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OLYMPIC ATHLETES TO PUT HIS OWN MEDALS AT CEREMONIES IN TOKYO
TOKYO (AP) – Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will put their medals around their necks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. The President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, said it was a “very significant change” from traditional medal ceremonies. Bach says the medals “will be presented to the athlete on a platter, and then the athlete will take the medal himself.” The medals will be placed on a tray by a person wearing disinfected gloves. Medalists and ceremony officials must wear masks.
LEGO TELLS US COMPANY TO STOP MAKING FIREARMS LOOKING LIKE ITS TOYS
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Danish toy maker Lego is asking a Utah-based gun company to stop producing a product that makes a pistol look like it is coated with the famous brick of multicolored construction. The company said on Wednesday that the gunmaker had agreed to withdraw the product and not sell anything like it again. Representatives of the gun company posted on Instagram that they wanted to highlight what they called the fun of sport shooting. Culper Precision, based in Provo, also insisted that people have the right to personalize their property, but also noted that responsible gun owners are taking steps to secure their guns. The company did not immediately respond to messages seeking additional comment.
TO GO ABROAD? U.S. GOVERNMENT SAYS PASSPORT WAITS FOR BEST 3 MONTHS
WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans hoping to travel overseas this summer may have to delay their plans if they need new or renewed passports. The State Department says the wait for a passport is now between 12 and 18 weeks, even if you pay for expedited processing. This is because of the ripple effects of the coronavirus pandemic which have caused extreme disruption of the process at national issuing facilities and at embassies and consulates abroad. A ministry official says a backlog of 1.5 to 2 million applications means applications submitted now are unlikely to be issued until the fall.
BAD HOQUETS, BUT NO IMMEDIATE SURGERY FOR THE PRESIDENT OF BRAZIL
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – After 10 consecutive days of hiccups, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been admitted to a hospital with intestinal obstruction. But doctors say he won’t be having surgery just yet. Sao Paulo’s Nova Star Hospital said in a statement that Bolsonaro will receive “conservative clinical treatment”. On Wednesday, Bolsonaro was transferred from a military hospital in the capital Brasilia to another hospital in Sao Paulo, where he underwent tests. The president has undergone several operations since being stabbed in the abdomen during his 2018 campaign.
SWIMMING APPLICATIONS OPERATORS SAY WISCONSIN REGULATORS ARE ALL WET
MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Operators of a starter app that allows private owners to rent their pools by the hour say Wisconsin regulators are all wet. Wisconsin is the first state to push back Swimply, which started in 2018. It functions as an Airbnb for swimming pools. Private owners list their pools on the website and app as available for rental. State regulators told Swimply in April that anyone offering a pool for rent should be treated the same as large public swimming pools and be licensed. Lawyers for Swimply have said they will sue if the state does not back down.
JOHNSON & JOHNSON RECALLING SUN CREAMS DUE TO TRACES OF BENZENE
WITHOUT DATE (AP) – Johnson & Johnson is announcing a recall of five of its sunscreen products after some samples were found to contain low levels of benzene, a chemical that can cause cancer on repeated exposure. The affected products, packaged in aerosol cans, are Aveeno Protect + Refresh Spray Sunscreen and four versions of Neutrogena Sunscreen: Beach Defense Spray Sunscreen, CoolDry Sport Spray Sunscreen, Spray Sunscreen Invisible Daily Defense and UltraSheer Spray Sunscreen. J&J said users are unlikely to be injured. The recall includes all box sizes and all levels of SPF, or sun protection factor. Consumers can contact the company for a refund.
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