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China’s Spenders Are Saving. That’s a Problem for Everyone.

ZHENGZHOU, China — Forty years after China began its near-miraculous run as the world’s most powerful economic growth engine, its people are experiencing something new and unsettling: a feeling that the best times may be behind them.

The Chinese economy is slowing, and the cost of living is rising. The trade war with the United States shows no sign of ending. Wage growth is sluggish. More young people are chasing fewer job prospects.

Chinese consumers, who have become more cautious over the past year, are now staging a broad retreat. They are buying fewer cars, smartphones and appliances. They are going to the movies less and taking fewer trips abroad. They would rather stick their money in the bank.

For China’s young people, who have never experienced a prolonged slump in their lives, the shift is especially stark. China has seen slowdowns before, but its consumers kept spending through most of those downturns.

Now young people have more reasons to be worried. Job prospects for recent college graduates have worsened over the past year, according to data from the job search website Zhaopin.com, and graduates seeking jobs outnumber openings. Many of those openings are low-paying service-sector jobs.

“For young people in their 20s, it’s the first real economic downturn that they’ve been through and they are experiencing as young adults,” said Andrew Polk, founder of Trivium, a consulting firm in Beijing.

“They are now starting to think maybe this inexorable increase in economic growth is not so inexorable,” Mr. Polk said.

Wang Junda works on a short-term contract at a complex in Zhengzhou where Apple phones are made. A fresh-faced 27-year-old, he has been a driver for Didi, China’s version of the ride-hailing company Uber, and is working toward getting a truck driver’s license in hopes of being able to make more money. Still, he worries that he will never make enough.

“Whatever you earn is never enough to match your spending,” Mr. Wang said.

The retreat of Chinese consumers — a powerful force generating $4.9 trillion in economic activity a year — will have global repercussions. Their appetite for homes, cars and iPhones transformed the world, powering global growth and making fortunes for companies like Apple and General Electric.

It also poses an immediate challenge to China’s leadership, which draws its legitimacy from the wealth and confidence of the Chinese people.

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George Gao and Mengjie Wu are considering postponing their wedding — and forgoing a Tiffany ring in favor of something less expensive. CreditYuyang Liu for The New York Times

The new unease can be found across China, from the glittering business capitals of Shanghai and Shenzhen to more working-class places like Zhengzhou, an industrial metropolis of 10 million in the country’s interior.

At a downtown Zhengzhou mall, Wang Li watched as a few desultory shoppers wandered by. She was among a dozen bored shopkeepers sitting on lawn chairs and stools, watching shows on their smartphones while waiting for customers.

“Nothing is good. It’s not just this one type of business,” said Ms. Wang, whose shop sells towels, water bottles and keepsake mugs. “Every kind of business is not doing so great.”

There are still indications of strength. Headline retail sales figures have slowed significantly but are still growing at a pace that other countries would envy. Some sales drops, like those of smartphones, are due in part to the natural maturing of the Chinese market.

Still, signs of a slowdown abound. The 100 biggest retailers in China have seen their sales decline sharply in recent months, according to Capital Economics. Sales of instant noodles, seen as an indicator because newly affluent Chinese would rather eat out or order in, are rising after declining for several years.

“The bad news is that all indicators of consumer spending are still softening, and the underlying trend is probably somewhat worse than the headline data indicate,” said Ernan Cui, a consumer analyst at the research firm Gavekal Dragonomics.

The slowdown is coming just as the cost of living is rising. Young people have been priced out of the housing market in affluent places like Beijing and Shanghai. More people have mortgages and credit cards, however, expanding their spending prowess while adding to their debts.

The 100 biggest retailers in China have seen their sales decline sharply in recent months.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

Mengjie Wu, a Shanghai resident and technology company employee, worries about the price of basic food staples, like meat, and medicine for her mother, which must be imported from the United States. She has a mortgage and loans to pay off. Now she and her fiancé are considering putting off the ultimate act of consumption: a wedding.

“We haven’t decided if we will do it yet, because it is not a small cost,” said Ms. Wu, 30, whose dreams included a Tiffany ring and a ceremony in Bali, the Indonesian resort spot. “We won’t do it soon.”

China’s leaders are moving to get them spending again. The central government pushed out new measures in August, including discounts on big-ticket appliances.

