Duke plans mass COVID-19 testing and mix of in-person and online classes this fall

Duke University is planning to bring students, faculty and staff back to campus in August with new safety precautions, including mass COVID-19 testing, adjusted classroom layouts and revised housing options in dorms and hotels.

The school also announced the plan for its student-athletes to return to campus, beginning with football players on July 12.

The news comes as state health officials say they are concerned about the recent increase in

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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

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Joe Biden blasts Trump, offers alternatives to coronavirus response

WILMINGTON, Del. – Joe Biden blasted President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday and announced a plan to control the virus that he said Trump should adopt immediately. 

During a speech at Alexis I. duPont High School in Wilmington, Biden outlined the plan, which includes increased testing and rigorous contact tracing. It follows a road map that Biden released in March which he said would have saved lives

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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

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Which Ones Make More Money Than You?

Although fans won’t be back in stadiums for the rest of this season’s Major League Baseball games, the mascots will be. The MLB reversed a ruling banning mascots from the park amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, the Associated Press reported. Mascots can now be in the stands, though they are not allowed on the field, which could possibly mean that mascot traditions like the Sausage Race in

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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

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With bankruptcies surging, 2020 may become one of the busiest years for Chapter 11 filings since the Great Recession

Twelve midsize to large corporations – all with more than $10 million in debt – filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection during the third week of June, another consequence of the coronavirus pandemic and continued trouble in America’s oil industry.

The filings represent the highest weekly total of the year, and experts believe this is just the beginning of a bankruptcy tsunami that will wash over the country’s largest companies

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On The Beach hunts for bargains amid travel sector chaos

Two men set up sun umbrellas at the beach in Praia da Luz, in Portugal's Algarve coast - Armando Franca/AP
Two men set up sun umbrellas at the beach in Praia da Luz, in Portugal’s Algarve coast – Armando Franca/AP

The coronavirus crisis has caused demand for travel to nosedive and sent airlines into freefall, but holiday retailer On The Beach is keeping its eyes peeled for deals.

Britain’s biggest online travel agent has built up a £50m war chest in a bid to increase its market share by scooping

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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

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How ‘AGT’ is reshaping season during COVID-19, from no audiences to outdoor Judge Cuts

What is the sound of 10 hands clapping?

“America’s Got Talent” fans will find out when the NBC summer reality competition returns Tuesday (8 EDT/PDT), with acts performing only for the four judges and host Terry Crews – along with crew members – in an otherwise empty Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

It’s the first episode of Season 15 to reflect the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which sidelined entertainment production when

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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

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New ‘pandemic potential’ found in China; Arizona delays opening of schools; kids sports march on

A new pandemic threat could be simmering in China while at home more states are tightening restrictions aimed at tamping down an alarming boom in coronavirus cases.

Arizona delayed the start for in-class learning for the 2020-21 school year. 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

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Contract workers for summer festivals look for job options amid COVID

CBS News is chronicling what has changed for the lives of residents across the nation in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Spring and summer in San Francisco are typically the busiest seasons of the year for Stephanie Mufson. 

Her small business, Parade Guys works with a group of 30 to 40 contractors to create floats and large displays for many of the parades in Northern California. A team of painters,

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LVMH expects pandemic to dampen sales for some time yet

PARIS (Reuters) – The fallout from the coronavirus crisis will weigh on LVMH’s earnings for some time yet, though there were some signs of recovery this month, executives at the world’s biggest luxury goods group said on Tuesday.

Second quarter earnings at the owner of Louis Vuitton and other brands will be hit particularly in Europe and the United States, Chairman Bernard Arnault told a shareholder meeting, conducted online.

“We

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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.

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EU puts 14 countries on ‘safe list’, but excludes the US

Canada made the list of 14 safe non-EU countries - Getty
Canada made the list of 14 safe non-EU countries – Getty

The EU has announced 14 countries whose citizens can be let into the bloc from July 1, but the US, China and Brazil have been left off the list.

The list includes Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco and South Korea. The EU has suggested it will add China once the Chinese government offers a reciprocal deal for EU travellers.

Border

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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

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‘Upload’ offers a familiar digital future. But the details make it disturbingly funny

Robbie Amell is living in a digital afterlife, with Andy Allo as his customer service representative in the Amazon Prime comedy "Upload." <span class="copyright">(Katie Yu/Amazon Studios)</span>
Robbie Amell is living in a digital afterlife, with Andy Allo as his customer service representative in the Amazon Prime comedy “Upload.” (Katie Yu/Amazon Studios)

Greg Daniels, who developed the American version of “The Office” and co-created “Parks and Recreation” — which translates as “never has to work again and can rest comfortably on his laurels” — has instead created a new series, “Upload,” streaming now on Amazon Prime. (For

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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

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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)

During the coronavirus crisis, the Los Angeles Times is making some temporary changes to our print sections. The prime-time TV grid is on hiatus in print but an expanded version is available in your daily Times eNewspaper. You can find a printable PDF online at: latimes.com/whats-on-tv.

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