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The best non-Amazon Prime Day sales that are still happening

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Amazon Prime Day was on October 13 and 14, but just because it’s over doesn’t mean the deals have disappeared. Dozens of retailers are still offering steep discounts of their own to compete with Amazon’s big event this year, effectively turning mid-October into the new start of the holiday shopping season.

With everything from big box stores like Walmart and Target to smaller retailers like Allswell slashing prices, it’s an excellent time to scoop up comfy clothes for fall, fresh furniture for every room in the house, kitchen gadgets, new tech and more.

To help you get started, take a look at our round up of the biggest Prime Day deals not happening on Amazon, below.

Walmart

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Walmart’s Big Save Event is still going on, but ends today, October 15. You’ll find markdowns on thousands of items across home, electronics, toys, beauty, fashion and more. Spend $35 to get free two-day shipping on eligible purchases, with some products even available for NextDay delivery.

Top deals include $60 off the Vizio 65-inch Class 4k UHD LED SmartCast Smart TV ($468, originally $528; walmart.com), perfect for cozy movie nights at home as the weather cools. Avoid the social distancing blues with Super Mario Party for Nintendo Switch ($39.99, originally $59.88; walmart.com) and keep the kids entertained for hours with the highly-rated Best Choice Products’$2 250-Piece 3D Magnetic Building Blocks Play Set ($64.99, originally $114.99; walmart.com), designed as a fun way to help with problem solving and motor skills. For more on Walmart’s Big Save Event, click here.

Target

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Target Deal Days are officially over, but there are still a handful of items on sale. Some of the best deals include the Anker Dufy RobboVac 35C ($219.99, originally $249.99; target.com) and the Oster Digital 9-Function Countertop Air Fryer Oven ($99.99, originally $149.99; target.com).

Members of Target’s free loyalty program, Target Circle, can snag hundreds of special online discounts as well, while current early bird savings include 25% off wall art from Society6, up to 30% off graphic sweatshirts and 10% off laptops.

Brooklinen

Brooklinen sheets
Brooklinen sheets
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Today only, you can get 10% off sitewide at Brooklinen with an automatic code that generates at checkout.

Treat yourself to a better night’s sleep this fall with the customer-favorite Luxe Hardcore Bundle (starting at $216; brooklinen.com), which comes with flat and fitted sheets, four pillowcases and a duvet cover all in a buttery sateen weave. Top things off with the highly-rated, all-season Down Comforter (starting at $224.10, originally $249; brooklinen.com), designed to be warm enough for the winter chill without making you sweat.

Though famous for its sheets, Brooklinen has also branched into loungewear, towels and accessories. If you want to feel like you’re at the spa at home, check out the Super-Plush Robe ($88.20, originally $98; brooklinen.com) and Towel Bundle ($103.08, originally $138; brooklinen.com), both made from thick, luxurious Turkish cotton.

Best Buy

Best Buy
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Best Buy is celebrating Black Friday early this year by launching fresh deals, some of which are still live right now at its Prep for the Holidays Event.

Savings are limited to electronics, but right now you can snag this Sony 65-inch Class A9G OLED 4K UHD TV for $1,000 off ($2,499.99, originally $3,499.99; bestbuy.com). Earbud cords getting tangled in your mask? Now’s a great time to pick up Samsung’s Galaxy Buds+ for $30 off ($119.99, originally $149.99; bestbuy.com). Laptops, cell phones, appliances and much more are marked down as well.

Adidas

Adidas
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Snag up to 33% off sitewide from October 12 through 20 with the code CREATE at checkout. You have to be a member of the Creators Club, Adidas’s loyalty program, to get the savings, but it’s free to join!

Markdowns include customer faves like the Alphaskin Cold.Rdy Long Tights ($80; adidas.com), so you can keep running through the winter, and the NMD_R1 Shoes ($140; adidas.com), which offer responsive cushioning and an ultra comfy fit. All set on workout gear? Scoop up a fresh pair of Stan Smiths ($80; adidas.com) instead.

