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The Dow has officially erased all gains minted during the Trump presidency

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:45 AM PDT

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  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged below its closing level from President Trump's inauguration day, effectively wiping out all gains made during his presidency.
  • It fell as far as 19,727.33 around 12:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday as Trump's coronavirus taskforce delivered an address. That was below the 19,732.40 closing level for the Dow on Jan. 19, 2017.
  • The index jumped 49% from Trump's inauguration to its February 12 peak.
  • Since hitting a record high, the market's negative reaction to mounting coronavirus concerns pushed stocks into their first bear market in 11 years.
  • The White House has moved to stem the outbreak's economic fallout, calling on people to avoid large groups and announcing on Tuesday plans to send Americans economic relief checks.
  • Watch the Dow Jones Industrial Average update live here.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid below the level seen on President Trump's inauguration day.

It plunged as far as 19,727.33 around 12:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday as Trump's coronavirus taskforce delivered an address. That was below the 19,732.40 closing level for the Dow on Jan. 19, 2017.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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London could be put on coronavirus lockdown within days with bars and restaurants closed and public events banned

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:32 AM PDT

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  • London could be placed into coronavirus lockdown within days.
  • Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed plans by the UK government to impose "stringent measures" imminently.
  • Multiple reports suggest strict restrictions on public gatherings will be imposed in the capital.
  • Downing Street sources deny any lockdown will take place before Friday.
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London could be placed into lockdown within days as the number of coronavirus cases in the capital continues to rise well above the rest of the United Kingdom.

The UK as a whole has yet to go into a formal lockdown, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson reluctant to enforce his guidance that the public should not attend the country's pubs, restaurants or entertainment venues.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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These 5 banks offer the most sought-after mobile features in the US

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:31 AM PDT

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Citibank, USAA, BBVA USA, Bank of America, and NFCU lead the US market in offering the most in-demand mobile features in 2019, according to Business Insider Intelligence's third annual US Mobile Banking Competitive Edge Study. 

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Nurses say they won't get paid time off if they catch coronavirus — and it could force them to choose between paying bills or heading to work while sick

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:31 AM PDT

Laurie Kuypers, a registered nurse, reaches into a car to take a nasopharyngeal swab from a patient at a drive-through COVID-19 coronavirus testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Seattle.AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

  • Business Insider spoke to 25 nurses, who revealed a nationwide mask shortage was putting their livelihoods — and health — at risk.
  • Many nurses said they won't get paid sick leave if they contract the virus, or that they've had to pay for their own COVID-19 tests.
  • The US is the only developed nation not to guarantee paid leave. More than a quarter of the private sector workforce lacks access to paid sick days, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • The House recently passed an emergency bill that guaranteed paid sick leave for workers impacted by the coronavirus, but the Senate had stalled the legislation as of March 16.
  • If you're a nurse with observations to share during the coronavirus outbreak, email
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

A 67-year-old nurse in a skilled nursing facility in Tuscon worries about the potentially deadly side effects of contracting the novel coronavirus, which has a higher death rate for older people than any other group.

But the nurse, whose identity Business Insider confirmed before publishing, said her employer hasn't bought N95 masks, which protect workers from coronavirus.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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6 stylish subscription boxes for guys who want to dress well but hate shopping

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:30 AM PDT

  Stitch Fix men

  • For most guys, shopping is more of a hassle than an enjoyable experience, but subscription boxes are an easy way to fill your closet.
  • Whether you're completely revamping your wardrobe, stocking up on essentials like socks and underwear, or just looking to add one or two key pieces, there's probably a box out there for you.
  • We rounded up our favorite men's clothing subscriptions including Frank and Oak, Bombfell, Stitch Fix, and more.

You can get just about anything delivered to your front door on a monthly basis — and clothing subscriptions are one of the most useful online services available.

For most guys, shopping is a hassle. Whether you need some assistance in the style department or you just don't have the time to scour the web for good deals on clothes, subscription boxes are an easy way to be fashionable, while saving money and time. 

As online clothing subscriptions become increasingly popular, they're getting even better at accurately meeting your needs and wants. From full outfits and shoes, to essentials like socks and underwear, there are some really great options out there. 

If you're looking to revamp your wardrobe, sock drawer, or simply need a few stylish accessories to improve your look, you're in the right place. 

We rounded up the 7 best clothing subscription services for men. Check them out below.



$20 styling fee, plus the cost of clothes in your desired budget. Keep 4 or more items and save 20%.

