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Adedayo Akala

Chicago's city life suited Anna Johnson, who lived downtown for about 10 years, working as a digital producer at an advertising agency. But when the pandemic dragged on beyond a few weeks and the glitzy city closed its doors, the independent life became too quiet.

"I started to feel really lonely in my apartment by myself, and I just kind of felt trapped," Johnson says.

She decided in June to move back in with her parents who live about two hours away from the city in Rockford, Ill. Johnson says the move has been good for her, mentally and also financially.

The Salvation Army's bell ringers, a longtime fixture outside malls and stores around the U.S., are a staple holiday tradition. But this year, with the coronavirus pandemic raging and many stores closed, people won't be hearing as many of those bells ringing.

After years of strict rules surrounding its delivery drivers' personal appearance, UPS is loosening up and letting them grow beards.

Previously, the delivery company regulated employees' facial hair (no beards for the majority of workers and mustaches limited to above the crease of the lip) and hairstyles (Afros and braids weren't allowed). Piercings were largely restricted to earrings, and tattoos had to be hidden. Now these clear-cut rules have been removed, but styles still have to be suitable for the workplace.

Americans sat in their homes Tuesday, glued to their television and phone screens, anxiously awaiting the results of the 2020 election. With the pandemic spiking again, many people watched alone or with family, or even a bottle of wine.

As coronavirus cases continue to spike and working from home seems permanent, many Americans are planning to set off to live in new places.

As Election Day nears, Facebook and Twitter are finding themselves in a Catch- 22, between conservatives who accuse them of stifling free speech when they block or put warning labels on questionable posts, and others who say the companies need to do more to stamp out online misinformation and conspiracy theories.