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  • Only three U.S. states can test for coronavirus: public lab group

    02/21/2020 10:03:05 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 21, 2020 | by Saumya Sibi Joseph
    California, Nebraska and Illinois are the only U.S. states that can currently test for coronavirus, the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) told Reuters. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week said some of the testing kits sent to U.S. states and at least 30 countries produced "inconclusive" results due to a flawed component and the CDC planned to send replacement materials to make the kits work. The CDC has set up surge testing capacity until new testing kits become available, said Scott Becker, the executive director of APHL, which represents public health laboratories in the...
  • ‘Tamales for Tío Bernie’: Sanders’ outreach to Latino voters pays off

    02/21/2020 4:57:35 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 21, 2020 | by Simon Lewis, Tim Reid
    BELL, California - Violeta Alvarez is so passionate about Bernie Sanders that she becomes emotional talking about the white, 78-year-old senator from Vermont, a state 3,000 miles from this sun-drenched California enclave. “This is the first time in my life I’ve seen a presidential candidate reaching out to the city of Bell, this small community,” said Alvarez, a 53-year-old volunteer organizer, pointing to goose bumps breaking out on her arm. Sanders’ campaign hopes efforts in communities like Bell, a working-class, mainly Latino city of 35,000 people near Los Angeles, could be his path to the Democratic Party’s nomination to take...
  • Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders is too far left for Sweden's ruling Social Democrats, official says

    02/21/2020 4:38:33 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    The Week via Yahoo! News ^ | February 21, 2020 | by Peter Weber
    Johan Hassel, the international secretary for Sweden's ruling Social Democrats, visited Iowa before the caucuses, and he wasn't impressed with America's standard bearer for democratic socialism, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). "We were at a Sanders event, and it was like being at a Left Party meeting," he told Sweden's Svenska Dagbladet newspaper, according to one translation. "It was a mixture of very young people and old Marxists, who think they were right all along. There were no ordinary people there, simply." Hassel was most "impressed" with Pete Buttigieg, though he also liked Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Some...
  • US counter-terror analyst pleads guilty leaking secret info

    02/21/2020 4:27:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | February 21, 2020
    Washington - A counter-terrorism analyst at the US Defense Intelligence Agency pleaded guilty on Thursday to leaking secret information to journalists, including details about foreign countries' weapons systems. Henry Kyle Frese, 31, who was arrested in October, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in June, the Department of Justice said in a statement. It detailed how Frese had leaked information to two unnamed journalists, one of whom he lived with, in 2018 and 2019. The journalists involved appeared to work for CNBC and NBC News, according to US media. CNBC, citing "sources with direct...
  • Coronavirus updates: South Korea reports big jump in cases, virus spreading in Chinese prisons

    02/21/2020 4:08:58 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | February 21, 2020
    The mayor of South Korean city of Daegu said it was facing an “unprecedented crisis” after a series coronavirus infections linked to a single church service, as worries mounted in the country. The number of cases of coronavirus in South Korea has doubled in 24 hours, reaching 204. [snip] Hundreds of new coronavirus cases in China on Friday traced back to four prisons on the mainland, including two in Hubei, the center of the outbreak. In Hubei, the Wuhan Women’s prison has 230 cases, and the Shayang Hanjin prison reported 41 on Friday. Rencheng Jail in eastern China’s Shandong province...
  • China suspends more penalties on US goods after trade truce

    02/21/2020 3:55:55 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | February 21, 2020
    BEIJING -- China on Friday suspended more punitive tariffs on imports of U.S. industrial goods in response to a truce in its trade war with Washington that threatened global economic growth. Financial markets have welcomed announcements by both sides of reductions in penalties on each other’s goods, though they have yet to resolve much of the conflict that erupted in 2018 over Beijing’s technology ambitions and trade surplus. Goods affected by the latest reduction include industrial components and medical and factory equipment, according to the Finance Ministry. It gave no details of the value of goods affected but said penalties...
  • American women seek more than $66M in damages from US Soccer

    02/21/2020 3:25:26 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | February 21, 2020 | By RONALD BLUM
    Players on the U.S. women’s national team are seeking more than $66 million in damages as part of their gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The damages were included in slew of papers filed Thursday night in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles ahead of a trial scheduled to start May 5. Among the documents filed were the separate collective bargaining agreements of the U.S. men’s and women’s teams, which had not previously been made public. Players on the women’s national team sued the federation last March alleging institutionalized gender discrimination that includes inequitable compensation between the men’s...
  • A Town of Immigrant Farm Workers Says No to ICE Detention Centers