Bombfell requires users to take a quiz to help determine their style, but that's just about where the similarities to other boxes end. It uses a very thorough quiz to ensure you get items that lend well to your style and that fit great. In addition to typical questions about body measurements and clothing size, they quiz asks you to describe your style, favorite brands, and even items you never wear (a feature I really like, as it saves plenty of time and aggravation in the long run).

The brand uses "human-in-the-loop" artificial intelligence, which takes the data from your quiz to generate recommended style picks. Then, a Bombfell stylist uses information to hand pick items for you. After your style picks are made, you can preview them, and even communicate with your stylist to make future changes and get style advice. The end result is a satisfying box every time. Read my full review on the Bombfell subscription service here.

Get started on a Bombfell subscription here.

Frank and Oak

Frank And Oak

Set your budget at less than $150 or $150 and up.

Founded in 2012 by childhood friends Ethan Song and Hicham Ratnani, Frank And Oak is a sustainable clothing startup that makes stylish wardrobe essentials more affordable for men. While the brand does have a traditional online shop, the Style Plan allows you to get clothing on a monthly basis. Unlike other subscriptions that pull products from a pool of brands, Frank And Oak's Style Plan only uses its own designs. If you're a fan of a minimal aesthetic or interested in building an wardrobe filled with basic essentials — not weird graphic tees and funky sweaters you would have never bought in a store — then Frank and Oak is leaps and bounds better than most other subscription boxes.

With each of the pieces I tried priced at $70 or less, I was pleasantly surprised at how well made they were. In addition to having control over what subscription items you keep, you can also buy individual items from the Frank And Oak Collection — and Style Plan members receive exclusive discounted prices. Read my full review on the Frank And Oak Style Plan here.

Sign up for the Frank And Oak Style Plan here.

Shop the Frank And Oak apparel collection here.

Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix

Set your budgets on individual items like tees, polos, button-ups, pants, and shoes.

Stitch Fix also uses a personal stylist to help you step up your fashion game. Take the Style Quiz to tell them about your usual aesthetic, fit, and price preferences, and the stylist will curate five pieces for you to try on at home. You get to keep what you like and send the rest back in a prepaid return envelope. You won't be charged until they receive your returned items.

The best part about Stitch Fix is that you can create orders on-demand or set up automatic deliveries. That way, clothes won't come too infrequently or too often. Additionally, you can change your styles depending on the season. If you're looking for tropical floral prints for an upcoming vacation, just let your stylist know.

Expand your wardrobe with Stitch Fix here.

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How Airbus became Boeing's greatest rival (BA)

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:29 AM PDT

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  • Over the past 20 years, the commercial aviation industry has come to be dominated by Airbus and Boeing.
  • Airbus and Boeing each own roughly half of the global large commercial airliner market.
  • The two carriers compete on the same level, but Airbus is relatively new when compared to Boeing, which  has been around since 1916, the Airbus consortium did not come together until 1969.
  • Airbus currently boasts a production backlog of around 7,700 planes while Boeing's backlog is around 5,400 aircraft.
  • Airbus passed Boeing in 2019 to become the biggest planemaker.
  • Visit Business Insider's hompage for more stories.

Airbus versus Boeing is one of the great rivalries in business today. Like Coca-Cola versus Pepsi, Ford versus GM, McDonald's versus Burger King.

These days, if you fly, it'll probably be either an Airbus or a Boeing (unless you're on a much smaller regional jet from companies like Embraer or Bombardier).

You might assume that it was always this way, but that's actually not the case.

Just a few short decades ago, the world of commercial aviation was filled with big names like McDonnell Douglas, BAe, Saab, Lockheed, Fokker, and even Convair, alongside the legacy Boeing.

Now, it's pretty much just the two rivals, locked in battle.

Despite Airbus' prominence, Boeing is a much older and more established company. Founded in 1916, the Boeing Company is now an aerospace and defense juggernaut that is America's largest industrial exporter. 

The company we know today as Airbus can trace its history back to an agreement signed in July 1967 by the French, German, and British governments to strengthen their cooperation in the field of aviation technology.

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Included in the agreement is a clause that called for the governments to "to take appropriate measures for the joint development and production of an airbus."

It was a decision made out of necessity, Richard Aboulafia, an aviation industry analyst for the consulting company Teal Group, told Business Insider. 

At the time, American firms like Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, and Lockheed were growing in strength and influence around the world. European manufacturers, once commercial aviation's leaders in innovation, were feeling the pinch. 

Together they formed a consortium called Airbus to counter the might of America's aviation giants. 

The consortium would be based at the headquarters of Sud Aviation in Toulouse, France where it remains today. 

Here's a closer look at how Airbus became Boeing's greatest rival.

