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U.S. regulators approve new type of contraceptive gel

U.S. regulators on Friday approved a birth control gel that works in a new way to prevent pregnancy. Phexxi comes in an applicator that women insert before sex. The gel made by San Diego-based Evofem Biosciences contains lactic acid, citric acid and potassium bitartrate, all of which are ...

Tech privacy firm warns contact tracing app violates policy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A contact tracing app pushed by the governors of North Dakota and South Dakota as a tool to trace exposure to the coronavirus violated its own privacy policy by sharing location and user identification information with third-party businesses, according to a report ...

Chicago Latinos see higher rates of COVID-19 infections

CHICAGO (AP) — When Erendira Martinez's husband started feeling sick at the beginning of April, he brushed off his cough and told her it was nothing. "He was embarrassed," Martinez said. "He felt like I was going to be upset, which I was, because he didn't tell me the real symptoms that he ...

Merriam-Webster revises ‘Chinese restaurant syndrome’ entry

Merriam-Webster has updated its entry on "Chinese restaurant syndrome," a term many Asian Americans saw as antiquated and even racist. The phrase was previously defined as a legitimate illness brought on by food seasoned with monosodium glutamate but "especially Chinese food." ...

U.S. warns Los Angeles stay-at-home extension could be illegal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday warned the mayor of Los Angeles and the county's top health officer that an extension of the coronavirus stay-at-home order may be unlawful. The vague letter sent to Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA County Public Health Director Barbara ...

First commercial space taxi a pit stop on Musk’s Mars quest

It all started with the dream of growing a rose on Mars. That vision, Elon Musk's vision, morphed into a shake-up of the old space industry, and a fleet of new private rockets. Now, those rockets will launch NASA astronauts from Florida to the International Space Station -- the first time a ...

University of California to drop SAT, ACT test requirements

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California will drop the SAT and ACT tests as admission requirements through 2024 and eliminate them for California residents after that, a landmark decision by the prestigious university system. The UC's governing body, the Board of Regents, voted 23-0 ...

‘Hundreds of millions’ in bogus jobless benefits paid out

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Impostors have used the stolen information of tens of thousands of people in Washington to fraudulently receive hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment benefits, the head of the state's Employment Security Department said Thursday. Commissioner Suzi LeVine said ...

Texas court holds first U.S. jury trial via videoconferencing

DALLAS (AP) — The potential jurors popped onto the screen one by one. They confirmed their names and told the judge how they were connecting to the court: on laptops, tablets and iPhones. There were some wireless issues and camera problems, but eventually 26 Texans in separate boxes raised ...

San Francisco sanctions once-shunned homeless encampments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is joining other U.S. cities in authorizing homeless tent encampments in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a move officials have long resisted but are now reluctantly embracing to safeguard homeless people. About 80 tents are now neatly spaced out on a ...