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The mayor of LA threatened to cut power and water to houses hosting parties after YouTube and TikTok stars kept gathering despite COVID restrictions

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said officials will cut water and power to houses that host parties, which are currently banned due to the coronavirus pandemic. Eric Garcetti said that the measure would only be used on homes that repeatedly break the rules. The announcement came a day after a huge party that ended in […]

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Warren Buffett plowed $2.1 billion into Bank of America in 12 days. Experts warn it could be years before he sees a return.

Warren Buffett bought $2.1 billion worth of Bank of America stock over 12 straight trading days. It could be years before the billionaire investor and Berkshire Hathaway chief sees a material return, experts said on Wednesday. “He could buy it for another 12 days, he can’t really fix the headwinds that are challenging the banks,” […]

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The Bank of England avoids ‘last resort’ negative rates and warns the UK economy will not recover to pre-pandemic levels until late 2021

Britain’s central bank avoided ‘last resort’ negative interest rates and held its benchmark borrowing rate unchanged at a record low of 0.1% on Thursday. Policymakers said UK economic growth is unlikely to recover to pre-pandemic levels until late 2021, while unemployment could take even longer to decline. The Bank of England revised its full-year 2020 […]

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Bridge: Aug. 6, 2020

“I know it’s often right to wait to draw trumps,” an aspiring club player said to me. “You may need ruffs or entries, or you may have something you must do first, such as setting up a fast discard for an impending loser. What’s hard for me is deciding how long to wait. Just when […]

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Word Game: Aug. 6, 2020

TODAY’S WORD — PAUPERS (PAUPERS: PAW-pers: Extremely poor people.) Average mark 22 words Time limit 35 minutes Can you find 30 or more words in PAUPERS? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — WAYLAYING wail wain waling wanly waylay wigan wily wing winy again alga align anyway away awing yang yawing yawl yawn […]

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50 million face masks bought by the UK for NHS workers — from a company with links to a government adviser — have been recalled because they don’t fit properly

Fifty million face masks bought by the UK for the National Health Service are being recalled because the straps aren’t tight enough. Ayanda Capital supplied the FFP2 respirators as part of a £252 million ($331 million) deal, signed in April, to provide personal protective equipment. The masks use ear-loop fastenings rather than ties around the […]