipping back and forth between the two. “One town hall was a thoughtful, cogent discussion of the issues facing our country,” the show’s announcer said…MORE

You can now rent a private AMC theater for just $99

A crisp Benjamin Franklin can get you your own private AMC movie theater. AMC Theatres joins a handful of cinemas letting customers rent out auditoriums for private screenings — a growing trend due to the Covid-19 pandemic. AMC allows rentals of up to 20 people. According to its website, rates start at $99, excluding tax,…MORE

Halloween is going to look very different during the pandemic

Halloween, a holiday that brings Americans together over a shared love for candy and costumes, will look very different during the pandemic. As families reconsider Halloween traditions, companies that usually rely on Halloween for sales have been shuffling to adapt. Here’s what Halloween will look like this year. Candy The Covid-19 pandemic is putting a…MORE

Software CEO Robert Brockman charged in $2 billion tax evasion case

Texas tech mogul Robert T. Brockman has been charged in a $2 billion tax evasion case, the largest ever tax charge in the United States, law enforcement officials said. A federal grand jury returned an indictment alleging that Brockman, the CEO of software company Reynolds & Reynolds, engaged in tax evasion, wire fraud, money laundering…MORE

US debt hasn’t been this high since World War II. That’s ok…for now

The amount of money that the United States owes investors has hit record levels in more than a few ways, based on new numbers reported Friday by the US Treasury. Both the annual deficit and total debt accumulated over the years has topped levels not seen since World War II. On Friday, the US Treasury…MORE

Demand for pets is soaring during the pandemic. This company is cashing in

When the pandemic first hit, things were looking precarious for pet supply company West Paw’s ordinarily steady business. But then people were suddenly spending more time at home, locked inside with their pets. People who’d never owned pets before started adopting them in droves. That’s resulted in extra attention — and dollars — going toward…MORE

Classic Disney films now have stronger advisories warning of racist content

Disney+ subscribers who log on to watch classic films like “Lady and the Tramp” or “Peter Pan” now see stronger advisory messages warning of racist content. “As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are in the process of reviewing our library and adding advisories to content that includes negative depictions or…MORE

Boeing is nearing a long-delayed approval for the grounded 737 Max

Boeing appears close to securing key regulatory approvals for its grounded 737 Max to fly again — a potential lifeline for the struggling plane maker. The approval process has moved at a glacial pace, taking more than a year longer than Boeing had hoped. Even with the recent progress, there are many bureaucratic procedures, plane…MORE

More people watched Biden on ABC than Trump on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC

Joe Biden’s town hall on ABC averaged 13.9 million viewers on Thursday night, easily surpassing the Nielsen ratings for President Trump’s town hall on NBC. That alone was a result virtually no one in the TV business expected. And that’s not even the most surprising part. The Trump town hall was simulcast by two of…MORE

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