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21/03/2019

Pentagon launches ethics probe into its acting chief over Boeing ties

Boeing 737 Max jets remain grounded in the U.S. and around the world following the deadly Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes that occurred within just months of each other and killed 346 people.The FBI has joined a growing list of those demanding answers which now includes the Transportation Department, members of Congress and the Pentagon's inspector general office, which has launched an ethics investigation into Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, to see if he inappropriately pushed for Boeing products. Boeing is the nation's largest exporter and one of the world's biggest defense contractors.Sen. Richard Blumenthal...
21/03/2019

Teen kept home for refusing the chickenpox vaccine sues Health Department

Walton, Ky. — In northern Kentucky, an outbreak of more than 30 cases of chickenpox prompted health officials to ban unvaccinated students from school. Now one student's family is suing for religious reasons. Students at Assumption Academy went to school on Wednesday, but Jerome Kunkel stayed home again. "I'm missing the next two weeks. That's what the health department says, that I'm not allowed to go to school," he said.Jerome, a senior on the basketball team, has refused to get vaccinated on religious grounds, despite a chickenpox outbreak at his Catholic school."It's derived from aborted fetal cells. And as a...
20/03/2019

Tech's fight against anti-vaccine content prompts free speech debate

Every major medical body and federal office agrees: vaccines are safe and effective. But that's often not the message you get if you're a parent poking around online. Doctors are now questioning whether big tech companies share the blame for an alarming rise in unvaccinated kids, reports CBS News' Tony Dokoupil. Amazon, Facebook, and Google all seem to be trying to fix that, but where is the line between protecting a community and censoring it?"The Greater Good" is a documentary challenging the scientific consensus that vaccines are safe. While it includes some mainstream scientists, it's one of at least five...

20/03/2019

Tips for financial spring cleaning: "Fire up your shredder"

The advent of spring is the perfect time to clean up your finances. Almost nine out of 10 people set a money goal for 2019, according to a 2018 survey by Bankrate. The top priorities were paying down debt, followed by better budgeting."If you did get a big refund, try not to go out and spend it. Have a nice dinner, but then pay down the outstanding debt," CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger said in our Eye on Money series.She said cover the big three: debt, emergency reserve fund, and IRA or Roth IRA contribution. "Any of those things...
19/03/2019

Residents near fire raging at Texas chemical plant raise health concerns

A chemical plant near Houston has been burning since Sunday morning. Officials said Tuesday they don't know how long it will take to burn itself out. Firefighters are trying to keep it from spreading - as thick black smoke billows into the air, hour after hour.Andrew Wheeler, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said his agency is closely monitoring the air quality. The chemcial plant is closed and evacuated. The chemical fire's flames are wider and the tower of smoke is thicker — darkening the Houston's sky as far as 40 miles away. The plant owner, Intercontinental Terminals...
19/03/2019

FDA approves a new treatment for postpartum depression

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug specifically designed to treat postpartum depression. In the U.S., about one in nine mothers experience depression after having a baby. But the new drug is providing hope.After the birth of her first child, Stephanie Hathaway spent six months on antidepressants fighting postpartum depression. When the symptoms came back after the birth of her second child, she was despondent. "Things that used to bring you joy now drain you. People say things meaning to help, and it ends up hurting. And you're just so hopeless," she said.Symptoms of postpartum depression can...

19/03/2019

"Marine MacGyver" boot camp gives troops technology to confront modern enemy

In our Pushing the Limits series, we look how the U.S. Marine Corps is preparing for modern warfare using some of the same tools and technology the enemy does – tools you can buy online and rig up in the field.Alexandria, Va. -- It's not the theater of war the Marines expect to fight in, but the so-called sumo robot competition is training them to confront a modern enemy. At innovation boot camp, a five-day, hands-on training course, Marines learn how to use the latest in cheap but effective technology. Veteran Brad Halsey created the program, Building Momentum. CBS News...
19/03/2019

ISIS appears ready to accept defeat in Syria in new video from inside Baghouz

Baghouz, Syria -- The die-hard ISIS militants still clinging to a tiny patch of ground in Syria appeared on Tuesday to be giving up the fight -- but the U.S.-backed forces who have been battling for two months to seize the sliver of land in the town of Baghouz haven't declared victory yet. A video posted online by ISIS' propaganda wing on Tuesday showed the remaining fighters engaging the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in firefights, but a militant narrating the end of the two-and-a-half-minute video appears to herald the end of ISIS' self-declared Muslim "caliphate" in Syria."The Crusaders and the...
18/03/2019

Insurance gap leaves patients on the hook for unexpected hospital bills

Jackson, Miss. — Medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy in the U.S. and a recent survey found 57 percent of American adults have received a surprise medical bill, often for treatment they later learned was "out of network."Michelle Mills remembers the day she rushed her son Blake to the hospital after he broke his nose. "I called admissions. I said, 'Are y'all still in network with First Health?' And he said, 'Yes, we are.' I thought OK, we're on our way," she said.The Jackson area hospital was in network. But the emergency room care was not. Four months...

18/03/2019

ISIS militants vow to keep fighting as final battle in Syria drags on

The battle for the last scrap of land held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria has taken longer than expected, with the terror group vowing to fight to the last man in Baghouz. In the shadow of moonlight alone, U.S.-backed forces took CBS News to the closest point yet overlooking the last of ISIS. Soon after, you could hear bullets whizzing overhead.For weeks, U.S. and coalition airstrikes have been battering a tiny area now down to just a few hundred square yards. Yet on Monday, soldiers of the Syrian Democratic Forces were locked in a...
18/03/2019

"Five Feet Apart" and new memoir paint complicated portrait of cystic fibrosis

Approximately 1,000 people will be diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) this year, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. A new film and memoir are helping to shed light on the impact of the progressive and frequently fatal genetic disease that affects the lungs and other major organs. "Five Feet Apart" tells the story of teenagers who meet and fall in love at a hospital where they are receiving treatment for CF. The film debuted this weekend in third place at the box office, earning $13.1 million. Justin Baldoni arrives at the "Five Feet Apart" Los Angeles Premiere on March 7,...
18/03/2019

Many unhappy returns: Why sending back too much stuff may get you blacklisted

The growing popularity of online shopping is changing the retail business and affecting everything from shopping malls to the shipping industry. It also means items are returned in greater numbers than ever before.Free shipping and liberal return policies have made it easy to get a refund for almost anything. Eleven percent of all purchases are returned; some online stores see 30 percent of their sales returned. It's created a massive secondary market, and it has some stores tracking what you bring back. Consumer advocates are warning that, if you return too much, you could get blacklisted.One Texas warehouse the size...