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Hong Kong’s security law could have a chilling effect on press freedom

Hong Kong’s security law could have a chilling effect on press freedom

Hong Kong insists its vibrant community of journalists has nothing to fear from the national security legislation China imposed on the city this week. But press freedom advocates worry about creeping self-censorship, and there are signs that the new law may already be having a chilling effect. In what was once seen as a safe…MORE

LA sheriff will fine you $300 if you’re not wearing a mask in public

LA sheriff will fine you $300 if you’re not wearing a mask in public

Californians living in several key Golden State cities could incur hundreds of dollars in fines if they venture out in public without masks. Authorities in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Monterey announced they’ll enforce California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mask mandate by citing people who don’t cover their face in public. “Our last option…MORE

Texas Republicans to hold in-person convention amid spike in coronavirus

Texas Republicans to hold in-person convention amid spike in coronavirus

The Republican Party of Texas will hold their state convention in-person with an expected attendance in the thousands, as the state is seeing record numbers of new daily coronavirus cases and increased hospitalizations. The party’s executive committee on Thursday night passed a resolution, 40-20, in support of moving forward with its in-person convention in Houston.…MORE

Pets and fireworks: how to keep your animals calm and safe on July 4

Pets and fireworks: how to keep your animals calm and safe on July 4

Fireworks explode like magnified gunfire in the exquisitely sensitive ears of many of our pets. Measuring between 150 and 175 decibels, fireworks are louder than gunfire (140 decibels) and even many planes at takeoff (120 decibels). Decibels measures the loudness of a sound while hertz measures the frequency of a sound. Human ears are damaged…MORE

What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, July 3

As America prepares to celebrate a Fourth of July unlike any other, another Covid-19 record has been set: 52,291 new cases were confirmed yesterday. But warnings by medical experts that this weekend’s gatherings could produce a disastrous spike in infections continue to be ignored by some of the country’s top officials. President Donald Trump will…MORE

Coronavirus test used by White House has questionable accuracy

Coronavirus test used by White House has questionable accuracy

President Donald Trump said part of the reason he doesn’t regularly wear a mask is “everyone’s tested” before they see him. But multiple studies have raised questions about the accuracy of a coronavirus test the White House has used, and the Food and Drug Administration has received dozens of reports of potential problems with that…MORE