This story was originally published by Benjamin Zhang in April 2018. It was updated by David Slotnick in March 2020.

By the 1960s, European plane makers had proven had built some highly successful jetliners. The Brits had planes like the Hawker Siddeley Trident and...


... The de Havilland Comet.


The French, meanwhile, produced the Sud Aviation Caravelle.


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In response to the coronavirus, credit card issuers like Amex and Capital One are letting customers skip payments without interest and more

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:29 AM PDT

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Not only has COVID-19 led to a dramatic dip in the stock market, but the coronavirus pandemic has also resulted in both temporary and permanent layoffs. According to a survey by WalletHub, 67 million Americans anticipate difficulties paying their credit card bills because of the coronavirus.

Fortunately, most major credit card issuers are responding by offering assistance to their customers. Goldman Sachs, which issues the Apple Card, is allowing customers to skip their March payments without accruing any interest fees. Amex and Capital One are following suit with similar programs for eligible cardholders. 

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Video shows how Fox News rapidly shifted from downplaying coronavirus to taking it seriously as cases rose across the US

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:26 AM PDT

Fox News prime time host Sean Hannity.Screenshot/Fox News

  • Fox News has rapidly shifted from downplaying coronavirus to urging Americans to take the pandemic seriously, mimicking President Donald Trump's tone shift on the virus. 
  • The Washington Post documented this dramatic shift in a video. 
  • The video shows hosts like Jeanine Pirro on March 7 stating that "all the talk about coronavirus being so much more deadly doesn't reflect reality," to calling it "incredibly contagious and dangerous virus" on March 14.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

As President Donald Trump repeatedly downplayed the novel coronavirus for weeks, Fox News sang a similar and dangerously misleading tune.

Many the conservative network's most prominent hosts dismissed the threat of the virus, accusing the rest of the media of being "panic pushers" and whipping up mass hysteria. After Trump declared a national emergency over coronavirus last Friday the tone on Fox News shifted, which the Washington Post documented in a viral video.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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CVS updates its worker policies after more than 1,700 employees sign a petition demanding paid sick leave, face masks, and gloves as stores are overrun with customers

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:24 AM PDT


  • On Wednesday, CVS updated its policies to include paid sick leave for employees diagnosed with the coronavirus or under mandatory quarantine.
  • This comes four days after employees started a petition on demanding sick leave, family care, crisis pay, and basic protective gear. CVS did not respond to Business Insider's request for comment on the petition.
  • While the new policies address sick leave and family care, CVS has still not offered employees a crisis pay rate or protective gear like gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

CVS announced changes to its workplace policies on Wednesday after employees petitioned for paid sick leave and basic protections.

Lisa Bisaccia, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at CVS, announced in a press release that employees diagnosed with COVID-19 or quarantined for exposure would be paid up to 14 days. In addition, employees are now able to request time off to care for a family member diagnosed with the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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The best sous vide machines

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:20 AM PDT

  • High-quality sous vide machines — also known as immersion circulators — get up to temperature quickly, maintain an accurate temp, and feature an intuitive interface.
  • The Breville Joule Sous Vide is our top pick because of its high-tech features, compact size, and excellent customer service.

I learned a lot about cooking from my mom. And, though she makes excellent meals that you won't find anywhere else, her Achilles heel is remembering that she is cooking. With so many things vying for our attention these days, she is not alone. It's easy to get distracted and forget you're roasting, grilling, boiling, or otherwise fixing a meal. Even if you are on your game, a couple of minutes can mean the difference between a delicious medium-rare ribeye and an overcooked mess. Fortunately, sous vide machines even the playing field.

Sous vide machines work by preheating a water bath to a specific temperature. Food is then sealed in a container — usually a plastic bag — and lowered into the bath. It stays there until it reaches the temperature of the water. This is not a fast process, but it virtually guarantees that you will not overcook your food.

There are two main types of sous vide machines: stick-like units called "immersion circulators" and all-in-one boxes, known as water ovens. Water ovens are great because they generally come with everything you need to start cooking right away. With immersion circulators, you use your own container — a large pot should work fine.

Though any airtight bag should work just fine, you may want to consider purchasing a vacuum sealer along with your sous vide machine. The transfer of heat through water is eleven times more efficient than through air, and the vacuum sealer removes all of the air pockets and decreases the chance of uneven cooking. It also ensures that water won't leak into the food you're cooking.

The sous vide machines and immersion circulators featured in this guide have a track record of performance and durability and have shown that they can produce delicious steaks, vegetables, and other dishes.

