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AstraZeneca says COVID-19 'vaccine for the world' can be 90% effective

Kate Holton, Josephine Mason and Kate Kelland, Reuters  |  Updated Nov 23rd - 10:08pm

AstraZeneca said on Monday its COVID-19 vaccine was 70% effective in pivotal trials and could be up to 90% effective, giving the world's fight against the global pandemic a third new weapon that can be cheaper to make, easier to distribute and faster to scale-up than rivals.

Tips for cooking (and saving) a smaller Thanksgiving feast

Katie Workman, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 23rd - 8:34pm

If you're planning a smaller Thanksgiving gathering this year because of social distancing, you don't have to give up the turkey, stuffing, pie and other traditional fare.

Family makes PSA about large family gatherings after 15 members contracted COVID-19

Paul P. Murphy, CNN  |  Posted Nov 23rd - 7:33pm

Although the Aragonez family is still healing after a COVID-19 outbreak, they took the time to make a public service announcement warning against large family gatherings.

Federal agency approves formal start of transition for President-elect Joe Biden

Trevor Hunnicutt and Michael Martina, Reuters  |  Updated Nov 23rd - 4:56pm

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday was formally given the go-ahead by a federal agency to begin his transition to the presidency, shortly after the battleground state of Michigan certified him as the winner there.

Ken Jennings will be first interim 'Jeopardy!' host

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 23rd - 4:28pm

"Jeopardy!" record-holder Ken Jennings will be the first in a series of interim hosts replacing Alex Trebek when the show resumes production next Monday.

US federal government awards transportation contract to Uber, Lyft

Tina Bellon, Reuters  |  Posted Nov 23rd - 2:32pm

Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc have been awarded a federal contract worth up to $810 million to offer their ride-hail services to public agencies and their more than 4 million employees and contractors across the country.

Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

Dee-ann Durbin and David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 23rd - 2:27pm

About 1 million Americans a day packed airports and planes over the weekend even as coronavirus deaths surged across the U.S. and public health experts begged people to stay home and avoid big Thanksgiving gatherings.

Apple extends concession on store fees for some apps

Reuters  |  Posted Nov 23rd - 1:30pm

Apple Inc AAPL.O> said on Monday apps that offer virtual sessions or classes do not need to use App Store's in-app purchase method through June, extending an earlier deadline of December.

Olde English pub in San Francisco area calls closing time after 57 years

Reuters  |  Updated Nov 23rd - 1:20pm

(This November 20 story corrects first paragraph to say "Berkeley, California" instead of "San Francisco"; adds "popcorn" in fifth paragraph.)

Stocks rise on cyclical boost but megacaps curb gains

Chuck Mikolajczak, Reuters  |  Updated Nov 23rd - 12:58pm

U.S. stocks rose in a choppy session on Monday as hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine boosted economically sensitive sectors such as energy and industrials, but a pullback in megacap shares held gains in check.

Despite COVID-19 travel warnings, many Americans defying them ahead of Thanksgiving

Daniel Trotta and Nathan Layne, Reuters  |  Updated Nov 23rd - 12:54pm

Millions of Americans appear to be defying health warnings and traveling ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, likely exacerbating a surge in coronavirus infections before a series of promising new vaccines become widely available.

Trump campaign parts ways with Powell after conspiratorial vote-switching claim

Jan Wolfe, Reuters  |  Posted Nov 23rd - 10:26am

"Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own," Trump campaign lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis said in a statement. "She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team."

BlackRock ups U.S. stocks to overweight, bullish on tech

Reuters  |  Updated Nov 23rd - 10:16am

BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, has upgraded U.S. equities to "overweight", turning bullish on quality large cap technology companies as well as small cap firms that tend to perform well during a cyclical upswing.

ICYMI: 10 stories from the weekend

Jen Riess and Sean Walker,  |  Posted Nov 23rd - 7:55am

Here are 10 stories you may have missed this weekend. As always, click on the headline to read the full story.

Florida retiree wrestles puppy from jaws of alligator

Jay Croft, CNN  |  Posted Nov 22nd - 7:11pm

In a dramatic encounter recorded by surveillance cameras, a Florida man chased an alligator under water and rescued his 3-month-old puppy from the jaws of death.

Biden's 1st Cabinet picks expected Tuesday amid roadblocks

Alexandra Jaffe, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 22nd - 4:32pm

President-elect Joe Biden's first Cabinet picks are coming Tuesday and planning is underway for a pandemic-modified inauguration in January as his team moves forward despite roadblocks from the Trump administration.

1st Americans could get COVID-19 vaccine by December 11, top health official says

Reuters  |  Posted Nov 22nd - 12:01pm

The first Americans could receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as Dec. 11, the chief scientific adviser for the U.S. government's vaccine program said on Sunday.

Retailers brace as virus bears down on consumers and economy

Christopher Rugaber and Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 6:26pm

LaTonya Story is every retailer's worst fear.

Daily COVID-19 deaths in US at highest level since May, hospitalizations at all-time high

David Crary and Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 9:45pm

Among the newly infected was President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who a spokesman said Friday has no symptoms and has been quarantining since learning of his diagnosis earlier this week.