    02/20/2020 1:38:38 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    New York Times via Yahoo! News ^ | February 20, 2020 | by Miriam Jordan, The New York Times
    McFARLAND, Calif. — As an immigrant in the country illegally, Maribel Ramirez does not officially have a say in the affairs of the small agricultural town in California’s Central Valley that she has called home for 20 years. But late into the night Tuesday, she stood with hundreds of field workers and other residents outside McFarland’s City Council chambers, a bullhorn in her hand. “No ICE! No GEO! We’re farmworkers, not delinquents,” they chanted in Spanish, led by Ramirez, 42. At issue was a multibillion-dollar corporation’s proposal to convert two state prisons slated for closure into detention centers for immigrants...
  • Warren Urges Arizona to Reject ‘Cruel’ Bill Banning Males from Competing in Female Sports

    02/20/2020 1:32:36 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 88 replies
    National Review ^ | February 20, 2020 | By MAIREAD MCARDLE
    Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Thursday decried an Arizona bill that would prevent biological males from competing in girls sports, calling the legislation “cruel.” “Trans athletes are not a threat,” Warren wrote in a tweet. “We need to protect trans kids - and all LGBTQ+ kids - and ensure they feel safe and welcomed at school. I urge the Arizona legislature to reject this cruel bill.” The “Save Women’s Sports Act” would assign high-school students to interscholastic and intramural leagues by their “biological sex” rather than the gender with which they identify, grouping biological females together and likewise for...
  • Court allows Tesla to clear forest for German Gigafactory

    02/20/2020 1:26:01 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 20, 2020 | by Emma Thomasson
    BERLIN - A German court ruled on Thursday that Tesla Inc can continue to clear forest near the capital Berlin to build its first European car and battery factory, in a defeat for local environmental activists. The court said in a statement it had rejected urgent applications to stop the land being cleared of trees from several environmental groups, adding its ruling was final. It had temporarily halted the tree felling earlier this month. The U.S. electric carmaker announced plans last November to build a Gigafactory in Gruenheide.
  • Maryland school district revamps U.S. history curriculum after reviewing how topics like slavery are taught

    02/20/2020 12:39:00 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | February 20, 2020
    A school district in Maryland revamped its eighth grade U.S. history curriculum after reviewing how it approached topics like slavery. Eighth graders at Montgomery County Public Schools, one of the largest districts in the nation, now mostly use primary sources like letters and speeches to learn about U.S. history, instead of relying on textbooks alone. "It was really important to us to make sure that we are telling an inclusive narrative of American history," said Tiferet Ani, social studies curriculum specialist. "And so to get away from sort of the dominant narrative that's focused on presidents, on generals, you know,...
  • Bloomberg surpasses Warren in major endorsements after debate debut

    02/20/2020 12:28:05 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | February 20, 2020 | by Liz Brown-Kaiser
    Mike Bloomberg has officially surpassed Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in presidential endorsements from members of Congress and governors after his debut on the debate stage Wednesday night. With the Nevada caucuses set for Saturday, Warren still does not have any major endorsements from politicians in the Silver State. Bloomberg will not be on the ballot in Nevada. Joe Biden is the sole Democratic candidate with formal support from a Nevadan. Rep. Steven Horsford, the Democratic member for NV-04, endorsed the former Vice President on February 14. Biden leads the pack with a whopping 49 official backings from members of the...
  • Millions Are Off Welfare. Does Trump Get Credit?

    02/20/2020 12:17:09 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    New York Times via Yahoo! News ^ | February 20, 2020 | by Jim Tankersley and Lola Fadulu
    President Donald Trump likes to claim credit for the number of Americans who have stopped receiving food stamps since he entered office. In July 2018, he said 3.5 million had fallen from the rolls; the next spring, 5 million had. In his State of the Union speech this month, the number had grown to 7 million. Democrats say those figures only show Trump has pushed struggling Americans off public assistance by pressing to restrict eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid and other programs. For now, the evidence supports Trump’s contention that an improving economy is more responsible for...
  • U.S. medical schools boost LGBTQ students, doctor training

