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US cosmetics are full of chemicals banned by Europe – why?

  • At the heart of the EU’s approach is what as known as its Reach (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) laws which require manufacturers to prove to regulators that a product is safe before it can be used.
  • Of the more than 40,000 chemicals on the market in the US, the EPA has only banned six, including polychlorinated biphenyls (known as PCBs) which are linked to cancers, certain aerosol sprays blamed for the hole in the ozone layer and dioxins, used as an ingredient in Agent Orange, which the US sprayed during the Vietnam war.
  • Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the EPA, said the agency was committed to the “successful and timely implementation” of the Lautenberg Act. The American public is routinely exposed to toxic chemicals that have long been banned in countries such as the UK, Germany and France.

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'Missed Opportunity.' Warren's Opioid Plan Has a Major Blind Spot, Experts Say

  • This “missed opportunity,” like other opioid-related legislation, adds more funding to a substance use treatment system that is “fundamentally flawed and broken,” said Beletsky.
  • The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, passed in 2008, states that if health insurance companies provide mental health or substance use disorder benefits, the financial requirements and treatment limitations that apply to them must not be more restrictive than the medical or surgical benefits provided.
  • The SUPPORT Act, passed under the Trump administration, allocated roughly $6 billion in new funding to address the opioid epidemic through addiction prevention, medication assisted treatment, and support services.
  • The SUPPORT Act required state Medicaid plans to provide coverage for medication assisted treatment, or the use of drugs like methadone and buprenorphine to aid the recovery of those addicted to opioids.

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Kamala Harris will reintroduce bill tackling racial disparities in maternal health

  • Sixteen senators are cosponsoring Harris' bill, including fellow 2020 presidential candidates Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat; Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat; Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent; and Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat.
  • But by introducing the bills both in the House and Senate they aim to move the needle on the legislation, amid increased discussion about the issue among health care providers and presidential hopefuls.
  • Booker, with cosponsors Harris and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand -- a New York Democrat who's also running for president -- introduced Senate legislation in 2018 called the Maximizing Outcomes for Moms through Medicaid Improvement and Enhancement of Services Act (MOMMIES).
  • After his MOMMIES Act failed to move to the Senate floor for a vote, Booker reintroduced it earlier this month with cosponsors Gillibrand, Harris and Warren.

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Many More Students, Especially the Affluent, Get Extra Time to Take the SAT

  • At Scarsdale High School north of New York City, one in five students is eligible for extra time or another accommodation such as a separate room for taking the SAT or ACT college entrance exam.
  • At Weston High School in Connecticut, it is one in four.
  • At Newton North High School outside Boston, it’s one in three.

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Bernie Sanders is planning to crash Walmart's next shareholders meeting and argue hourly workers deserve a spot on the company's board

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, one of Walmart's biggest critics, is crashing the retail giant's annual shareholder meeting this year.
  • Sanders reportedly intends to advocate for a proposal that would admit a number of hourly store workers to Walmart's board.
  • The proposal — which hashes out a policy known as co-determination — was put forward by Walmart employee and labor rights activist Cat Davis.
  • At the moment, Walmart's board doesn't feature any hourly workers.
  • Her Accountable Capitalism Act called for 40% of any given corporate board's makeup to consist of hourly workers.
  • He's lobbed criticisms at Walmart for everything from the company's leave policy to the Walton family's immense fortune.
  • By attending Walmart's storied shareholders meeting, Sanders will be taking his criticisms to the next level, upbraiding the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer in its own backyard.

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U.S. Senators propose legislation to fund national AI strategy

  • U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) today proposed the Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act, legislation to pump $2.2 billion into federal research and development and create a national AI strategy.
  • The legislation would establish a National AI Coordination Office to lead federal AI efforts, require the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the effects of AI on society and education, and allocate $40 million a year to NIST to create AI evaluation standards.
  • On the other side of the U.S. Congress, on Wednesday the House Oversight and Reform Committee will discuss the impact of facial recognition software with MIT Media Lab’s Joy Buolamwini, whose research found Amazon’s Rekognition lacking in its ability to recognize women with dark skin.
  • Amazon shareholders are also scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether its Rekognition facial recognition software should be put on hold until a civil rights review can take place.

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Many More Students, Especially the Affluent, Get Extra Time to Take the SAT

  • At Scarsdale High School north of New York City, one in five students is eligible for extra time or another accommodation such as a separate room for taking the SAT or ACT college entrance exam.
  • At Weston High School in Connecticut, it is one in four.
  • At Newton North High School outside Boston, it’s one in three.

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Christchurch mosque shooter faces terrorism charge

  • Australian citizen Brenton Tarrant, 28, faces an additional 51 charges of murder and 40 of attempted murder for the March attack which was New Zealand's worst mass shooting in modern history, New Zealand police said in a statement Tuesday.
  • Tarrant, who allegedly wrote an anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim manifesto, also faces one charge under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002, the first time anyone has been prosecuted under the act, a police spokesperson confirmed to CNN.
  • Andrew Geddis, a law professor at New Zealand's Otago University, said that if Tarrant was convicted, the additional terrorism charge wouldn't result in a heavier punishment.
  • New Zealand's terrorism law was introduced in 2002 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
  • Ultimately none of the people arrested in the raid faced charges under the act as the Solicitor-General found the evidence was insufficient.

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Fan-made Star Wars VR Death Star trench run also researches sim sickness

  • Want to take on the Death Star trench run in VR and also help fight sim sickness?
  • It’s a research study designed to explore “the correlation between VR sickness and reference points in a 3D space”.
  • It’s no secret that intense VR experiences can make users sick.
  • This being a fan-made app, it’s not the most graphically rich take on the trench run you’ll see.
  • There is, of course, already an official X-Wing VR experience, though it ties into Rogue One, not A New Hope.
  • Basically Stout is hoping you try the app out (you can download it here) and then answer a survey found here.
  • It’s entirely possible that Disney decides to take action against the project in the near future, so if you want to try it out best act fast.
  • Meanwhile, in more official Star Wars VR news, we just reviewed Vader Immortal.

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U.S. Judge Orders “Immediate Removal” of Website Critical of Voice Lie Detector

  • Dektor Corporation of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, a sole proprietorship owned by Arthur Herring III, markets a competing pseudoscientific voice-based “lie detector” called the Psychological Stress Evaluator (PSE).
  • On 27 July 2018, NITV filed a federal lawsuit against Dektor and Herring alleging “false advertisement, unfair competition, and product disparagement under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C.
  • During the pendency of the lawsuit, Herring established a website titled “NITV CVSA Lies Exposed” (nitvcvsaexposed.com) documenting alleged dishonesty by NITV.
  • For example, Herring convincingly shows that NITV founder “Dr.” Charles Humble’s doctoral degree was issued by an unaccredited diploma mill called “Indiana Christian University.” Humble has used the unearned title of “Dr.” in marketing NITV’s products and services.
  • Herring also points out that the “Journal of Criminalistics and Court Expertise” that NITV claims published a research study showing that “the accuracy rate of the Computer Voice Stress Analyzer…is greater than 95%” is unknown to the Library of Congress.

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