In past years, those shoppers were part of a seemingly unstoppable growth engine. China’s opening to the outside world in the late 1970s connected global companies with one billion people eager to leave grinding poverty behind. As China’s economy developed, a new consumer culture emerged, powered by hundreds of millions of spenders. Spending by households now accounts for nearly 40 percent of China’s roughly $13 trillion in annual economic activity.

Shoppers at a new Costco, the American warehouse retailer, in the Shanghai area. They are being drawn to the store in part by lower food prices.CreditYuyang Liu for The New York Times

They have become an essential part of the global economy as well. Chinese consumers alone accounted for one-seventh of the world’s growth over the past decade, according to the Boston Consulting Group. General Motors and its Chinese partners sell more cars in China than they do in the United States.

Now growing numbers of people in China are reluctant to spend. A survey by China’s central bank showed rising numbers of urban residents would rather deposit their money in a bank than spend or invest it.

As income growth slows, households are making fewer discretionary purchases and choosing to save more. Sectors like automobiles and smartphones are shrinking as fewer people buy these items for the first time. E-commerce is still booming, but growth in online spending has more than halved over the past four years, the Boston Consulting Group found.

The trade war has raised costs for American-grown food, part of an overall surge in food prices. A devastating pig disease has led to soaring pork prices. In online forums, Chinese shoppers are calling for “fruit freedom” and “pork freedom.”

Costco customers seemed to be sticking to basic purchases recently.CreditYuyang Liu for The New York Times

A desire for deals drove Chinese shoppers to the country’s first Costco, the American discount warehouse retailer, when it opened near Shanghai in August.

Ms. Wu, the technology company employee, recently looked for a better deal on some of the food she buys each month.

She and her fiancé spend nearly all of their monthly paychecks — about $5,600 before taxes — to pay off loans and their mortgage, she said. But the small amount of money they spend on groceries, roughly $300, has risen by a tenth since the start of the year.

As hundreds of shoppers around them pushed large shopping carts that were mostly empty except for basics like eggs, milk and meat, Ms. Wu thought about the Tiffany ring she had been dreaming of. Now, that purchase is up to her fiancé, she said.

“The cost for the Tiffany’s ring is much more expensive,” she said, “so I will give him the choice to buy any brand.”

Cao Li contributed reporting.

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McDonald’s register hacked to run classic video game ‘Doom’

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This is probably the best thing that’s ever been done with a McDonald’s cash register.

A clever 19-year-old video game fan was able to figure out a way to play the classic “Doom” on a McDonald’s cash register. While most people are using these things to ring in orders of extra fries and Happy Meals, this guy is fighting off the armies of Hell.

Ryan Edgar spoke with the tech blog Kotaku Australia about how he got the game to run. Edgar was reportedly able to get his hands on a McDonald’s register when a local restaurant was updating its system and getting rid of old devices.

According to Kotaku, the registers are basically computers programmed to run a specific point-of-sale software developed by McDonald’s. Edgar was able to access the machine’s Task Manager.

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“I was able to run explorer.exe by doing CTRL ALT DEL to get to Task Manager but there was some weird encryption on it,” Edgar told Kotaku Australia.

Edgar shared his achievement on Twitter, where social media users were clearly impressed.

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One user commented, “My favorite tech feat remains: getting DOOM to run on devices that have no business running it.”

Another user joked, “I want a challenge…I want to see if we can get DOOM to run on an old computer from the 40s. That’s right, an entire room-sized computer.”

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For some, however, the fact that McDonald’s registers are capable of running video games just compounded other problems customers have with the fast-food franchise. As one user put it, “Oh sure ice cream machine broke but you can still run doom back here I see how it is.”

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‘We’re Not Fooling Around’: House Democrats Vow to Subpoena White House

WASHINGTON — House Democrats said Wednesday they planned to subpoena the White House by Friday if it did not comply with broad requests for documents related to President Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating a leading political rival, and any attempt by the administration to conceal his actions.

Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the chairman of the Oversight and Reform Committee, notified his panel of the impending subpoena on Wednesday. He said the White House had thus far ignored voluntary requests he submitted with the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees.

“I do not take this step lightly,” Mr. Cummings wrote. “Over the past several weeks, the committees tried several times to obtain voluntary compliance with our requests for documents, but the White House has refused to engage with — or even respond to — the committees.”

