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Transparent LEAF Mask provides peace of mind with N99+ standard protection
- The current global pandemic has made face masks a must-have item, but not all masks are created equal or provide the same level of protection. The LEAF Mask delivers N99+ standard protection, with the state-of-the-art U-Series HEPA filtration blocking 99.9997% of particles down to 0.3 microns in size. Unlike surgical masks that are intended to be single use and would pose a significant waste problem if everyone was ...

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Ex-intel officials push back against ‘absurd’ claim that Trump wasn’t briefed on Russian bounty info
- President Donald Trump and his administration have found themselves facing yet another Russia-related scandal — this time, over reports that the Russian government offered a bounty to Taliban fighters in Afghanistan if they would kill U.S. troops. White House officials have denied that Trump was briefed on the matter because the intelligence was “not verified,” but according to an article for CNN’s website ...

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Facebook and the economics of decency
- Recently, advertisers have begun to boycott Facebook. After pleas from civil rights groups, including the NAACP, brands began to desert the platform. Facebook says it believes in free speech. As recently as the beginning of June, it was on record allowing political ads to include lies and posts from politicians to fan the flames of prejudice. Even as Twitter started to label posts from President Trump as inciting ...

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Dr. Fauci warns coronavirus cases could surge to 100,000 per day
- The government's top infectious diseases expert warned that coronavirus cases could reach 100,000 per day and urged people to avoid bars to stop the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Anthony Fauci , the government's top infectious diseases expert, warned in Senate testimony on Tuesday that coronavirus cases could balloon to 100,000 a day across the country if current outbreaks are not contained. "I think it's important to ...

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Explained: Why Orthodox are cheering Supreme Court’s Espinoza v. Montana ruling
- A narrow U.S Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday could open the door for government funding of religious education across the country. While that’s a cause for celebration in some Jewish communities looking to alleviate the high cost of operating schools, other Jewish organizations say the ruling erodes the longstanding separation between church and state. The backstory In 2015, Montana’s state government created a ...

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Everything to Know About the Disappearance of Vanessa Guillen
- Human remains authorities found earlier this week near the Leon River in Bell County, Texas, are believed to be that of Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old soldier who went missing in April. The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, which is overseeing the investigation into Guillen's disappearance from the Fort Hood base at which she was stationed, said it will take time to positively identify the remains. In the ...

Source: newsweek.com
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Mississippi changing its flag isn't the end of Confederate symbols in state flags
- (CNN) Mississippi has made it official: The state's flag, which bears the familiar cross of the Confederate battle flag, will officially be changed. The state's Republican Governor signed the decision into law , solidifying yet another response to ongoing racial reckonings around the country. However, though the Mississippi flag was the last to bear the obvious image of the Confederate battle flag, there are other ...

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What are the benefits of using CBD topicals
- Because topical CBD interacts with the body differently from products taken orally, effects could vary wildly. CBD (cannabidiol) products are all the rage right now, with countless companies and merchandisers offering a wide variety of options. While edibles are usually the products of choice, some prefer topical CBD products to avoid gastrointestinal problems or to reap potential pain reduction effects from local ...

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Harvey Weinstein victims to receive $19 million payout
- Women who suffered sexual misconduct and workplace harassment by convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein are set to receive almost $19 million as part of a class action lawsuit, New York’s attorney general announced Tuesday. The payments, which need to be approved by two courts, are the result of a lawsuit brought against the ex-movie mogul — currently serving 23 years in prison — and his former film studio The ...

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NY Judge Apparently Unaware Of The Supreme Court's Ban On Prior Restraint: Puts Temporary Restraining Order On Trump's Niece's Book
- — Mike Masnick Last week, we wrote about the president's brother, Robert Trump, suing his (and the president's) niece, Mary Trump to try to block her from publishing her new book that criticizes the president. The initial filing to block the publication failed for being in the wrong court, but the follow up attempt has succeeded, at least temporarily . NY Supreme Court (despite the name, this is the equivalent of ...

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60% of all COVID-19 cases reported in last month: WHO
- For the past week, new cases have exceeded 160,000 a day, the agency said. The World Health Organization announced on Wednesday that 60% of all COVID-19 cases globally have been reported in the last month. "For the past week, the number of new cases has exceeded 160,000 on every single day," WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference in Geneva. The recent increase in worldwide ...

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GOP senators downplay Trump's veto threat over renaming military bases
- (CNN) Senate Republicans have a simple message after President Donald Trump dashed off a late-night tweet Tuesday threatening to veto their must-pass defense policy bill over the renaming of bases named for Confederate leaders: Give it some time. Republicans responded to Trump's tweet on Wednesday by noting that the bill, the National Defense Authorization Act, is a long way from the President's desk -- arguing ...

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New York City Council Shifts $1 Billion From Police Department Budget
- Since the killing of George Floyd, thousands of activists have been calling for changes to police department budgets. (Courthouse News photo / Josh Russell) MANHATTAN (CN) — Anticipating a $9 billion shortfall from lost revenue evaporated by the coronavirus shutdown, New York City lawmakers announced Tuesday that they had negotiated an austerity deal that shifts $1 billion away from the police department’s ...

