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Judge dismisses U.S. women’s soccer team’s claim of unequal pay

Judge dismisses U.S. women’s soccer team’s claim of unequal pay

Sports
May 1 (UPI) -- A federal judge in California dismissed the U.S. women's national soccer team's claim of unequal pay, according to a court filing. Judge R. Gary Klausner of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Friday rejected the U.S. women's team's claim that it has been underpaid relative to the U.S. men's team, stating in his decision that the players "have not demonstrated a triable issue that WNT players are paid less than MNT players." Klausner ruled that the players' additional allegations of unequal travel conditions and support services, including medical staff and training equipment, can still go to trial. Molly Levinson, a spokesperson for the players, said they plan to appeal the decision. "We are shocked and disappointed with today's decision, bu...
Nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, CDC says

Nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, CDC says

Health
April 24 (UPI) -- Nearly half of all American adults have high blood pressure, according to new figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In estimates released Friday, the agency reported that, in 2017-18, more than 45 percent of people 18 years of age and older had blood pressure above the threshold for hypertension -- high blood pressure -- of 130/80 mmHg. Notably, this figure has remained relatively stable for 20 years -- though it dipped briefly to roughly 42 percent in 2009-2010 and 2013-2014. In 1999-2000, 47 percent of all adults in the U.S. met the CDC's criteria for high blood pressure, according to the latest report. And, as was the case two decades ago, high blood pressure remains more common among men than women. The CDC estimates that, in 2017-18, 51...
Hep C infections triple in U.S., CDC recommends most adults get screened

Hep C infections triple in U.S., CDC recommends most adults get screened

Health
April 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that virtually all American adults undergo screening for hepatitis C, citing data that shows the number of cases nationally has tripled since 2009. In two separate reports released Thursday, the agency estimated that more than 50,000 Americans were diagnosed with the acute form of the virus, which affects the liver, in 2018. That same year, nearly 138,000 were diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C, the agency said. Because of these figures, the CDC simultaneously released an updated version of its guidelines on screening for the disease. The agency now recommends that everyone 18 and older undergo hepatitis C screening at least once during their lifetime and that all pregnant women get tested for the vi...
China slowdown might shed light on COVID-19’s path through U.S.

China slowdown might shed light on COVID-19’s path through U.S.

Health
March 20 (UPI) -- Assuming people comply with public health guidance on the new coronavirus, such as social distancing and hand hygiene, researchers say the trajectory of the disease in the United States could mimic what has happened in China and South Korea. According to an analysis by Our World in Data, China -- where the COVID-19 outbreak began -- saw a rapid rise in new cases after the 100th person was diagnosed with the disease in mid-January. That spike lasted until roughly 30 days later, when new case numbers were still high, but stable. Now, some 60 days later, officials in China have reported no new "localized" cases for two consecutive days. South Korea, due in large part to an aggressive testing campaign, saw numbers of new cases stabilize, albeit at elevated levels, roughly 3...
U.S. Space Force gets first offensive weapon, a satellite jammer

U.S. Space Force gets first offensive weapon, a satellite jammer

Business
March 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Space Force announced its first offensive weapon, a ground-based communications jammer to block satellite transmissions. The Space Force announced Friday that Counter Communication System Block 10.2 achieved Initial Operating Capability earlier this month. It was transferred from the Los Angeles AFB to Peterson AFB, Colo., after being declared operational by the Air Force Space and Missile Center's special programs directorate. The portable CCS temporarily denies satellite communications of adversaries, and was first deployed in 2004 after hostile nations began attempting to disrupt American satellite transmissions. An upgraded version, CCS Block 10.1, was developed in 2014. L3Harris is the prime contractor for both versions 10.1 and 10.2. The newest version of...