Arson, water damage: Paper ballots are fragile. But there’s a reason we don’t vote online


Returning a physical copy of your ballot is the safe option, cybersecurity experts say. The fewer people who return their ballots online, the less tempting of a target it becomes for hackers.

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This story is part of Elections 2020, CNET’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

Fire and flood have threatened paper ballots in this election, with a fire set inside a ballot drop box in Los Angeles County, California,

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This New High-Street Drop Makes Our Whole Wardrobe Feel More Premium

In the last few years, and this one in particular, it has become more than apparent that what we want from our wardrobes has changed slightly. Most would argue for the better in that we seem to be moving away from fleeting trends and toward pieces that carry longevity—purchases we can enjoy wearing time and again.

With ultra-luxe designers like Bottega Veneta and The Row unable to keep camel coats and crisp white shirts in

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How These 2 Guys Started an Online Business From Scratch and Now Travel the World – Press Release

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / November 4, 2020 / Hafiz Ahmed and Qadeer Wagriya, guys behind Madsgency, always wanted to travel the world, live the life of laptop nomads, and enjoy life. This story shows you how they made it possible.

Hafiz Ahmed hails from a middle-class Pakistani family; he, along with his parents and his siblings, had to live in one room, until he decided to strive smart for his dreams.

Likewise, Qadeer

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Driving lessons should be updated as autonomous cars ‘making drivers complacent’

Increasingly automated cars are making drivers complacent, researchers have found as they warned that learners’ lessons should be updated. 

A report by the University of Nottingham found drivers who got into semi-automated cars without training tended to be ‘overly optimistic’ about the vehicle’s abilities, leading to ‘dangerous’ driving.

They concluded that drivers should be given more in depth training than just reading the vehicle manual before getting behind the wheel of cars that can take

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Monmouth University Goes All Virtual After Thanksgiving Break

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Dems Gain Seat in Senate, but Struggle for Majority as Republicans Fend Off Challengers

The question of which party will take control of the Senate was left unresolved early Wednesday morning due to a lack of final results in a number of key races.But Democrats’ path to flipping Republicans’ 53-seat Senate majority narrowed significantly Tuesday night as key Republicans held off promising, well-funded challengers and managed to flip a seat in Alabama thanks

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Japan debuts literal ‘hands-free’ vending machine for contactless purchases

Whether it’s robot waiters or self-driving couriers, the tech sector is coming up with solutions in the socially-distanced age. Now a company in Osaka, Japan debuted the first-ever foot-operated vending machine.

The innovative design, created by DyDo, aims to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The “hands-free” vending machine dispenses food and drinks, but customers use foot pedals to make their selections.

For contactless payments patrons just tap their phone onto the machine’s display. There’s also

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Want To Leave The Country? Here’s How Much It Costs To Move Abroad.

We may not know the results of the 2020 election for several days or even weeks. But whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden ultimately wins the presidency, you may not be happy with the direction our country is headed.

“No matter who wins the election, I fear it will take longer than our lifetime to bring America back to pre-2016 election attitudes,” said Julie Darling, a recent expat.

Darling, her partner and their three dogs

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3 more Bay Area escape room games to enjoy from home

Escape games offer plenty of escapist fun, whether you’re trying to unlock treasure or flee from a sinister abandoned cabin, locked lab or strange museum. Here are three ways to play from home.

‘Ghosts of Craven Manor’ & ‘The Dark Tower’

The creation of Saratoga native Jack McCarthy, Fantasy Escape Games take you inside two immersive, family-friendly escape rooms, including the poltergeist-centric “Craven Manor” and magical “Dark Tower.” The ghostly game launched last month for

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Epic Ideas for Getting Ready for the Holidays

‘Tis the season to make merry and ESSENCE staffer NöNe -Dunivan is here to help you get ready for some pretty epic holidays. See how to deck the halls and create a cozy setting for quality family time.

To gear up, NöNe and her two kids headed to Walmart to find everything on their list to have some holiday fun, from décor to crafts—and even yummy snacks!

Set the Scene

Create a super cozy, warm

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3 Stay-at-Home Tech Stocks to Buy Right Now

The COVID-19 crisis crushed many stocks over the past year. Yet many “stay-at-home” tech stocks, which benefited from the rise of remote work, online education, and other at-home activities, rallied as the market dipped.

That enthusiasm could wane after the pandemic ends, but the recent wave of new infections worldwide indicate the crisis is far from over. These three stay-at-home stocks could still have room to run if the crisis deepens: Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ:ZM)

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Early offers from Boots, Superdrug and The Body Shop

<p>Stock up your bathroom shelf, or splash out on loved ones for Christmas this November</p> (The Independent )

Stock up your bathroom shelf, or splash out on loved ones for Christmas this November

(The Independent )

Every year, Black Friday is an opportunity to bag a bargain across thousands of brands.

