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mariasharapovadonnavekic1-jan21.jpg Former champion Maria Sharapova crashed out of Australian Open losing 6-3 6-4 to Croatian 19th seed Donna Vekic. The defeat meant Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, would fall outside the world's top 350 in the rankings. The 32-year-old Russian player is currently ranked No.145. Sharapova, a winner at Melbourne Park in 2008, required a wildcard to make the main draw this year. Following

trump-jan21.jpg Hearings on an impeachment trial against President Donald Trump is set to begin in the Senate at 1 pm ET Tuesday. The Senate trial begins a month after the House of Representatives passed two impeachment articles against Trump - for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress - over his alleged efforts to coerce Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden as well as his alleged atte

smokingwho-jan21.jpg Tobacco smokers are at significantly higher risk than non-smokers to develop post-surgical complications, a new study says. This includes impaired heart and lung functions, infections and delayed or impaired wound healing, according to a joint study by the World Health Organization (WHO), the University of Newcastle, Australia and the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA). H

progunrally-jan20.jpg Tension is mounting in Richmond, where pro-gun campaigners have scheduled a massive gun rights rally on Monday that the Virginia authorities fear could turn violent. The Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun rights group, said they are expecting around 50,000 people to participate in a "Lobby Day" annual event at the state Capitol on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to advocate for gun rights. Arme

cocogauff-jan20.jpg U.S. teen sensation Coco Gauff made a grand Australian Open debut. In a repeat of last year's Wimbledon first round victory over Venus Williams in Melbourne, the 15-year-old prodigy entered the second round with a score line of 7-6(5) 6-3. "I was really nervous before today's match. I was a bit shocked, I'm sure everybody was shocked when they saw the draw come out, but I'm glad I was able to g

boguscredit-jan20.jpg The Federal Trade Commission has banned operators of a bogus credit repair scheme from the credit repair business. The firms, which defrauded consumers millions of dollars, are subject to a number of other requirements under settlement they reached with FTC. The settlements relate to a complaint that FTC filed in June 2019 against multiple credit repair companies in the U.S. District Court for t

The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency or MRA has expanded a recall for medical marijuana products sold at 13 different dispensaries in the state. The regulatory agency said it has issued a health and safety advisory recall due to the sale of marijuana which failed safety compliance testing. Further...

weeklyroundupcrypto-jan17.jpg Bitcoin continued its rally towards the $10000 mark this week, reaching as high as $8950 on Friday. It was the best price recorded in 67 days, and in 2020. That was more than $1100 higher than the price recorded last Friday. In the last seven days, the most popular cryptocurrency improved its value by more than 12 percent. At the time of writing this, Bitcoin was trading at $8825. Bitcoin has

mycocafeftc1-jan17.jpg The Federal Trade Commission has been granted permission by a federal district court to shut down an alleged pyramid scheme known as "Success By Health," and freeze the assets of the company and its executives. In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, FTC alleged that Success By Health and its executives James "Jay" Dwight Noland, Jr., Lina Noland, Scott A. Har

uscanadamexicodeal-jan17.jpg The Senate overwhelmingly passed with bi-partisan support a new North American trade deal in what is seen as a major victory for President Donald Trump, who made replacing NAFTA one of his key campaign promises. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or the USMCA, was passed in the Upper House by a vote of 89-10 Thursday. The deal was passed by the House Of Representatives last month by a 38

Workers at cannabis company Cresco Labs' Joliet, Illinois facility have voted in favor of unionizing. Workers at the plant, which is a cannabis cultivation and production facility, voted 58-32 earlier this week to join Local 881 of the United Food and Commercial Workers or UFCW union. The UFCW already...

spying-jan16.jpg Two Iranians who were charged with collecting information on U.S. citizens and opponents of the Iranian regime have been sentenced to jail. Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, 39, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, was sentenced to prison for 38 months and a fine of $14,153. Majid Ghorbani, 60, an Iranian citizen and resident of California, was jailed for 30 months. Both of them were convicted after pleading

falsediagnoses-jan16.jpg A Texas rheumatologist has been found guilty of his role in a $325 million healthcare fraud scheme in which he intentionally misdiagnosed patients for profit and treated them with toxic medications. Following a 25-day trial, Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada, M.D., of Mission, Texas, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, seven counts of healthcare fraud, and one count of co

nasaearthobservatory1-jan16.jpg Earth's surface temperatures in 2019 were the second warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, NASA said in its report based on independent analyses jointly conducted by it and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 2016 was the warmest year in recorded history. Globally, 2019 temperatures continued the earth's long-term warming trend. The past five years have been

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has outlined four "guardrails" that must be put in place for her to sign a bill to legalize the state's hemp industry. According to the governor, any hemp legislation for the state must include reliable enforcement guidelines, responsible regulation, safe transportation...

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