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U.S. may cut some Moderna vaccine doses in half to speed rollout, official says

U.S. may cut some Moderna vaccine doses in half to speed rollout, official says

By (Reuters) - The U.S. government is considering giving some people half the dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in order to speed vaccinations, a federal official said on Sunday.Moncef Slaoui, head of Operation Warp Speed, the federal vaccine program, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that officials were in talks with Moderna and the Food and Drug Administration about the idea. Moderna’s vaccine requires two injections.“We know that for the Moderna vaccine, giving half of the dose to people between the ages of 18 and 55, two doses, half the dose, which means exactly achieving the objective of...

Jan 3
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Explainer-U.S. government hack: espionage or act of war?

Explainer-U.S. government hack: espionage or act of war?

By , (Reuters) - The suspected Russian hack of U.S. government agencies has led to heated rhetoric from lawmakers, with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin calling it “virtually a declaration of war” and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio saying that “America must retaliate, and not just with sanctions.”But cybersecurity and legal experts said the hack would not be considered an act of war under international law and will likely go down in history as an act of espionage.Here’s why.The hack, first reported by Reuters, hijacked software made by Texas-based SolarWinds Corp. By inserting malicious code into updates...

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Dec 19
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University of California to be granted pioneering CRISPR patent

University of California to be granted pioneering CRISPR patent

(Reuters) - The University of California will soon be granted a potentially valuable patent on the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, according to a document filed by the U.S. patent office on Friday. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision to grant the patent could further fuel a long-running rivalry between the university and the Broad Institute, a biological and genomic research center affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University that also holds patents on CRISPR. Patent rights to CRISPR could eventually be worth...

February 11, 2019
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Harvey Weinstein will not testify at his New York rape trial, defense rests case

Harvey Weinstein will not testify at his New York rape trial, defense rests case

United States NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein will not testify in his own defense at his rape trial, his lawyers said on Tuesday as they rested their case. Outside the presence of the jury, one of Weinstein’s lawyers told Justice James Burke that Weinstein would not be taking the stand in the trial that began in New York on Jan. 6 and is a milestone in the #MeToo movement. “That’s correct,” Weinstein confirmed when asked by the judge. The defense rested its case shortly after this exchange, setting the stage for closing arguments to begin on Thursday. Asked...

February 11, 2020
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New York prosecutor says former movie producer Weinstein abused his power

New York prosecutor says former movie producer Weinstein abused his power

United States NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York prosecutors told jurors that Harvey Weinstein abused his power and pushed back against claims by the former Hollywood producer’s defense team that his accusers were not credible. Setting the stage for the jury to begin deliberating next week in Weinstein’s weeks-long sexual assault trial, Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi said Weinstein, 67, had counted on his victims never coming forward. “The defendant not only ran roughshod over the dignity and the very lives of these witnesses, but he also underestimated them,” she said. The trial is a...

February 14, 2020
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Cryptocurrency issuers, exchanges face U.S. class action lawsuits

Cryptocurrency issuers, exchanges face U.S. class action lawsuits

United States NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors have brought class action lawsuits in federal court against seven cryptocurrency issuers and four exchanges, claiming they sold billions of dollars in unregistered assets in violation of U.S. securities laws. The 11 lawsuits, filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, also name executives of the companies. The defendants include crypto issuers Block.one and Tron, and exchanges Binance and BitMEX. “We are aware of the opportunistic complaints filed against several blockchain and cryptocurrency companies,” Block.one said in an emailed...

April 6, 2020
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McDonald's faces class action over 'pervasive sexual harassment'

McDonald's faces class action over 'pervasive sexual harassment'

United States (Reuters) - McDonald’s Corp has been hit with a class action lawsuit accusing it of subjecting female employees in its corporate-owned fast-food restaurants in Florida to widespread sexual harassment. The lawsuit, filed on Friday in federal court in Chicago, says the company fostered a climate of “severe or pervasive sexual harassment and a hostile work environment, including groping, physical assaults, and sexually-charged verbal comments.” McDonald’s said in a statement that it was committed to ensuring workers were not subject to sexual harassment. “The plaintiffs’...

April 13, 2020
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McDonald's faces class action over 'pervasive sexual harassment'

McDonald's faces class action over 'pervasive sexual harassment'

United States (Reuters) - McDonald’s Corp has been hit with a class action lawsuit accusing it of subjecting female employees in its corporate-owned fast-food restaurants in Florida to widespread sexual harassment. The lawsuit, filed on Friday in federal court in Chicago, says the company fostered a climate of “severe or pervasive sexual harassment and a hostile work environment, including groping, physical assaults, and sexually-charged verbal comments.” McDonald’s said in a statement that it was committed to ensuring workers were not subject to sexual harassment. “The plaintiffs’...

April 13, 2020
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New York sues Trump administration over coronavirus sick leave rules

New York sues Trump administration over coronavirus sick leave rules

United States NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York’s attorney general on Tuesday sued the Trump administration over a federal rule that she says illegally limits paid sick leave for workers affected by the coronavirus. Attorney General Letitia James said in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court that the Department of Labor rule unveiled this month “conflicts with the plain language and purpose” of the coronavirus relief law passed by Congress in March. The Department of Labor could not immediately be reached for comment. U.S. President Donald Trump last month signed legislation intended to...

April 15, 2020
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Epstein estate, victims reach agreement on compensation fund

Epstein estate, victims reach agreement on compensation fund

United States NEW YORK (Reuters) - A fund to compensate victims of Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse may begin making payouts soon, after the deceased financier’s estate, his accusers and the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands resolved their differences over the process. The accord came 9-1/2 months after Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail while awaiting trial on sexual abuse and sex trafficking charges. The Virgin Islands probate court, which is handling the estate, must still sign off on the fund. Lawyers for the estate, which was valued at $636.1 million before the recent...

May 30, 2020
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