While traditionally, Black Friday began as just one day of discounts, which happened the day after Thanksgiving, it has quickly expanded to cover the entire weekend and Cyber Monday.

This year the sale has got even bigger, with some retailers – including

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M&S’ Is Selling Snow Globe Clementine Gin Baubles For Christmas 2020

If any year requires a bit of extra sparkle it would have to be Christmas 2020. Lucky for us then, last year’s sellout M&S Snow Globe clementine gin is back in bauble form for the upcoming festive season. What’s more, these exclusive little bottles light up because this isn’t just any gin, this is Mark’s and Spencer’s gin (sorry, had to).

Resembling decorative little snow globes, the baubles come in a set of three (£12)

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5 Ways to Incorporate Antique Hardware Into Your Home

Being a transplant to the South, I noticed that antiques — decor items 100 years old or more — are big here, relatively speaking. And, according to online interior design service Modsy, the antique movement is gaining steam across the nation — maybe not an entire home filled to the brim with antiques, but people are certainly adding some interesting antique details here and there that can add depth to any design aesthetic.

I’m fortunate

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Social media that’s anti-social: Giants’ Golden Tate’s wife proves family members can cause locker room tension, too

It’s always been difficult for athletes to avoid controversy on social media. With the world at their fingertips, hundreds have made comments or thrown temper tantrums that have helped them alienate teammates, fans and front offices, who have forced them to make humiliating apologies or run them out of town.

Through this election season, and during the nationwide protests for social justice, many athletes were criticized for wading into politics. That can cause problems in

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We Couldn’t Afford To Have Another Baby. Here’s Why We Did It Anyway.

The morning I walked into my obstetrician’s office to confirm my pregnancy, my bank account was overdrawn by more than $900. Anxiety coursed through my body as I sat in the waiting room listening for my name.

Would I owe a copay? If so, would they let me write a check so that I didn’t have to deal with the embarrassment from my debit card being declined? Would the overdrafted funds reverse back into my

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How to use a visual resume to get noticed by recruiters

  • Submitting infographic resumes that show visual representations of your work instead of a standard CV can help your job application stand out. 
  • While these resumes are typically popular for marketing, design, and communications, less creative fields are also open to receiving visual resumes.
  • Not every part of a resume warrants an infographic. Try to highlight accomplishments, numbers, or skills and use a template if you’re uncomfortable with creating your own designs.
  • You might want to
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CA election results: State Legislature, Senate, Assembly

We did it! We made it through Election Day! Of course, here in California it’ll be some time before we have final results. But let’s get into the news.


Via Hannah Wiley…

It wasn’t all about the White House last night. Or at least in my orbit it wasn’t.

A list of noteworthy legislative races — as of midnight, per the Associated Press — beginning in the Senate:

Fresh faces — Assemblywomen Susan

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State of the Jets: GM Joe Douglas weighs in on Adam Gase, Sam Darnold, Quinnen Williams and more

Jets GM Joe Douglas finished the NFL trade deadline quietly after making three deals in the weeks leading up to Tuesday. After shipping out defensive lineman Steve McLendon, linebacker Avery Williamson and linebacker Jordan Willis, he was didn’t move any more players in the final fours.

With the trade deadline gone, Douglas will turn his attention to evaluating the progress the team makes in the final eight games after starting 2020 with eight straight losses.

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Let’s Eat, Ledgerland: Family is everything at Quincy’s Gennaro’s Eatery – Entertainment & Life – The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA

Gennaro’s menu has all the basic favorites – and then some.

QUINCY — For 25 years Gerry Martocchio has been serving up Italian classics and twists of his own at Gennaro’s Eatery at the corner of Quincy Avenue and Blanchard Road just outside of Quincy Center.

Whether it’s chicken Parmesan, or the namesake chicken Gennaro, a combination of chicken, prosciutto, eggplant, buffalo mozzarella, stewed tomato and fresh pesto, two of his most popular dishes, Martocchio

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3 Tips to Scrounge Up Extra Holiday Spending Money This Year

Here’s how to round up some extra cash for this year’s holidays and avoid unhealthy debt.

Though 2020 may seem like the year when time stands still, before we know it, the holidays will be upon us, and that means the potential for a lot of spending. Last year, the average American spent over $700 on the holidays, but if you’re planning to travel to visit family or you have a large family expecting gifts,

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