CDC urges older Americans to get Covid booster shots as hospitalizations soar again

Shana Alesi administers a second COVID-19 booster shot to Army veteran Robert Hall at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital on April 01, 2022 in Hines, Illinois. Scott Olson | Getty Images The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week urged older Americans to get a Covid booster shot to increase their protection against the virus amid another surge in hospitalizations, particularly among those 70 and older. “Over the past few weeks we’ve seen a steep and substantial increase in hospitalizations for older Americans,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told…

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Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Deere, Foot Locker, Palo Alto Networks and more

The Deer & Co. John Deere 8R fully autonomous tractor is displayed ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 4, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images Check out the companies making headlines in midday trading. Deere — The stock plummeted 11.4% after Deere reported a miss on revenue but a beat on profit in the recent quarter. The equipment maker reported earnings per share of $6.81 on revenues of $12.03 billion. Analysts expected $6.71 per share on $13.2 billion in revenue.…

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Democratic senators concerned about phone location data being used to track people seeking abortions

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar speaks during a protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court after the leak of a draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito preparing for a majority of the court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision later this year, in Washington, D.C., May 3, 2022. Elizabeth Frantz | Reuters A group of 16 Democratic senators urged the Federal Trade Commission in a letter on Wednesday to protect data privacy for people seeking abortions or other reproductive healthcare. The letter highlights the potential far-reaching…

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Amazon tests using Flex drivers to make mall deliveries

Contractors working for the Amazon Inc. Flex program load packages into vehicles to deliver to customers in San Francisco. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Amazon is turning to its legions of contracted Flex drivers to deliver packages from mall-based retailers, allowing sellers to ship products from their own stores using the e-commerce giant’s delivery service Amazon has been notifying some Flex drivers in recent months that it’s testing a new program where workers fetch packages from retailers in their area and drop them off at customers’ doorsteps,…

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Goodbye, American soft power: McDonald’s exiting Russia after 32 years is the end of an era

Soviet customers stand in line outside the just opened first McDonald’s in the Soviet Union on January 31, 1990 at Moscow’s Pushkin Square. Vitaly Armand | Afp | Getty Images It was 4 a.m. and a trickle of Russians began lining up outside the building in the freezing winter cold, hours before opening time.  When the doors opened, hundreds of hungry, bundled-up Muscovites rushed in for their first-ever taste of this alien creation: the Big Mac.  It was January of 1990 and McDonalds was opening its very first restaurant in…

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Dr. Scott Gottlieb says rising monkeypox cases suggest it’s spread ‘pretty wide’

The rising number of monkeypox cases in the U.S. and Europe suggest the virus has already spread widely across communities, but it won’t likely cause a major epidemic like Covid, Pfizer board member and former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Friday.  “Now that there’s been community spread, it may be hard to fully snub this out. I don’t think it’s going to become a major epidemic because this is a virus that’s difficult to spread,” the former Food and Drug Administration commissioner said on “Squawk Box.” Monkeypox…

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Bill Gates explains what you can do now to fight climate change

Chesnot | Getty Images News | Getty Images Climate change is such an overwhelming and systemic problem, it’s easy to feel there’s nothing one individual can do to fight it. But Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates gave some concrete suggestions in an online question and answer session on Reddit on Thursday. Buy climate-friendly products to help drive costs down As a consumer, if you opt to buy more expensive products that contribute less carbon emissions, it may feel like a drop in the bucket. But if enough people buy…

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Elon Musk blasts Biden administration, Democrats on Twitter over ‘hate,’ sidelining of Tesla

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Friday blasted the Biden administration and Democrats on Twitter, as the world’s richest man doubled down on his vow to vote for Republicans. Musk in a tweet accused the Biden administration of doing “everything it can to sideline” and ignore Tesla, despite its dominance in the electric vehicle industry. Musk, who is making an increasingly fraught attempt to buy Twitter for $44 billion, suggested Thursday that Democrats would target him with a smear campaign after he announced that he would vote for GOP candidates. “In…

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Renault reveals electric-hydrogen hybrid concept car, says it will have range of up to 497 miles

Details of Renault’s Scénic Vision concept car were presented to the public on May 19, 2022. The firm’s idea of developing a passenger vehicle that uses hydrogen technology is not unique. Benjamin Girette | Bloomberg | Getty Images Renault has released details of an electric-hydrogen hybrid concept car, with the French automaker describing hydrogen technology as being “one of the options to make electric vehicles more convenient.” The design for Renault’s Scenic Vision incorporates a hydrogen engine, electric motor, battery, fuel cell and a hydrogen tank. The 2.5 kilogram tank…

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