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Florida changes COVID-19 regulations, what does this mean for Disney?

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The Mayor of Orange County, Florida Jerry Dennings, recently announced that the state of emergency over the county will be lifted, creating fewer COVID-19 restrictions. This means Disney World may see fewer restrictions as well ... more
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Treasury Department wants Congress to regulate cryptocurrency to help stabilize it

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On Monday in a report issued by the Treasury Department, they said that federal regulators should be given more power from Congress. The power would be to regulate stablecoins, a new and quickly growing type ... more
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People want to know what long COVID-19 does, why it happens, researchers still have questions

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Since the pandemic began almost two years ago, many people have learned more about COVID-19, but long COVID-19 is still hard to understand. People refer to it as different things, like post COVID, long COVID, ... more
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There is no reason to be concerned about the AY.4.2 variant of COVID-19

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Experts have said that Americans do not need to worry about AY.4.2, or the delta plus variant. At the moment this variant makes up for about 10% of the cases in the U.K. and stems ... more
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Are you one of the 17 million Americans missing out on free stimulus money?

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Many Americans have cashed in on the free money when it comes to COVID-19 relief aid, but few are taking full advantage of federal aid already available. There are programs you can set up through ... more
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Supreme Court will be hearing a major second amendment case that could upend the amendment as we know it

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Today, Wednesday Nov. 3, the Supreme Court will be discussing what the Constitution will say when it comes to carrying firearms in public. New York State officials are attempting to create stricter limitations on carrying ... more
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These states are giving families an additional $95 in food stamps for November

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The ongoing pandemic is still causing issues for families trying to afford food, and in November 24 states have decided to extend additional food stamp benefits. In October, 45 states extended benefits. The benefits were ... more
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What will happen to my social security when I die?

‘Unacceptably long wait times’ at the Social Security office
Many older Americans and their loved ones survive off of social security benefits. Some feel stressed or worried that their loved ones will lose what they rely on to take care of themselves, so what ... more
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Some workers should amend 2020 tax returns if still waiting for $1,189 unemployment tax refund

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Some workers are still waiting for that $1,189 unemployment tax refund they paid taxes on this year. Around 430,000 refunds were sent out this week with an average worth of $1,189 per check. Unemployment benefits ... more
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Workers at Garlock in Palmyra go on strike: 300 workers walk out citing low pay in latest offer

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Nearly 300 workers at Garlock in Palmyra have gone on strike. The walkout was caused by a contract dispute between workers and management. Garlock is one of Wayne County's largest employers, but members of the ... more
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McDonald’s drive thru reopens in Auburn after temporary closure due to remodeling

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The McDonalds drive thru is open again in Auburn. Remodeling has been underway at the restaurant along Grant Avenue, which resulted in the drive thru being temporarily closed. A spokesperson for the company says it ... more
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Some households are eligible for $900 in child tax credits this month, is yours one of them?

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Some families signed up for the child tax credits late, and they may get $900 this month to make up for it. They'll also receive $900 for the December payment. Those who will be getting ... more
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3.35 million more Americans will be getting $1,100 stimulus checks by the end of December

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California taxpayers may be eligible for another check worth $1,100 by the end of the year. The Golden State Stimulus II checks will be going out and the California Franchise Tax Board estimates around 9 ... more
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Fourth stimulus checks will be sent out this month in some states, is your state one of them?

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There are some states in the U.S. that will be sending out checks to its residents this month, check to see if yours is one. Many states are choosing to still help their residents after ... more
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More couples are able to get social security benefits now, are you one of them?

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Typically in a marriage, the spouse has always been able to collect on social security if they were married for nine or more months. Now, same sex couples have that same benefit. Due to early ... more
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ELECTION RESULTS: Big changes in local politics after consequential day of voting across Finger Lakes

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Looking to get caught up on elections from around the Finger Lakes? We have full-results below. Those will be updated as new numbers are released by county election offices. Before you sift through results down ... more
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Why hasn’t the FDA approved the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for kids yet? They want to investigate rare side effect

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The FDA has announced they need more time to decide if the Moderna vaccine should be approved for kids ages 12-17. A rare side effect called myocarditis, which is the inflammation of the heart muscle, ... more
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Is it too early for Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You?” Experts say no

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Social media and retail stores are already starting to overflow with Christmas celebrations, and it's only November 2. Experts say that decorating and celebrating earlier is a good idea and it makes people feel happier ... more
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Thanksgiving turkeys may be twice as expensive this year

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U.S. turkey prices are expected to be much higher this year compared to the last couple of years, as well as in much higher demand. Wells Fargo did the math and found that a turkey ... more
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Some New York firefighters call in after refusing to follow vaccine mandate

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Thousands of firefighters across New York State have called in in protest of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Around 2,000 firefighters used sick time, but the FDNY commissioner Daniel Nigro called their use "bogus" due to ... more
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This 5-year-old population is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, Sinovac

Second COVID-19 booster now available to many New Yorkers
The Ministry of Health reports that Cambodia plans to start vaccinating children as young as 5 with the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine Sinovac. MoH’s Secretary of State stated that all 5-year-olds in every city and province ... more
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