Wayfair

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Get up to 60% off across the site with Head Start Holiday Sale. Freshen up the house with up to 60% off tv stands and living room tables and office furniture from $99. It’s never too early to start decorating for the holidays either, with up to 50% off Christmas trees and decor.

The Home Depot

The Home Depot
The Home Depot
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From October 13 to 15 get up to 50% off select furniture, decor and kitchenware.

Use those savings for a fall refresh throughout the house with pieces like the Home Decorators Collection Garrison Brown Bonded Leather Arm Chair ($311.88, originally $623.75; homedepot.com), featuring the perfect mix of sophisticated style and plush comfort. Those looking to reduce clutter should check out the Martin Ivory Built-In Storage Coffee Table ($149.38, originally $298.75; homedepot.com), whose sleek drawers are perfect for hiding remotes and magazines. Finally, take your home cooking up a notch with the Cuisinart Elemental 11-Cup Food Processor ($99, originally $149.95; homedepot.com), which features three speeds that chop, slice and shred with ease.

Woot!

Woot!
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Woot! will be celebrating Amazon Prime Day all week long starting on October 11 and ending on October 17.

Among the offers: Buy a shirt and save 30% on accessories. Trick-or-treating might be out of the question this year, but you can still celebrate with a spooky Halloween tee, like this Coffee Vampire (from $15; shirt.woot.com) or positively chilling Halloween Unicorns (from $15; shirt.woot.com). We’re also fans of this clever Knock Knock tee ($19; shirt.woot.com) from Strange Planet creator Nathan W. Pyle.

Chewy

Chewy
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Take up to 30% off essentials for pets sitewide during Chewy’s Blue Box Event. Additional deals include 40% off your first autoship purchase, 25% off when you buy two personalized products and buy three, get one free in toys, treats and apparel.

Cat parents will love the MidWest Feline Nuvo Grand Forte 41-in Cat Scratching Post ($56.69, originally $68.61; chewy.com), which is tall enough to help cats stretch while they scratch and chic enough to blend in with your home’s decor. The K&H Pet Products Bolster Cat & Dog Bed ($47.81, originally $59.76; chewy.com) is another great bet, thanks to plush cushioning made from recycled plastic bottles and a machine-washable microsuede liner. We also recommend K&H’s highly-rated EZ Mount Window Scratcher Kitty Sill Cradle ($31.75, originally $49.99; chewy.com), which gives cats and other small pets the perfect perch for lounging in the sun. Whether your best bud is a dog, a cat or a hamster, Chewy’s got something for you.

Allswell

Allswell
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Use code FALLFAVES for 30% off items from the mattress and decor brand’s “Fall Favorites Collection,” as well as 15% off Luxe and Supreme mattress. Deals are live now through October 16.

Grab a chic, snuggle-friendly Stonewashed Cotton Throw ($48; allswellhome.com), made in Portugal from soft, yarn-dyed fabric. Bedroom need an upgrade? Customers love the cool, crisp Organic Garment Wash Percale Duvet Cover Set ($98; allswellhome.com), which comes in five muted colors, and the stylish Organic Matelasse Feather Stripe Duvet Cover Set ($155; allswellhome.com).

Bear Mattress

Bear
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The Fall Weekend Flash Sale, which began October 8, has been extended through October 15. Use the code FALL20 at checkout for 20% off the entire site, plus two free cloud pillows with a mattress or bundle purchase.

That means savings of up to $180 on the Original Bear Mattress (from $400, originally $500; bearmattress.com), featuring cooling graphite memory foam designed to disperse heat while you sleep. Add an extra layer of comfort with the copper-infused BearPro (starting at $752, originally $940; bearmattress.com), or test out the goldilocks of mattresses with a Bear Hybrid (from $872, originally $1090; bearmattress.com), crafted from a mixture of coils and foam for comfort and support. All Bear mattresses come with a 100-night trial period as well.

Old Navy

Old Navy
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The affordable clothing company is offering up to 75% off in its clearance section, plus you can get an extra 30% off sitewide (including sale items) today only. Snag free shipping on orders of $50 or more, too.

