The Coronavirus Crisis Has Now Killed More Than 100,000 People in the United States

The coronavirus has now killed more than 100,000 people in the United States, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The US death toll surpasses any other nation’s and marks a grim milestone in a crisis that has destroyed families, pushed nearly 40 million Americans out of work, revealed a federal government crippled by feeble leadership, and thrown daily life into chaos. The new figures arrived as the virus continues to spread around the country and as Americans grapple with a confusing patchwork of state guidance for how and when simple activities can be enjoyed without fear. Meanwhile, experts say the real death count is likely much higher. The story of the pandemic is far from being written in full, …

Travel Trolley demanded a £75 admin fee for a refund

My flight was cancelled by the airline but the agent still insisted on a credit note I booked flights through Skyscanner.net. The issuing agent was Travel Trolley. Like thousands of others, we have been impacted by the coronavirus travel ban when my flights were cancelled. Travel Trolley has offered a credit note for the full amount and when I requested a refund it demanded a £75 admin fee to pass on the money already repaid by the airline! It can’t be legal to hold me to ransom like this.SB, LondonOther readers have written in with the same complaint. Travel Trolley, owned by multi-millionaire tycoon Kuljinder Bahia has insisted all passengers pay £75 if they want a cash refund rather than …

Global stock markets rally despite Hong Kong tensions – business live

Live coverage of business, economics and financial markets 7.53am BST Good morning, and welcome to our live, rolling coverage of business, economics and financial markets. Global stock markets ralled on Wednesday morning as the improving outlook on lockdown easing for the most part outweighed concerns over China’s imposition of new security laws on Hong Kong. Thousands of armed police have flooded the streets of Hong Kong in an unprecedented show of force to prevent protests against a law criminalising ridicule of China’s national anthem. At lunchtime rallies police fired pepper bullets into crowds, appearing to hit one reporter, and detained dozens of protesters. Protests have also been fuelled by growing anger at Beijing’s increasing interference in the semi-autonomous city. Stimulus …

Report: Feds Drop Pre-Lockdown Insider Trading Investigation For Three Of Four US Senators

The Department of Justice has closed insider trading investigations into three of four United States senators who made major stock trades in the period of time between the coronavirus outbreak spreading through Wuhan, China, and the American economy tanking.  According to The Wall Street Journal, federal prosecutors informed Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), James Inhofe (R-OK) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) that the investigation into their financial trades would be closing.  Loeffler, who is running for Senate against Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA), praised the development as a “clear exoneration,” calling the criticism of her stock activities a “politically-motivated attack promoted by the fake news media and my political opponents.” Today’s clear exoneration affirms what I’ve said all along: I did nothing wrong. …