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President Trump’s personal lawyer. The prosecutor general of Ukraine. Joe Biden’s son. These are just some of the names mentioned in the whistle-blower’s complaint. What were their roles? We break it down.CreditCreditIllustration by The New York Times

The threat came as the president lashed out at Democrats in a series of angry outbursts online and before television cameras, denouncing leading lawmakers as “dishonest people” who were focusing on “BULLSHIT,” as he put it on Twitter, to overturn an election they lost in 2016.

In a red-faced harangue in the Oval Office with a visibly uncomfortable president of Finland sitting next to him, Mr. Trump declared that Democrats were “guilty as hell” of corrupting the 2016 election, that former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. “is corrupt” and “less smart now than he ever was,” and that a C.I.A. whistle-blower is “a spy in my opinion.”

He saved his sharpest barbs for Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who has taken the lead in the investigations. Mr. Trump called him “a lowlife” and “shifty, dishonest guy.” Referring to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the president said Mr. Schiff “couldn’t carry his blank strap,” using the word “blank” instead of “jock” for a typical locker-room insult.

As he has for several days, the president focused intently on Mr. Schiff’s recent statement in which the congressman provided his interpretation of the president’s telephone call with the president of Ukraine, making clear that they were not Mr. Trump’s precise words but reflected his intent. “He should resign from office in disgrace,” Mr. Trump said. “Frankly, they should look at him for treason because he is making up the words of the president of the United States.”

The clash between the president and congressional Democrats came on another momentous day in Washington where, in just over two weeks, revelations about attempts by Mr. Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to pressure Ukraine to investigate Mr. Biden and other Democrats have exploded into an impeachment inquiry that threatens his presidency.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Mr. Schiff warned the Trump administration that any attempt to stonewall the House’s request or intimidate witnesses would be construed as obstruction worthy of impeachment itself.

“We’re not fooling around here,” Mr. Schiff said. “We don’t want this to drag on months and months and months, which would be the administration’s strategy. So they just need to know even as they try to undermine our ability to find the facts around the president’s effort to coerce a foreign leader to create dirt that he can use against a political opponent, that they will be strengthening the case on obstruction.”

After asserting that Congress would not let impeachment entirely eclipse its legislative agenda, Ms. Pelosi accused the president of an “assault on the Constitution.”

Mr. Trump, watching on television from the White House, responded in real time on Twitter: “The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLSHIT, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306.”

The impeachment inquiry is escalating rapidly; already in the past week, the House has issued two subpoenas for records. Mr. Cummings’s warning suggested that lawmakers and their staffs were working to collect the evidence they believe they need to corroborate the anonymous C.I.A. whistle-blower complaint that touched off their inquiry. First, they targeted the State Department, then Mr. Giuliani and now the White House.

At the same time, lawmakers were preparing to hear a mysterious bit of new information abruptly offered by the State Department’s independent watchdog, which could add a fresh twist to the inquiry. Steven A. Linick, the State Department’s inspector general, was to brief lawmakers in the afternoon about urgent material he signaled could be relevant to the investigation.

What exactly Mr. Linick intended to share with Congress remained a matter of intense speculation on Wednesday. Mr. Linick, who was not believed to be investigating the Ukraine matter himself, contacted lawmakers early Tuesday afternoon and extended a cryptic and urgent invitation to meet the next day “to discuss and provide staff with copies of documents,” according to an invitation reviewed by The New York Times.

The invitation noted only that the documents had been shared with Mr. Linick by the State Department’s acting legal adviser.

Inspectors general frequently share information with Congress, but lawmakers and other government officials familiar with the process said Mr. Linick’s request was highly unusual, particularly given the extraordinary political pressure surrounding the State Department and Ukraine.

The draft subpoena circulated by Mr. Cummings suggests he is casting a wide net for potential records related to the Ukraine matter, and is all but certain to touch off a battle with a White House that has a long history of refusing to comply with congressional requests.

It explicitly asks for records that could indicate whether the White House or other administration officials took steps to conceal or destroy the records to prevent Congress or the public from learning what had happened.

Among the documents requested are any recordings, transcripts, notes or other records related to a July phone call in which Mr. Trump pressed President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to conduct investigations that would bolster the American leader politically, or an earlier April call between the two men. It asks for a full list of White House staff members involved in or aware of the calls, any communications that refer to the July call and details about how the White House maintained records of the call.