Women in need of some snuggle-worthy loungewear should check out the best-selling Cozy Sherpa Zip-Front Jacket ($30, originally $39; oldnavy.com) and the Vintage Pullover Hoodie ($20, originally; $34.99 oldnavy.com). The men’s Water-Resistant Narrow-Channel Puffer Jacket ($50, originally $59.99; oldnavy.com) is another great bet that’ll look polished while keeping you warm.

GlassesUSA

GlassesUSA
GlassesUSA
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Now through October 21, customers will get up 65% off eyeglass and sunglass frames with basic prescription lenses using code PRIME65. Looking to stock up on a few pairs? Use code BOGO to get a second pair totally free. GlassesUSA also offers free shipping and returns, so you can make sure a frame is right for you.

Those looking for something classic should shop the Eliot ($32.90, originally $94; glassesusa.com), a 1950s Browline-style frame made from a mixture of acetate and metal. Embrace your inner Harry Potter with the oversized, fine-wire metal Ottoto Waterloo ($30.80, originally $88; glassesusa.com), or grab the universally-flattering, all acetate Weston frames ($32.90; originally $94; glassesusa.com), which come in eight colors.

shopDisney

shopDisney
shopDisney
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The two-day Magical Rush runs from October 13 to 14 and will feature a series of rotating deals, so check the site often for updates.

Grab a discounted costume favorite like this Buzz Lightyear Light-Up Costumes for Kids ($38.49, originally $54.99; shopdisney.com) or another Buzz option for babies ($24.49, originally $34.99; shopdisney.com). And get ready for night time snuggles with adorable sleepwear marked down to $20 and fleece throws for just $14.

The Container Store

The Container Store
The Container Store
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Get your house in order with limited-time deals on organization essentials from The Container Store. Snag a discount on new hangers, shoe boxes and jewelry storage for your latest fall fashion hauls, and pick up garment storage and stacking drawers to help you put away the summer styles you no longer need.

Backcountry

Backcountry
Backcountry
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You’ll find everything you need to head outdoors in cold weather at Backcountry’s Winter Clearance Sale. More than 2,700 items are included in the promo, including apparel and winter boots from brands like The North Face, Patagonia, Columbia and Mountain Hardwear. Plus, snow sport aficionados can save on tons of new gear.

Sorel

Sorel
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Get your winter boots for less at Sorel’s Exclusives Sale. Right now, online exclusive styles, which rarely see price drops, are 25% off. Among the deals are fall-ready wedge booties, waterproof boots, duck boots, sneakers and even a few slip-ons and sandals.

Jachs

Jachs New York
Jachs New York
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Jachs’ Prime Day flash sale is still going on, which means you can still take up to 90% off more than 200 styles for guys, many of which are ideal for fall. Prices start at just $8, so it’s extra affordable to stock up for the season.

Madewell

Madewell
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The more you spend, the more you can save at Madewell through October 19. Take 20% off orders under $200, and 30% off orders of $200 or more with code SPREETIME. The discount even applies to new arrivals, so you can score the brand’s new fall styles for much less than usual.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters
PHOTO: Urban Outfitters

Fall apparel, accessories and decor is 50% off for a limited time at Urban Outfitters. Fill your cart with cold weather accessories like beanies, scarves and boots, or opt to update your home for the season with a new throw or a cozy candle.

Macy’s

Macy
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There’s still one day left to save at Macy’s three-day sale, which features up to 30% off select departments. Use code THANKYOU to save on apparel, shoes, accessories and home items from top brands. It’s the perfect time to pick up everything from this set of Martha Stewart Collection Enameled Cast Iron Cookware to a new fall coat.

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Trump’s misleading tweet about changing your vote, briefly explained

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Searches for changing one’s vote did not trend following the recent presidential debate, and just a few states appear to have processes for changing an early vote. But that didn’t stop President Trump from wrongly saying otherwise on Tuesday.

In early morning posts, the president falsely claimed on Twitter and Facebook that many people had Googled “Can I change my vote?” after the second presidential debate and said those searching wanted to change their vote over to him. Trump also wrongly claimed that most states have a mechanism for changing one’s vote. Actually, just a few states appear to have the ability, and it’s rarely used.

