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Trump claims campaign rallies are 'very safe' as the coronavirus spreads, even as some European countries ban large gatherings

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:45 AM PST

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Washington, to attend a campaign rally in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Associated Press

  • President Donald Trump insisted it is "very safe" to hold campaign rallies, which often involve gatherings of thousands of people, as the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread in the US. 
  • This comes as several countries, including Switzerland and France, have banned large gatherings of people as a way to slow the virus' spread.
  • The virus has so far spread to more than 60 countries and infected more than 88,000 people. The disease COVID-19 has killed more than 3,000 people.
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President Donald Trump insisted it is "very safe" to hold campaign rallies, which often involve gatherings of thousands of people, as the Wuhan coronavirus continues its spread in the US. 

When asked by a reporter on Monday whether he thought it was "safe or appropriate" to hold rallies during a public health crisis, Trump first dodged the question and said Democrats should be asked the same question. 

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The best disinfecting cleaners

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:45 AM PST

The world can be a germy place and as we interact with others, we share bacteria. Some bacteria are actually good for our body systems but other, viral strains like measles, flu, and colds can be dangerous. And, fungal infections like athlete's foot, while not life-threatening, are pretty uncomfortable.

To help combat against them, there are products available that do a great job of killing bacteria. Disinfecting cleaners come in many forms and you are sure to find one that fits your needs. You may see the words "antibacterial," "sanitizing," or "disinfecting," which are used interchangeably by many companies. But take time to look for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration number that ensures the product has met EPA requirements for killing germs. If there is no number, you're just wasting your time and money.

Key ingredients to also look for are pine oil, quaternary ammonium compounds, sodium hypochlorite, phenols, and ethanol. Different active ingredients kill different types of bacteria. A good disinfecting cleaner will list which bacteria, fungi, and viruses it is intended to kill.

With a young grandson, I'm particularly concerned about all the germs he brings home from school. So, I've been testing disinfectant cleaners on a regular basis. I'm not a microbiologist, so I rely on the EPA ratings about killing specific bacteria. But along with what I use in my own home, I've been testing products for decades as a home economist for companies and publications. I am giving you the disinfecting products that are the easiest to use, least damaging to surfaces, and the best value.

Read on in the slides below to discover our top picks to disinfect nearly every surface and fabric in your home.

Here are the best disinfecting cleaners:

Prices and links are current as of 3/2/2020. Due to fears of coronavirus, many of these products are quickly selling out or appearing at prices well above market retail. We're doing our best to keep this guide updated with in-stock purchase links.

The best overall


Bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses are quite common. With Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant Spray you can kill bacteria without needing to rinse counters to remove the cleaner.

Salmonella and E. coli are just two of the bacteria that are common in our food sources, among the many other germs on our hands that we risk bringing into the kitchen. While all of the EPA-registered disinfectants will kill those bacteria if used properly, they require an extra step of rinsing if used around food preparation areas. Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant Spray eliminates that rinsing step.

With a rapid kill time of only 30 seconds, the product is also quick drying. With the designation of a Safer Choice Product by the EPA (registration number 84368-1-84150), it is safe to touch nearly instantly. Simply spray on a cutting board, baby's crib railing, or pet's chew toy and you can use it safely without rinsing.

While it doesn't pretend to deep-clean surfaces, it is safe to use on plastics, metal, granite, sealed wood, and upholstery to kill germs, thanks to its patented ethyl alcohol technology. While it works perfectly to disinfect toys and every room in my home, I use it frequently on kitchen counters, door and cabinet hardware, and appliance handles and touchpads.

First introduced to the mass market in 2016, the product is offered in 32-ounce spray bottles and in a 1-gallon jug that can be used to refill spray containers. If you would prefer an unscented version, try Purell Professional Foodservice Surface Sanitizer.

Because it isn't a general consumer product, it may be harder to find at your local store. 