The draft subpoena also directs the White House to hand over records of any calls with other foreign leaders referring to the topics Mr. Trump discussed with Mr. Zelensky; of meetings related to Ukraine; and of the decision to temporarily withhold $391 million in security aid from the country this summer at the same time Mr. Trump was pressing Mr. Zelensky.

On Tuesday, Mr. Pompeo became one of the first Trump administration officials to throw himself into the gears of the churning House investigation, writing in a letter to Democratic chairmen that their demands for confidential interviews with diplomats with knowledge of the case was “an act of intimidation” and would not be immediately met.

But instead of bringing it to a halt, Mr. Pompeo’s actions seem only to have fueled the case. The Democrats said any attempt to block witnesses from speaking to Congress would be construed by them as witness intimidation. And at least two of the diplomats Mr. Pompeo objected to speaking had indicated to the House that they would appear for private depositions anyway. Mr. Schiff indicated on Wednesday, though, that three other scheduled depositions may not yet be assured.

Late Tuesday, the chairmen wrote to Mr. Pompeo’s deputy saying the secretary had an “obvious conflict of interest” in light of news reports that he listened in on the July phone call.

“Given the secretary’s own potential role, and reports of other State Department officials being involved in or knowledgeable of the events under investigation,” they wrote, “the committee may infer that he is trying to cover up illicit activity and misconduct, including by the president.”

On Wednesday, in Rome, Mr. Pompeo confirmed for the first time that he had been listening in on the call.

“I was on the phone call,” he said at a news conference in the Italian capital.

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Lupita Nyong’o: ‘Society’s Preference For Lighter Skin Is Alive And Well’

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Lupita Nyong’o addressed the long history of colorism in a powerful string of tweets on Monday.

The Oscar-winning actress wrote that “society’s preference for lighter skin, is alive and well,” noting that colorism is not just a prejudice that exists in “places with a largely white population.”

“Throughout the world, even in Kenya, even today, there is a popular sentiment that lighter is brighter,” said Nyong’o, who was born in Mexico City and raised in her parents’ native Kenya. 

The “Us” actor tweeted a photo of herself at 5 years old, writing that her “fantasies” as a child motivated her to write “Sulwe,” her newly released children’s picture book about colorism and self-love that centers on a dark-skinned girl.

“As a little girl reading, I had all of these windows into the lives of people who looked nothing like me, chances to look into their worlds, but I didn’t have any mirrors,” Nyong’o wrote, adding that “mirrors help us develop our sense of self, and our understanding of our own world.”

Nyong’o has addressed colorism and its impact on communities on numerous occasions. 

In a 2014 interview with Glamour, Nyong’o said that European standards of beauty “plague the entire world.”

“The idea that darker skin is not beautiful, that light skin is the key to success and love,” she continued. 

In 2017, Nyong’o criticized Grazia UK for featuring an altered image of her hair on its cover. The actor pointed to a long history of discrimination against Black hair and Black hair textures.

“Disappointed that @GraziaUK edited out & smoothed my hair to fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like,” Nyong’o tweeted that year

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Universal Orlando Employee Fired After Making ‘OK’ Hate Symbol In Girl’s Photo

A Florida theme park employee has been fired after the individual made the “OK” hand gesture used by some to symbolize white power while posing for a photo with a biracial 6-year-old girl.

Outraged mom Tiffiney Zinger said she was looking through photos of her family’s visit to a Universal Orlando breakfast event back in March when she noticed an employee dressed as the “Despicable Me” character Gru making the hand gesture on her daughter’s shoulder.

“I was like, ‘Wait a minute. Why is this sign on my child’s shoulder?’” Zinger told USA Today.

Video shared by Zinger shows the masked employee gesturing for the little girl, who has autism, to come over for a photo at Universal’s Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Once the girl is standing in front of the employee, that individual puts their right hand on her shoulder and after a pause their index finger curls in to make a distinct circle with their thumb. The individual then holds this shape for the duration of the video.

The once innocent OK symbol has recently taken on a more sinister meaning as some use it to promote “white power,” according to the Anti-Defamation League. It started as an online hoax on the website 4chan, with hoaxers hoping that the media and liberals would overreact to something that wasn’t true. Then, “ironically some white supremacists themselves soon also participated in such trolling tactics, lending an actual credence to those who labeled the trolling gesture as racist in nature,” the ADL’s website explains.