Here are our picks for the best sous vide machines:

Prices and links are current as of 3/18/2020.

The best overall


If you need a compact, high-tech sous vide machine that is powerful enough to get water up to temperature quickly, look no further than the Breville Joule Sous Vide.

Aside from the ability to heat water to precise temperatures, there are a couple of features that set the Breville Joule Sous Vide — also known as the ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide, prior to Breville acquiring the company — apart from other similar machines. First, it is only 1.3 pounds and 11 inches tall so it is much smaller and easier to store than the other options available. Secondly, Breville has clearly put a lot of work into its app. Not only does it allow you to monitor your meal, but it also has a "Visual Doneness" feature that shows you how your food looks as it cooks so you can easily achieve your preferred doneness.

Insider Picks' Brandt Ranj tested it and was very impressed. He said it "lets me cook steaks as perfectly as a professional chef" and called it "one of my favorite kitchen tools."

The Joule connects with your phone via Bluetooth or the internet, and the app has more than 100 cooking guides. Plus, it works with Amazon Alexa so you can cook using your voice. Breville backs the product with a one-year limited warranty. And, if you are not completely happy with the Joule within 90 days of purchase, the company will give you a full refund.

Serious Eats recommends the Breville Joule because it's small enough to fit in a cooking utensil drawer, has a magnetic bottom that keeps it in place in metal receptacles, and is nearly silent when operating. However, the reviewer, J. Kenji López-Alt, was turned off by the fact that you needed a phone and Bluetooth or Internet connection to use it. Still, it remains Serious Eats' favorite circulator.

In the Sous Vide Guy's tests, the Joule performed flawlessly. Specifically, he was impressed with how quickly the small device could heat 6 liters of 75-degree water to 135 degrees Fahrenheit (about 12 minutes).

Other expert sites that tested and recommend the Joule are Tom's Guide, Busted Wallet, Paste Magazine, and CNET.

Earlier reviews of the Joule had harsh criticisms of the app. Breville has addressed this, and many reviews have since updated their ratings to reflect the improvements.

Pros: Compact design, excellent customer service, ongoing app improvements

Cons: Requires a smartphone and Bluetooth/internet

Read our comparison of the Joule and the Anova sous vide immersion circulators

Read our review of the Joule Sous Vide

The best for high-tech cooking


The Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker can be programmed through an app or manually on the device itself.

In the world of sous vide machines, the Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker and the Breville Joule are in a class of their own. When it comes to which of our top two picks are better, it's really a toss-up. We gave the Joule the edge because it has a higher wattage and smaller size. But, the Anova Culinary model can be used manually without an app in case you want to put your smartphone away. 

The unit attaches to your container via a ring clip. This allows you to adjust the depth of the circulator to fit the container. The Anova has a temperature range of 32 to 197 degrees Fahrenheit, a timer that runs up to 99 hours, and it can heat up to five gallons of water (that number goes up to 13 if you're using a lid). This product is backed by a two-year warranty. 

Gizmodo's reviewer liked the compact size and easy-to-read display, and he found the resulting meals to be juicy, tender, and cooked perfectly. However, he was turned off by how hard it was to use the timer, and the app didn't have much functionality. That being said, the review was written a few years ago, and Anova has continued to make improvements to the app.

If you can do without the Wi-Fi function and can deal with less power, Anova makes the affordable Precision Cooker Nano. This is a sleek device that connects to a smartphone using Bluetooth, but it can also be programmed on the unit — just like the non-Nano version, except smaller. In fact, this is the top pick from Wirecutter. Despite its fewer features, Insider Reviews Guides Editor Les Shu, who uses the Nano, found it very capable in cooking steaks beautifully. It just requires a bit more time to bring the water to temperature. Read our review of the Anova Precision Cooker Nano.

On the other hand, if you're looking for an even more powerful version, Anova has the Precision Cooker Pro, which pumps out 1,200 watts. This is for those who are serious about sous vide cooking and are willing to spend a bit more. Read our review of the Anova Precision Cooker Pro.

Pros: Second smallest option on our list, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatible, works with a variety of containers

Cons: Some dislike using it without a smartphone

Read our Anova Precision Cooker Nano review

Read our Anova Precision Cooker Pro review

The best on a budget

Kitchen Gizmo

If you're interested in giving sous vide cooking a try and don't care if your cooker connects to a smartphone, then the Kitchen Gizmo Sous Vide Immersion Circulator is an excellent choice.

Unlike our top two choices, the Kitchen Gizmo Sous Vide Immersion Circulator does not have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. You simply set it up using the intuitive controls on the top of the device. This is ideal for when you want to put your phone away and avoid distracting notifications from countless apps.