Pros: No rinsing needed, safe to use around food, kills 99.9% of bacteria, designated as an EPA Safer Choice product

Cons: Not readily available in all mass-market stores

The best for laundry


Bacteria can cling to fabrics for several hours after exposure and athlete's foot fungus continues to multiply in our damp clothes hamper. If you are looking for one product that will sanitize your laundry and not damage your clothes, Lysol Laundry Sanitizer Additive is your best bet.

While most viruses and bacteria are transmitted during human-to-human contact, some can be transmitted from inanimate objects like clothes. Sanitizing laundry is particularly important if someone in your home is ill or has a compromised immune system. Healthcare workers and anyone working with young children should also take precautions, especially during any community healthcare crisis.

We've all heard that hot water kills germs. That's not always true, and the water in our clothes washers doesn't reach the necessary temperature anyway. Plus, many fabrics simply can't stand up to hot water. What to do?

Chlorine bleach is an effective disinfectant but it can't be used on colored clothes or on synthetic fabrics safely. It's time for Lysol Laundry Sanitizer Additive (EPA registration number 777-128). This product contains a phenolic disinfectant that is safe to use in any water temperature, in both standard and high-efficiency machines, with any detergent, and on any washable fabric.

I simply add it to the rinse cycle and make sure that the cycle is set for at least 16 minutes. To be effective, the product and water must be in contact with the fabrics for a period of time, so be sure to follow the bottle directions carefully. The clothes come out feeling soft and lightly scented with the Lysol Crisp Linen fragrance.

I recommend it for any clothing worn close to the body, children's clothes, and bed linens to protect against possible cross-contamination.

Pros: Comes in three fresh scents, easy-to-use, kills 99.9% of bacteria on fabric, no chlorine bleach

Cons: Those with sensitive skin may react to dyes or scents, but they do make a Free & Clear version

The best for nonwashable goods


Available in a dozen scents, Lysol Disinfectant Spray kills 99.9% of bacteria on fabrics and hard surfaces making it a clear top performer.

When a family member was sick with the flu or a cold, did he stay in bed or wander out to the couch, use the TV remotes, and head to the kitchen to grab a snack from the refrigerator? If it's the latter, he probably left some bacteria for everyone else.

That's why you need a good disinfecting spray like Lysol (EPA registration number 777-127). This is not just an air-freshener: It contains the ingredients necessary to kill bacteria and is safe to use on fabrics and hard surfaces.

The key to proper protection is to cover the surfaces with the mist and allow them to remain wet for 30-seconds or up to 10 minutes. The active ingredients in the spray need time to work. Drying times for a specific virus are listed on the container. If you are spraying surfaces that will be used for food preparation, they should be rinsed with clean water after the Lysol has dried. The same applies to toys that children might put in their mouths.

If Crisp Linen is not your thing, there are 11 other scents to choose from to protect your family. 

Pros: Disinfects fabrics and hard surfaces, kills 99.9% of bacteria, available in a dozen fragrances

Cons: Not available in an unscented formula, surfaces used for food preparation and children's toys must be rinsed with water before use

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Forget in-unit laundry — the ultra-wealthy want to see a chef's kitchen or an ocean view in their real-estate listings

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:43 AM PST

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Whether you're looking to buy a home, rent an apartment, or invest in a second property, you've probably read your fair share of real-estate listings.

In the midst of an industry flooded with new tech, words used to market properties continue to hold importance and influence first impressions. 

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YouTube star CloeCouture, who has 6 million subscribers, explains why she quit the platform after 9 years: 'I was working on growing my channel more than myself'

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:42 AM PST

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  • Cloe Feldman, 22, is a popular YouTube creator with over 6 million subscribers, known as CloeCouture.
  • Feldman launched her YouTube channel when she was 14 years old, and since then, she has treated it like a job, earning money through the ads that play in her videos and through sponsorships. 
  • But Feldman, who announced on Feb. 13 that she would be taking a permanent step back from YouTube, will instead be focusing on developing a career in music going forward.
  • Business Insider spoke to Feldman about her career switch, and she said that as grew up, she felt she was working more on growing the character CloeCouture, who wore glittery crowns and lived in a fantasy world, than her actual self.
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Cloe Feldman uploaded her first video to YouTube when she was 14 years old. 