Today the gesture is used by blatant white nationalists as a wink to likeminded people. Prominent white supremacist Faith Goldy, for example, made the sign in videos on Facebook to promote bigoted views in her home country of Canada. Those videos were later banned from Facebook for breaking the platform’s anti-hate rules.

Avowed white supremacist Brenton Tarrant, who has been charged in the fatal shooting of 51 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, flashed the hand symbol during a court appearance in March. This made headlines one week before the Zinger photo was taken.

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cveltri via Getty Images A representative for Universal Orlando confirmed the employee’s removal from the park and said the company is in contact with the Zinger family.

Zinger described the incident involving her daughter as “heartbreaking.”

“I’ve been emotionally distraught over it. I’m still pretty upset that, you know, someone felt that they needed to do this to children,” she said.

A representative for Universal Orlando confirmed the employee’s removal from the park in a statement to HuffPost on Wednesday and said the company remains in contact with the family.

“We never want our guests to experience what this family did. This is not acceptable and we are sorry ― and we are taking steps to make sure nothing like this happens again,” the company said.

Zinger and her husband Richard Zinger told USA Today that they hired an attorney after a lawyer for Universal reached out to them, although they said they’re not motivated to seek financial compensation.

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‘Stumptown’ star Cobie Smulders credits Tom Cruise for helping her prepare for stunt-heavy role in P.I. drama

Cobie Smulders is giving credit where it’s due.

The 37-year-old actress wasted no time explaining to reporters during the Television Critics Association summer press tour just how influential Tom Cruise was showing her the ropes in the stunt world as she prepared for her role in the exciting, high-action police drama “Stumptown.”

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“Yeah, I mean when I worked with Tom [Cruise] on ‘[Jack] Reacher,’ that was when I learned the most I had up until then about training, about fighting, about stunts, about how to do everything safely because he was such a pro at just doing everything correctly and really well,” Smulders said about acting alongside the “Top Gun” franchise star in “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.”

The longtime Marvel mainstay, who portrayed S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill in six Marvel Cinematic Universe films, beginning with the “Avengers,” said her “Stumptown” role was perfect for her, especially considering her character Dex Parios is a quick-witted army veteran-turned-private investigator.

“Everything about her challenges me but that’s what excites me,” Smulders told reporters. “It doesn’t make me afraid. I mean, it’s physically wearing but you’re not really getting hurt. If you if you’re getting hurt, someone’s not doing their job right.”

Smulders, 37, whose husband comedian and actor Taran Killam, 37, is a series regular on fellow ABC show “Single Parents,” said she was even more drawn to Dex because of her willingness to fearlessly say what’s on her mind.

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“I just like her. I like the way that she rolls with however she’s feeling, you know,” Smulders explained. “I like playing sort of a sexually ambiguous woman on network television. I like that she’s sort of her own boss. I like that she just doesn’t really have – there are no rules for her. So that excited me.”

The “How I Met Your Mother” alum continued: “We’re still trying to figure out the tone of this right because there is a certain, you know, P.I. way of talking, you know. Kind of like this sassy one-liner, which I don’t think kind of – it doesn’t fit quite right but there is a moment and a place for it or to take that rhythm and modernize it.”

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“So it’s usually her humor is coming situationally. But I think that there will be opportunities. For there’s a lot of physical comedy but then also just really funny lines,” she added.

But for Smulders – it was the quality of life she sought and, in becoming an executive producer on the graphic-novel-adapted series, Smulders is happy that she can spend more time with her family.

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“First of all, it’s such a blessing I was on ‘How I Met Your Mother’ for so long and that’s shot in Los Angeles and I was allowed to have a life in the city,” she said. “And I’ve been off of it for five years now and traveling so much, I just feel that it takes a hit to a family. But it’s so nice – there are going to be really long hours and it’s going to be really physically draining but I get to go and sleep in my own bed and my child will probably come at 6 a.m. into that bed.”

Smulders told reporters she looks forward to her daughters Shaelyn, 10, and Janita, 4, being able to witness their mother in her element and even said she’s teaching them how to perform stunts of their own just in case the rough-housing gets a little out of hand.

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“There are certainly sacrifices, but also it excites me I have two girls and it’s exciting for them to see their mother having a career and having dreams and fulfilling goals,” she said. “That’s what I tell myself anyways to sleep at night. You do your best and I’m a very hands-on parent and everybody who’s involved in this project knows that and has been extremely accommodating thus far.”

