City Council Votes to Buy 2 Hotels: Will House 400 Homeless in December

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Residence Inn by Marriott at Kearny Mesa is sought for homeless housing.
Residence Inn by Marriott at Kearny Mesa will house hundreds of people experiencing homelessness. Image via Google Maps

The San Diego City Council took a major step Tuesday in its fight against homelessness, approving the purchase of two former hotel properties to create 332 permanent units for more than 400 San Diegans currently experiencing homelessness.

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The council, which voted 9-0, approved spending $67 million for a former Residence Inn in the Hotel Circle area and $39.5 million for a former Residence Inn in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood —locations that are expected to be move-in ready by Dec. 31, 2020.

“Allowing people to live unsafely on the streets is not OK,” City Council President Georgette Gomez said. “Today, the council took a huge leap forward by creating 332 new apartments with supportive services for more than 400

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The 10 most haunted places on Earth, from Lizzie Borden’s house to a plague zone

Just in time for tricks and treats, Travel + Leisure has come up with a list of the 30 most haunted places on Earth, from England’s 400-year-old Raynham Hall in Norfolk — where the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole is said to roam the manor house — and Venice’s Poveglia Island, a plague quarantine zone, to the Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Massachusetts.

California’s has several spooky spots on the list, including San Jose’s Winchester Mystery House (No. 19) and the Queen Mary in Long Beach (No. 6), where more than 50 people died during the liner’s 30 years at sea.

Other famous — or infamous — sites include Colorado’s Stanley Hotel (No. 11) in Estes Park, one of the inspirations for Stephen King’s book, “The Shining,” and New York City’s One If By Land, Two If By Sea restaurant (No. 14), which is haunted, some say, by the

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Meeting With Cruise Industry, CDC and White House Officials

Leaders from the cruise industry, the US Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Health and Human Services, and members of the Healthy Sail Panel joined a conference call with Vice President Mike Pence on Friday to discuss a proposal to resume cruise operations in the United States.

REPORT: Cruise Industry One Step Closer to Sailing

Notes provided from the White House give a glimpse into what was discussed in Friday’s meeting.

What Happened During the Conference Call

Pence provided an overview of the current “No Sail” order, set to expire October 31, 2020, and indicated the administration shares the cruise industry’s goal of reopening the maritime economy and particularly the cruise line industry safely sailing once again.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield cautioned that the industry would have to backstop their venture to resume operations under the 74 recommendations created by the Healthy Sail

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White House Cases Swell; Germany’s Travel Warnings: Virus Update

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Donald Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien tested positive for Covid-19, expanding a group of infections among the U.S. president’s associates. Ex-White House adviser Kellyanne Conway also has the virus, as do two key Republican senators.

Trump went to hospital for coronavirus treatment and is receiving the antiviral drug Remdesivir. A top World Health Organization official said the White House cluster needs to be properly investigated. Democratic nominee Joe Biden and Vice President Mike Pence tested negative.

Germany advised against travel to Scotland, parts of northern England and most of the Netherlands because of the risk of infection. India’s death toll passed the 100,000 mark, a milestone reached only by the U.S. and Brazil. Indonesia plans to vaccinate 160 million people, more than half the population, by the end of 2021.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases pass 34.6 million; deaths exceed 1.02 millionTrump’s hospitalization jolts White house and

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Airline Payroll Aid Blocked in U.S. House as Layoffs Pile Up

(Bloomberg) — A last-ditch effort to pass legislation in the House to prevent massive airline layoffs was blocked on Friday, ending an attempt by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bypass stalled talks to agree on a stimulus package.


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Representative Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat who was leading the push, said Republicans halted his attempt to bring up the measure, which needed unanimous backing by all House members to pass on such short notice. Republicans said they viewed the unusual maneuver skeptically.

That effectively ended hopes until next week at the earliest for payroll assistance to struggling carriers, which have already begun laying off tens of thousands of workers.