YouTube was her creative outlet. She filmed makeup tutorials on a flip camera propped up on a tall stack of books, and to focus in on her eyes as she did her eye shadow and mascara, she held a magnifying glass over the camera lens.

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Wuhan residents on coronavirus lockdown are facing food shortages

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:40 AM PST

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  • Last month, some residents at the center of the coronavirus outbreak were barred from leaving their neighborhoods. 
  • These measures, some of the most restrictive yet, are putting a strain on Wuhan residents.
  • Some Wuhan, China, residents have no access to food in their neighborhoods and are being forced to order groceries in bulk on WeChat with their neighbors so they can have the food delivered to their homes. 
  • Smaller communities who don't have enough neighbors in one area are unable to have food delivered to their homes if they cannot meet the minimum order requirement for delivery. 
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Barred from leaving their neighborhoods, some Wuhan residents can only get food by group ordering groceries with their neighbors through Chinese messaging apps, such as We Chat, so that they can get food delivered to their homes, the AFP reported. 

Last month, Wuhan public officials passed some of the most restrictive measures since the outbreak of the coronavirus in the city.

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Coronavirus is raising fears about US military evacuations — here are 9 times the US pulled out in a hurry

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:39 AM PST

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  • Covid-19, also known as the coronavirus, has raised concerns all over the world, including at US military bases where troops and their families are stationed.
  • The health risk hasn't risen to the point where evacuation is necessary, but if it does, there's precedent for how it's done.
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Most duty stations overseas are overwhelmingly safe, but sometimes bad things happen. When it goes down, military members and dependents need to be evacuated in a hurry.

Most recently, the threat isn't global terrorism, hostile forces or a natural disaster — it's COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus.

While the coronavirus has not yet triggered evacuations from military bases overseas, it's not something anyone can rule out at this point. There have been facility closures in Vicenza, Italy, and bases in Germany are preparing for a potential lockdown.

A soldier in South Korea is the first US military member to contract the disease, and a military dependent has also tested positive in South Korea. So combating the spread of the virus is no doubt a top priority for military brass. The best way to do that would be to keep the military out of harm's way entirely.

And it wouldn't be the first time the US left in a hurry. If history serves, it's better not to mess around.

1. Cyprus, February and July 1964.

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On December 21, 1963, violence erupted between Greek and Turkish residents of Nicosia, the capital of the island nation. Two Turkish Cypriots were killed, and eight others, both Greek and Turkish, were wounded. In the days that followed, armed bands of opposing ethnic groups roamed the city streets, shooting indiscriminately. In what came to be known as "Bloody Christmas," dozens were killed.

By February, the United Nations was ready to send in 10,000 peacekeeping troops to reassert law and order. On February 9, however, bombs went off near the American embassy. Almost immediately, the US government ordered the evacuation of all military personnel and dependents. In July 1964, more would be evacuated to Beirut after the toppling of the Greek-led government in Nicosia. Turkey would invade the island later that month.

2. South Vietnam, 1965.

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It might come as a surprise that, at the outset of the American involvement in Vietnam, more than 1,800 US military dependents accompanied service members in Saigon.

As the Johnson administration ramped up its attacks on the North, however, American dependents were forced to leave. Military dependents were returned to the United States, but many diplomatic and intelligence officials' families discussed forming "exile colonies" in Thailand and Hong Kong.

"A couple of hours away is better than 20 hours aways," one wife told an Associated Press reporter.

3. South Vietnam, April 1975.


On April 3, 1975, President Gerald Ford announced that the Vietnam War was over for the United States in a speech at Louisiana's Tulane University. He also announced that C-141 Starlifter aircraft had begun to repatriate American troops, personnel and their dependents, along with Vietnamese orphans.

Over that month, almost 400 US Air Force sorties evacuated 45,000 people from South Vietnam as North Vietnam closed its grip on the southern capital of Saigon. But the US ambassador and embassy staff, along with thousands of South Vietnamese refugees, remained.