When asked how her daughters usually react to seeing their mother fake being battered and bruised after an intense fight scene, Smulders added: “I walk them through how to do stunts, how to make it look real but it’s not really.”

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“Quite honestly, they don’t watch a lot of television,” she continued. “I don’t think they’ve seen an episode of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ or anything from the ‘Avengers.’ They’re still really little and they don’t see that on me in person. So I try to explain sort of the choreography involved and that actually is kind of – like it’s funny to them.”

“Stumptown,” which also stars Michael Ealy as Det. Miles Hoffman and Smulders’ love interest, airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST on ABC.

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Alabama sees 1st vaping-linked death as US toll rises to 15

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Health officials in Alabama on Wednesday confirmed the first death in the state attributed to vaping.

The patient, whose name and age were not revealed, was a man from East Alabama. No other details were provided by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

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“As of October 1, there were 19 Alabama residents under investigation. Of the 19 reports, 4 cases have been identified and 9 other reports are still under investigation in Alabama; 3 have been identified as probable cases; 1 confirmed case (the deceased), of lung disease associated with vaping,” officials with the state’s health department said in a news release.

“The use of any tobacco product is unsafe. While this current outbreak is being investigated, the safest option is to refrain from using any e-cigarette or vape product. Furthermore, there is no situation in which these devices should be used by pregnant women or youths,” said State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, in a statement.

To date, there have been 15 vaping-linked deaths in the U.S. State, local and federal health officials – namely those with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – are still investigating the cause behind the lung illnesses.

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Late last week, the CDC described a possible link between the current outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries and the use of THC-containing vaping products.

The CDC’s findings indicated that out of 514 patients with suspected vaping-related illnesses, 77 reported that they had been using products containing THC, or using both nicotine- and THC-containing products.

Additionally, a recent Washington Post investigation concluded that the illnesses affecting hundreds of Americans may be linked to black-market vaping products, some of which are allegedly cut with vitamin E acetate.

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However,  federal health officials have not yet linked the illnesses to a specific product, substance or additive. They continue to investigate the 805 vaping-related lung illness cases reported across 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The news of the Alabama resident’s death comes after New Jersey and Nebraska health officials announced the first deaths linked to vaping in their respective states.

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Andrew Yang Exceeds Expectations With $10 Million Q3 Fundraising Haul

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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s campaign announced it raised $10 million in the year’s third quarter, more than tripling the $2.8 million he took in during the second quarter.

The campaign said it has $6.3 million in cash on hand, which it intends to use to build up its grassroots networks in early primary and caucus states.

Campaign manager Zach Graumann said in an emailed statement that the money haul puts Yang, a political newcomer who began his race as a virtual unknown, in position to compete through Super Tuesday on March 3. The 16 Democratic nominating contests that day will allocate roughly 40% of the party’s convention delegates.

Among those candidates reporting so far, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) led all of the Democratic contenders in Q3 contributions with $25.3 million. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe Biden ― who have been leading the race in recent polls ― have yet to release their figures.

Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) raised $11.6 million and $6 million, respectively, during the quarter that ended on Monday; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg netted $19.1 million.

Yang, a 44-year-old entrepreneur and lawyer from New York, has gained a following through his “freedom dividend” proposal that would provide $1,000 a month to every American 18 years of age and older. He touts the payment as necessary to offset the escalating effects of automation in the workplace.

He also has proposed a federal program to research geoengineering, a catch-all term for technologies that could counter the effects of global warming

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David Ortiz will return to Fox for studio coverage during MLB playoffs

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The David Ortiz comeback tour is coming to a television screen near you this month. 

“Big Papi,” who will be less than four months removed from suffering a life-threatening gunshot wound in his native Dominican Republic on June 9, will return to his role as an analyst during Fox’s pre- and postgame MLB playoffs coverage on the network’s properties, the network announced. 

Ortiz faced an arduous recovery from the attack. The Boston Red Sox flew him from the Dominican to Boston so he could receive care at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and he underwent a trio of operations while under care of the doctors. He made his first public appearance by throwing out the first pitch at a Red Sox home game at Fenway Park on Sept. 9. 

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On Tuesday, Ortiz hinted at his return by tweeting a picture of him on set with host Kevin Burkhardt and co-commentators Alex Rodriguez and Frank Thomas. 

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