I spent a weekend in hotels, motels, and resorts for the first time in 3 months. Here are 5 ways the experience was different than before the pandemic.

I recently spent a weekend staying at hotels, motels, and resorts as they reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic. The first night, I stayed at the Aqualina Inn, a budget motel near the beach in Montauk, the easternmost village in the Hamptons on New York’s Long Island. The next night, I stayed at Gurney’s Montauk Resort […]

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Harvard and MIT are suing ICE to block its order forcing international students to leave the US if their course is online-only

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a lawsuit Tuesday against US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over a new rule that threatened many international students with deportation. The new policy said that students whose courses no longer have an in-person element because of the COVID-19 pandemic would lose their permission to be […]

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How a 41-year-old ‘house hacker’ built an $8 million-plus real estate portfolio that would let him retire now — if he wanted to

Mike Hills has developed a property portfolio worth over $8 million, and he credits ‘house hacking’ with his success. House hacking is a multi-family rental property strategy in which an investor lives in one of their units while collecting rent from the others. Hills has spent the last 19 years developing an expansive portfolio, and […]

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Gold leaps above $1,800 for the first time since 2011 as traders pile into the popular safe haven

Gold rallied above $1,800 per ounce on Tuesday afternoon for the first time in nearly nine years as virus-fearing investors rushed to safe havens, and traded above that level Wednesday morning. Year-to-date inflows for gold-tracking ETFs reached 655.6 tons on Wednesday, according to Bloomberg, overtaking full-year inflows seen in 2009. Goldman Sachs sees the precious […]

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Record funding for digital health — A tiny biotech gets $1.6 billion for a coronavirus vaccine — The Amazon vet who’s leading its COVID-19 testing project

Hello, Welcome to Dispensed Daily, your daily dose of healthcare news from Business Insider. Are you new to the newsletter? Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every day. A reminder from Dr. Anthony Fauci: We’re still “knee-deep” in the pandemic’s first wave. VCs just poured $5.4 billion into startups forging the […]

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Influencers on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok now have their own trade association. Its founder explains the industry changes she’s pushing for.

The American Influencer Council, a nonprofit membership trade association, formally launched on June 30 and is a first for the influencer industry. The goal of the AIC, similar to other trade organizations in areas like fashion and advertising, is to fill education gaps and advocate on behalf of influencers for industry reform. The AIC’s first […]

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Merkel is under pressure to cut Germany’s ties with China as the Hong Kong crisis triggers a European backlash against Beijing

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has come under heavy criticism from her own party and opposition politicians who say she is not taking a tough enough line on China. It comes amid international condemnation of China’s new security law in Hong Kong, which critics say undermines the island’s independence, and which has already seen police arrest […]

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The life and career of Alex Karp, the billionaire CEO who’s taking Palantir public in what could be one of the biggest tech IPOs of the year

Palantir, the secretive and controversial big data company, announced on Monday that it had filed to go public. Since 2004, the company has been run by cofounder and CEO Alex Karp, an unusual and eccentric leader who pursued a Ph.D. in philosophy and invested on behalf of wealthy European clients before joining Palantir. Karp is […]

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Buy these 15 stocks that are shielded from COVID-19 fallout and primed to beat the market even as virus cases spike, Evercore says

The recent spike of coronavirus cases in some states is stoking concern among investors that the economy will sustain longer-term damage. Accordingly, Evercore ISI has compiled a list of stocks to buy that are shielded from the pandemic fallout and primed to beat the market. Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter Investing […]

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Investors bought about $1.1 billion in private bonds backed by Italy’s most powerful mafia over the last 3 years

Institutional investors bought private bonds backed by Italy’s most powerful organized crime group in the past three years, according to a Financial Times report. Pension funds, hedge funds, family offices, and a private Italian bank bought about 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) of the debt. In one deal, investors bought bonds linked to assets sold […]

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