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Tax 2020: Adding stress to tax preparation
- Millions of taxpayers are taking advantage of the IRS decision to push back the tax filing deadline due to the coronavirus pandemic. But with the new tax filing deadline of July 15 just weeks away, those taxpayers need to take some important steps now to get their returns — and payments — to the IRS before then. Tax season is stressful for many consumers in the best of times, but 2020 has heightened those ...

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Oklahoman Voters Approve Medicaid Expansion Over GOP Opposition : Shots - Health News
- Oklahoma Votes For Medicaid Expansion Over Objections Of Republican State Leaders Voters in Oklahoma narrowly approved a ballot measure Tuesday night to expand Medicaid to eligible adults who need health insurance. Oklahoma is now the 37th state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act; coverage will begin a year from now, on July 1, 2021. Based on the final unofficial count, the measure passed with just ...

Source: npr.org
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Russian voters back reform allowing Putin to extend rule
- Russians appeared to have paved the way for Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036 by voting overwhelmingly for a package of constitutional changes which will also boost pensions, partial results of a nationwide vote showed on Wednesday. Results, after almost a third of ballots had been counted, indicated that the former KGB officer who has ruled  Russia  for more than two decades as president or prime ...

Source: rawstory.com
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Lauren Boebert upsets five-term Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton in GOP primary; former Gov. John Hickenlooper is Democrats’ choice to face Sen. Cory Gardner
- DENVER — Five-term Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton was upset in Tuesday’s Republican Party primary by Lauren Boebert, a pistol-packing businesswoman, ardent defender of gun rights and border wall supporter who wants to abolish the U.S. Department of Education. Meanwhile, in the senate race, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper won the Democratic nomination to face Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in November, ...

Source: chicagotribune.com
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The New York Travel Advisory Expands To 16 States
- As we enter July, states across the nation are rolling back reopening phases and even restricting travel. The tri-state New York travel advisory is one policy that can affect many New England travelers. If you're traveling to Connecticut, New Jersey or New York, you may need to observe a 14-day self-quarantine. Most states in New England have similar 14-day policies to control the spread. But the New York State ...

Source: forbes.com
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New swine flu in China could morph to cause human pandemic, study warns
- Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study published Monday in the U.S. scientific journal PNAS. Named G4, it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009 . It possesses "all the essential hallmarks of being highly adapted to infect humans," say the authors, scientists at Chinese universities and China's ...

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An Aug. 8 PPP deadline might not be helpful for small businesses
- Late on Tuesday night, the Senate passed a measure to extend the Paycheck Protection Program application deadline to Aug. 8. June 30 would have been the last day for a bank to sign off on a loan. Since the program first opened on April 3, approximately $520 billion has gone to small businesses. Business owners need access to additional funding if they’ve run out of their first PPP injection, accountants said. The ...

Source: cnbc.com
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Pandemic caused 18 pc rise in deaths in US: study
- The coronavirus pandemic in the US claimed at least 122,000 more lives than would be expected in a normal year, for a rise of 18 percent, says a study released Wednesday. But this is just a national average, and the excess death rate was particularly high in virus hot spots such as New York City, which buried three times more people than usual and up to seven times as many during the peak of the pandemic, according ...

Source: medicalxpress.com
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After months of speculation, investors get excited about Pfizer, BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine candidate
- FDA’s new guidelines for vaccine development ‘do not suggest that a widely usable vaccine will be available at ‘warp speed’ in 2020,’ says one analyst The path to a COVID-19 vaccine has started to come into view this week, following the stock-moving disclosures of early-stage clinical data for two vaccine candidates and a rigorous new regulatory road map from the Food and Drug Administration. On Tuesday, ...

Source: marketwatch.com
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Richmond mayor invokes emergency powers to remove Confederate statues from city
- Washington (CNN) The Democratic mayor of Richmond, Virginia, invoked his emergency powers on Wednesday to remove multiple Confederate monuments in the city, including a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson , from the city's historic Monument Avenue. Crews spent part of Wednesday afternoon removing the Jackson statue as scores of onlookers watched the monument honoring the late slave owner who ...

Source: cnn.com
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Mortgage applications fall 1.8 percent from previous week
- July 1 (UPI) -- Mortgage applications around the country dropped 1.8 percent last week from a week earlier even though rates tumbled to a new low, a new national report from the Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday. The association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey said the drop was based on a seasonally-adjusted figure from one week earlier. The unadjusted drop was 2 percent from the previous week, the ...

Source: upi.com
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Judge grants bail to ex-officer charged with killing Rayshard Brooks
- July 1 (UPI) -- A judge has granted bail to a former Atlanta police officer charged with murder for fatally shooting a black man in a Wendy's restaurant parking lot last month despite pleas from the victim's family for him to remain behind bars. Judge Jane C. Barwick of the Superior Court of Fulton County granted a bond of $500,000 to Garrett Rolfe on Tuesday, explaining he did not pose either a flight risk or a ...

