Day: September 15, 2020

A Job That Isn’t Hard to Get in a Pandemic: Swindlers’ Helper

Denise Newton, 24, who was contacted by a company called Heies this year after she lost her job, in Birmingham, Ala., Aug. 13, 2020. (Wes Frazer/The New York Times)
Denise Newton, 24, who was contacted by a company called Heies this year after she lost her job, in Birmingham, Ala., Aug. 13, 2020. (Wes Frazer/The New York Times)

After the fitness center where Denise Newton worked closed down in April because of the coronavirus, she posted her résumé online to look for a new job. She soon got a call from a company she had never heard of.

The woman who phoned from the company, Heies, invited Newton to apply for a job as a “local hub inspector.” When she started work in May, Newton began receiving boxes with Apple Watches and laptops in them. Her job was to open the boxes, check the contents and then mail them off to foreign addresses.

But something was off. The boxes were suspiciously plain, even though they included brand-name products. The name on the labels was never Newton’s. When she asked

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Science mag makes first endorsement in 175 years, taps Biden

NEW YORK (AP) — Even though Scientific American had never endorsed a presidential candidate in the magazine’s 175-year history, its top editor said Tuesday there was little internal debate over a decision to back Democrat Joe Biden.

Editor-in-Chief Laura Helmuth said President Donald Trump’s administration was much worse for the scientific community than the magazine had feared.

The magazine’s endorsement was posted online Tuesday, a day after Trump questioned the science of climate change in relation to the California wildfires. Helmuth said the timing was coincidental and the editorial was written during the past two months.

Scientific American said that “the evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has basically damaged the United States and its people because he rejects evidence and science.”

The editorial by senior editor Josh Fischman sharply condemned Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The magazine criticized Trump for seeking cutbacks in scientific

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Va. high school community stages ‘Let them Play’ rally at state capitol

Virginia community stages ‘Let them Play’ rally at state capitol originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Parents, coaches and student athletes of northern Virginia high schools met in Richmond at the state capitol Monday as a part of the “Let them Play” campaign — an initiative designed to pressure state officials into hastening a high school sports return to play.

The Virginia branch of “Let them Play” consists of prominent community leaders such as Stone Bridge head coach Mickey Thompson, Dan Bruton of Briar Woods and Paul Troth of Champe. The leader of the rally, though, was Leesburg resident Holly Wiles. Wiles, the mother of Stone Bridge quarterback and Tulane commit Billy Wiles, believes it’s time student athletes leave the sidelines and return to the field.

“We firmly believe kids should be playing sports,” Wiles said. “We believe the benefits far outweigh the risks. It does not make sense to

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‘A turning point’

Louisville is paying its largest settlement yet in the death of Breonna Taylor. Smoke from the West Coast is making its way eastward. And did John Bolton unlawfully disclose classified information?

It’s Alex. Let’s get to the news.

But first, the cutest creature in the galaxy is back: Baby Yoda returns, as adorable as ever, in the first trailer for Season 2 of “The Mandalorian.”

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$12 million, and the promise of reform

It’s been six months since Breonna Taylor, a 26-year old Black woman, was fatally shot by police in her apartment. In the wake of her death, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced Tuesday a “substantial” financial settlement — $12 million — with Taylor’s family and attorneys Ben Crump, Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker present. In addition to the payment, the deal includes several policing reforms 

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Apple Fitness+ subscription service unveiled alongside Series 6 Watch

Apple has unveiled a new personalised workout subscription service alongside new smartwatches and tablet computers.

Fitness+ collects health data gathered by an Apple Watch and then displays it alongside workout videos shown on a larger display.

The platform will compete with existing fitness apps on iOS from Peloton, Les Mills and Fiit.

It also poses a challenge to Fitbit, whose wearables benefit from their own health-coaching subscription service.

As many had forecast, Apple decided to hold back details of its next iPhones for a separate event.

Yoga and dance

Like some of its rivals, Fitness+ also allows competitive users to see how their own efforts compare with others who have completed the same fitness routine previously.

“Health-tracking continues to be a major focus for Apple, and its new Fitness+ service signals its intent to generate more revenue from its products in this area,” commented Leo Gebbie from the consultancy CCS

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iPhone giant unveils new iPad, Apple One subscription bundle and Apple Watch 6 with blood oxygen monitor

Apple has unveiled an all-in-one monthly subscription in an attempt to put the tech giant squarely at the centre of people’s digital lives.

The “Apple One” subscription will charge up to £30 a month for a bundle of services such as Apple Music, iCloud and a newly-announced fitness programme, and is designed to boost revenues from outside its iPhone division.

It came as the company unveiled an Apple Watch with a blood oxygen sensor, saying it would work with researchers to investigate whether the wearable device could detect early signs of Covid-19. 

Apple also unveiled several new versions of its iPad, sales of which have boomed as families have been stuck at home during the pandemic.

The string of announcements came during a virtual version of Apple’s September event, an annual affair in which the company typically unveils new iPhones.

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Oppenheimer: 3 Stocks That Could Surge Over 100% From Current Levels

So far, September has been a wild ride of ups and downs. Following the recent bout of volatility, stocks have ticked higher again. But as uncertainty regarding another rescue program and the presidential election continues to linger, where does the market go from here? Weighing in for Oppenheimer, Chief Investment Strategist John Stoltzfus argues that any market dips appear “relatively contained and orderly,” and present longer-term investors the chance to find “babies that got thrown out with the bathwater.” He noted, “For nervous investors the recent downdraft has presented opportunity to take some profits without FOMO (fear of missing out).”As for the tech heavyweights that powered the market’s five-month charge forward, the strategist believes “current expectations that technology stocks will remain under pressure for some time seem exaggerated.” Stoltzfus adds that the “core of technology stocks did not

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Everything Apple revealed at its September event

Everything Apple revealed at its September event
Everything Apple revealed at its September event
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Apple just unveiled two Apple Watches and iPads, and a lot more. Here’s a look back at our livestream, featuring everything Apple revealed at its September event on Tuesday.

Right off the bat, Tim Cook says Apple will focus on two products during this event: Apple Watch and iPad. Guess Mark Gurman was right!

Cook is walking around Apple’s spaceship campus introducing anecdotes from people about how the Apple Watch saved their lives. (As our writer Rachel Kraus noted, Apple doesn’t outright claim that the Apple Watch saves lives.)

Image: Apple/screenshot

And we have the Apple Watch Series 6!

Apple says its new Blood Oxygen app can measure your blood oxygen concentration in 15 seconds and can give an overall picture of your heart and lung health.

Good news, mountain climbers!

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Will Canada have a ‘massive shutdown’ in the second wave? Tam ‘concerned’ about regions with rising cases

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety.

Currently, there are more than 6,771 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada (with more than 134,900 diagnoses so far) and 9,100 deaths. Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s reported COVID-19 cases have recovered.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

September 15

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Why Chrissy Metz Is ‘Excited’ About This Is Us Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic in Season 5

Maarten de Boer/NBCUniversal This Is Us

When season 5 of This Is Us returns this fall, viewers will see the Pearson family navigate the realities of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Creator Dan Fogelman told fans in August that the NBC drama will “attack things head on” by addressing the global health crisis and other current events. With the season 5 production kicking off later this month, the actors have already gotten scripts for the first two episodes. Chrissy Metz tells PEOPLE that there are many storylines to look forward to, including the pandemic-themed arc.

Speaking about the “magic of This Is Us,” Metz, 39, says the cast and crew are raring to go back to work.

“We’re going to get it done, and everybody is on board and ready to go,” she says. “We have the scripts, we’re ready to go, they’re just making sure that there

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