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CDC will decrease coronavirus quarantine time from 14 to 7-10 days – CNN

(CNN)The Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, informed Vice President Mike Pence and White House Coronavirus Task Force members on Tuesday that the CDC will soon issue new guidelines reducing the number of days close contacts should quarantine following exposure to a Covid-19 positive individual, two senior administration officials told CNN. The new guidelines will recommend close contacts of those infected with the coronavirus should quarantine for 7 to 10 days after exposure, down from the 14 days currently recommended, the official said. Individuals can end their quarantine after 7 days if they receive a negative test, or 10 days without getting tested. The CDC updated its definition of a close contact with a Covid-19 patient in late Octobe...

Captain in Conception dive boat fire indicted on 34 counts of manslaughter – Los Angeles Times

The captain of the Conception, the dive boat that caught fire off the coast of Santa Barbara, killing 34 people, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. The indictment alleges that as the leader of the 2019 diving tour near the Channel Islands, Jerry Boylan, 67, “was responsible for the safety and security of the vessel, its crew, and its passengers,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles, which announced the charges. Boylan, a resident of Santa Barbara, was expected to surrender to federal authorities at a later date. “As a result of the alleged failures of Captain Boylan to follow well-established safety rules, a pleasant holiday dive trip turned into a hellish nightmare as passengers and one crew member found themselves trappe...

Iconic Arecibo Observatory radio telescope collapses after cable broke – CBS News

Arecibo Observatory telescope collapses Arecibo Observatory telescope collapses 00:37 A huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico that has long played a key role in astronomical discoveries collapsed on Tuesday, officials said. The Arecibo Observatory, made famous as the backdrop for a pivotal scene in the James Bond film “GoldenEye” and other Hollywood hits, had been shuttered since August after an auxiliary cable snapped and caused a 100-foot gash on the reflector dish. Then a main cable broke in early November, leading the National Science Foundation to declare just weeks later that it planned to close the radio telescope because the damage was too great. Many scientists and Puerto Ricans mourned the news, with some tearing up during interviews. Deborah Martorell, a meteorologist ...

BYU Cougars ranked No. 13 in latest College Football Playoff rankings – Deseret News

After sitting idle for a week, BYU rose in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. The Cougars were slotted at No. 13, ahead of Northwestern and behind Indiana. BYU, which was ranked No. 14 in the first CFP rankings last week, does not currently have an opponent scheduled for this weekend. The Cougars are slated to be in action next on Dec. 12, when they host San Diego State at 8 p.m. MST. “Not just us, but around the entire country, it was unanimous. People thought BYU was a top 10 team, but the committee holds strong…again, very, very surprised by that ranking,” ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said. College Football Playoff committee chairman Gary Barta again said on the ESPN rankings show that BYU’s strength of schedule was the determining factor in not ranking the Cougars high...

Member of Hungary’s anti-LGBTQ government resigns after fleeing alleged sex party – NBC News

A top-ranking official in Hungary’s ultraconservative government has stepped down after being caught fleeing an alleged gay sex party. József Szájer announced his resignation as a member of the European Parliament for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party on Sunday. The married official admitted to attending what he called a “private party” in Brussels on Friday night, despite the Belgian capital being under coronavirus lockdown. At least 20 naked men — including several diplomats — were discovered at a gathering above a gay bar in central Brussels, according to Belgian newspaper La Dernière Heure, which described it as an “orgy.” Szájer, 59, was injured trying to jump from a first-floor window, according to the public prosecutor’s office, but was apprehended by authorities, who found...

Georgia Elections Official Begs Trump to ‘Stop Inspiring People to Commit Potential Acts of Violence’ – The Daily Beast

Gabriel Sterling, a Georgia election official and a Republican, called on President Trump and his state’s GOP senators to stop pushing conspiracy theories about Joe Biden’s win in the state and denounce horrific threats made against members of his staff at an impassioned press conference on Tuesday. Sterling said “the straw that broke the camel’s back” for him to give the presser was a 20-year-old election staffer being told he should be hanged for treason. “This all has to stop,” Sterling said. “All of you who have not said a damn word are complicit in this.” He added that the Georgia secretary of state’s wife has received “sexualized threats.” Sterling singled out Trump as well as Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue to denounce the claims. “What you don’t have the ability to do—and you...