In the closing days of April 1975, the US launched Operation Frequent Wind, in which Marine Corps and Air Force special operations helicopters departed from Navy aircraft carriers to evacuate the remaining American officials and whatever refugees they could. In the mission's last two days, 71 helicopters flew more than 2,000 air sorties between Saigon and the 7th Fleet.

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Target cancels investor meeting over coronavirus fears and plans to webcast the event instead

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:38 AM PST

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  • Target will webcast a planned presentation to investors, scheduled for Tuesday, instead of meeting in person.
  • Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and others have also recently canceled or pulled out of events over coronavirus concerns.
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Target said Monday that it has canceled an in-person meeting in New York with investors over coronavirus concerns.

The retailer will instead webcast the meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday morning, the company said.

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Future of Fintech: Funding's New Guard

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:32 AM PST

Over the last decade, fintech has established itself as a fundamental part of the world’s financial services ecosystem.

Today, fintech financing is surging across the globe, despite major banks remaining cautious about acquisitions.

Instead, three emerging trends are fueling the current fintech boom: new geographical fintech centers, more late-stage mega-rounds, and the rise of fintech-focused venture firms.

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The 19 election nights you need to know for the 2020 Democratic and Republican presidential primaries and caucuses

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:29 AM PST

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  • In 2020, there are 19 key dates to know in the lead up to the US presidential election.
  • Each night will bring Americans closer to knowing who the presidential nominees are.
  • By June 6, the Democratic Party's nominee should be clear. Here are all the dates you need to know.
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From now until to June, 18 nights will confirm who the 2020 presidential candidates are.

It's likely that President Donald Trump will be the Republican's candidate, but the race for the Democrat's nominee is still wide open.

The Iowa caucus on February 3 was the first election night of the year, followed by New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. Super Tuesday on March 3 is the biggest night, with 15 states and territories reporting results.

Business Insider previously broke down the differences between primaries and caucuses. In a primary election, voters can turn up to vote for whichever candidate they prefer. There are two types: open and closed. Open primaries mean anyone can vote, even if the person is planning to vote for Republicans later. Closed primaries only allow those who are registered in the party to vote.

Caucuses are when voters head to venues and listen to debates and candidates' supporters, and then decide who to vote for. Candidates often need to meet certain thresholds in order to get delegates.

Here are all the important nights you need to know in the lead up to Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

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February 3, 2020

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  • Iowa

February 11, 2020

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  • New Hampshire

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Take a look at these Korean apps helping people avoid areas infected by the coronavirus

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:25 AM PST

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  • The coronavirus outbreak that originated in China has killed 3,000 people and infected more than 89,000, according to recent totals.
  • The virus has spread to at least 60 other countries, and killed 125 people outside of mainland China. South Korea has the most known infections outside of China.
  • Some apps in South Korea track outbreaks, and have been among the most downloaded apps in the Google Play Store over the last week.
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The death toll of the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, is now more than 3,000, and the virus has infected more than 89,000 people worldwide, most of them in China.

On January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared it a global health emergency. The virus has disrupted travel worldwide, leading to flight cancellationsquarantines, and other breakdowns in movement. The virus has spread to 60 countries and is now on every continent except Antarctica. Some experts have said it could become a permanent virus that humans face, akin to the seasonal flu, though health officials have stopped short of calling it a pandemic.

With more than 3,000 cases, South Korea has the most confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, of any country besides China. On Sunday, the country reported 813 new cases, a record in South Korea. In response to the virus, some developers have created apps that track known information about COVID-19 and outbreak locations.

Take a look at two of the apps here. 

Corona 100m was launched on February 11, and has since been downloaded over one million times, CNN Business reported.

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Source: CNN Business

The app collects data from public government info including the Korea Centers for Disease Control to show the date a patient was diagnosed with COVID-19, along with the person's nationality, age, gender, and where they visited.

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If a person using the app comes within 100 meters, or about 328 feet, of a place where a person carrying the virus has been, they get a push notification warning — the app's namesake.

