Facebook and Twitter pulled posts by U.S. President Donald Trump and his campaign Wednesday, alleging the posts violated their rules on sharing misinformation about the coronavirus. Gloria Tso reports.
People are getting sick and even dying after swallowing hand sanitizer, reports CNN. Four died and others have suffered impaired vision or seizures, the CDC says. Hand sanitizer is everywhere and is useful for cleaning the hands during the coronavirus pandemic. However, it is not safe to swallow. "Alcohol-based hand sanitizer products should never be ingested," the CDC said. A CDC team described the cases of 15 adults in Arizona and New Mexico who have been hospitalized.
Federal health officials are asking parents and health care workers to be on the lookout. We should be looking for symptoms of a mysterious paralyzing illness among children. This is ahead of an anticipated seasonal outbreak over the next several months, says HuffPost. The polio-like illness called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, tends to peak every other year in the U.S. The last surge in cases was in 2018 when a record 238 cases were reported in 42 states.
Business Insider reports the US economy could see a sharp drop in consumer spending in the coming months. That's because personal income for millions of Americans is about to take a serious hit. Enhanced unemployment benefits that gave millions of consumers an additional $600 weekly lapsed at the end of July. What's more, the US government appears far from passing a new stimulus package that would give consumers more funds.
Making cookies isn't always easy. Business Insider spoke to bakers and compiled a list of common mistakes people make when baking cookies. By not chilling the dough could be messing with the texture of your cookies. Overcrowding the pan can lead to some wonky cookies. Avoid overmixing or undermixing the dough. Using stale baking powder or soda might make cookies fall flat. Don't forget to adjust baking time if using dark colored baking sheets.
On Tuesday, spot gold briefly touched a record high of $2,000 an ounce. Traders consider gold a "safe-haven asset." There is hope another US stimulus bill is in the works. A bill could put further liquidity into markets and weigh on rates, supporting the commodity. Business Insider reports that Gold has surged nearly 32% year-to-date.
7-Eleven's parent company is buying Speedway gas stations in a $21 billion all-cash deal. After tax, the deal will bring in roughly $16.6 billion for Marathon Gas. Marathon hopes to use the sale to "strengthen [the] balance sheet." Business Insider reports the deal will create a 7-Eleven presence in 47 of the top 50 most populated metro areas With the addition of Speedway locations, Seven & I Holdings will have roughly 14,000 locations in the US and Canada.
Business Insider reports that American Express gave more cardholders access to its Pay It Plan It and Pay Over Time tools. Providing greater payment flexibility could boost Amex's payments volume despite the pandemic. AMEX has announced that its Green, Gold, and Platinum cardholders now have access to its Pay It Plan It offering.