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Congress may slap limits on the next stimulus checks

It’s been more than three months since President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act, the law that provided those $1,200 “stimulus checks” (and direct deposits and debit cards) to give Americans some financial relief from the coronavirus pandemic.

But maybe you could use more help. The outbreak is still raging and is worse than ever in many states. And millions are still struggling to meet expenses and deal with rising debt as unemployment remains high and incomes are squeezed.

So, the question keeps coming up again and again: When will there be another round of relief money?

White House and congressional officials are indicating that day may be getting closer, but they’re also suggesting new payments may come with limits.

Sorry to break it to you, but you may not get any cash this time.

How the next payments could be restricted

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The best credit cards for groceries of 2020

Shop for groceries with these credit cards, and you can clean up the rewards in aisle three.
Shop for groceries with these credit cards, and you can clean up the rewards in aisle three.

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Groceries are an essential living expense—especially now that you may be spending more time stuck at home and less time visiting friends or dining out. Not only are Americans currently spending more on groceries, the price of meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and other goods has steeply increased.

Maybe you already have a card in your wallet that rewards you for paying recurring expenses like your telephone bill or gym membership. Adding a grocery rewards card to the mix can help

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Johnny Depp threatened to throw Amber Heard’s pet dog out of a speeding car window, court hears

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arriving at the High Court in London - Victoria Jones/PA
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arriving at the High Court in London – Victoria Jones/PA

Johnny Depp dangled his former wife’s pet dog out of a speeding car window during a furious row in which he physically assaulted her, a court has been told.

During the argument in March 2013, early in their relationship, the Hollywood superstar grew so angry with Amber Heard that he also allegedly tried to set fire to a painting she owned, accusing her of having an affair with its painter, the artist Tasya van Ree.

The High Court in London was told on Wednesday that as the row continued on the way to a film set the next morning, Mr Depp – said to be still high on cocaine and whisky – dangled Ms Heard’s tiny terrier Pistol out of the speeding car window.

A few weeks later he sent a series of disturbing texts

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Key points at a glance

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered his summer economic plan to help the UK economy recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

It includes plans to protect jobs, help younger workers and encourage spending with measures such as a VAT cut for leisure activities and a restaurant voucher scheme.

Here is a summary of the main points.

‘Job retention bonus’ to encourage firms to retain furloughed staff

  • A one-off £1000 payment to employers for every furloughed employee retained to the end of January 2021
  • Applies to workers earning over £520 per month, UK-wide
  • Cost estimated at up to £9.4bn

Six-month VAT cut for restaurants, hotels and attractions

  • Value added tax cut from 20% to 5% from 13 July to 12 January 2021 for selected areas
  • Food and non-alcoholic drinks in restaurants, pubs and cafes, as well as hot takeaway food will be covered
  • Accommodation in hotels and B&Bs and admission
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Walgreens to open 500 to 700 in-store clinics with primary care doctors in deal with VillageMD

The doctor will see you now … at Walgreens.

Walgreens plans to staff 500 to 700 of its stores with primary care doctors in the next five years in a partnership with medical services provider VillageMD.

The company, which has nearly 9,300 locations in the U.S., announced the plan Wednesday morning, saying it would also invest in VillageMD.

It will open the primary care clinics under the brand Village Medical at Walgreens. The clinics will be spread out among more than 30 markets, with more than half located in locations that are underserved by medical professionals.

The move marks the latest evolution in the drug store sector’s pivot away from retail floor space toward more healthcare services.

Walgreens’ archrival, CVS, has invested in its own in-store clinical services brand called MinuteClinic, which is offered at about 1,100 locations. CVS is also opening up to 1,500 HealthHUB locations that will include

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A beginners guide to gardening: How to get started

Gardening can be a rewarding hobby, so if you're new to it, these are the tools, seeds, bulbs and books you need: iStock
Gardening can be a rewarding hobby, so if you’re new to it, these are the tools, seeds, bulbs and books you need: iStock

For many, the lockdown was a chance to get in the garden and start growing flowers, plants, vegetables and other foliage.

