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No emergency training for crew on California dive boat where fire killed 34

LOS ANGELES — Crew members on a dive boat say they were never instructed on emergency procedures before a predawn fire swept through the vessel as it was anchored off the Southern California coast, killing 34 people as they slept below deck, according to federal documents released Wednesday.National Transportation Safety Board investigators say the cause…

Emergency lending to Scottish businesses falls short, UK data shows

* Scottish small firms get proportionally less than pre-crisis* Mid-sized firms in London offered bigger loans than regions* Finance minister Sunak says funds reaching ‘every corner of UK’* Graphic: tmsnrt.rs/3gAzWHULONDON, Aug 7 (Reuters) - A regional breakdown of emergency loans to small firms in Britain during the coronavirus crisis shows that Scotland and the South…

This Emergency Battery Load is Practically Indestructible and It’s On Sale for Just $50

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Flashlights for emergency scenarios and outdoor fun

Lead the way.Nathan Anderson via UnsplashA flashlight is an invaluable tool, whether you’re rummaging through a dark basement, tromping through the woods on a nighttime hike, or stuck on the side of the road in the evening with a flat tire. Gone are the days of cheap, incandescent bulbs; today’s flashlights employ advanced LED technology…

FDA gives emergency approval to rapid, cheap coronavirus antigen test

Home News Abbott's rapid coronavirus test is the size of a credit card. (Image: © Abbott Labs) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized a new, rapid antigen test for COVID-19, which costs $5 and can diagnose an infection in 15 minutes.The test, made by Abbott Labs, is the size of a credit card…

FDA issues emergency use authorization for plasma as COVID-19 treatment

On Sunday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the use of investigational convalescent plasma for treating COVID-19 in hospitalized patients.   The announcement, which also referred to statistics that appeared to be inflated, followed days of back-and-forth about whether the treatment would be approved, according to reporting from the New…

FDA’s emergency approval of a crucial coronavirus therapy is on hold

An unexpected coronavirus treatment update comes from the FDA, which has placed the emergency approval of blood plasma for COVID-19 on hold. Health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, think the conclusions from a Mayo Clinic study that enrolled thousands of patients aren’t strong enough and need more scrutiny. Empirical evidence and some recent studies have…

Emergency Politics Podcast: Harris Is Biden’s VP Select

After months of speculation, Joe Biden announced Tuesday that California Sen. Kamala Harris would be his running mate. In this emergency edition of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, Perry Bacon Jr. and Sarah Frostenson discuss what this choice means for Biden’s campaign and the Democratic Party. You can listen to the episode by clicking the “play”…

Emergency physician in Indiana on rising COVID-19 cases in his state

Earlier this week Doctor Birx was heard on a private call urging local leaders in nearly a dozen cities, including Indianapolis, to take "aggressive" steps to contain their outbreaks. Dr. Stephen Sample warns, “If you have to remember five words. Americans. Will. Keep. Dying. Soon. If we don’t do something, we’re going to have problems.”July…

How to evacuate and find emergency shelter during a pandemic

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How do music festivals adjust to a pandemic? They Fest in Place, naturally

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Hoverboarding dental professional gets 12 years in prison for fraud, unlawful oral acts

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Here are the winners of the 2020 Ig Nobel Prizes to make you laugh, then believe

Can you tell a narcissist by their eyebrows? — This year's ceremony was held virtually (thanks, coronavirus), but the fun remained. Jennifer Ouellette - Sep 17, 2020 10:00 pm UTC The 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony: introducing 10 new Ig Nobel Prize winners, each of whom has done something that makes people laugh,…

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USDA Announces Contracts for Round 3 of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

(Washington, D.C., September 17, 2020) – Following President Donald Trump’s approval to include up to an additional $1 billion in the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved up to $1 billion in contracts to support American producers and communities in…

Trump Administration Invests More Than $7 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural South Carolina

ReConnect Funding to Connect 5,263 Rural Households to High-Speed Broadband WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $7 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in South Carolina. This investment is part of the $550 million…

This NFL Star Walked Away to Join the Frontline Against COVID

LM Chabot ON A BLAZING MORNING this past summer, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif arrives at a soccer field in the suburbs of Montreal, hoping to find some open space for a workout. Hordes of face-mask-clad kids have already claimed most of the turf—a bad sign for social distancing—so the six-foot-five, 321-pound offensive guard of the Super Bowl–winning…