The 800-watt motor heats to temperatures up to 194 degrees Fahrenheit with a margin of error of 1 degree. This circulator clips to the side of your container and can circulate up to eight liters (or a little more than two gallons) per minute.

Sous Vide Guy tested how long it took the Kitchen Gizmo Immersion Circulator to get six liters of water from 75 degrees Fahrenheit to 135 degrees. The reviewer found it was a somewhat sluggish 20 minutes. However, he still recommends it to buyers looking for an inexpensive sous vide machine.

Amazing Food Made Easy compared the Kitchen Gizmo to several other popular brands. The reviewer found it got up to temp faster than the Anova and used less power than every other model except for the Joule. It was also the quietest.

Pros: Affordable, energy-efficient, quiet, easy to set up and operate

Cons: Doesn't have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity, questionable customer service

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What to do if your internet goes down while you're working from home

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:20 AM PDT

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  • If your internet goes down while you're working from home, the first thing you can do is turn your smartphone into a WiFi hotspot as a quick, temporary backup. 
  • If you're concerned about keeping a stable internet connection while you're working, you and your employer may look into investing in a dedicated mobile hotspot rather than your smartphone to serve as a backup. 
  • Wireless carriers are helping to keep their customers connected during the coronavirus pandemic, when they need a data connection the most. 
  • There's very little indication that the "work-from-home" surge is causing any negative impact on the internet in general. 
  • It's worth double checking that you're not just seeing an issue with a single website or service. Visit other websites to make sure your internet connection is actually down. If it is just a single site or service having issues, a mobile hotspot won't help you. 
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Assuming you've tried to connect to a variety of websites to confirm that your internet is actually down, the first thing you can do when you need a connection fast is to use your smartphone as a mobile hotspot, at least as a temporary measure. 

With all the disruption coronavirus is causing, including the shift for many Americans from offices and schools to homes, it's easy to blame every blip on the pandemic.

But the companies and analysts I've spoken with so far haven't shown any concern at all about a widespread internet crash caused by the sudden shift. There's very little that suggests "the internet" is being affected in any major negative way by the societal effects of coronavirus. Data from Ookla, the company behind the website that tests internet speeds, shows that speeds and performance have barely faltered — if at all.

Still, wireless carriers are adjusting their plans in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and are trying to make things easier on their customers.

Check out how carriers are helping out, as well as a longer term backup solution than your smartphone's WiFi hotspot:

If you're experiencing issues with a single website or service, maybe it's not your internet or WiFi that's down.

It's entirely possible that a specific website or service can become overloaded during the great "work-from-home" influx. Specifically video-conferencing services — like Skype, Google Hangouts Meet, or Zoom — have the greatest chance of becoming overloaded because an influx of people are looking to video conferencing instead of in-person meetings. 

So, it's worth double-checking whether the rest of "the internet" is working if you're facing a connection issue to a specific site or service. If it's that specific site or service that's having issues, it's up to the company behind the website or service to issue a fix, and there isn't much you can do. 

If it's not the website, your service could be down. The first thing to try is the usual "unplug and re-plug" dance on your WiFi router. If you don't have time for that, using your smartphone as a WiFi hotspot is a quick and dirty, temporary fix.


Using your smartphone as a WiFi hotspot is quickest method with the highest likelihood to get you back on the internet right there and then. 

On iPhone, here's how to set up a mobile WiFi hotspot. 

For most Android phones, you can swipe down the notifications shade from the top of the screen and look for an icon that says "Mobile Hotspot." Tap and hold that icon and you're brought to a menu where you can change the password for your phone's WiFi hotspot feature.

All the major carriers are abiding by the FCC's pledge to keep Americans connected by easing some of the financial strains of staying online.


AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and several regional and smaller carriers are participating in a pledge drawn up by the FCC to "Keep Americans Connected."

The pledge means that for the next 60 days, a participating carrier should:

  • Not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic
  • Waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them


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'I'm married to an Asian': Kellyanne Conway responds to criticism of a White House official reportedly calling the coronavirus the 'Kung-flu'

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:15 AM PDT

Kellyanne ConwayLeah Millis/Reuters

  • White House counselor Kellyanne Conway responded to criticism over the White House's conflating the novel coronavirus with China by saying "I'm married to an Asian."
  • Conway's husband, attorney and Trump critic George Conway, is of Filipino descent on his mother's side. 
  • Conway made the remark in response to reporters questioning Trump's use of the term "China virus" and an unidentified White House official calling the virus "the Kung-flu" in front of an Asian-American reporter. 
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Kellyanne Conway, a top White House advisor and counselor to the president, responded to criticism over the White House's conflating the novel coronavirus with China by saying "I'm married to an Asian" when speaking to reporters on Wednesday. 

