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Officials push flu vaccine after most deadly season in four decades

Officials push flu vaccine after most deadly season in four decades

Health
Sept. 27 (UPI) -- One year after a severe flu season, medical personnel are giving it their best shot to reduce hospitalizations and deaths by giving a boost to vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are aiming for significantly higher rates of flu vaccination for the 2018-2019 flu season following the most deadly season since 1976, the first year total seasonal flu deaths were reported. Last year there was an estimated 900,000 hospitalizations, and more than 80,000 deaths, according to new data released by the CDC on Thursday. The previous high for regular flu season deaths was 56,000. The number of people vaccinated dropped last year by 1.1 percentage point to 57.9 percent -- far below the goal of 80 percent. With the new vaccine now available, U.S. government officia...
House GOP expected to push changes to your 401(k) this fall

House GOP expected to push changes to your 401(k) this fall

Finance
Workplace retirement plans could be headed for a makeover in Congress. As part of a push for additional tax law changes, GOP lawmakers in the House are expected this month to float legislation that includes modifications to 401(k) savings plans. Broadly, those could include: reducing costs for small businesses to offer such accounts, making it less risky for employers to offer guaranteed income annuities and requiring plans to annually tell workers how long their nest egg is projected to last. "There's a lot of concern about folks...
9th boy rescued from Thailand cave as final push begins for those remaining inside

9th boy rescued from Thailand cave as final push begins for those remaining inside

World
The final push to bring home four boys and their soccer coach by a crew of international and Thai divers began in earnest on Tuesday. Eight boys have already been brought out of the cave after over two weeks in the darkness. The ninth boy was brought out of the cave at about 4 p.m. local time, according to the Thai navy SEALs. Officials confirmed they had restarted the rescue effort for the third day at 10 a.m. local time, or 11 p.m. Eastern time the prior night. As with the previous rescue efforts, 19 divers have gone into the cave, with two divers escorting each of the boys out of the cave with tethers. "If everything goes to plan, all will come out today," an official said at a Tuesday midday press conference. "We are ready to operate completely today," Chiang Rai Province ...
US jitters at China's tech push underlies trade war

US jitters at China's tech push underlies trade war

Technology
Shenzhen is the poster boy for China's economic progress. Forty years ago it was just a cluster of small villages lying across the water from bustling Hong Kong, before it was designated China's first "special economic zone".Now it's a city of some 11 million people and a technological powerhouse - the next Silicon Valley, according to many. Image: The technological powerhouse of Shenzhen is viewed as the next Silicon Valley That also means it's the front line in the incipient US-China tariff war, which is as much about technology as it is trade.:: China accuses 'hoodlum' Trump over trade warShenzhen built its name on manufacturing cheap electronics for export.Huaqiangbei is an electronics market that sprawls across st...
Powell: 'Tariffs can push up prices' but 'too early to say' what impact will be

Powell: 'Tariffs can push up prices' but 'too early to say' what impact will be

Finance
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell opted against wading too far into the tariff battle during a speech Friday, though he acknowledged it's a concern for business."It's too early to say" what effect a potential trade war between the U.S. and China would have on the economic outlook, the central bank chief said at an event in Chicago.Should the situation escalate, it could be inflationary, he added."Tariffs can push up prices, but again it's too early to say whether that's going to be something that happens or not," Powell said during a question-and-answer session that followed his first economic speech since he took the Fed reins in February.Businesses have expressed concern about the impact of a further trade battle. President Donald Trump on Thursday said the administration is looking in...