[NFA] The COVID-19 death toll could reach a half million in the United States by February unless nearly all Americans wear face masks, researchers with the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said on Friday, a day after the number of new infections reported across the country approached a record high. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
At a Senate hearing on the U.S. response to the coronavirus Wednesday (Sept. 23), infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci pushed back at Republican Senator Rand Paul's claim that social distancing measures did little to prevent deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S.
Republicans Friday said they would push forward with Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Trump's Supreme Court replacement, even after Trump tested positive for COVID-19 and went into isolation. Gavino Garay has more.
[NFA] Days after the first presidential debate, and the White House is still on the defensive about the president’s comments, or the lack thereof, over white supremacy. This report produced by Jonah Green.
Business Insider reports that McDonald's franchisees are optimistic about the future of the business. The franchisees optimism is higher than it has been in years, according to Kalinowski Equity Research's quarterly survey. McDonald's sales have been driven by speciality meals and new items like Spicy McNuggets. The fast-food giant has also profited from sit-down restaurants' struggles.
On Tuesday, Amazon announced Tuesday that it's hiring 100,000 seasonal workers ahead of the holidays. The company said it's looking for workers across experience and skill levels to help pack and ship holiday orders. Business Insider reports that the new roles bring Amazon's total hiring to more than 400,000 since March. The company has faced a rise in online orders amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Saturday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said that will vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Murkowski was opposed to confirming a Supreme Court judge to the court so close to the election. She decided to back Barrett due to her judicial philosophy. "I have concluded that she is the sort of person we want on the Supreme Court," Murkowski said. "I have no doubt about her intellect," she said from the Senate floor. Business Insider reports that Barrett is on the verge of confirmation.
On Monday, Dunkin' Brands surged 18%. The New York Times reported that Dunkin' Brands held preliminary talks to go private in a deal worth at least $8.8 billion. Dunkin' confirmed that it is in talks to go private. Inspire Brands would buy out Dunkin' for $106.50 per share. Business Insider reports that increase represents a potential upside of 20% from Friday's close. Inspire Brands is a private-equity backed firm that owns Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic Drive-In, and Jimmy John's.
America's coronavirus deaths could surpass 511,000 by the end of February. According to Business Insider, the staggering number comes from a new University of Washington model. The model also found that nearly 130,000 of those lives could be saved if 95% of Americans wore masks. The problem officials found is that only 60% of Americans say they always wear a mask in public. Researchers found that mask-wearing could also delay the need for lockdowns.