Source: upi.com
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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump criticized a proposed Black Lives Matter mural to be painted outside Trump Tower as a "symbol of hate" Wednesday while denouncing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who ordered the phrase painted outside Trump's ...
- De Blasio said he ordered the mural – the words "Black Lives Matter" painted in bright letters – to be placed right in front of Trump Tower for a reason.  "We’re going to take this moment in history and amplify it by taking the ‘Black Lives Matter’ symbolism and putting it all over this city, including right in front of Trump Tower,” the mayor told MSNBC on Wednesday. Trump responded by attacking ...

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The COVID-19 case bounce has changed the date and place of the Florida Bar exam
- Prospective attorneys won’t have to travel or risk being part of Florida’s recent COVID-19 case jump to pass the Florida Bar. This year’s Florida Bar exam will be online. The Supreme Court of Florida on Wednesday announced approval of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners move. Instead of July 28 and 29 in Tampa and Orlando (the split in venues a nod to the novel coronavirus pandemic), the test will be given ...

Source: miamiherald.com
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Roberts’s approach could end up being more protective of abortion rights — not less
- Laurence H. Tribe is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School. There is a silver lining, or perhaps just bronze, in the way Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joined the Supreme Court’s four liberal justices to strike down an absurdly burdensome and largely gratuitous abortion regulation. Although some advocates of abortion rights fear the chief ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
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Immigration judges’ union sues to block DOJ speech restrictions
- (Reuters) - U.S. immigration judges contend they’ve been muzzled by the Department of Justice - and now they’re doing something about it. The union, representing more than 460 immigration judges, three Department of Justice officials in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday, challenging a policy edict from DOJ’s Executive Office for Immigration Review that allegedly bars almost all immigration ...

Source: reuters.com
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Apple to re-close more stores in seven U.S. states, bringing total to 77
- (Reuters) - Apple Inc ( ) said it would re-close more than two dozen stores in seven states starting Thursday, including its home state of California, bringing total closures to 77 as coronavirus cases continue to rise. The stores will close in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada and Oklahoma, it said on Wednesday, when additional stores had already closed in Florida, Mississippi, Texas and Utah. Apple has ...

Source: reuters.com
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WASHINGTON — U.S. companies added nearly 2.4 million jobs in June, according to a private survey, a large gain that still leaves total employment far below its pre-pandemic levels.
- The payroll company ADP said Wednesday that small businesses reported the biggest increase, adding 937,000 jobs. Among industries, construction firms, restaurants and hotels, and retailers posted large gains in hiring. Yet according to ADP's data, the economy still has 14.3 million fewer jobs than it did in February, before the viral outbreak intensified. “We’ve obviously got into a big hole here because of the ...

Source: usatoday.com
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We can reopen schools in the fall — if we close bars and gyms now
- Schools are not a luxury item — they are part of the bedrock of society. They not only educate children, they also feed many of them. They provide a safer environment than home for some kids, and they are a beating heart in many communities. Long school closures during the novel coronavirus pandemic have exacerbated existing inequalities: Children whose parents can invest in a computer and an expensive online ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
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Trump appears to back another round of stimulus checks, though jumbled remarks make plan unclear
- President Trump appeared on Wednesday to back another round of stimulus payments to millions of Americans as part of a larger spending package, but his jumbled remarks make the White House’s position on the matter unclear. There are sharp divisions among Republicans about whether to approve a second round of $1,200 payments, and the president’s own aides haven’t reached a consensus. The first round of ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
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A weekslong paradox in the labor market is likely to be thrown into stark relief Thursday with dueling reports released at precisely the same moment: The economy is recouping millions of lost jobs even as hundreds of thousands of Americans continue to be
- The Labor Department’s employment survey is expected to show that a record 3.1 million jobs were added in June as the unemployment rate fell to 12.3% from 13.3%, according to the median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg. At the same time, a separate Labor report is projected to reveal that another 1.3 million Americans filed initial claims for unemployment benefits – a rough measure of layoffs – ...

Source: usatoday.com
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Little evidence that protests spread coronavirus in US
- NEW YORK (AP) — There is little evidence that the protests that erupted after George Floyd’s death caused a significant increase in U.S. coronavirus infections, according to public health experts. If the protests had driven an explosion in cases, experts say, the jumps would have started to become apparent within two weeks — and perhaps as early as five days. But that didn’t happen in many cities with the ...

Source: apnews.com
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In Delaware speech, Biden hammers Trump for handling of COVID-19 pandemic, Russian bounties
- WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden said Tuesday that President Donald Trump has a “lot to answer for” amid reports that he was advised as early as March 2019 of intelligence that suggested Russia was offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans. “It’s an absolute dereliction of duty if any of this is even remotely true,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee told reporters in ...

Source: bostonglobe.com
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Carl Reiner, ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ creator and Mel Brooks’ other half, dies at 98
- Carl Reiner, the Mark Twain Prize-winning writer, actor and director whose sharp and open-hearted voice shaped over 50 years of comedy, has died at 98. According to his son the filmmaker Rob Reiner , he passed away on the evening of June 29. Reiner, best known for creating and acting in “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” was one of a number of young Jewish veterans to start their career in the blooming field of ...

Source: forward.com