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Chinese authorities have eased some anti-virus rules but affirmed their severe “zero COVID” strategy after protesters demanded President Xi Jinping resign in the biggest show of opposition to the ruling Communist Party in decades. The government made no comment Monday on the protests or the criticism of Xi, but the decision to ease at least some of the restrictions appeared to be aimed at quelling anger. Still, analysts don’t expect the government to back down on its COVID strategy and note authorities are adept at stifling dissent. It wasn’t clear how many people were detained since protests began Friday and spread to cities including Shanghai and Beijing.

    Wall Street is heading lower amid widespread protests in China calling for Xi Jinping to step down and an end to one-party rule. Futures for the Dow Jones industrials fell 0.5% Monday and the S&P slipped 0.7%. Crude prices neared a low point for the year partially due to unrest in China, and have fallen for three consecutive weeks. Crude prices are now negative for 2022 and, after soaring above $120 in June, a barrel of benchmark U.S. crude can now be had for less than $74 per barrel.

      Financial educators are often working on overdrive during the holiday shopping season, dispensing advice to consumers about budgeting and staying out of debt. We asked five financial educators how they personally survive the holiday season with their finances intact. They shared some novel strategies, such as saving for the season starting in January and even buying gifts that early, giving nontraditional presents and focusing on next year’s financial goals instead of gifts. People can apply these techniques to their own life to start the new year on solid financial footing.

      One of the best ways to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey is to completely change up the flavor profile. This crispy curried turkey nachos recipe from Wendy Han uses hot pepper, curry, and smoked paprika instead of traditional Thanksgiving spices to give your turkey a second life.

      Skip the endless turkey sandwiches for lunch and change things up with this turkey quesadilla recipe from Everyday Delicious. It’s also a great way to use up leftover cranberry sauce.

      Now even your home thermostat can learn how much heat and cooling conditions family members prefer and adjust the climate in your home accordingly. Based on data, it will automatically adjust to what you’ re doing from day to day and react to your actual behavior. The energy savings and the convenience make this feature a good reason to replace a traditional...

      A coffered ceiling system is a striking feature that makes a design statement in a room that calls attention to the ceiling. The coffered tiles are an architectural element that appears as a sunken panel in the shape of a square or rectangle. The 24- inch square panels add a rich look of luxury and warmth.

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      Need gift ideas to help with the ladies in your life? This list will surely help you make the grade.

      Don’t look for plastic partitions or faraway benches when visiting Santa Claus this year. The jolly old elf is back, pre-pandemic style. Santa booker HireSanta.com has logged a 30% increase in demand over last year after losing about 15% of its performers to retirement or death during the pandemic. Most Santa experiences have moved back to kids on laps and aren’t considering COVID-19 in a major way. Inflation has taken a bite out of Santa. Many are older, on fixed incomes and travel long distances to don the red suit. They spend hundreds on their costumes and other accoutrements. And Santa bookers this year say there's a higher demand for inclusive Santas, including Black, deaf and Spanish-speaking Santas.

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