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US deaths from COVID-19 could be 28% higher than official figures

US deaths from COVID-19 could be 28% higher than official figures

Technology
The actual number of coronavirus-related deaths in America could be significantly higher than official figures show, according to new research.There have been almost 2.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US and more than 129,000 people who have tested positive for the virus have died. Almost half a million new infections have been reported in the country in the last two weeks alone, and states which had begun to allow bars to reopen such as Texas and California are now closing them again, fearing a second wave of the pandemic. ...
WHO: Ebola outbreak that killed more than 2,000 in Congo is over

WHO: Ebola outbreak that killed more than 2,000 in Congo is over

World
June 25 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization said Thursday that the Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, which killed 2,280 people over nearly two years, has ended. The Ebola outbreak hit the eastern DRC on Aug. 1, 2018, in North Kivu province, nearly a week after the World Health Organization declared the ninth Ebola outbreak over in the DRC's northwest region. That outbreak, in the Equateur province, 1,500 miles away, infected 50 people and killed 33. Advertisement The 10th Ebola outbreak since 1976 for the central African country ranked second deadliest worldwide only to the 2014-2016 outbreak in an active conflict zone in West Africa. The 2014-2016 outbreak killed 2,287 people and infected 3,470 people, 28 percent of whom were children, according to the U....
Kurt Cobain’s guitar sells for more than $6M at auction

Kurt Cobain’s guitar sells for more than $6M at auction

Entertainment
June 21 (UPI) -- The guitar late rock star Kurt Cobain used during his band Nirvana's 1993 MTV Unplugged show sold for more than $ 6 million this weekend, Julien's Auctions announced. The instrument was sold as part of Julien's "Music Icons" auction at Julien's Beverly Hills location and online. Advertisement "SOLD for $ 6,010,000! A new world record for a guitar! Kurt Cobain's guitar used with Nirvana's MTV Unplugged!" the company tweeted on Saturday. Julien's said on its website that Cobain bought the 1959 Martin D-18E at Voltage Guitars in Los Angeles. The musician fatally shot himself in 1994. He was 27. Nirvana was integral to the grunge music movement in the 1990s. The band's hit songs include "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Heart Shaped Box" and "Come As You Are." Among the other Nirva...
Humans a more immediate threat to large river systems than climate change

Humans a more immediate threat to large river systems than climate change

Science
June 19 (UPI) -- Climate change promises to disrupt a variety of natural systems across the globe, but new research suggests human activities pose a more immediate threat to the planet's largest river systems. For the study -- published Friday in the journal One Earth -- scientists synthesized past work on the most significant stressors affecting large rivers. Advertisement The new survey identified a variety of human activities that hamper the natural resiliency of major river systems, including: damming, dredging, land-use change, pollution, introduction of non-native species, water diversion and subsidence caused by groundwater extraction. "These are in addition to those of climate change -- flooding and droughts -- and greenhouse-gas linked sea-level rise," lead study author Jim Best ...
Poundstretcher could close more than half its UK stores

Poundstretcher could close more than half its UK stores

Business
Poundstretcher is considering closing more than half of its UK stores as part of a survival plan.Up to 253 shops are at risk of closure if landlords do not agree to rent cuts or holidays, the discount retailer said.A spokesperson said that the talks form part of a wider restructuring plan aimed at "stemming losses" from underperforming stores.It employs 5,500 people across 450 shops, its warehouse and head office.Poundstretcher, which also owns the Bargain Buys chain, has launched a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), an insolvency process that allows companies to continue trading while pushing through closures and rent cuts. How coronavirus will change the way we all shop What shops are open? It will be overseen by the accountancy firm KPMG.Under the p...