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U.S. expands coronavirus screenings, United suspends some flights to China

U.S. expands coronavirus screenings, United suspends some flights to China

Health
Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The United States is ramping up its response to the 2019 novel coronavirus as it continues to spread, U.S. government officials said Tuesday, as they expand airport screenings and develop potential vaccines and drug treatments for the disease. Multiple agencies are engaged in efforts to stem the spread of the virus beyond the five initial confirmed U.S. cases, all of which involved people who had traveled to Hubei province in China, ground zero for the virus. The CDC on Tuesday announced plans to expand screening of travelers from China for the virus from five to 20 international airports across the country, and United Airlines became the first U.S. carrier to cancel flights to China as it suspended 24 flights scheduled for the first week of February. "To better protect ...
Marcus Rashford: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘has to take some blame’, says Ian Wright

Marcus Rashford: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘has to take some blame’, says Ian Wright

Sports
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer "thought about himself before the player" when Marcus Rashford picked up a back injury which could keep him out for three months, says former England striker Ian Wright.Rashford, 22, came on as a substitute and then went off injured during United's 1-0 home win over Wolves in last week's FA Cup third-round replay.Wright, speaking on the Monday Night Club on BBC Radio 5 Live, believes "someone should be held accountable" because it is likely to cost United. "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he knew Marcus Rashford was struggling and played him against Wolves - now he's out for three months," said Wright."We're talking about an explosive player that's goi...
Bills in several states aim to help those in the gig economy. Some are worried they’ll lose work instead

Bills in several states aim to help those in the gig economy. Some are worried they’ll lose work instead

Finance
Halley Bondy and daughter Robin, 2Halley BondyHalley Bondy loves being a freelance writer.And the 35-year-old journalist, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, earns more working for herself than she did as a full-time employee.Now, a proposal in New York state that could require companies to classify more of their freelancers as employees is spreading panic among people like Bondy."All of my employers would probably just ditch me," Bondy said. "I don't think any one of them would take me on full-time."More from Personal Finance:Not all agree buying steady retirement income is a good ideaMore people may soon have annuities in their 401(k) plansRMD changes may affect retirement accountsSeveral states are moving to reshape their labor laws so that more independent contractors are turned into empl...
Trump’s plan to curb teen vaping exempts some flavors

Trump’s plan to curb teen vaping exempts some flavors

Health
WASHINGTON -- U.S. health officials will begin cracking down on most flavored e-cigarettes that are popular with underage teenagers, but their plan includes major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the nicotine-delivery devices. The Trump administration announced Thursday that it will prohibit fruit, candy, mint and dessert flavors from small, cartridge-based e-cigarettes favored by high school and middle school students. But menthol and tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes will be allowed to remain on the market. The targeted flavor ban will also entirely exempt large, tank-based vaping devices, which are primarily sold in vape shops that cater to adult smokers. Together, the two exemptions represent a significant retreat from President Donald Trump's or...
To battle opioid crisis, some track overdoses in real time

To battle opioid crisis, some track overdoses in real time

Health
Overdose tracking systems are giving near real-time glimpses into the ravages of the opioid-fueled drug crisisBy MICHAEL HILL Associated PressDecember 23, 2019, 7:44 PM5 min readALBANY, N.Y. -- Drug overdose patients rushed to some emergency rooms in New York's Hudson Valley are asked a series of questions: Do you have stable housing? Do you have food? Times and location of overdoses are noted, too. The information is entered into a new overdose-tracking system that provides near real-time glimpses into the ravages of the opioid-fueled drug crisis. The Hudson Valley Interlink Analytic System is among a number of surveillance systems being adopted around the country by police, government agencies and community groups. While the number of drug overdose deaths appears to have fallen nationa...