U.S. stocks hits record high, ending shortest bear market in history

U.S. stocks hits record high, ending
shortest bear market in history 0 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/18/2020 4:55:47 PM Post Reply

Defying the coronavirus pandemic’s mounting human and economic toll, stocks closed Tuesday at a record high, bringing an end to the shortest bear market in U.S. history. After notching three consecutive weeks of gains, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed at 3,389, gaining 0.2 percent on the day. The finish capped a remarkable comeback from the March plunge that slashed 34 percent off the previous record, set Feb. 19, as the pandemic tightened its grip on the country. Investors Tuesday brushed aside worries about the nation’s continuing struggle to contain the pandemic, focusing instead on signs of strength in

Fishing boat outbreak may offer
virus immunity insight: study 2 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/18/2020 3:01:10 PM Post Reply

Three crew of a Seattle fishing boat who were found to have antibodies able to neutralise the new coronavirus remained uninfected in an outbreak that swept through the ship, sickening most people on board, researchers have reported. The small real-world study, which has not been peer-reviewed, is among the first in humans to suggest a link between neutralising antibodies — those that stop the virus latching onto host cells — and protection from infection. Researchers from the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle screened 120 of 122 people before they boarded the fishing vessel in May

Marks & Spencer apologises after ‘covert
racism’ complaint about bra colours 19 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/18/2020 2:47:46 PM Post Reply

Marks & Spencer has apologised after it was accused of “covert racism” over its bra colours. Kusi Kimani, 29, from East Sussex, was shocked when she discovered a brown bra on the retailer’s website was called “tobacco”. The lighter colours of the £12 Marks & Spencer Collection padded bras are described as “cinnamon” and “fudge”. Ms Kimani complained about the bra for her skin tone carrying negative connotations, while more positive words were used for lighter colours. Yet two months on from her initial complaint, the bra is still being sold in a “tobacco” colour on the Marks & Spencer

Utah delegates worry virtual Democratic convention
to nominate Biden may lack excitement 17 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/16/2020 8:16:55 PM Post Reply

SALT LAKE CITY — Par Kermani, a first-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention, said even though the four-day event that starts Monday to formally nominate former Vice President Joe Biden as the party’s presidential candidate is being held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, there may be a small part for him to play. “There is going to be ‘applause.’ We were asked — I’m not sure if I’m sure if I’m supposed to be saying this — but we were asked to send a video of us in kind of applauding, showing enthusiasm and excitement. I did send

Downtown Milwaukee remains
“quiet” ahead of DNC 6 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/16/2020 8:08:24 PM Post Reply

MILWAUKEE — The weekend before the Democratic Convention in Milwaukee was supposed to be full of activity. But the pandemic and a scaled-back convention has left downtown fairly quiet. “It’s been a little quiet, honestly,” said Corey Libermann. “We’re from the Madison area and for us, we thought it would be a little bit more busy.” (Snip) “It’s a little eerie, we’re kind of the only people that kind of came over here down this alleyway in front of the Bucks’ stadium,” Ghuman said. The city was expecting around 50,000 people to come through before the pandemic. Then the convention was

Biden and Harris run away from the press
and into the Democratic National Convention 4 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/16/2020 7:14:46 PM Post Reply

The Democratic National Convention is set to begin on Monday, not that you would know it if you watched any of the Sunday shows. Despite the culmination of the highly publicized veepstakes succeeding in roiling media praise and a massive fundraising haul, Joe Biden and his newly announced running mate Kamala Harris have taken an unusually guarded approach to campaign coverage, even in the midst of a global pandemic forcing much of normal campaigning to go virtual. Biden’s campaign strategy since locking down the nomination through waiting for the general election to begin in earnest has consisted largely of focus-group-tested

Privileged parents form COVID
pandemic pods that widen
education gaps. We can do better. 22 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/16/2020 6:15:27 PM Post Reply

I saw a Tesla with #BlackLivesMatter written on the rear windshield the other day. It appeared to be a parent picking up their kid from a “pandemic pod,” which, if you’re not familiar, is a small cluster of families who pool resources to hire a private tutor, who may be a parent. These pods are very popular among my neighbors in the Bay Area of California. Nearby I could see a YMCA, which provides child care and after-school programming. It had shut down due to COVID-19. I’m not the first to point out that pods are emblematic of educational inequity

54% approve of Harris selection,
including 1 in 4 Republicans: Poll 35 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/16/2020 5:56:38 PM Post Reply

More Americans approve than disapprove of Joe Biden’s choice of Sen. Kamala Harris for the 2020 Democratic ticket by a 25-point margin, 54-29%, in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll. Approval of the pick ranges from 86-8% among Democrats to 25-55% among Republicans — notable that one in four Republicans approves. It’s 52-29% among independents, potential swing voters in presidential elections. While reaction to Harris is broadly positive, the margin narrows among those who have strong opinions. Thirty-four percent of Americans strongly approve of her selection, while 22% strongly disapprove, a 12-point margin. One reason is that her strong support

Bison attacks woman in South Dakota for
getting too close to calf: See the video 15 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/15/2020 3:55:44 PM Post Reply

Shocking video shows a bison dragging and thrashing a woman in a South Dakota state park after she reportedly got too close to a calf, as thousands have traveled to the state for an annual motorcycle rally, according to multiple reports. Footage of the Wednesday attack, captured by witness Jo Reed, shows the bison taking hold of the woman and dragging her across the street into the grass. The animal continues to violently shake and spin the woman as other bikers look on in horror, the video shows. The animal ripped off her pants before running off as onlookers describe

Protest held outside New York bakery over MAGA
cake, bakery says it is still making the design 10 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/15/2020 3:36:14 PM Post Reply

A protest was held outside of a New York bakery Thursday over a MAGA hat cake. Coccadotts Cake Shop in Albany put a picture on its social media of a cake baked into the shape of a red “Make American Great Again” hat. The cake was a custom-order. The cake set off a wave of backlash when it was posted in late July. Though it was quickly deleted after the negative response, protestors from the Black Lives Matter movement and those supporting the MAGA cake faced off in front of the bakery on Aug. 13. According to video footage from

Biden shouldn’t rule out a
second term if he wins (opinion) 32 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/15/2020 3:27:21 PM Post Reply

It has become almost conventional wisdom that if Joseph Biden is elected President this November he will only serve one term and not seek reelection in 2024. Given Biden’s age, this makes intuitive sense. At 77, he is already the oldest person ever to be a major party candidate for President. Although his doctor says he’s in good health for a man his age, there is no guarantee that he will remain so for another four years, let alone eight. This reality framed Biden’s decision about choosing a running mate. Because of his age, Biden needed to choose somebody who

California Issues First Rolling Blackouts
Since 2001, As Heat Wave Bakes Western U.S. 21 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/15/2020 9:12:52 AM Post Reply

California electrical providers instituted rolling blackouts Friday night – the first since 2001–as an intense and prolonged heat wave settled over much of the Western U.S. Hundreds of thousands of people are believed to have experienced brief power outages through the evening, after the body that manages most of the state’s electrical utilities declared a Stage 3 emergency to help reduce stress on the larger grid. Electrical demand surged through the day as temperatures topped the triple digits in many parts of the state and people cranked up fans and air conditioning units to try and stay cool. The emergency order

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