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Bowing to Inevitable, Trump Extends Social Distance Guidelines Through April as Coronavirus Toll Mounts

Bowing to Inevitable, Trump Extends Social Distance Guidelines Through April as Coronavirus Toll Mounts

President Trump—backtracking on his professed desire to open the country in time for Easter—announced that the administration’s social distancing guidelines would be extended for another 30 days, through the end of April.

U.S. Now Has More Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Than China, Italy and All Other Countries

U.S. Now Has More Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Than China, Italy and All Other Countries

Global leader:  The United States now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country.   As of mid-day Friday, there were more than 566,000 confirmed cases worldwide, and over 25,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins coronavirus tracker.  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19, but said his symptoms are mild. Confirmed…

Coronavirus Cases Soar With More Testing, and Lives are Upended in the U.S.

Coronavirus Cases Soar With More Testing, and Lives are Upended in the U.S.

With the numbers soaring as more people get tested, there were more than 46,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., and about 600 deaths by mid-day Tuesday, mostly in New York, Washington and California. Even so, President Trump said he is considering easing social distancing guidelines to help the economy.

Amid Dire Warnings of Immense U.S. Death Toll from Coronavirus, States and Trump Administration Step Up Defensive Measures

Amid Dire Warnings of Immense U.S. Death Toll from Coronavirus, States and Trump Administration Step Up Defensive Measures

In response to a report from researchers in London, which estimates that, without drastic measures, 2.2 million people in the U.S. could die, the White House  advised avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people. That is significantly stricter than a previous recommendation to avoid gatherings of 50 or more people, and shows how quickly the virus scourge and related public health measures are evolving.

FDA Running More Asbestos Tests of Talc-Based Cosmetics After Nine Positive Findings

FDA Running More Asbestos Tests of Talc-Based Cosmetics After Nine Positive Findings

A one-year study commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found traces of asbestos in nine samples of talc-based cosmetics products; 43 samples came back negative. “There is general agreement among U.S. federal agencies and the World Health Organization that there is no known safe level of asbestos exposure,” said Susan Mayne, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Convenient, Yes, But Ride-Hailing Services Take an Environmental Toll, Study Finds

Convenient, Yes, But Ride-Hailing Services Take an Environmental Toll, Study Finds

The average ride-hailing trip with Uber or Lyft results in 69% more pollution than the alternative transportation methods it displaces, such as mass transit, biking, walking and operating a personal car, according to a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

It Sounds Like a Lot, But Wells Fargo's $3 Billion Settlement in Fraud Case Assailed as "Slap on the Wrist"

It Sounds Like a Lot, But Wells Fargo’s $3 Billion Settlement in Fraud Case Assailed as “Slap on the Wrist”

Wells Fargo agreed to pay $3 billion to settle criminal and civil charges stemming from employees fraudulently opening fake accounts without the knowledge of customers

Huge Verdict in Herbicide Case Adds to Legal Troubles of Chemical Giant Bayer

Huge Verdict in Herbicide Case Adds to Legal Troubles of Chemical Giant Bayer

A federal court jury in Missouri has ordered chemical manufacturers Bayer and BASF to pay $265 million in compensatory and punitive damages for crop losses stemming from the drift of the herbicide dicamba from fields planted with dicamba-resistant seeds to neighboring fields.

Thousands of Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells Threaten the Environment, and Taxpayers' Wallets

Thousands of Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells Threaten the Environment, and Taxpayers’ Wallets

Thousands of oil and gas wells have been abandoned across California, creating risks to the environment and the pocketbooks of taxpayers who could be stuck with huge cleanup bills. The bonds posted by the industry for well closures and cleanup are billions of dollars short of what will be needed.