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The $10.4 billion cost of the flu on the US economy

The $10.4 billion cost of the flu on the US economy

Finance
There's something even scarier than Halloween ghosts and goblins lurking around the corner: The flu.Every year around this time, the ever-evolving influenza virus begins descending upon the Northern Hemisphere, bringing misery to the millions of Americans who end up suffering from it.On top of the wretched physical symptoms it causes — including fever, chills, muscle aches, cough and fatigue — the cost of getting the flu is generally greater than a dose of prevention.Yet most people apparently don't mind the risk. In the 2015-2016 flu season, just 43.3 percent of U.S. adults got the flu vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For those under age 18, the rate was 59 percent. (Click on CDC chart below to enlarge.)At the same time, an estimated 24.5 million were
U.N. sanctions against North Korea could block $1.3 billion, analyst says

U.N. sanctions against North Korea could block $1.3 billion, analyst says

World
Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The implementation of United Nations Security Council sanctions could block as much as $ 1.3 billion in capital inflows to North Korea, a South Korean analyst said Wednesday.Kang Sun-joo, a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy in Seoul, said in a report released Wednesday the Security Council has imposed nine sanctions against North Korea since 2006, when Pyongyang conducted its first nuclear test, News 1 reported.Recently adopted resolutions 2371 and 2375 included severe measures that include the freezing of North Korea individual and entity assets related to nuclear weapons development, and bans on the export of North Korean coal, iron ore, fishery products and textiles.The sanctions also include inspection of ships suspected of carrying banned products and...
Yahoo: 3 billion accounts breached in 2013. Yes, 3 billion

Yahoo: 3 billion accounts breached in 2013. Yes, 3 billion

Technology
Yahoo has tripled down on what was already the largest data breach in history, saying it affected all 3 billion accounts on its service, not the 1 billion it revealed late last year. The company announced Tuesday that it has sent emails providing notice to additional user accounts affected by the August 2013 data theft. The breach now affects a number that represents nearly "half the world," said Sam Curry, chief security officer for Boston-based firm Cybereason, though there's likely to be more accounts than actual users. "Whether it's 1 billion or 3 billion is largely immaterial. Assume it affects you," Curry said. "Privacy is really the victim here." Yahoo first disclosed the breach in December . The stolen information included names, email addresses, phone numbers, birthdates and secu...
Yahoo 2013 data breach hit 'all three billion accounts'

Yahoo 2013 data breach hit 'all three billion accounts'

Business
Yahoo has said that all of its three billion user accounts were affected in a hacking attack dating back to 2013.The company, which was taken over by Verizon earlier this year, said an investigation had shown the breach went much further than originally thought.The stolen data did not include passwords in clear text, payment card or bank account data, it added. Previously the internet giant had said "more than one billion" of its accounts had been hit.Yahoo said that while its latest announcement did not represent a new "security issue" it was sending emails to all the "additional affected user accounts". The company added that it was "continuing to work closely with law enforcement". Yahoo's takeover by the huge US telecoms firm Verizon was completed on 13 June. The deal was first announ...
Mercedes-Benz to invest $1 billion in Alabama, add 600 jobs

Mercedes-Benz to invest $1 billion in Alabama, add 600 jobs

Technology
Carmaker Mercedes-Benz announced Thursday that it will invest $ 1 billion to set up electric vehicle production at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant and to build a battery factory nearby, moves it said would create 600 new jobs. The luxury division of Germany's Daimler AG said it plans to manufacture electric SUVs under Mercedes' EQ sub-brand at the Alabama plant by the start of the next decade. Mercedes executive Markus Schaefer said in a statement that "with the addition of electric SUVs to our future fleet, we will provide discerning drivers with a new, high-quality automotive option." Daimler, based in Stuttgart, Germany, is among the global automakers investing in what they hope will be the automotive technology of the future, combining low-emissions electric propulsion with autonomous d...