Conway made the remark in response to reporters questioning President Donald Trump's use of the term "China virus" to refer to the coronavirus, and an unidentified White House official reportedly calling the virus "the Kung-flu" in front of CBS News correspondent Weija Jiang, who is Asian-American. 

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The US Navy is deploying a fully-equipped hospital ship to help in the fight against the coronavirus in New York

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:15 AM PDT

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  • The US Navy is preparing its hospital ships to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the hardest-hit communities in the country.
  • Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed he ordered the Navy to "lean forward" in deploying two of its hospital ships, the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy.
  • The two ships will specifically focus on trauma cases if deployed, given the limited amount of space aboard the ships, Esper said.
  • On Wednesday morning, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he spoke with President Donald Trump, who approved of the Comfort's deployment to the state.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

The US Navy is preparing its hospital ships to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the hardest-hit communities in the country, with one of them deploying to New York.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed he ordered the Navy to "lean forward" in deploying two of its hospital ships, the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy, during a press conference on Tuesday.

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The best affordable overwater bungalows around the world

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:12 AM PDT

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  • Overwater bungalows are among the most desired accommodations in the world, regularly earning a spot on many travelers' bucket lists.
  • Many overwater bungalows can see nightly rates that easily cost thousands of dollars, but there are some more affordable options available with rates beginning as low as the $200s per night.
  • We combed through offerings to find incredible, affordable overwater bungalows in the South Pacific, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia based on our own travels, as well as past guest ratings and feedback, with all the desirable amenities you'll want. 
  • Read all Business Insider hotel reviews here.

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Few destinations in the world inspire more wanderlust than far-flung locales dotted with accommodations known as overwater bungalows (or alternatively called overwater villas). By definition, such lodgings are located in calm, shallow waters, often perched atop crystalline lagoons, striated into every imaginable color of blue.

Planning a stay at an overwater bungalow in such a dream-like environment is a bucket-list essential for many, but the accompanying price tag can be a daunting obstacle, even for a once-in-a-lifetime event like a honeymoon. 

Fortunately, not all of the world's overwater bungalows have an astronomical financial barrier to entry. Some affordable options do exist and are found in regions like Central America. And while they're less common, budget-friendlier options in top-end destinations like Tahiti and the Maldives are available to flexible travelers as well who are able to visit in slower periods.  

We rounded up overwater bungalows around the world, nearly all of which range from $200 to $500 per night, broken down by destinations such as the South Pacific including Tahiti and Fiji, Central America and the Caribbean, and Asia, including the Maldives.  

We made selections based on past traveler reviews and rankings, as well as our own travel experience, and chose hotels with picture-perfect amenities to ensure each property meets your lofty expectations. Hotels range from rustic and eco-minded to over-the-top posh — but all provide extravagant natural beauty, top-end service, and idyllic accommodations at an attainable price point. All starting prices are based on time of publishing, and subject to change.

Here are the best overwater bungalows around the world for 2020:

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The South Pacific region is probably what most people conjure up when dreaming of an overwater bungalow landscape: crystalline waters surrounding islands ringed by lagoons, Polynesian decor and cultural inspiration, all overlaying that jaw-dropping landscape. South Pacific destinations known for dreamy overwater bungalows include the likes of Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, and other far-flung islands.

Pros: Direct flights to Tahiti make this exotic destination closer than you might think — the flight is just over eight hours nonstop from LAX.

Cons: Expect accommodations overall to be much pricier than those that might be found in other regions, like Central America. Also Fiji is far — you'll have to cross the international dateline to get there if arriving from the US.

InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa

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Book InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa's overwater bungalows starting at $491 per night

Less famous than its splashier and more built-up island counterpart of Bora Bora, Moorea is an equally stunning Tahitian destination. It's just a quick ferry or puddle jump from the island of Tahiti, site of the international airport at Faaa.

There, the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa offers overwater bungalows inspired by Tahitian designs. Think bamboo parquet, thatched walls, and crisp, inviting white linens. Junior overwater suites are a spacious 700 square feet, with a covered gazebo as well as sunbeds. The sundeck has an outdoor shower and offers direct access to island's turquoise lagoon waters below.

Over 3,000 Trip Advisor reviewers give InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa an overall "Excellent" rating of 4.5.