Twitter did not attach a label to Trump’s recent tweet.
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Trump’s claim about what was trending on Google after the debate doesn’t hold up. Searches for changing one’s vote were not among Google’s top trending searches for the day of the debate (October 22) or the day after. Searches for “Can I change my vote?” did increase slightly around the time of the debate, but there is no way to know whether the bump was related to the debate or whether the people searching were doing so in support of Trump.

It was only after Trump’s posts that searches about changing your vote spiked significantly. It’s worth noting that people were also searching for “Can I change my vote?” during a similar period before the 2016 presidential election.

Google declined to comment on the accuracy of Trump’s post.

Trump also claimed that these results indicate that most of the people who were searching for how to change their vote support him. But the Google Trends tool for the searches he mentioned does not provide that specific information.

Perhaps the most egregiously false claim in Trump’s recent posts is about “most states” having processes for changing your early vote. In fact, only a few states have such processes, and they can come with certain conditions. For instance, in Michigan, voters who vote absentee can ask for a new ballot by mail or in person until the day before the election.

The Center for Election Innovation’s David Becker told the Associated Press that changing one’s vote is “extremely rare.” Becker explained, “It’s hard enough to get people to vote once — it’s highly unlikely anybody will go through this process twice.”

Trump’s post on Facebook was accompanied by a link to Facebook’s Voting Information Center.
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At the time of publication, Trump’s false claims had drawn about 84,000 and 187,000 “Likes” on Twitter and Facebook, respectively. Trump’s posts accelerated searches about changing your vote in places like the swing state of Florida, where changing one’s vote after casting it is not possible. Those numbers are a reminder of the president’s capacity to spread misinformation quickly.

On Facebook, the president’s post came with a label directing people to Facebook’s Voting Information Center, but no fact-checking label. Twitter had no annotation on the president’s post. Neither company responded to a request for comment.

That Trump is willing to spread misinformation to benefit himself and his campaign isn’t a surprise. He does that a lot. Still, just days before a presidential election in which millions have already voted, this latest episode demonstrates that the president has no qualms about using false claims about voting to cause confusion and sow doubt in the electoral process.

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Nearly 6,000 civilian casualties in Afghanistan so far this year

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From January to September, 5,939 civilians – 2,117 people killed and 3,822 wounded – were casualties of the fighting, the UN says.

Nearly 6,000 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in the first nine months of the year as heavy fighting between government forces and Taliban fighters rages on despite efforts to find peace, the United Nations has said.

From January to September, there were 5,939 civilian casualties in the fighting – 2,117 people killed and 3,822 wounded, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a quarterly report on Tuesday.

“High levels of violence continue with a devastating impact on civilians, with Afghanistan remaining among the deadliest places in the world to be a civilian,” the report said.

Civilian casualties were 30 percent lower than in the same period last year but UNAMA said violence has failed to slow since the beginning of talks between government negotiators and the Taliban that began in Qatar’s capital, Doha, last month.

An injured girl receives treatment at a hospital after an attack in Khost province [Anwarullah/Reuters]

The Taliban was responsible for 45 percent of civilian casualties while government troops caused 23 percent, it said. United States-led international forces were responsible for two percent.

Most of the remainder occurred in crossfire, or were caused by ISIL (ISIS) or “undetermined” anti-government or pro-government elements, according to the report.

Ground fighting caused the most casualties followed by suicide and roadside bomb attacks, targeted killings by the Taliban and air raids by Afghan troops, the UN mission said.

Fighting has sharply increased in several parts of the country in recent weeks as government negotiators and the Taliban have failed to make progress in the peace talks.

At least 24 people , mostly teens, were killed in a suicide bomb attack at an education centre in Kabul [Mohammad Ismail/Reuters]

The Taliban has been fighting the Afghan government since it was toppled from power in a US-led invasion in 2001.

Washington blamed the then-Taliban rulers for harbouring al-Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden. Al-Qaeda was accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks.

Calls for urgent reduction of violence

Meanwhile, the US envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said on Tuesday that the level of violence in the country was still too high and the Kabul government and Taliban fighters must work harder towards forging a ceasefire at the Doha talks.

