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FDA relaxes guidance on giving blood, reduces deferral period for gay men from 1 year to 3 months

The FDA announced Thursday that it is relaxing some of the recommendations regarding blood donations to address “a dramatic reduction in donations” amid the COVID-19 pandemic — but the department still recommends that sexually active gay men should not give blood. According to a press release from the department, it is now recommending that male donors can Read More…

Mnuchin says checks from coronavirus bill coming “within 3 weeks”

Washington — Americans who are eligible to receive one-time payments from the federal government as part of a massive coronavirus economic relief package will see that money deposited into their bank accounts “within three weeks,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday. “We expect that within three weeks, that people who have direct deposit with information with us will Read More…

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Search for Oregon woman, 20, suspended after volunteers scour thousands of acres to no avail

Authorities in Oregon have suspended their search for a woman who disappeared earlier this month after going on a hike. Allyson Watterson, 20, was reported missing on Dec. 22, roughly 30 hours after she was last seen hiking in a wooded area near North Plains with her boyfriend, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Her family hadn’t heard Read More…

Top animal hijinks of 2019: Here are the most viral moments, from hysterical gorillas to cannibalistic snakes

Overly dramatic gorillas fleeing raindrops, a cannibalistic snake and a thieving seagull were some of the animals in videos and photos that went viral in 2019. In a year consumed by the Russia investigation and President Trump’s impeachment inquiry, the animal hijinks offer a brief respite. Here are some of the year’s most amusing animal moments: Gorillas make hilarious attempts to avoid raindrops The gorillas at Read More…

Controversial Instagram couple now being slammed for yearlong vow of silence announcement

An Instagram couple who drew outrage earlier this year by setting up a GoFundMe asking strangers to donate to their “celebration of life” adventure through Africa, is once again being ridiculed on social media for their latest gimmick — a yearlong vow of silence. Catalin Onc and Elena Engelhardt of the Another Beautiful Day Instagram account posted a photo over the Read More…

Breakingviews TV: Daimler-BMW merger

Breakingviews Posted The German giants want to save a combined 13 bln euros to fund the transition to electric cars – but crunching together could yield much more than that. Christopher Thompson predicts the Fiat-Peugeot playbook will be scrutinised heavily in Stuttgart and Munich in 2020.