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The growing list of applications and use cases of blockchain technology in business and life

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:24 AM PST

As Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been picking up steam, focus has turned to blockchain – the underlying distributed ledger technology (DLT) that powers these digital currencies.

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Blockchain technology is simple to understand at its roots. Basically, the tech exists as a shared database filled with entries that must be confirmed by peer-to-peer networks and encrypted.

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'There is absolutely going to be an explosion in the number of identified cases' of coronavirus in the US. A Yale healthcare expert explains why you shouldn't panic.

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:23 AM PST

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The United States is expected to see its number of coronavirus cases soar in the upcoming days, but according to Yale professor Howard P. Forman, a practicing radiologist and expert in healthcare management, you shouldn't be alarmed.

The confirmed number of coronavirus cases will likely appear to skyrocket, Forman explained in an interview with Yale Insights Sunday. But the documented numbers will increase because existing cases will become properly tested and identified.

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Before-and-after photos show how fear of the coronavirus has emptied out Europe's biggest tourist attractions

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:23 AM PST

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  • In the last few weeks, Europe has seen a spike in coronavirus cases, with the most severe outbreak in Italy.
  • Attractions like The Louvre Museum in Paris, as well as the main cathedral in Milan, have closed due to fears of the virus spreading even further.
  • These pictures show the visible difference between Europe's most notable landmarks before the outbreak, and during.
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The coronavirus has since spread to Europe, and is ravaging the tourist industry there.

Its arrival was marked by a dramatic spike in cases in the Lombardy region of Italy, the country with the worst outbreak outside of Asia.

Since then, some of Europe's most notable landmarks have seen their number of visitors dwindle, or been closed down completely for fear of furthering the spread.

These before-and-after photos show how individual tourist landmarks have been left totally abandoned by the coronavirus outbreak.

BEFORE: The Piazza del Duomo in Milan is the biggest attraction in the city.

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The piazza includes some of Milan's most important buildings, including the Duomo di Milano and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Over five million people visit the Duomo every year, according to Culture Trip.

AFTER: The famous square is now looking eerily empty as the number of cases in Italy continues to climb.

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Milan's Duomo and La Scala opera house closed to visitors on February 25. Schools, universities, theatres, and cinemas have also been shut in the city, according to The Guardian.

"It's extremely empty. I've never experienced anything like this," Angela Trapani, a Milan local, told the newspaper.

Milan is only a one-hour drive from Lombardy, a region in northern Italy which remains largely on lockdown due to coronavirus fears.

Source: CNN

BEFORE: The Spanish Steps in Rome are a UNESCO world heritage site which attracts millions of picture-taking tourists every year.

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In August 2019, the tourist site was so popular that people were fined $278 (€250 ) if they were caught sitting on the steps, The Guardian reported.

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We tried Away’s first-ever tote bags — here’s what we thought after using them for work and travel

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:21 AM PST

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  • Away recently released its first-ever tote bags in two styles — the vertical Longitude and the horizontal Latitude Tote Bag, that can be used as an everyday bag or attached to the back of the popular suitcases during travel.
  • The Longitude and Latitude Tote Bags ($245) come in five colors: Black, Navy, Pine, Buff, and Ruby.
  • We tested them out and found that while Away's totes are practical and simple bags that we would happily take to work, the bags would need a few extra touches, most notably a zippered interior and a cross-body strap, to be travel-friendly totes.
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Whenever you go to the airport, you're bound to see direct-to-consumer startup Away's sleek and simple hardshell carry-on suitcases. These suitcases are practical (most have built-in chargers for extra convenience) and minimalistic, which has helped make Away's luggage popular. 

Away sells other products aside from luggage, such as packing cubes and weekender bags. Recently, Away debuted two new leather tote bags, the Longitude Tote Bag and the Latitude Tote Bag, to complement its luggage. 

The vertical Longitude Tote can hold up to a 13-inch laptop, and the horizontal Latitude Tote can hold up to a 15-inch laptop.  The tote bags are made from Italian leather and have a detachable band on the back that can attach to the handle of your Away suitcase. A magnetic strip keeps the totes closed, and each bag has a removable key clip and pouch, both of which are secured by small post and ring attachments. The bags also have a personalization option for an extra $25 — you can get up to three letters stamped in either metallic gold or silver. Other than these features, the tote bags have no other frills.