Pros: An ultra high-end experience on a gorgeous island, with reasonably easy access from the international airport in Tahiti

Cons: InterContinental's Moorea property feels more laid back than its counterpart on Bora Bora — and that may feel like a con or a pro depending on personal preference.

Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort

Book Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort's overwater bungalows starting at $488 per night

Even by Tahitian standards, this resort's remote location might be as close as you ever get to living that Robinson Crusoe life.

Totally unspoiled with screensaver views in every direction, Tikehau Island places you away from the over-saturated crowds of (big-spending) honeymooners on Bora Bora while still indulging you in overwater accommodation luxury.

Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort is the only boutique hotel in Tuamotu Archipelago, located on one of its most beautiful atolls. The environment includes pink sand beaches, wild coconut groves, and a stunning tropical garden. Here, there are 24 overwater suites and bungalows. The entry-level options are so-called Overwater Suites with living rooms, large bathtubs, and private decks with shaded sitting areas and direct access to the lagoon.

Nearly 1,200 Trip Advisor reviewers give Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort an overall "Excellent" rating of 4.5.

Pros: Incredibly unspoiled natural beauty with no crowds in sight.

Cons: Tikehau is remote — don't expect to get there in a fast jaunt from Tahiti's international airport. You'll need time.

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US job openings are falling rapidly as the coronavirus brings economy to a halt

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:11 AM PDT

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  • There are growing signs that US employers are pulling back on hiring.
  • Job openings fell 1.5% in the week that ended March 13, according to the career website Glassdoor.
  • The 89,000 drop brought the pace of openings to within the slowest 10% of weeks for growth since the beginning of 2016. 
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There are growing signs that US employers are pulling back on hiring as the coronavirus pandemic raises concerns about a potential downturn. 

Job openings fell 1.5% in the week that ended March 13, according to the career website Glassdoor. The 89,000 drop brought the pace of openings to within the slowest 10% of weeks for growth since the beginning of 2016. 

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Coronavirus live updates: 205,000 people have been infected and 8,200 have died. The US has reported 115 deaths. Here's everything we know.

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:10 AM PDT

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  • The coronavirus that originated in December in Wuhan, China, has killed more than 8,200 people and infected more than 205,000. It has spread to at least 155 countries and territories.
  • On March 11, the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic.
  • More than 4,700 deaths have been reported outside of mainland China, including 115 in the US.
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The novel coronavirus has infected at least 205,452 people and killed at least 8,248 worldwide as of March 18.

The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on March 11.

Europe is the new epicenter of the disease. The disease is also infecting increasing numbers of people in the US and other nations. At least 155 countries have reported cases.

China — where the virus first began to spread in January 2020 — has seen a sharp drop-off in its rate of new cases.

The virus has now taken a heavier toll outside China than inside it, in overall infections and deaths.

More than 82,000 people known to be infected have since recovered, mostly in China.


A number of countries have declared nationwide lockdowns and states of emergency to slow the spread of the virus. President Donald Trump has suspended all travel between the US and Europe, while the European Union banned incoming travel.

Governments worldwide have committed hundreds of billions of dollars to mitigating the economic fallout of the virus and widespread quarantining, which is expected to be severe.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended in mid-March that all gatherings of 50 people and more be postponed until May. Trump advised against gatherings of more than 10.

The US has reported cases in every state and has confirmed 115 coronavirus deaths. Click here for Business Insider's full report on the progress of the virus in the US.

Here's everything we know.

Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in 155 countries and territories.


Outside China, cases have been reported in:



The World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic on March 11.


WHO officials said they were deeply concerned by the "alarming levels of inaction" to combat the coronavirus.

The first case of coronavirus was reported in Wuhan in December.

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The central Chinese city has a population of 11 million.

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Russia is aggressively exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to push disinformation and weaken Western society, EU security services warn in a new report

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:09 AM PDT

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  • Russia is aggressively exploiting the confusion and panic in Western countries over the coronavirus pandemic, a new report by the European Union's foreign policy analysis service has found.
  • The report has not been made public, but was described to Business Insider by an intelligence official based in Belgium who tracks Russian operations.
  • "The overarching aim of Kremlin disinformation is to aggravate the public health crisis in Western countries ... in line with the Kremlin's broader strategy of attempting to subvert European societies," the report said, according to Reuters.
  • The disinformation is coming in the form of country-specific messaging by social media bots that press on existing tensions in the targeted area's society, the intelligence official said.
  • For example, when Spain saw a spike in cases, European officials saw bot armies spreading Spanish-language posts that discussed separatist movements in Catalonia and ethnic tensions, the official said.
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Russian disinformation operations are aggressively exploiting confusion and panic over the global coronavirus pandemic, the European Union's foreign policy analysis service warned in an internal report.