Republicans “killed this legislation, plain and simple,” DeFazio, chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said on the House floor. His legislation would have provided more than $28 billion for airlines and contractors if they held off on layoffs until

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Airline payroll aid blocked in U.S. House as job losses stack up

“Madam Speaker in plain English, what you just said is that the Republican majority killed this legislation, plain and simple,” DeFazio said on the House floor.

DeFazio, chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, appeared frustrated, at one point slamming his hand against the lectern when the chair told him he couldn’t continue talking.

The back and forth whipsawed airline stocks, which fell early in the session and then jumped on Pelosi’s announcement that she would push for a stand-alone measure to help carriers. A Standard & Poor’s index of U.S. airlines pared gains after the aid was blocked, climbing 1.7% at 3:01 p.m. in New York.

Payroll support of $25 billion for passenger carriers expired Sept. 30, prompting American Airlines Group Inc. and United Airlines Holdings Inc. to start laying off tens of thousands of employees.

“As relief for airline workers is being advanced, the airline industry must delay

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White House (Barack Obama’s) Approval of Vikki Jones’ VMH Magazine Ignites New Travel/Business Bag

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Barack Obama’s GES ( Global Entrepreneurship Summit ) included a wide range of workshops, panels, ignite talks, pitch competitions, mentoring, and networking sessions designed to give the more than 700 entrepreneurs joining from around the world an opportunity to build the skills and relationships that will help their business ventures grow.

“It was a very big moment for my company. I had to carry to-and-fro all my various mobile office equipment, my laptop, and personal luggage. I did some last minute research and saw that the press had the opportunity to go out and meet the president when he landed for the event, and there would be a press conference held at a nearby military base. I figured this would be a great opportunity for my independent media department, so I started applying for a spot as they were calling for everyone to board the

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White House overruled CDC on school reopening and cruise guidelines, reports say

Media reports in recent weeks suggest top White House officials overruled CDC on guidelines concerning the reopening of schools and cruise line operations. Meanwhile, former FDA commissioners are raising concerns about reports the White House could try to intervene on vaccine standards for the new coronavirus.

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U.S. officials as of Wednesday morning reported a total of 7,219,800 cases of the novel coronavirus virus since the country’s epidemic began—up from 7,176,500 cases reported as of Tuesday morning.

According to data from the New York Times, the rates of newly reported coronavirus cases are “staying high” in Puerto Rico and 22 states that have had a daily average of at least 15 newly reported cases per 100,000 people over the past week. Those states are Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas,

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Cruise lines bounce on stimulus enthusiasm, White House backing (NYSE:NCLH)

Cruise line stocks are among the strongest gainers in the S&P as money flows to the Consumer Discretionary sector after indications a fiscal stimulus deal could still happen.

The SPDR Consumer Discretionary Sector ETF (XLY, +1.7%) rallied to lead the broader market after Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said an “overall understanding” on a relief package with Democrats could come by Thursday.

Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCLH, +6%) is topping XLY, followed closely by Royal Caribbean (RCL, +3%). Carnival (CCL, +1.9%) is also gaining.

Along with the overall boost in sentiment, cruise lines are benefiting from a report that the White House rejecting a CDC plan to extend the no-sail rule into next year.

CDC Director Robert Redfield wanted to extend the ban on cruises, which ends today, to the end of February 2021, but was overruled, with the administration looking for an extension just through October, Axios reported

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Joe and Jill Biden reported earning $16.5 million from book deals and speaking engagements since leaving the White House

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  • Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, former second lady Jill Biden, reported earning over $16 million since leaving the White House, according to new 2019 tax returns released on Tuesday.
  • The couple reported earning $11 million immediately after leaving the White House in 2017, $4.5 million in 2018, and over $944,000 in 2019. 
  • Their tax returns showed they paid over $5.5 million in federal taxes between those three years.
  • Their main sources of income were from book deals they signed after leaving the White House and dozens of speaking engagements, with Joe Biden regularly charging six figures for a single speech.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, former second lady Jill Biden, reported earning over $16.5 million in total since leaving

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