Over-the-counter hearing aids expected this fall in US
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans will
be able to buy hearing aids without a prescription later
this fall, under a long-awaited rule finalized Tuesday.
The Food and Drug Administration said the new regulation
cuts red tape by creating a new class of hearing
aids that don’t require a medical exam, a prescription
and other specialty evaluations. The devices will be sold
online or over-the-counter at pharmacies and other retail
stores. The devices are intended for adults with mild
to moderate hearing problems. The FDA estimates that
nearly 30 million adults could potentially benefit from
hearing aids, but only about one-fifth of people with
hearing problems use the devices currently.
Cincinnati Zoo names new baby hippo Fritz, brother to Fiona
(AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo has named its newest
baby hippopotamus, Fritz, after an online vote by tens
of thousands of his adoring fans.
After over 90,000 name suggestions came in from
every state in the U.S. and over 60 countries, zoo employees
narrowed it down to Fritz or Ferguson — and
Fritz won with 56% of the vote.
Immigration advocates sue LexisNexis over personal data
CHICAGO (AP) — Data broker LexisNexis Risk
Solutions allegedly violated Illinois law by collecting
and combining extensive personal information and
selling it to third parties including federal immigration
authorities, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by immigration
advocates. The result is “a grave threat to civil
liberties,” the activists and two immigration advocacy
groups argued. The lawsuit asks a Cook County judge
to prevent the data broker from selling personal information