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Mexico obesity: Oaxaca bans sale of junk food to children

  • News source: BBC News - World
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The Mexican state of Oaxaca has banned the sale of junk food and sugary drinks to children in an attempt to reduce high obesity and diabetes levels.

Oaxaca is the first state to take the measure in Mexico, which has one of the world's highest rates of childhood obesity.

People breaking the law can be fined and have their businesses closed. Re-offenders face jail terms.

The move comes as Mexico's number of deaths linked to Covid-19 nears 50,000.

Mexico's death toll is the third-highest in the world after the US and Brazil. Experts say being obese...
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Beirut explosion: Aerial footage shows site of blast

  • News source: BBC News - World
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Footage captured by drone shows the scale of the destruction after the explosion in Beirut on Tuesday.
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ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump

  • News source: ABC News: Top Stories
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As of this week, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed nearly 400 lawsuits and other legal actions against President Donald Trump's administration
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Joe Biden launches new national ad aimed at Black Americans

  • News source: ABC News: Top Stories
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Joe Biden’s Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors stood up to “violent racists of a generation ago.”
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After Isaias rocks Each Coast, more storms on the way

  • News source: ABC News: Top Stories
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'Nothing compares': Unemployment filings top 1 million for 20th straight week

  • News source: ABC News: Top Stories
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The unprecedented streak of jobless claims has shattered all previous records.
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Sanders says he wants to tax billionaires' 'obscene' wealth earned during coronavirus pandemic

  • News source: Megan Henney
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Sen. Bernie Sanders said he will introduce legislation that taxes the "obscene wealth gains" of billionaires during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sanders, a self-avowed democratic socialist, wrote in a series of tweets on Wednesday evening that he planned to target the profits billionaires have made since the virus-induced crisis began in mid-March.

The Vermont independent proposed imposing a 60% levy on the windfall gains that 467 billionaires earned between March 18 and Aug. 3, which he said could raise more than $420 billion. That money, he said...
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55 years after the Voting Rights Act was signed into law, advocates continue fight to close registration gap

  • News source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Politics
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(CNN)Before his death, Rep. John Lewis wrote a final essay urging people to exercise their right to vote and keep fighting.

"Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it," the civil rights icon wrote in an piece for The New York Times, published posthumously last week.

His words, published just a week before the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, ring true for a country...
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Pence says Chief Justice John Roberts has been a 'disappointment' to conservatives

  • News source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Politics
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(CNN)Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts "has been a disappointment to conservatives," after Roberts, who was appointed by a Republican president, sided with liberal justices this term in several major cases seen as losses for the Trump administration.

"Look, we have great respect for the institution of the Supreme Court of the United States, but Chief Justice John Roberts has been a disappointment to conservatives," Pence said in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody set to...
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UK says 50 million face masks it bought might not be safe

  • News source: ABC News: Top Stories
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The British government says it won’t be using 50 million face masks it bought for medics during the coronavirus outbreak because of concerns they might not be safe
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Biden announces shake-up to convention as President Trump mulls moving speech to White House

  • News source: Politics - CBSNews.com
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Joe Biden's campaign said Wednesday the former vice president will now accept the Democratic nomination in his home state of Delaware, instead of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The change comes as President Trump mulls accepting his nomination at the White House, despite members of his own party questioning whether that would violate federal law. Ed O'Keefe reports.
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Trump singles out Texas and Florida for help with coronavirus response

  • News source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Politics
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(CNN)President Donald Trump agreed to continue paying for the full cost of National Guard troops deployed to help with the coronavirus response in just two states -- Texas and Florida -- after their Republican governors appealed directly to him.

Other states will now have to pay a quarter of the cost of National Guard deployments in their states, despite their governors also requesting the federal government continue to foot the entire bill. A White House official said Trump made an exception for Texas and Florida because their governors -- who...
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Analysis: New polls suggest Trump's position has stabilized

  • News source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Politics
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(CNN)There's little doubt that former Vice President Joe Biden has the upperhand against President Donald Trump at this point. Biden has led in poll after poll nationally and in almost every poll in the core six battleground states (Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin).

Yet, while Biden has maintained advantage, Trump has one thing going for him: His position is no longer deteriorating. A look at the polls shows that even as coronavirus cases and deaths rise, Trump remains within striking distancing of Biden.

An...
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Working Families Party endorses Massachusetts progressives Ed Markey and House challenger Alex Morse

  • News source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Politics
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(CNN)The Working Families Party, a New York-based progressive organization with growing national influence, will endorse and put resources behind Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey's re-election campaign and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse's bid to unseat a 30-year incumbent in the state's 1st Congressional District.

The double-endorsement, of a sitting senator and an insurgent House candidate, signals both the success of the progressive movement over the past few years and a new charge to defend lawmakers, like Markey, who have embraced the left's agenda and...
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Tennessee GOP Senate primary goes down to the wire

  • News source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Politics
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(CNN)Last year, President Donald Trump publicly endorsed Bill Hagerty, his former ambassador to Japan, to be the next Senator from Tennessee before he even announced his campaign. That should've been enough in a conservative state where Republicans overwhelmingly approve of the President.

But the GOP's primary election on Thursday to replace retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander has turned into a bitter, competitive contest between Hagerty and a conservative challenger, Dr. Manny Sethi, over who can be Tennessee's Trump.

Hagerty and Sethi have campaigned...
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