The Independent recently reported on a survey of 2,000 people, conducted by LV General Insurance in June, that found millennials have spent twice as much on their gardens then other people during lockdown.

As the weather got warmer, but lockdown rumbled on, months on end staying at home became the perfect time to dedicate to cultivating your own green space.

We’re currently well into summer (despite what it looks like outside), and while the sunny skies you may have been hoping for are as unreliable as ever, if you are looking to get into gardening, or improve what you’ve learnt so far, now is a great

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30 Biggest Do’s and Don’ts When Buying a Car

Whether you’re buying a new or used car, knowing what to do — and what not to do — can mean the difference of hundreds or even thousands of dollars over the term of your loan and the life of your vehicle.

Whether it’s your first car or your fifth, these 30 car-buying tips can help you win the negotiation and save money. Before even setting foot in a dealership, make sure you’ve put yourself in a position to leverage the best car deal possible.

Last updated Jan. 16, 2020

1. Do: Consider the Type of Car You Need

There’s no shortage of different kinds of cars for sale, so the first thing to consider is how you’ll use your car. You might want to buy a dream car but it might not fit your lifestyle. Evaluate your family’s needs, the demands of your commute and the vehicle’s central purpose

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Nurses Who Battled Virus in New York Confront Friends Back Home Who Say It’s a Hoax

Nurses who traveled from across the country to work in New York City hospitals saw the horrors of the coronavirus up close. They rushed patients to overcrowded intensive care units, monitored oxygen levels and held the hands of the sickest ones as they slipped away.But now that many of the nurses have returned home to states in the South and the West, they’re facing a new challenge: persuading friends and family to take the virus seriously.”A few times I’ve lost my temper,” said Olumide Peter Kolade, a 31-year-old nurse from California who grew up in Texas and spent more than three months treating patients in New York. “When someone tells me that they don’t believe the virus is real, it’s an insult. I take it personally.”On the way to

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Hoboken Coronavirus Testing Site Closes Temporarily; Updates

HOBOKEN, NJ — Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in an update on Tuesday night that the city’s uptown coronavirus testing center will close from Wednesday through Sunday, but alternatives are being offered in nearby towns during that time.

“Dr. Brahmbhatt informed me that he is unavailable for the next three days, which will result in the Riverside testing site at 14th and Jefferson Street to be closed until Monday,” Bhalla said. “We wish Dr. Brahmbhatt and his staff a restful and well-deserved time off.”

Testing demand has remained high in this mile-square city of 53,000 people, particularly with the mayor recently saying that cases are rising again.

Over the past two days, the city’s volunteer emergency response team has fielded 400 calls for testing, Bhalla said.

In addition, Bhalla and Gov. Phil Murphy have said that New Jerseyans returning from 19 states with coronavirus spikes should get tested and self-quarantine

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Myriad Genetics, OptraHEALTH Partner to Offer Cancer Knowledge

Myriad Genetics, Inc. MYGN recently announced a collaboration with OptraHEALTH with the aim of implementing a cognitive ChatBOT, Gene. The AI-powered ChatBOT will provide genetic and financial assistance information to prospective patients of hereditary cancer.

Notably, the Gene knowledge platform, which is a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliant, has a BOT interface and can answer a variety of health-related questions about hereditary cancer. The ChatBOT interfaces with Myriad’s online hereditary cancer quiz.

Myriad Genetics is currently planning to launch the Gene ChatBOT for its Foresight and Prequel prenatal tests and for companion diagnostic testing in oncology in the latter half of 2020.

With the recent partnership, Myriad Genetics aims to boost its oncology portfolio on a global scale. This portfolio includes various molecular diagnostic tests, all of which comprise the broader Molecular Diagnostic Testing business.

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The ChatBOT Gene is designed to automate a pre-test process

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