The report, dated March 16, was produced by the EU's European External Action Service (EEAS) and described to Business Insider by an intelligence official in Brussels who tracks Russian operations.

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The US has reported 115 coronavirus deaths, and more than 7,500 cases across all 50 states. Here's what we know about the US patients.

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:09 AM PDT

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The US has reported 115 deaths from the coronavirus as of March 18.

Deaths per state:

Washington: 55
New York: 16
California: 13
Florida: 7
Louisiana: 4
New Jersey: 3
Virginia: 2
Indiana: 2
Colorado: 2
Oregon: 2
Texas: 2
Nevada: 1
Kansas: 1
South Dakota: 1
Georgia: 1
Kentucky: 1
South Carolina: 1
Illinois: 1

The country's case tally is at 7,512 with patients reported in all 50 states and Washington, DC. The illness has also spread to Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic on March 11, and two days later President Donald Trump declared a national emergency.

Because county- and state-level health authorities are reporting the latest case counts before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does, Business Insider is tallying those local reports and updating this story regularly to give a comprehensive picture of where the virus is spreading in the US.


The virus originated in Wuhan, China, in December. It causes a respiratory disease known as COVID-19.

For the latest global case totals, death tolls, and travel information, see Business Insider's live updates here.

Here's everything we know about the coronavirus in the US — in the list below, states are ordered by their number of cases.

Note: This post was last updated at 8:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 18.

115 people have died from the coronavirus on US soil.

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Washington has reported 55 deaths. The first — a man in his 50s who had chronic underlying health issues — was reported February 29 at EvergreenHealth, a hospital in Kings County, Washington. Two of the Washington patients died February 26, but their diagnoses were confirmed posthumously on March 10, making them the earliest known coronavirus fatalities in the US. 

California's 13 deaths included a woman in her 60s in Santa Clara County, a woman who was treated at Kaiser Permanente in Placer County, and a woman in her 90s from Sacramento County.

Sixteen people have died in New York as of March 17 and seven have died in Florida.

New Jersey announced its first death on March 10: a man in his 60s. Since then, a woman in her 50s and a man in his 90s have been the state's two other coronavirus victims.

Of Louisiana's four deaths, one was a 58-year-old Orleans Parish resident with underlying health conditions, officials said on March 14.

Texas, Colorado, Indiana, Oregon, and Virginia have reported two deaths each. 

Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Nevada, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Illinois have reported a single death in each state. 

One person who died in California was likely exposed to the coronavirus on the Grand Princess cruise ship. That passenger had disembarked, but at least 21 people who were on board in early March tested positive.

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The ship has unloaded passengers at the Port of Oakland. Sixty-two people on board had been on the last voyage with the person who died in California.

Two passengers and 19 crew members have tested positive, but it is still unclear how many of those people are from the US, so they do not yet factor into the country's total number of cases.

The healthy US passengers will be quarantined for 14 days at military bases in California, Texas, or Georgia. Crew members — including some who tested positive — are staying on the ship.

New York has reported 2,480 cases and 16 deaths.


The state's first case was a 39-year-old Manhattan healthcare worker who had recently traveled to Iran.

On March 10, Gov. Andrew Cuomo enforced a one-mile "containment area" around New Rochelle, which is believed to be the epicenter of the state's outbreak.

State officials declared a state of emergency on March 8. 

At a news conference on March 17, Cuomo said experts project that New York's coronavirus outbreak will peak around the start of May and overwhelm the state's healthcare system. The only way to mitigate this, he said, was diligently-observed social distancing.

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The US is halting visas for Mexican guest workers, and farmers say it'll disrupt the food supply while grocery stores are already struggling to meet demand

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:06 AM PDT

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  • The State Department is halting most visa processing for Mexican guest workers amid the coronavirus pandemic, prompting concerns from US farmers who rely on their labor to harvest crops.
  • Growers say the new restriction "threatens our ability to put food on Americans' tables."
  • The news comes while grocery stores across the country have been subjected to panic-buying, with many running out of staple products.
  • The crops most likely to go unpicked will be leafy greens, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, and melons, one growers' association said.
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The US government is halting most visa processing for Mexican guest workers amid the coronavirus pandemic, raising fears that farmers won't be able to harvest their crops while grocery stores across the country are already struggling to meet demand.

American fruit and vegetable producers have relied for years on the guest workers, who largely come from Mexico and use H-2A visas that allow them to legally work in the US for up to a year at a time.

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