Some COVID-19 traveling nurses are making $8,000 a week

DENVER — In March, Claire Tripeny was watching her dream job fall apart. She’d been working as an intensive care nurse at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colo., and loved it, despite the mediocre pay typical for the region.

But when COVID-19 hit, that calculation changed.

She remembers her employers telling her and her colleagues to “suck it up” as they struggled to care for six patients each and patched their protective gear with tape until it fully fell apart. The $800 or so a week she took home no longer felt worth it.

“I was not sleeping and having the most anxiety in my life,” Tripeny said. “I’m like, ‘I’m gonna go where my skills are needed and I can be guaranteed that I have the protection I need.’ ”

In April, she packed her bags for a two-month contract in then-COVID-19 hot spot New Jersey, as part of

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Between 9,500 and 19,500 Americans could die of COVID-19 during Christmas week, CDC warns

♦ Field hospitals have opened in Rhode Island as cases surge there.

Jobs report will show how much pandemic is squeezing hiring — 1:08 a.m.

By Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Friday’s monthly US jobs report will help answer a key question overhanging the economy: Just how much damage is being caused by the resurgent coronavirus, the resulting curbs on businesses and the reluctance of consumers to shop, travel and dine out?

The Labor Department will issue the November jobs report at 8:30 a.m.

Data shows Americans couldn’t resist Thanksgiving travel — 12:06 a.m.

By Stephen Groves, The Associated Press

Americans couldn’t resist the urge to gather for Thanksgiving, driving only slightly less than a year ago and largely ignoring the pleas of public health experts, who begged them to forgo holiday travel to help contain the coronavirus pandemic, data from roadways and airports shows.

Vehicle travel in early November

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Jobless claims fall 75,000 to 712,000 in Thanksgiving week, but layoffs still high

Unemployment in the U.S. is in danger of rising again because of the record coronavirus outbreak.


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The numbers: New applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fell in late November for the first time in three weeks — probably due in part to the Thanksgiving holiday — but new jobless claims remain stubbornly high.

The latest decline, though welcome, is unlikely to dispel fresh worries about rising layoffs and a slowdown in hiring after a record wave of coronavirus cases. A variety of indicators point to a softening labor market.

Initial jobless claims dropped by a seasonally adjusted 75,000 to 712,000 in the seven days ended Nov. 28. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast initial jobless claims to total 780,000.

Another 288,701 people applied for benefits through a temporary federal-relief program that expires at the end of the year, the government said Thursday.

The combined number of new

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Google Set to Win EU Approval for Fitbit Takeover Next Week

(Bloomberg) — Google is set to win conditional European Union approval for its $2.1 billion takeover of health tracker Fitbit Inc. this month, people familiar with the discussions said.



a hand holding a remote control: An attendant shows a Fitbit Inc. Ionic smartwatch for a photograph at the Wearable Expo in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. The trade show featuring wearable devices and technologies runs through to Jan. 19.


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An attendant shows a Fitbit Inc. Ionic smartwatch for a photograph at the Wearable Expo in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. The trade show featuring wearable devices and technologies runs through to Jan. 19.

The deal could be approved as soon as next week after national competition authorities give their opinion, said the people who asked not to be named because the procedure isn’t public. The EU usually consults the so-called advisory committee on mergers days before it issues approval.

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Google announced its plans to buy Fitbit in November 2019, noting that it would use the smartwatch maker to improve its lagging hardware business. Clearing regulatory obstacles for the deal come in a tough climate

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Unemployment Claims Drop, but Holiday Week May Be a Factor

New claims for unemployment benefits dropped for the first time in three weeks, the government reported Thursday, but the economy remains under pressure as Covid-19 cases surge and fresh restrictions on businesses loom in some states.

The Thanksgiving holiday is likely to have delayed the filing of claims, and economists warn there will be more job losses ahead if the pandemic worsens.

“It’s still bad,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at the accounting firm Grant Thornton in Chicago, noting that recent job losses were broad and concentrated in industries that were hit hard early in the pandemic: food services, health care, retail establishments and hotels.

