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Hampton Inn worker fired for calling cops on Black guests; Police open ‘internal investigation’

A Hampton Inn employee has been fired after calling the police on a Black family using the hotel’s swimming pool in Williamston, North Carolina.

“Hampton by Hilton has zero tolerance for racism or discrimination of any kind. On Saturday, we were alerted to an online video of a guest incident at one of our franchise properties,” Shruti Gandhi Buckley, the Global Head of Hampton by Hilton, said in a statement to USA TODAY Monday. “The team member is no longer employed at the hotel.”

In a nearly 10-minute Facebook Live video shared across social media, a white hotel employee and two Williamston police officers approach a Black woman who is using the pool with her children. They ask the woman, identified on her social media account as Anita Williams-Wright, to prove that she’s staying at the hotel. 

“I can’t believe this happened to me and my kids,” Williams-Wright captioned the

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Penn Badgley and Chace Crawford Share Why It’s ‘Uncomfortable’ for Them to Watch ‘Gossip Girl’

Penn Badgley and Chace Crawford are reflecting on their Gossip Girl days. On the latest installment of Variety‘s Actors on Actors series, the former co-stars reminisce about their time on the teen soap and reveal why they don’t watch episodes of it today.

While Badgley watched the series with his wife, Domino Kirke, years back, he didn’t have a positive viewing experience.

“She had never seen it, and that’s the last time I can remember seeing an episode. I remember even then, it has nothing to do with the show, but it was very hard to watch,” he recalled. “These snapshots of yourself when you’re 20, 21, 22 years old. Who can enjoy that? Sometimes it’s just uncomfortable.”

Despite that experience and not having seen the show “in so long,” Badgley admitted that it’d be “very interesting to watch it now.”

“Buddy, you have to strap me to a

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How the Americana Association Decided Show Must Go On With Live Awards, Virtual Music Conference

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The storm may have been too strong for most music-biz awards events or conferences to go on in anything resembling their traditional form this year, but the Americana Music Association likes to think of itself as, well, more rooted than that. The org that celebrates the rootsier forms of contemporary music has had a slew of more uplifting announcements in recent weeks, since announcing that the annual AmericanaFest gathering in Nashville was, like nearly all other live events, toast.

The Americana Honors & Awards will take place at the Ryman Auditorium Sept, 16, as planned — with or without a TBD live audience — with a slate of nominees that includes Brandi Carlile, Brittany Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff, Tanya Tucker, Yola, Drive-By Truckers and the late John Prine. Moreover, the sorts of panels, conversations and live showcases that would have taken place in hotels

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How to Save Money: 101 Genius Tricks

Benjamin Franklin — a man who knew a thing or two about frugal living — once warned: “Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.”

From grocery shopping to impulse buys, the choices we make every day have a huge impact on our budget. With these 101 money saving tips, you’ll learn how to spend less and pocket more no matter the day or time of year. Incorporating as many of these hacks into your life as possible could be a real game-changer for your finances — especially since it’s nearly impossible not to find something new on this list that you haven’t tried before.

Our 101 savings tips fall into the following categories:

Everyday lifestyle tweaks Online shopping apps and strategies Food and drink Travel Regular bills and subscriptions Energy and automobile savings Eliminate fees and interest charges Seasonal savings Plus: How to save money

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Tripadvisor CEO to Trade Traffic Goals for More Repeat Usage

The CEOs of both Booking Holdings and Expedia Group have, in recent months, used the term “connected trip” to describe a vision of combining disparate trip elements into a package they service at all stages. But Tripadvisor prefers to focus on a concept it calls “the considered trip.”

That’s the word from Tripadvisor co-founder, president and CEO Steve Kaufer, who spoke with Skift Executive Editor Dennis Schaal for Skift Forum Europe, which took place Tuesday.

“As other players come into online travel — Google, in particular, with a big share of search traffic — where can we stand out?” asked Kaufer rhetorically. “What should be our north star to follow in how we’re serving our customers?”