We tested out Away's newest leather tote bags, using them as our work bags and while traveling. You can read our full reviews below, but to summarize: Our consensus is that this bag makes a great everyday bag and can hold a surprising amount of your possessions. However, the fact that the bags do not close completely with a zipper or have a crossbody strap for extra traveling convenience makes us second-guess the bag's practicality as a dedicated travel bag.

We tried Away's $245 tote bags. Here's what five women thought: 


Longitude Tote Bag, $245

As much as I try to streamline my bag, I always wind up schlepping 20 pounds of stuff on a daily basis. I usually carry a Cuyana zippered tote with an organizer inside, so I was disappointed when Away's tote didn't have a built-in organizer or even the option of a separate insert. Instead, the tote is a bottomless pit in which I'm always stabbing myself as I search for my keys, water bottle, or anything else.

What the tote has going for it is the structure and cool magnetic clasp. No matter how much I throw in there, the tote always holds its shape and the bottom doesn't sag unlike my Cuyana one. The magnetic clasp comes in clutch and is much more convenient than unzipping every two minutes, though it's not very secure if I overstuff my tote.

I also like the additional strap that can loop around the handle of a suitcase. I haven't used it yet, but I imagine it'll come in handy when I use the tote as my personal bag when traveling.

The long detachable key strap has been the most handy feature. Instead of searching for my keys every time I leave and enter my apartment, I just pull out the strap and my keys are right there. It's a longer strap than most other key loops so I don't have to unhook my keys for it to reach the security plate on my building door. —Jada Wong, senior editor


Longitude Tote Bag, $245

I've been carrying this bag as my work tote for a while now, but I'm just going to warn you before you keep reading that I don't think this is a particularly great travel bag. 

The things I love about it are plenty, so I'll tell you about that first: The handles are long enough to fit over my shoulder even with a giant puffer coat on. It's also roomy, goes with anything, and the monogram is a sweet touch. I like the little pouch and key loop that snaps onto the inner wall of the bag, though I've found that they come detached from the bag a little too easily. 

As a travel tote, I do feel that it's missing a couple of key elements. There's no laptop pouch in the bag, which shouldn't be a deal-breaker if you only intend to use it for vacation travel, but it might be inconvenient for people who plan to use it as a daily tote for commuting to work.

There's also no zipper, which, if you're storing your bag underneath a seat on an airplane, means your stuff is going to spill out onto the floor and be difficult to access. The small leather strap meant to hold it upright on your suitcase handle is great, but it would be even greater if that strap were adjustable and extended to let you carry the tote as a cross-body bag. 

I carried my Away bag on a trip to Paris where I used it as my daily tote, and to make it a little more versatile, I took the strap from another black purse and hooked it into the same ring that the small suitcase strap was attached to. I carried it cross-body for most of my trip, and I truly did love having this bag with me — I just wish Away would have thought to include that longer strap themselves and add a zipper to the tote. —Sally Kaplan, senior editor


Longitude Tote Bag, $245

I have a love-hate relationship with this bag. While I can only say positive things about Away's suitcase, it's not as simple here. 

The leather is light but substantial, the dark green pine color is beautiful, the main compartment is spacious and sleek, and the straps are the perfect length. I love the monogram touch. And there are plenty of design hacks that I appreciate, like the effortlessly useful magnetic closure, the removable exterior strap, and the removable key leash. But, like Connie and Sally, I wish there was a zippered interior so I could shove this under the plane seat in front of me, and I would like if the next generation also included a removable cross-body strap for sightseeing. 

After a month of daily use, I've also noticed that the once-stable interior pocket has started to pop off occasionally, as the leather rings have begun to stretch out and don't hold securely to the posts. This isn't the end of the world, but it is an annoyance that could maybe be solved by longer metal connecting pieces. 