Khalilzad made the comments before heading to the Qatari capital to hold meetings with the two sides.

“I return to the region disappointed that despite commitments to lower violence, it has not happened. The window to achieve a political settlement will not stay open forever,” he said in a tweet.

There needs to be “an agreement on a reduction of violence leading to a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire”, added Khalilzad.

A deal in February between the US and the Taliban paved the way for foreign forces to leave Afghanistan by May 2021 in exchange for counterterrorism guarantees from the Taliban, which agreed to sit with the Afghan government to negotiate a permanent ceasefire and a power-sharing formula.

But progress at the intra-Afghan talks has been slow since their start in mid-September and diplomats and officials have warned that rising violence back home is sapping trust.

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Classic toy tie-up: Etch A Sketch maker to acquire Rubik’s Cube

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Spin Master Corp., the company behind the Etch A Sketch and Paw Patrol brands, has agreed to acquire Rubik’s Brand Ltd. for about $50 million, tying together two of the world’s most iconic toy brands.

The merger comes at a boom time for classic toymakers, as parents turn to familiar products to entertain kids stuck in lockdown. Like sales of Uno, Monopoly and Barbie dolls, Rubik’s Cube purchases have spiked during the pandemic, according to the puzzle maker’s chief executive officer, Christoph Bettin. He expects sales to jump 15% to 20% in 2020, compared with a normal year, when people purchase between 5 million and 10 million cubes.

By acquiring Rubik’s, Toronto-based Spin Master can better compete with its larger rivals, Hasbro Inc. and Mattel Inc. All three companies have pivoted to become less reliant on actual product sales, diversifying into television shows, films and broader entertainment properties based on their toys. Spin Master CEO Anton Rabie said he wouldn’t rule out films or TV shows based on Rubik’s Cubes, but he was focused for now on creating more cube-solving competitions and crossmarketing it with the company’s other products, like the Perplexus.

“Whoever you are, it really has a broad appeal from a consumer standpoint,” Rabie said in an interview. “It’s actually going to become the crown jewel; it will be the most important part of our portfolio worldwide.”

Hungarian inventor Erno Rubik created the Rubik’s Cube in 1974, a solid block featuring squares with colored stickers that users could twist and turn without it falling apart. It gained popularity in the 1980s and has remained one of the best-selling toys of all time, spawning spinoff versions, international competitions of puzzle solvers, books and documentaries.

The toy has been particularly well-suited to pandemic conditions. During lockdowns, parents have sought to give kids puzzles that boost problem-solving skills useful in math and science careers. Normally, toys tied to major film franchises are among the most popular products headed into the holidays, but studios have delayed the release of major new movies because of coronavirus. So classic products are experiencing a mini-renaissance.

“The whole pandemic has really increased games and puzzles,” Rabie said. “But whether the pandemic existed or didn’t exist, we’d still buy Rubik’s. It’s had such steady sales for decades.”

Rubik’s CEO Bettin said it was the right time to sell the company, with the founding families behind it ready to move on. London-based Rubik’s Brand was formed out of a partnership between Erno Rubik and the late entrepreneur Tom Kremer, while private equity firm Bancroft Investment holds a minority stake in the company.

Early on, Bettin felt Spin Master was the right home for the puzzle toy, he said. Spin Master, which was started by a group of three friends in 1994, has expanded through the purchase of well-known brands, including Erector sets and Etch A Sketch. Rabie says he works to honor the “legacy” of those products, which Bettin cited as a key reason to sell the brand to Spin Master over larger companies that were interested.

“It was important for us to not be lost in the crowd, and to be sufficiently important and cared for,” Bettin said. “And there’s a balance between being with someone large enough to invest, and agile enough to ensure you are key part of their plans.”

Spin Master won’t own Rubik’s Cubes in time for the holiday season – the transaction is expected to close on Jan. 4. At that time, the company will move Rubik’s operations from a small office in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood to Spin Master’s new games operations center in Long Island.

Some of Rubik’s Brand’s 10 employees will be part of the transition, but they won’t stay permanently, Bettin said.

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