    02/20/2020 11:59:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | February 20, 2020 | By LINDSEY TANNER
    Aliya Feroe recalls the flustered OB-GYN who referred her to another physician after learning she identified as queer. For Rhi Ledgerwood, who was designated female at birth, identifies as trans and doesn’t have sex with men, it was a doctor advising about condoms and pregnancy prevention. For Tim Keyes, who came out as gay at age 17, it’s when doctors automatically assumed he sleeps with women. Ask any LGBTQ patient about awkward doctor visits and chances are they’ll have a story to tell. When being heterosexual is presumed even in doctors’ offices, those who identify otherwise can feel marginalized and...
  • New visa rules set off ‘panic wave’ in immigrant communities

    02/20/2020 11:50:51 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | February 20, 2020 | By PHILIP MARCELO and SOPHIA TAREEN
    After nearly a dozen years moving through the U.S. visa system, Sai Kyaw’s brother and sister and their families were at the finish line: a final interview before they could leave Myanmar to join him in Massachusetts and work at his restaurant. Then a dramatic turn in U.S. immigration policy halted their plans. The interview was postponed, and it’s not clear when, or whether, it will be rescheduled. “It’s terrible,” Kyaw said. “There’s nothing we can really do except pray. They’ve been waiting 12 years. If they have to wait another 12 years, they will.” His is just one of...
  • World government debt to hit record $53 trillion this year: S&P Global

    02/20/2020 10:07:02 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 20, 2020 | by Marc Jones
    LONDON - The amount of debt owed by the world’s governments will jump to a record $53 trillion by the end of the year, S&P Global estimated on Thursday, with $8.1 trillion set to borrowed this year alone. About 70%, or $5.8 trillion, of sovereigns’ gross borrowing will be to refinance maturing long-term debt, though the expected $2.3 trillion of new borrowing will still be worth at least 2.6% of global GDP. S&P said the increase reflected the higher borrowing needs of the largest countries. The U.S. at $3 trillion and Japan at $1.75 trillion will remain by far the...
  • Ahead of Trump's visit, Indian city cleans the swamp

    02/20/2020 7:59:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 20, 2020 | by Saurabh Sharma
    LUCKNOW - U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to “drain the swamp” of lobbyists and elites in Washington D.C. Now, one Indian city is racing to clean up a stagnant river as he prepares to visit. Trump arrives in India on Feb. 24 on a maiden two-day trip that aims to repair bilateral relations hurt by a trade spat. He plans to visit the western city of Ahmedabad and India’s capital New Delhi, as well as Agra, where he will view the famed monument to love, the Taj Mahal, at sunset. In the city, authorities are on a clean-up drive, including...
  • U.S. defense agency personal data may have been 'compromised': letter

    02/20/2020 7:51:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 20, 2020 | by Christopher Bing
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. defense agency responsible for secure communications for the U.S. president and other high-level officials said social security numbers and other personal data in its network may have been “compromised”, in a letter seen by Reuters that was sent to potential victims. The Defense Information Systems Agency, which calls itself a combat support agency of the Department of Defense on its web site, employs 8,000 military and civilian employees. The letter says that between May and July 2019, personal data may have been compromised.
  • Democratic voters at watch parties unimpressed by Bloomberg's first debate performance

    02/20/2020 7:43:43 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | February 20, 2020 | By Tyler Kingkade, Erin Einhorn, Anita Hassan and Mike Hixenbaugh
    SUBTITLE: "He's toast," said Dwight Clarke, 70, of Los Angeles, who viewed the event at The Abbey, a gay bar in West Hollywood, California. LOS ANGELES -- One after another, Democratic presidential candidates took turns at the start of their latest debate to take shots at former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg. And each time, the crowd at The Abbey, a gay bar in West Hollywood, California, reacted with uproarious cheers. They cheered when Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., criticized Bloomberg for having spent his way onto the debate stage, and when Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana,...
  • Who won the Democratic debate in Las Vegas?

    02/20/2020 6:06:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | February 19, 2020 | By Sahil Kapur
    LAS VEGAS -- Mike Bloomberg became a piñata, and Elizabeth Warren resurrected her feisty side. The Democratic candidates formed a circular firing squad Wednesday night, with arrows flying in all directions and fights breaking out among a seemingly infinite permutation of candidates on matters from health care policy to lewd comments about women. Mike Bloomberg It was the billionaire entrepreneur's first time on the debate stage, and his rivals made the most of it. He was slammed on everything from his record on stop-and-frisk to the millions he's sinking into his campaign. Bloomberg kept his composure, standing stone-faced, barely smiling,...