All in all, I still opt to use this as my daily bag because the positives outweigh the negatives. But I have high hopes the next generation will make this an even better travel bag. —Mara Leighton, senior reporter

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A US doctor predicts a 'massive surge' in coronavirus cases nationwide in the coming weeks, but says this is 'not the zombie apocalypse'

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:20 AM PST

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  • Dr. Dena Grayson issued a warning on Twitter that the United States could be facing a "massive surge" in coronavirus cases.
  • COVID-19 will impact "every single state, very likely and very very soon," she predicted. 
  • In the US, 78 people have tested positive for coronavirus and two people have died, as of Monday.
  • Although the situation is likely to worsen, "it is not the end of the world" and people can take precautionary measures to protect themselves and others, Grayson said.
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A doctor on Sunday made a grave prediction about coronavirus in the United States, but, with it, offered some good news.

Dr. Dena Grayson wrote on Twitter that, after spending years trying to develop a medical treatment for Ebola, she is "VERY concerned" about COVID-19 evolving into a pandemic.

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Intel quizzed attendees to a big meeting on possible coronavirus exposure, before ultimately deciding to postpone it (INTC)

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:19 AM PST

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  • Intel has postponed Intel Labs Day, an event meant to highlight its latest research. How the tech giant arrived at the decision highlights the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus crisis.
  • Intel had initially tried to push through with the gathering where roughly 100 people, including Intel's top researchers and members of the media, were expected to attend.
  • The company had quizzed would-be attendees on whether they had been to the the countries most seriously affected by the virus, including China, South Korea and Italy.
  • They were also asked: "Have you been within 2 meters (approx. six feet) for 30 minutes or more of anyone confirmed to be sick with the Coronavirus in the last 14 days."
  • Intel eventually decided that it was more prudent to postpone the meeting.
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Intel Labs Day became another casualty of the coronavirus crisis after the tech giant decided to postpone a big R&D meeting with its top researchers and the media.

How Intel came to that decision underscores the uncertainty surrounding the crisis, which has led some tech companies and organizations to embrace more cautious policies.

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Here are the last days you can register to vote for the 2020 primary elections in every state and how to do it

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:10 AM PST

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  • The deadlines for registering to vote vary by state, and can be notoriously hard to track down.
  • Each US state and territory has its own dates and rules for registering to vote in person, online, and by mail, for both the primaries and the general election.
  • This chart lists all the dates for registering before the primary elections for 2020. Links for more info on each state's dates are available below.
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The 2020 US primary elections are upon us. If you aren't registered, you can't vote.

Typically, the three ways you can register are online, by mail, or in person. A few states also let you register on the day as long as you have the right documentation. But most make you do it ahead of time.

Here are the last days Americans can register to vote in every state and US territory:

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Alabama's primary election will be on March 3, 2020. Voters must register in person by February 14, or by mail or online by February 17.

For more information visit Alabama's Secretary of State.


Alaska's primary election will be on April 4, 2020. Voters must register by mail, online, or in person, by March 5.

For more information visit Alaska's Division of Elections.

American Samoa

American Samoa's primary election will be on March 3, 2020. Voters must register in person or by mail by February 3.

For more information visit American Samoa's Election office.

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6 horror movies coming after 'The Invisible Man' that could be box-office hits this year

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:07 AM PST

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  • Horror movies had a rough start to the year at the box office with disappointments like "The Turning" and "Brahms: The Boy II."
  • But "The Invisible Man," which hit theaters over the weekend, is the first horror hit of 2020 and could be a sign of good things to come for the genre.
  • Anticipated horror sequels like "A Quiet Place Part II" and "Halloween Kills" will likely drive audiences to theaters.
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The horror genre is one of the most dependable genres at the box office, but it got off to a rough start this year.

Disappointments like "The Turning" ($18 million worldwide so far) and "Brahms: The Boy II" ($16 million so far) didn't excite audiences, but 2020 finally got its first horror hit over the weekend with "The Invisible Man."

The movie earned $29 million domestically and $49 million globally in its debut off of a $7 million production budget. The modern update on the classic tale is the first monster movie from Blumhouse — the production company that specializes in low-budget horror movies — in its partnership with Universal Pictures, which has a first-look deal with it.

