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60 million U.S. households have ordered free Covid tests, White House says

Home test kits, specifically iHealth COVID-19 Antigen rapid self-tests, are stacked for delivery in Boston on Jan. 5, 2022.Lane Turner | Boston Globe | Getty ImagesThe White House on Friday said 60 million households have ordered free at-home Covid tests through the government's new website."Already tens of millions of tests have gone out the door and households around the country are already receiving tests so that people have tests on on hand if need arises," White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said…

Prince Andrew gives up St. Andrews golf club membership amid Jeffrey Epstein victim sex lawsuit

Prince Andrew tees off at the 18th hole at St. Andrews in Scotland, October, 1994.Stephen Munday | Getty ImagesCNBC PoliticsRead more of CNBC's politics coverage:The prince was a friend of the late money manager Epstein, who has been accused of sexually assaulting and abusing dozens of underage girls and young women.One of those women, Virginia Giuffre, sued Andrew in Manhattan federal court last year, claiming the prince sexually assaulted her on several occasions at multiple locations when she was 17 years old after…

How the U.S. is trying to fix its at-home Covid testing problem

The latest Covid-19 wave during the busy holiday travel season caught the U.S. flat-footed when it came to one key tool in its pandemic-fighting arsenal: at-home rapid tests."In the United States, we haven't had federal guidance on how to make testing a regular part of your daily life or your daily week," said Lindsey Dawson, a policy analyst at the Kaiser Family Foundation, in an interview with CNBC. "A comparison is the U.K., where it's recommended people over 11 test twice a week. And in the U.S., if everybody over 11…

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Mega Millions’ jackpot is $421 million. What to do if you land that windfall

MARK RALSTON | AFP | Getty ImagesSure, the chance of your ticket hitting the Mega Millions jackpot is tiny — roughly 1 in 302 million.Nevertheless, it's worth considering what you'd do if you manage to beat the odds. For Friday night's drawing, matching all six numbers pulled would mean landing $421 million.The amount has been rolling higher since late October, when $108 million was won. That marked the last of six jackpots awarded in 2021, ranging from $55 million to $1.05 billion.More from Personal Finance:3 key reasons…

Airlines cancel hundreds of flights ahead of winter storm

A jetBlue Airways airplane takes off from Newark Liberty Airport on September 30, 2018 as seen from Elizabeth, New Jersey.Gary Hershorn | Corbis News | Getty ImagesAirlines have canceled hundreds of flights ahead of a winter storm that forecasters expect will bring high winds and potential for more than a foot of snow across the Northeast.A winter storm warning was in effect Friday from Maryland to Maine, according to the National Weather Service.More than 1,200 U.S. flights were canceled for Saturday, according to…

5 things to know before the stock market opens Friday

Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day:1. Wall Street's worst market sell-off since March 2020 continuesTraders on the floor of the NYSE, Jan. 27, 2022.Source: NYSEVolatility continued Friday, with Dow futures swinging from a 250-point gain overnight to a 100-point loss. Dow stock Chevron fell nearly 3% in the premarket, retreating from a record after an earnings miss. Apple, also a Dow component, was a bright spot in what's shaping up to be another dismal day,…

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