With just weeks to go before the November election, a sleeper U.S. Senate race in a deeply Republican state is starting to garner some attention.

A poll released on Sept. 28 showed Alaska Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan with a razor-thin 1 point lead over his main challenger, Al Gross, an orthopedic surgeon. 

While Gross is technically an independent, Democrats are backing him as part of the party’s efforts to gain a majority in the closely divided Senate. And their battle has been roiled by a series of controversies, including leaked videos and a dispute over an alleged bear attack. 

Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) speaks during a Senate Armed Services hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S. May 7, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via reuters)
Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on May 7. (Al Drago/Pool via Reuters)

Gross, whose father was the state’s Democratic attorney general in the 1970s, has leaned on his colorful background in his effort to unseat Sullivan. His ads have described him as having been “born

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  • Parting Stone, a company based in New Mexico, offers an alternative to keeping tins of your loved one’s ashes: turning them into “stones.” 
  • For $595, you can convert a dead loved one’s remains into smooth objects that look and feel like river stones.
  • The average person becomes 40 to 60 stones after they die. 
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The coronavirus has killed more than 210,000 people in the US, bringing with it a surge in cremations to alleviate crushing demand on a funeral industry unprepared for a deadly pandemic. Traditional burials, predictably, took a nosedive.

In fact, about 37.5% of US decedents could be buried in 2020, down 7.7 percentage points from 2015, and about 56% will be cremated, a jump of 8.1 percentage points from five years ago, according to a July report by the National Funeral Directors Association.

But that’s an acceleration of an ongoing

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The clock is running for Congress to reach a deal before breaking for the election.

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Will Congress pass more economic stimulus legislation this year or not? That’s the question as a series of tweets sent from President Donald Trump’s Twitter account first stopped negotiations for another stimulus package as they were beginning to yield agreement, and then called on Congress to pass more economic aid, including a second $1,200 stimulus check, which Trump promised to immediately sign. Stocks dropped instantly.

The whipsaw activity was the latest in a months-long journey by Republican and Democratic leaders to reach an agreement on a deal to fund programs that include small business aid, unemployment benefits and a second direct payment. Trump’s actions came a day after he returned to the White House, following three days of hospitalization with coronavirus symptoms. He is undergoing treatment for COVID-19

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  • President Donald Trump was speaking at a “Great American Comeback” rally in Minnesota on Friday when news broke that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died at 87.
  • Seemingly unaware of her passing, Trump told his supporters, “The Supreme Court is so important … The next president will get one, two, three or four Supreme Court justices.”
  • Reporters at the scene tweeted footage of an attendee shouting, “Ginsburg is dead” in an apparent attempt to give the president a heads up.
  • The press pool informed Trump of Ginsburg’s death when he finished speaking and headed back to Air Force Once. “She just died? Wow. I didn’t know that,” he said.
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President Donald Trump was speaking at a campaign rally in Bemidji, Minnesota, on Friday night when news broke that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.

Trump seemed unaware of the news that was

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Morgan Stanley Bets on These 3 Stocks; Sees Over 40% Upside

Did the stock market’s epic rally just need a little breather? The last few weeks have seen stocks experience their first meaningful correction since the bull market kicked off in March. Now, the question swirling around the Street is, will the rally pick back up again, or is more downside on the way?According to Morgan Stanley’s chief U.S. equity strategist Mike Wilson, uncertainty regarding the presidential election and stalemate on the next stimulus package could lead to declines in September and October. “On the correction, there’s still downside as markets digest the risk of congressional gridlock on the next fiscal deal. While we think something will ultimately get done, it will likely take another few weeks to get it over the goal line,” he noted.However, Wilson argues the recent volatility in no way signals the end of the

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  • At least 33 people have died in the wildfires raging in California, Oregon, and Washington.
  • Dozens more are still missing, and states are preparing for a “mass fatality incident.”
  • California Governor Gavin Newsom says the forest fires were caused at least in part caused by climate change, hitting back against Trump’s claims that poor forest management is to blame.
  • The historic wildfires will likely have a lasting economic impact on the region, as well as a public health one.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that wildfire smoke weakens the immune system and irritates lungs, making people more susceptible to contracting COVID-19.
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At least 33 people have died in the wildfires that have proliferated across the West Coast, with more deaths expected.

In California, fires that blazed across at least 3.2 million acres of land have resulted in the deaths of

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Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic that hit earlier this year, businesses have been struggling to stay afloat. Huge corporations and small humble companies alike have recorded an unprecedented drop in sales and profits. With the staggering global rates of unemployment and the obvious signs of an impending recession, recovery seems like a far-fetched dream for business owners like yourself. If you are still struggling on that front, take a look at our guide. Here are some ideas that can help you bring your business back from the dead.


Be Transparent with your Employees

The first step to getting your business back on its two feet is to realistically assess the damage that has been done. Don’t try to downplay your dire situation to make your employees feel safe. Instead, be completely honest and involve your team in designing and implementing your recovery plan. On the one hand, your

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  • A man was fatally shot in Portland on Saturday, on a night of confrontation between pro-Trump and Black Lives Matter supporters, according to multiple reports. 
  • Portland Police, who have opened a homicide investigation, has not confirmed whether the shooting was connected to the protests. 
  • Images of a man being treated for an apparent gunshot wound in Portland show a man in a Patriot Prayer hat. Police have not confirmed the identity of the shooting victim.
  • Patriot Prayer is a Portland-based pro-Trump group with far-right connections. 
  • A caravan of around 600 vehicles had arrived to express support for President Donald Trump, according to the Associated Press (AP).
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A man was shot and killed in Portland on Saturday evening, as protesters and counter-protesters clashed, according to multiple reports. 

Portland Police have opened a homicide investigation. In a statement, the police did not say whether the

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When I was nine, I thought adult glamour was owning one of those really flat Italian racers, the kind that beat everything else in Top Trumps Supercars. In my early teens, having grown up significantly, I realised that sophistication was in fact one of those 1980s frothy cocktails, with a sparkler in it. Towards the end of my teens, I finally recognised a much more mature, achievable and immeasurably less stupid goal than a flaming drink or a motor with no legroom: the business lunch.

I imagined myself filling the windows of my leatherette-bound Filofax with pencilled arrangements for deliciously gossipy meals, out of which marvellous plans would bubble organically. This, it seemed to me, was the very essence of being a grown-up. Over a sparkling aperitif I would be sounded out about some new shiny-floored TV project, and I would lean in across the table, so as to

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Written by Nick Ackerman, co-produced by Stanford Chemist

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing has been becoming an emerging theme to investing for several years. In the CEF world, we are starting to see this taking hold as well with another fund sponsor jumping into the ring with an investment policy change. Agree with it or not, the fact is that it is going to continue gaining momentum. In investing, we have ways to take part as well. This can lead to better returns for us as investors over the long term. Oil isn’t going anywhere soon, but is certainly going to decline at some point. Several sources say that this could happen in the next decade.

There are several places to invest in the CEF world to take advantage of this now, too. The three funds that are available are all trading at significant discounts, too. They pay attractive

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