"The Invisible Man," directed by Leigh Whannell and starring Elisabeth Moss, has likely revived Universal's monster-movie strategy after the disastrous performance of 2017's "The Mummy" derailed its planned "Dark Universe" connected universe.

The movie has also revived the box-office prospects for horror movies this year. Beyond "The Invisible Man" are expected hits, from anticipated sequels like "A Quiet Place Part II" and "Halloween Kills" to a reboot of the horror classic "Candyman."

Below are six horror movies coming to theaters this year that could set the genre on a hot streak:

"The Hunt" — March 13


Universal and Blumhouse's "The Hunt" was originally scheduled for release in September, but was postponed following the August mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Universal announced last month that the movie would be released on March 13 (yes, Friday the 13th).

Before it was even postponed the movie had caused a stir among conservatives for seemingly featuring liberal elites hunting "deplorables." Business Insider's Jason Guerrasio saw the movie and wrote that while it's a "twisted, violent satire," that's not what the movie is about.

Universal is using the controversy to its advantage, though. The movie's poster features the slogan: "The most talked about movie of the year is one that no one's actually seen. Decide for yourself." With the conversation surrounding the movie and a modest budget at $14 million, Blumhouse could soon have another hit on its hands.

"A Quiet Place Part II" — March 20


"A Quiet Place," which follows a family fighting to survive against monsters that hunt by sound, was one of the biggest box-office surprises of 2018. It raked in $340 million off of a $17 million production budget. So it wasn't shocking when Paramount quickly greenlit a sequel, in which star Emily Blunt has returned along with director John Krasinski.

In its long-range forecast last month, projected "A Quiet Place Part II" to make $72 million domestically in its opening weekend, which would be more than the $50 million debut of the first movie. 

"A Quiet Place Part II" comes at a time when Paramount, which has struggled at the box office in recent years, is desperate for franchises. Fortunately, the movie also comes soon after the studio's "Sonic the Hedgehog" movie premiered to impressive numbers. 

"Spiral: From the Book of Saw" — May 15


Chris Rock is rebooting the "Saw" franchise with "Spiral," starring Rock and Samuel L. Jackson.

After "Saw: The Final Chapter" in 2010, Lionsgate attempted to revive the franchise with an eighth movie, "Jigsaw," in 2017 to decent results. It made $103 million worldwide off of a $10 million production budget. But "Spiral" will offer an entirely new take on the series, based on an original story by Rock that is sure to intrigue both fans of the long-running horror franchise and general moviegoers. 

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Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric who grew the company's stock price by 4,000%, has died at the age of 84

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:07 AM PST

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Jack Welch, an influential American businessman and former CEO of General Electric, has died at the age of 84.

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Source: CNN, The New York Times

Jack was the CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001.

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Source: Forbes

Under his leadership, the company's revenue grew from $25 billion to $130 billion, its income from $1.5 billion to $15 billion, and its market capitalization from $14 billion to $400 billion.


Source: Business Insider, The New York Times

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'STOP BUYING MASKS': US Surgeon General warns wearing face masks could 'increase the spread of coronavirus'

Posted: 02 Mar 2020 09:04 AM PST

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  • US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Monday that wearing face masks could actually increase a person's risk of contracting COVID-19, echoing remarks he made on Saturday that called for people to "stop buying masks."
  • In a similar stance, Vice President Mike Pence, the head of the US coronavirus task force, said on Saturday that the "average American" does not need to "go out and buy" a mask to protect themselves from coronavirus.
  • However, Pence also said the US is working with 3M and other manufacturers to produce at least 35 million more masks per month.
  • Photos and reports have shown masks and other supplies flying off the shelves as Americans grapple with the possibility of an outbreak in the US.
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US officials including Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Vice President Mike Pence have urged people against buying and wearing masks to protect themselves from the new coronavirus.

In an interview on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" on Monday, Adams said wearing face masks could actually increase a person's risk of contracting the coronavirus.

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