The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday May 22)

May 22, 2020

Here are some of today’s top stories.

Johnson & Johnson to discontinue sales of talc-based baby powder in U.S., Canada

Johnson & Johnson announced Tuesday that it will discontinue sales of its talc-based baby powder in Canada and the United States. The company has faced thousands of lawsuits alleging the powder contains asbestos, a claim the company denies.

Astronauts fly to Florida to prep for historic May 27 launch to space station

Two astronauts flew to Florida on Wednesday to begin final preparations for launch next week atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the first piloted flight to orbit from U.S. soil since the space shuttle’s retirement nearly nine years ago.

Apple and Google clash with health officials on COVID-19 contact tracing

Despite early excitement, virus-tracing apps built by Apple and Google are likely useless, according to health officials. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN to talk about why this once promising technology now looks to be a failure.

Trump says he’ll stop taking hydroxychloroquine in “a day or two”

President Trump will soon be ending his course of hydroxychloroquine, he told reporters Wednesday. “I think the regimen finishes in a day or two – yeah, I think it’s two days, two days,” he said during a meeting with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Kansas Governor Laura Kelly.

Americans turn to cycling during the coronavirus pandemic

You can see it all over the country. Streets and trails are filling up as Americans fall back in love with biking. “It’s amazing. I’m going to be riding around way more,” said Maryna Matorina. After weeks cooped up inside, Matorina and Maria Ng couldn’t take it anymore and decided to pedal their way through the .

Coronavirus pandemic: Updates from around the world – CNN

By Jessie Yeung and Adam Renton, CNN Updated 0529 GMT (1329 HKT) May 21, 2020 The receptors that let the coronavirus into our cells appear to be less common in children’s noses — which may be why kids are less likely to get sick with the virus, according to a new study.

Covid-19 ‘tsunami’ overwhelmed a whole generation in northern Italy. Now their families want answers

Plot 87 occupies a barren corner of Milan’s austere main cemetery. Here, the soil has been freshly turned to make new graves, 120 in all, the morning we visited. Another body was to be buried that afternoon.

Fauci conspicuously stops doing TV interviews as White House moves to reopen economy

The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has been conspicuously absent from national television interviews over the last two weeks, as the White House moves ahead with reopening the economy.

TikTok needs to win over Washington. Hiring a CEO from Disney won’t be enough

TikTok’s hiring of Disney veteran Kevin Mayer was widely seen as a move – at least in part – to win over the growing number of US lawmakers who claim the popular short video platform is a threat to America’s national security.

The body of former WWE star Shad Gaspard found on a California beach

Gaspard, 39, was swimming at the newly reopened Marina Del Rey Sunday when he was apparently caught in a rip current.

Tiffany Trump graduates from law school

President Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted his congratulations to Tiffany Trump, the fourth of his five children, in support of her graduation from law school. Tiffany Trump took part in virtual commencement ceremonies, along with the rest of the class of 2020, from Georgetown Law School on Saturday.

Johnson & Johnson will stop selling talc-based baby powder

Johnson & Johnson is abandoning a product that it may be most identified with and has been selling for more than 100 years — talc-based baby powder.

They bought a $1 house in Italy, then Covid-19 struck

(CNN) – When Italian towns began offering houses for sale for little more than $1, they inspired legions of dreamers to take a gamble on moving to a remote corner of Italy. Although spending a few thousand dollars extra on renovating the property was usually part of the deal, it was sweetened by the prospect of a new life in an idyllic spot in a beautiful country.

Watford’s Adrian Mariappa confirms coronavirus; N’Golo Kante misses training

Watford defender Adrian Mariappa says he is one of three people who tested positive for coronavirus at the club. On Tuesday, it was announced there had been six positive tests across three Premier League clubs. Two staff at Watford and Burnley assistant manager Ian Woan also tested positive, while the two others at a third club have not yet been revealed.

Malaria pill trialled to prevent coronavirus

A trial to see whether two anti-malarial drugs could prevent Covid-19 has begun in Brighton and Oxford. Chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine or a placebo will be given to more than 40,000 healthcare workers from Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. All the participants are staff who are in contact with Covid-19 patients.

Cyclone Amphan devastates India’s Kolkata city

The eastern Indian city of Kolkata has been devastated by a powerful cyclone. Cyclone Amphan made landfall in eastern India and Bangladesh on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people as it lashed coastal areas with ferocious wind and rain. Many of Kolkata’s 14 million people are without electricity and communications have been disrupted.

Liverpool: Manager Jurgen Klopp says return to training like ‘first day at school’

Liverpool’s return to non-contact training “felt like the first day at school”, says manager Jurgen Klopp. The Premier League leaders worked in small groups at their Melwood training ground on Wednesday for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown. The English top flight hopes to resume in June, with 92 fixtures left to play, having been suspended since 13 March.

Twitter’s ‘no replies’ feature could cause problems for Trump

Trump was basically Obama’s reply guy throughout the 2010s, so it’s only fitting that he won’t be able to take advantage of a new Twitter feature intended to curb his own comment trolls…legally, at least. Twitter is testing an ability that lets users limit who can reply to their tweets.

Apple finally released iOS 13.5. Here’s why you should update.

It’s new iOS day, and that means it’s time to update. Apple released the public version of iOS 13.5 on Wednesday, making a host of changes that were previously only available to developers in the beta release finally accessible to the wider public.

Chrome’s new update puts a premium on privacy and safety controls

Google Chrome’s back with a new update that should interest users who value privacy as well as those with messy tabs. According to Google’s official Chrome blog, Chrome 83 primarily brings about a bunch of new privacy controls that may not be super exciting to most people, but could please folks who pay a lot of attention to which websites collect data on them.

You simply must watch this moving reunion of a man and his donkey after quarantine

There is beauty in this mixed-up, messed-up quarantined world, dammit. Just listen to this sweet man’s voice tremble as he repeatedly asks his donkey, “Que pasa?” (That’s “what’s up?” in Spanish.) The entire video is in Spanish but honestly, it doesn’t matter if you know the language, this whole scene is universal.

How this big locust plague will end

Locusts descended upon East Africa in January. The next month, a swarm blanketed a huge Kenyan lakeshore, transforming the ground into buzzing, yellow fields. Now in May, the locust outbreak isn’t nearly over. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations called the pestilence situation “extremely alarming in East Africa where it is an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods.”

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