Walmart Canada Announces Customer Mask Mandate

Although U.S. Walmarts have eased back on their mask restrictions, the retailer’s Canadian locations are going the opposite direction.

Source: https://globalnews.ca/news/7255942/walmart-canada-mandatory-masks-august-12/

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Hasbro Pulls Trolls Doll Pulled Amid Complaints It Promotes Child Abuse

A mother was shocked to find out that a Troll doll her two-year-old received as a birthday gift seemed to be promoting sexual abuse.

An online petition brought widespread attention to Hasbro after a video of a mother showing the “Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy” revealed the doll has a button located where the genitals would be, a feature not noted on the toy’s packaging.

When you push the button the doll gasps and giggles, sounds that were sexual in nature. Hasbro spokeswoman Julie Duffy admitted that the button’s placement, “may be perceived as inappropriate” but wasn’t intentional.

Hasbro is pulling the “Giggle and Sing Poppy” Troll doll from major retailers shelves and will offer another “Poppy” doll as a replacement.

Source: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/hasbro-trolls-doll-pulled_n_5f2c7d36c5b64d7a55f0b7fe

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Pandemic Isn’t Putting The Brakes on Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Large gatherings, of course, are a big “no-no” right now because of coronavirus, but that isn’t stopping thousands of people from rolling into South Dakota this weekend for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/08/06/motorcycle-rally-coronavirus/

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University of Louisville Soccer Players Kicked Off Team For Pandemic Party

Three players from the University of Louisville men’s soccer team have been booted from the team after organizing a large party last weekend.

Three other players were also suspended.

The University says the off-campus party is ” primarily responsible” for at least 29 confirmed coronavirus cases among the men’s and women’s soccer teams as well as the field hockey and volleyball teams.

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/3-university-louisville-soccer-players-kicked-team-after-party-where-n1236085

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Woman Attacked After Asking Fellow Shopper To Put On Mask

A new video has gone viral showing a woman attacking another woman after she is asked to put on a mask.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2020/08/06/new-jersey-woman-assault-staples-store-eg-orig.cnn

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1.2M Jobless Claims Filed Last Week

For the 20th straight week, over a million Americans filed for unemployment aid last week, with 1.2 million claims filed.

While jobless claims were a bit down from the previous week by nearly 250,000, the recent claims come just as the critical $600 weekly federal jobless payments have ended.

MSN says that 16.1 million Americans are currently collecting unemployment aid from their state as Coronavirus cases spike in the west and the south.

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/around-1-1-million-people-filed-unemployment-benefits-first-time-n1235990

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Trump May Deliver Acceptance Speech From White House Lawn

With the Republican National Convention more or less cancelled, President Trump will likely deliver his acceptance speech from the White House.

During an interview with Fox & Friends , Trump said he’ll “probably” deliver his speech “live from the White House”, saying it “would be the easiest from the standpoint of security”.

Trump’s opponent, Joe Biden, confirmed this week that he would not travel to Milwaukee for the Democratic convention and would deliver his acceptance speech from his Delaware Home.

The Republican National Convention is scheduled to begin August 24th with Trump’s speech set for the final night on the 27th.

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/trump-says-he-ll-probably-deliver-convention-speech-white-house-n1235858

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Virgin Atlantic Airlines Files For Bankruptcy

Another airline has filed for bankruptcy as the pandemic wreaks havoc on the air travel industry.

Virgin Atlantic, the airline founded by billionaire Richard Branson, filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy Tuesday in New York.

More than 3,500 staff have been laid off.

Some experts predict the air travel industry won’t fully recover from the pandemic until 2024.

Source: https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-virgin-atlantic-files-for-bankruptcy-in-us-in-fight-for-survival-12042702

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Trump Wants $600 Benefits To Continue

While Congress debates whether or not to extend the $600 per week federal unemployment benefits, President Trump is making it clear that he wants it to continue.

In an interview with Gray Television, Trump agreed with extending the benefits for those left unemployed by the pandemic, saying “I want to get them a lot… it’s not their fault, it’s China’s fault that this whole thing happened.”

