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Defense pushes back in robbery case over alleged COVID-19 statement

SAN FRANCISCO — In April, the Northern California U.S. Attorney’s office announced it had charged two women with robbery charges that carry a maximum 20-year sentence because they allegedly yelled “we have COVID” and coughed on a Walgreens manager who interrupted their shoplifting.

Both the special agent in charge of the San Francisco division of the FBI and the Bay Area’s top federal prosecutor took the rare move of issuing public statements on the case, the former calling it an intolerable act and the latter saying in a written statement that, “everyone suffers from a crime like this.”

But in recent court records the attorney for one of the women has accused federal authorities of misleading the public, in part because the government’s news release left out this detail: the women — one of whom was homeless — were accused of shoplifting six bottles of body wash, with an value

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Pandemic pushes start of holiday shopping earlier than ever

Stores like Best Buy, Macy’s, and Target typically offer their biggest Black Friday deals over Thanksgiving weekend, but now they’re starting them in October so people don’t crowd their stores later, creating a potentially dangerous situation during a pandemic.

And with more people expected to shop online, retailers are trying to avoid a rush of orders closer to Christmas, which could lead to late packages and more expensive shipping. Many had a hard time keeping up with the surge in buying when shoppers were locked down in their homes during the early days of the pandemic. Even Amazon, which has spent 25 years building warehouses

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Pandemic Pushes Start of Holiday Shopping Earlier Than Ever | Business News

By JOSEPH PISANI and ANNE D’INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writers

NEW YORK (AP) — Add last-minute holiday shopping to the list of time-honored traditions being upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Retailers are kicking off the holiday season earlier than ever this year in hopes of avoiding big in-store crowds and shipping bottlenecks in November and December.

Stores like Best Buy, Macy’s, and Target typically offer their biggest Black Friday deals over Thanksgiving weekend, but now they’re starting them in October so people don’t crowd their stores later, creating a potentially dangerous situation during a pandemic.

And with more people expected to shop online, retailers are trying to avoid a rush of orders closer to Christmas, which could lead to late packages and more expensive shipping. Many had a hard time keeping up with the surge in buying when shoppers were locked down in their homes during the early days of the

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Microsoft Pushes New Accessories To Complement Its Surface Line

Microsoft recently launched its new Surface Laptop Go, filling out its mid-range segment, and it’s got some new accessories to go with it. Or with any other Surface or non-surface set-up. The company reportedly says it is aiming expressly at the home office space with each of the new devices.

The new devices range from new keyboard and mouse add-ons to display accessories. And they range in price from just $24.99 to $69.99. But, regardless of what a user might need, there’s really something for everybody here.

The first of the new surface-ready accessories from Microsoft is, unsurprisingly, a full-size keyboard. Dubbed the Microsoft Designer Compact Keyboard, the branding here really says it all. This is a “slim” and “elegant” keyboard add-on that operates on Bluetooth. And Microsoft indicates it can switch quickly between up to three devices.

With this gadget, the biggest seller might not be in the name

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