Tag: Disease Control

Twitter challenges US order for anti-Trump user records

BY BARBARA ORTUTAY NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter defied a U.S. government request for records that could identify users behind an account opposed to President Donald Trump, and is challenging that order in court. The company filed its lawsuit Thursday in a San Francisco federal court against the federal Department of Homeland Security and its Customs and Border Protection office, charging that their efforts to “unmask” the people behind the account violate the First Amendment. Twitter said its users have a constitutional right to disseminate such “anonymous and pseudonymous political speech.” It declined to comment beyond the lawsuit. DHS...

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Fitbit tracks your steps; now it wants to chart your Zs, too

BY ANICK JESDANUN – AP TECHNOLOGY WRITER NEW YORK (AP) — Fitbit, whose devices encourage people to walk 10,000 steps each day, now wants to put them to sleep as well. The company said data collected by the millions of Fitbit trackers in use show that people are averaging less than seven hours of sleep a night, the amount recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the Zs people do get aren’t necessarily the right kind of sleep. So Fitbit will offer deeper sleep tracking on some of its devices. Fitbits already track how much sleep...

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Unique Zika case of Utah caregiver under investigation

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Health authorities in Utah are investigating a unique case of Zika found in a person who had been caring for a relative who had an unusually high level of the virus in his blood. Exactly how the disease was transmitted is still a mystery, though the person has since recovered. The elderly relative who died after contracting Zika abroad had amounts of the virus in his blood more than 100,000 times higher than other samples of infected people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though the tropical mosquito that mainly spreads...

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Crash Deaths Far Worse In U.S. Than Other Affluent Countries

NEW YORK (AP) — Traffic deaths are down, but a new report shows fatalities on the road are still a bigger problem in the United States than in other affluent countries. The U.S. had by far the highest fatality rate for car crashes of the nearly 20 countries studied. The U.S. rate in 2013 was more than twice as high as in most of the other countries. And traffic deaths haven’t been dropping as fast in the U.S. The rate has fallen by nearly a third since 2000. But every other country had a steeper decline. The statistics probably...

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‘Small handful’ of NBC employees opt out of Olympics

NEW YORK (AP) — Savannah Guthrie of the “Today” show put a public face Tuesday on what NBC says is a “small handful” of employees who will not travel to Rio de Janeiro this summer for Olympics coverage because of concern over the Zika virus. The co-host of the morning news show, who is 44, announced she was pregnant with her second child. Brazil is the country hardest-hit by the mosquito-borne virus, which can cause severe birth defects, including babies born with abnormally small heads. NBC is sending more than 2,000 employees to Brazil to cover the Olympics, which...

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