Biden pick Neera Tanden repudiated Michelle Obama catchphrase, said ‘going high doesn’t f–king work’ – Fox News

President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Office and Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, in 2017 repudiated the Michelle Obama catchphrase “when they go low, we go high,” tweeting that “going high doesn’t f**king work.” Tanden, the chief executive of the Center for American Progress and a prolific Twitter user, has deleted more than 1,000 of her tweets, according to the New York Post, including many that were sharply critical of the same Republican senators she may need to vote for her confirmation. The tweet disavowing the Michelle Obama quote is among the tweets that are no longer on her timeline — but it was saved on the Internet archive “Wayback Machine.” “One important lesson is that when they go low, going high doesn&...

First Alzheimer’s blood test now on the market, without FDA approval – CBS News

A company has started selling the first blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, a leap for the field that could make it much easier for people to learn whether they have dementia. It also raises concern about the accuracy and impact of such life-altering news. Independent experts are leery because key test results have not been published and the test has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — it’s being sold under more general rules for commercial labs. But they agree that a simple test that can be done in a doctor’s office has long been needed. “I think there are two key steps that need to happen before this test really becomes more widespread,” internal medicine specialist Dr. Karen Abrashkin said on CBSN Tuesday. “One is...

Google Maps takes on Facebook with launch of its own news feed – TechCrunch

People are getting frustrated that Stories are everywhere now, but Google Maps is keeping it old school. Instead of adding tiny circles to the top of the app’s screen, Google Maps is introducing its own news feed. Technically, Google calls its new feature the “Community Feed,” as it includes posts from a local area. However, it’s organized as any other news feed would be — a vertically scrollable feed with posts you can “Like” by tapping on a little thumbs-up icon. The feed, which is found with the Explore tab of the Google Maps app, is designed to make it easier to find the most recent news, updates and recommendations from trusted local sources. This includes posts business owners create using Google My Business to alert customers to new deals, menu updates and other offers. At launch, G...

Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson, Ohio State again lead CFP rankings as top 7 teams remain unchanged – ESPN

7:12 PM ET Adam RittenbergESPN Senior Writer Close College football reporter. Joined ESPN.com in 2008. Graduate of Northwestern University. The top seven teams in the College Football Playoff rankings remained unchanged Tuesday night, as Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State continue to occupy the top four spots. The Buckeyes stayed at No. 4 despite canceling last Saturday’s game at Illinois following an increase in COVID-19 cases in the program, which included head coach Ryan Day testing positive. Despite playing only four games, Ohio State remains ahead of one-loss Texas A&M, which last week beat LSU at home, and one-loss Florida, which beat Kentucky at home. The Buckeyes resumed team activities Tuesday and expect to resume play this week at Michigan State. They likely m...

Barr says he hasn’t seen fraud that could affect the election outcome – The Washington Post

Trump himself, though, has shown no sign of backing down, and some of his Capitol Hill allies were critical of Barr’s assertions. Trump’s relationship with his attorney general already had been deteriorating, with Trump frustrated that Barr was unwilling to take aggressive measures to support his fraud claims or take other steps that might benefit his reelection campaign. At the same time Barr’s comments became public Tuesday, the Justice Department revealed the attorney general had, in October, secretly appointed Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham as special counsel examining how the FBI investigated the Trump campaign in 2016 and beyond — a move that might hearten Trump and his allies. Barr assigned Durham to run the investigation last year, but the order to install him as special cou...

Salesforce’s Marc Benioff on goal to double revenue — ‘Slack changes everything’ – CNBC

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, after announcing that the software giant is acquiring Slack Technologies, told CNBC Tuesday that the company is on a path to double revenue. In its fiscal third-quarter report released after the close, Salesforce provided guidance of $25.5 billion on the high end in fiscal 2022. Benioff, who founded Salesforce in 1999, said in an interview with Jim Cramer that the company is assembling the tools to reach even higher. When Cramer asked if the Slack deal could help the company triple its quarterly revenue, Benioff said Slack is one part of the solution to Salesforce’s long-term goals. “I have a $50 billion (revenue) dream, which is what I’m shooting for,” he said in a “Mad Money” appearance. “I feel very excited and motiv...

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