Source: https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/08/04/trump-i-want-600-unemployment-benefits-to-continue/

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Man Who Survived Gator Attack Bitten by Shark

A Florida man who was bitten by an alligator has now survived a shark attack.

Estero resident Justin Stuller was catching spiny lobsters in the Florida keys last week when he dove down to help a fish that had become stuck in some rocks. “Right before I surfaced, wham,” Stuller says. “I felt the skin more than the shark. It rolled me over and I saw it swimming away.” Fortunately, his family was close by, and they were able to tie off his leg to stop the blood loss from the gaping wound, he says.

The incident marked the second time a predator has taken a chunk out of one of Stuller’s legs. He says he was once roping gators with some friends when one of the reptiles suddenly turned on him. “As he rolled he kind of clamped on my leg, you know?” Stuller says. “I mean, a lot worse things that could happen in those cases in my opinion. It was as good of a bad experience as you could have, I would say.”

Source: https://www.clickorlando.com/news/2020/08/04/florida-man-who-survived-gator-bite-gets-attacked-by-shark/

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Mexico to Homeschool Students with Televised Classes

Like many children in the U.S., more than 30 million kids in Mexico won’t be returning to school later this month in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. However, unlike their U.S. counterparts, Mexican students won’t be taking classes online.

The Mexican government has struck a deal with one of the country’s largest networks to broadcast classes on TV, the country’s education secretary has revealed. “We wanted to return to in-person classes, but it is not possible, nor prudent,” Esteban Moctezuma Barragán says, adding that schools are expected to reopen after the government feels the COVID-19 risk factor has fallen.

Mexico is currently home to 443,813 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to health officials. More than 48,000 residents have died because of the virus.

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/world/mexico-schools-closed-homeschooling-television

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Death Toll Climbs After Massive Beirut Explosion

The desperate search for survivors continues in Beirut following the deadly explosion that leveled entire sections of the city.

More than 100 people are confirmed dead; at least 4,000 injured.

Tuesday’s explosion was so powerful it could be felt more than 150 miles away in Cyprus.

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USDA Identifies Mysterious Chinese Seeds

The mysterious seeds that have turned up in mailboxes across the United States have been identified.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a number of the packets — which appeared to have originated in China — contain mixtures of mustard, cabbage and morning glory seeds, while others contain a mix of mint, sage, rosemary and lavender seeds. The news comes after state officials warned residents against planting the seeds, fearing they were sent as part of a plan to introduce invasive plants to the U.S.

USDA officials believe the seeds were actually sent out as part of a “brushing scam,” which involves sending unsolicited samples of a product to someone and then posting a bogus positive review from the receiver.

Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/china-seeds-usda-investigation-identified/

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Investigators: Massive California Wildfire Started by Malfunctioning Vehicle

California investigators say they’ve figured out what started the Riverside County wildfire that’s already torched more than 26,400 acres.

The blaze, which began Friday, began when a vehicle with a faulty exhaust system released burning carbon from its tailpipe, igniting dry brush in Cherry Valley, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection revealed late Monday. Forestry officials are asking anyone with information on the vehicle and its driver to contact authorities.

Source: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/california-apple-fire-los-angeles_n_5f28ff78c5b68fbfc8872d9b

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New ‘Smart Mask’ Translates Speech into 8 Languages

Although health officials say wearing face coverings could save lives, a robotics company in Japan has invented a mask that does a whole lot more.

Created by Donut Robotics, the C-Face Smart Mask transcribes dictation, amplifies its wearer’s voice, connects to its wearer’s smart phone via Bluetooth and translates speech into eight different languages, the company says. One thing it doesn’t do, however, is prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Donut officials say the new smart mask is meant to be worn over a standard face mask.

The C-Face Smart Mask, which will be priced somewhere between $40 and $50, is expected to arrive in stores this December, the company says.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/03/business/japanese-robotics-smart-face-mask-spc-intl/index.html

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