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“The answer is the ‘considered trip,’ the long weekend or week where you’re taking somebody who says they’re interested in explore location X,” Kaufer said. “We piece

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New ‘pandemic potential’ found in China; New Jersey bans smoking, drinking at casinos

As COVID-19 cases surge across the nation, more states are moving to combat the spread of the virus: Oregon and Kansas are the latest states that will begin to require face masks in public.

“Modeling from the Oregon Health Authority shows that if we don’t take further action to reduce the spread of the disease, our hospitals could be overwhelmed by new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations within weeks,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said. “The choices every single one of us make in the coming days matter.”

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy announced late Monday that the state would pause its planned reopening for indoor dining and banned smoking and drinking at Atlantic City casinos set to reopen this week.

And in China, researchers are concerned about a new swine flu strain in pigs that could have “pandemic potential.”

Here are some major developments:

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top

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New Zealand to host APEC 2021 as cyber-summit

New Zealand said Tuesday that next year’s APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders will be held online, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warning there is no guarantee the global coronavirus pandemic would be over by late 2021.

The annual 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation gathering was due to be held in Auckland in November 2021, attracting thousands of delegates, diplomats and journalists to New Zealand’s largest city.

But with international travel crippled and the World Health Organization warning the pandemic is “not even close to being over”, Ardern said her country was making an early call to stage the summit as a virtual event.

“There are benefits to holding a face-to-face meeting… however this is a period of uncertainty,” she told reporters.

“We simply can’t guarantee what will be possible by the end of next year… we need to provide certainty, as a host, about how we’ll operate and that’s what we’ve

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Hampton Inn employee fired for calling cops on Black guests at the pool; Hilton apologizes

A Hampton Inn employee has been fired after calling the police on a Black family using the hotel’s swimming pool in Williamston, North Carolina.

“Hampton by Hilton has zero tolerance for racism or discrimination of any kind. On Saturday, we were alerted to an online video of a guest incident at one of our franchise properties,” Shruti Gandhi Buckley, the Global Head of Hampton by Hilton, said in a statement to USA TODAY Monday. “The team member is no longer employed at the hotel.”

In a nearly 10-minute Facebook Live video shared across social media, a white hotel employee and two Williamston police officers approach a Black woman who is using the pool with her children. They ask the woman, identified on her social media account as Anita Williams-Wright, to prove that she’s staying at the hotel.

“I can’t believe this happened to me and my kids,” Williams-Wright captioned the

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Mt. Everest on National Geographic

Journalist Mark Synnott, left, and photographer Renan Ozturk in the new special "Lost on Everest" on National Geographic. <span class="copyright">(Matt Irving/National Geographic)</span>
Journalist Mark Synnott, left, and photographer Renan Ozturk in the new special “Lost on Everest” on National Geographic. (Matt Irving/National Geographic)

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America’s Got Talent The auditions continue with judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara, guest judge Eric Stonestreet and host Terry Crews. 8 p.m. NBC

DC’s Stargirl Pat (Luke Wilson) tries to teach Courtney, Yolanda, Beth and Rick (Brec Bassinger, Yvette Monreal, Anjelika Washington and Cameron Gellman) the importance of teamwork in this new episode of the superhero adventure series. 8 p.m. The CW

Ghost Adventures Zak, Nick and Aaron seek out the spirit of Frank Sinatra at a Las Vegas hotel,

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WHO issues ‘worst is yet to come’ warning; European Union to extend American travel ban

As coronavirus cases climbed in the U.S. and across the globe, the World Health Organization director general warned “the worst is yet to come” and European Union leaders were ready to extend the ban on American travelers for at least two more weeks.

Adjustments were being made to help slow spreading of the disease. Jacksonville, Florida, which is scheduled to host the GOP convention, is mandating masks, though it’s not clear for how long. Broadway stages will remain dark through 2020.

Also, a drug company’s steep price for remdesivir, a drug that has proved to shorten recovery times for severe COVID-19 patients by about 31%, is drawing criticism.

Some good news? The nation’s leading infectious diseases expert remains “cautiously optimistic” that a vaccine could be widely available by year’s end.

Here are the most significant developments of the day:

  • Worldwide coronavirus cases surpassed 10 million, while more than 504,000 across

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