Nearly 714,000 people filed initial claims for state unemployment insurance last week, compared with 836,000 the week before, the Labor Department reported. With seasonal swings factored in, last week’s total was 712,000.

“People don’t apply as much when there are holidays,” Ms. Swonk added. “There

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712,000 workers filed jobless claims last week as pandemic rages

The latest data shows the ongoing pain of the pandemic on the labor market.

Another 712,000 workers filed jobless claims last week, the Department of Labor said Thursday, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on the labor market.

The weekly jobless claims tally fell slightly after rising for the past two consecutive weeks. It still remains well above pre-pandemic records.

The DOL also said the total number of people still claiming some form of unemployment insurance through all programs topped 20.1 million for the week ending Nov. 14.

1.5 million workers claimed benefits for the comparable week in 2019.

Many of the unemployment benefits are currently set to expire at the end of the month unless lawmakers approve a new stimulus bill.

The states that saw the largest increases

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US states plan to sue Facebook next week

A group of U.S. states led by New York is investigating Facebook Inc for possible antitrust violations and plans to file a lawsuit against the social media giant next week, four sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The complaint would be the second major lawsuit filed against a Big Tech company this year. The Justice Department sued Alphabet Inc’s Google in October.

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More than 40 states plan to sign on to the lawsuit, one source said, without naming them.

Facebook declined to comment. A spokesman for the New York attorney general’s office declined to comment.

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The Federal Trade Commission, whose commissioners met on Wednesday, could file a related complaint with an administrative law judge

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New this week: Selena series, ‘Shameless’ and Shawn Mendes

This week’s new entertainment releases includes a new album from pop heartthrob Shawn Mendes and separate Christmas TV specials from Carrie Underwood and Mariah Carey

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.

MOVIES

— Film history fans will get a meal out of David Fincher’s “Mank,” about “Citizen Kane” screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz who is masterfully played by Gary Oldman. Shot in gorgeous black and white, “Mank” transports you into the depression era studio system, Upton Sinclair’s bid for governor, William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies’s elegant parties and to that bungalow in Victorville where the first draft of the classic Orson Welles film was composed. Available on Netflix on Friday, “Mank” is

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NFL Week 13 teaser pick rankings: Taking the 49ers to keep rolling and six more teams to consider teasing

Our Teaser of the Week stayed in the win column with the Giants pulling out the outright win despite not covering the closing line and the Packers taking care of business, and the cash moves us to 7-4-1 on the year with our top two teaser options each week. And it’s a good thing we have a nice cushion heading into Week 13, because the options aren’t great.

Only two teams offer classic advantage teaser options this week, but I’m hesitant to tease the Raiders down under -3 on a road trip out east for a second straight week, even going against the putrid Jets. We dodged a bullet teasing the road Giants last week, and I’m in no hurry to try it again so soon.

I’ve done the legwork of going through all the lines as of Tuesday night and identifying the best teasing opportunities. Below, I’ve ranked all

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McDonald’s McRib returns this week, sparking celebration among fans of the polarizing sandwich



a cut in half sandwich sitting on top of a table: A McRib is seen at a McDonald's restaurant back in 2010. David Paul Morris/Getty Images


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A McRib is seen at a McDonald’s restaurant back in 2010. David Paul Morris/Getty Images

McDonald’s McRib returns to menus across the US on Wednesday, December 2. 

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The fast-food giant confirmed to Business Insider that the sandwich would be rolling out nationally for the first time since 2012. In the past, the McRib has returned to some, but not all, locations across the US for a limited time every year — sparking confusion and frustration from McRib fans in areas where the item was not on the menu. 

“They kept hyping it up more and more and just teasing the McRib lovers with something they’d never get,” Matt — a McRib superfan who created the site McRibGate — told Business Insider. 

Read more: McDonald’s McRib is returning to menus across America for the first time in 8 years, sparking celebration among the obsessive

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