Aug 9, 2018

Court orders EPA to ban pesticide harmful to brain development

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The Trump administration has 60 days to revoke the approval of a widely-used pesticide — which studies say is linked to interfering with brain development, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

The details: The three-judge panel for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said the Environmental Protection Agency must ban the use of chlorpyrifos, one of the most widely-used insecticides on food crops commonly consumed by children and can be harmful to the brain and nervous system. The ruling comes a year after a coalition of six Attorneys General, led by New York, filed suit to challenge the administration's decision to keep the pesticide on the market.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

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T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.