Starbucks Manhattan No-Pest Strips: Lawsuit accuses coffee chain of using poisonous pesticide in stores

No-Pest strips that emit poisonous vapor were allegedly used to control fruit flies and other pests at Starbucks stores throughout Manhattan, posing safety risk to workers and customers, two lawsuits claim.Starbucks dismisses the claims as without merit, saying the lawyers and plaintiffs involved are trying to “incite public fear for their own financial gain.”Coffee chain […]

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Health groups call out tobacco marketing aimed at teens on social media

Tobacco and e-cigarette companies are paying so-called social media influencers — quasi-celebrities with large followings — to promote and market their products directly to young people on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, according to a letter from more than 100 public health and tobacco-free organizations.  The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other organizations on Wednesday […]

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Alabama abortion law: Gov. Kay Ivey signs near-total abortion ban Wednesday

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the state’s controversial near-total abortion ban Wednesday evening. The new law is the most restrictive anti-abortion measure passed in the United States since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. The legislation — House Bill 314, “Human Life Protection Act” — bans all abortions in the state except when “abortion is […]

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Bubonic plague kills couple in Mongolia after eating raw marmot meat

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia — A Mongolian couple has died of the bubonic plague after eating raw marmot kidney, triggering a quarantine that left tourists stranded in a remote region for days, officials said Monday. The ethnic Kazakh couple died May 1 in Nogoonnuur soum, in Mongolia’s westernmost province of Bayan-Ulgii, which borders Russia and China. “The two […]

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California bans chlorpyrifos pesticide as largest agriculture state claims it harms child brain development

Los Angeles — The nation’s most productive agricultural state will ban a widely used toxic pesticide blamed for harming brain development in babies, California officials said Wednesday. The move would outlaw chlorpyrifos after scientists deemed it a toxic air contaminant and discovered it to be more dangerous than previously thought. State Environmental Secretary Jared Blumenfeld […]

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Unvaccinated teen Jerome Kunkel, who sued after he was banned from school during chickenpox, outbreak now has the virus, lawyer says

An unvaccinated teen who was banned from school during a chickenpox outbreak now has chickenpox himself, his lawyer says. Jerome Kunkel was not allowed to attend school for at least two weeks when 30 people came down with the virus. In April, he sued the health department because he was banned from school for refusing […]

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FDA sleeping pills warning: Officials issue strong warning over risks of sleeping pills including Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata

Millions of Americans suffer from insomnia, and many of them depend on sleep medications to get them through the night. Federal health officials have warned for years about the possible side effects, and now they’ve issued their strongest warning so far. The FDA ordered that several popular types of prescription sleeping pills, including Ambien, Lunesta […]

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Growing crop of companies suggest young women protect themselves against infertility

When model Krista Mays found herself single in her early 30s with a goal of being a mom by age 35, she decided she’d have to find a less traditional approach to motherhood. “I was having a conversation with my girlfriends about egg freezing and fertility and the conversation I had was like, ‘I think […]

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Some rural hospitals used for big insurance reimbursements – and profit

Some rural hospitals are being used to set up big paydays from insurance providers, raising questions about how insurance claims are reimbursed. Since 2010, 83 struggling rural hospitals have closed, and as many as 700 others are at risk of closing in the next decade. But a CBS News investigation found some rural hospitals have […]

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How some rural hospitals were used to score huge paydays

GRACEVILLE, Fla. — As many Americans struggle to pay rising health insurance premiums, a CBS News investigation has uncovered a scheme that could make those premiums go even higher. It raises costs for insurers, who could then pass the increase along to you. Jorge Perez is CEO of Empower Group, a Miami-based healthcare company that […]

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