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Johnson & Johnson Stops Selling Talc-Based Baby Powder In U.S. And Canada

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 21:29

The company said demand has declined "fueled by misinformation around the safety of the product and a constant barrage of litigation advertising." Lawsuits allege the powder causes cancer.

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WH Coronavirus Coordinator Encouraged By Decline In New Cases In Most Of U.S.

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 19:21

Dr. Deborah Birx said data from across the country shows that new hospitalizations have dropped by 50% in the last 30 days, and deaths continue to decrease week over week.

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Florida Ousts Top COVID-19 Data Scientist

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 18:22

Florida's top COVID-19 data scientist has been dismissed. Rebekah Jones says she's been fired for refusing to manipulate the data that would have drummed up support for the state to reopen.

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California Gov. Newsom: Federal Government Has Responsibility To Help States Recover

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 18:01

California led the nation in issuing a statewide stay-at-home order. And it's paying an economic price: a $54 billion deficit. As the state reopens, it seeks to balance the economy and public health.

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Sen. Graham Seeks Names Of Obama Officials Who 'Unmasked' Trump Campaign Team

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 17:51

His request comes days after the acting director of national intelligence released a list of Obama-era officials who potentially received intelligence connected to Michael Flynn.

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Pennsylvania Health Secretary Defends 'Universal' Nursing Home Testing Plan

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 17:27

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine responded to critics who say there are holes in the state's plan to test all residents and staff at nursing homes: "The plan is an evolution."

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Shakespeare's Globe May Not Survive Pandemic, U.K. Lawmakers Warn

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 15:32

Shakespeare's Globe in London is in dire financial straits after being closed since March, the venue's leadership says. The theater is requesting government aid to stay afloat.

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U.S., Canada Agree To Keep Border Partly Closed For Another 30 Days

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 15:21

By a mutual decision in March, both countries banned nonessential travel across their shared border. Two months later, Canada and the U.S. have agreed for a second time to extend the partial ban.

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Years Before The Pandemic, War Games Predicted A 'Global Tempest'

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 14:32

In the early 2000s, war games about pandemics popped up. But participants say the outbreak threat couldn't compete with more visible national security concerns such as wars and terrorist attacks.

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Facebook Launches Virtual Shopping Mall, Saying It Will Help Small Businesses

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 14:30

The social network is positioning its new commerce feature as a way to help small businesses that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Maryland Reports Largest Rise Yet In Coronavirus Cases, 4 Days After Reopening

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 14:21

Roughly 25% of the 7,152 tests in the most recent 24-hour period resulted in positive COVID-19 diagnoses.

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Senators Clash Over How Soon To Reopen The Economy

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 14:04

Senators squabbled over how quickly the economy can rebound from the coronavirus shutdown, and whether the government is doing enough to support struggling families and businesses.

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Many Of Colombia's Ex-Rebel Fighters Rearm And Turn To Illegal Drug Trade

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 13:50

Since the country's 2016 peace deal, former rebels have joined armed groups operating in narcotics trafficking, extortion and illegal gold mining, according to the Colombian military.

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U.S. Authorities Say Hobby Lobby's Gilgamesh Tablet Is 'Stolen,' Must Go Back To Iraq

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 13:34

U.S. federal prosecutors are seeking the return of the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet, purchased by Hobby Lobby for display in the Museum of the Bible, which authorities say cooperated with the investigation.

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Democrats Bet Health Care Will Deliver 2020 Victories

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 13:31

A coalition of Democratic campaign committees released a memo outlining their 2020 strategy to focus on health care as a path to victory up and down the ballot.

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Anxious? Meditation Can Help You 'Relax Into The Uncertainty' Of The Pandemic

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 13:27

ABC News correspondent Dan Harris was broadcasting live in 2004 when he experienced a panic attack. He credits meditation with helping him work through his anxiety — both then and now.

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Home-Decor Retailer Pier 1 Looks To Close For Good

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 13:18

Three months after filing for bankruptcy, Pier 1 said it plans to liquidate as soon as it can reopen stores that have been closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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'Cyclone In The Time Of COVID-19': Amphan Bears Down On Bangladesh And India

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 13:00

The massive storm now churning over the Bay of Bengal is expected to make landfall Wednesday local time, deeply complicating both countries' responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Professional Sports' Comeback Gains Momentum, But For Some Leagues Cautiously

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 12:33

Major pro sports in the U.S. were benched due to the coronavirus outbreak. Now, some are restarting. For others, the pace is more measured.

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'We Can't Take Your Call': Uber Drivers, Other Gig Workers Struggle For Unemployment

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 12:02

Gig workers are now eligible for unemployment benefits, but states have been slow to update their systems to accept claims. That's left many workers waiting weeks for help.

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