Ice cream in China tests positive for COVID
It’s chilling news. Three samples of ice cream produced in China tested positive for coronavirus Thursday, regulators in the country’s Tianjin municipality said. All employees at the Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company, about 90 miles southeast of Beijing, were immediately quarantined and tested for the virus, Chinese media outlet Global Times reported. Of the 1,600 employees, 700 tested negative and 900 results were not immediately released. The ice cream was made with ingredients imported from New Zealand and Ukraine, regulators said. It remains unclear how the virus was detected during routine f...
New York Daily News
Disney, Universal and SeaWorld report falls, seizures and other injuries of guests
A 25-year-old woman had a seizure on Universal’s Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure last month while at Disney, an 86-year-old woman fell as she left Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, “injuring her head, arm and leg” in late October, according to a state report released Friday. Every three months, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services publicly updates a report that is supposed to detail the most serious injuries at the theme parks. Universal Orlando, Disney World, Legoland, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens self-disclose when their visitors are hurt or sick on rides ...
Note left on Pence’s chair during Capitol riot focus of DOJ inquiry, reports say
The U.S. Justice Department has filed criminal charges against 44 people accused of participating in last week’s Capitol riot, some of whom intended to capture and assassinate elected officials, according to reports Friday. Murder was on the minds of some of the insurgents, according to federal officials, who cited “strong evidence” of a planned, coordinated attack. The ominous intent was outlined in a prosecution pretrial detention memo filed in court late Thursday against one of the defendants, Jacob Chansley, who was seen sitting in the Senate chamber seat of Vice President Pence after riot...
New York Daily News
Justice Department watchdog reviews response to Capitol riots
The Justice Department watchdog has launched a review of federal law enforcement’s preparation and response to the Capitol riots. The Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General said the review will include an examination of information available to the feds before the riots, coordination between law enforcement at all levels of government and the response to the riot on Jan. 6 as it occurred. “The DOJ OIG also will assess whether there are any weaknesses in DOJ protocols, policies, or procedures that adversely affected the ability of DOJ or its components to prepare effectively for and r...
New York Daily News
Fake Ga. Department of Labor website was seeking personal data
Georgia's Department of Labor issued a warning against scams after a fake Facebook page this week mimicked the state DOL's official site and tried to lure jobless people to provide personal information. The site might have been online for several days, but was taken down early Wednesday after the DOL contacted Facebook, according to Kersha Cartwright, spokeswoman for the department. Georgia's Department of Labor has a presence on both Facebook and Twitter. At first blush, the faux page was indistinguishable from the real thing, she said. "They had our header and our logo and they even shared s...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
American Airlines changes emotional support animal rules
American Airlines announced major changes to its emotional support and service animal policies and procedures this week. According to the carrier’s official website, American is aligning its regulations with the United States Department of Transportation’s (DOT) recently announced changes, which defines a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability. Starting on Jan. 11, American will no longer authorize new travel for animals that do not meet the updated definition, such as emotional support animal...
Susan Tompor: Haven't received your second stimulus yet? IRS says don't call
Quick, take a look at your bank account — or your mailbox — did up to $600 in stimulus cash show up yet? If it didn't, the Internal Revenue Service is telling taxpayers don't call us — and don't call your bank. If you're worried and you're waiting for your money, your best bet is to visit the IRS.gov website. The IRS said: "IRS phone assisters do not have additional information beyond what’s available on IRS.gov." Most people shouldn't be in panic mode, as the second stimulus money only began rolling out last week. We've got time to see that cash, especially if it's arriving via the mail. But ...
Detroit Free Press
DeSantis spokesman Piccolo resigns in move he says came before COVID-19 tweet
Fred Piccolo, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ communications director, has resigned from the governor’s office, a move he said was planned before he deleted his Twitter account shortly after his controversial Christmas Eve tweet about COVID-19 victims. Piccolo, who was named DeSantis’s chief spokesman in July, said he will move over to the state Department of Education next week, where he will rejoin Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran. Piccolo previously worked for Corcoran at the state House Speaker’s office. Piccolo made national headlines last week after stating that photos of each dead COVID-19 vi...
Wrongful death lawsuit filed by family of first person to die from COVID-19 in immigration custody
SAN DIEGO – The family of Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia, who died in immigration custody after contracting the coronavirus during an outbreak at Otay Mesa Detention Center, has sued the federal government as well as the private prison company in charge of the facility. Escobar Mejia was the first person to die in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement because of COVID-19. Eight in total have died from the virus since the pandemic began. The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of California by Escobar Mejia's three siblings, alleges negligence, deliberate indifference to serious ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
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FCC chief who ended net neutrality says he’ll quit Jan. 20WASHINGTON — U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said he’ll leave the agency Jan. 20, eliminating the possibility of a holdover Republican majority at the agency that could have temporarily stymied changes sought by the incoming Biden administration.Since being elevated to the chairmanship by President Donald Trump in 2017, Pai, a Republican, has led the commission in dismantling net neutrality regulations and pushed for fast wireless broadband service.Pai’s term as a commissioner extends to July 2021 and he could h...
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