Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, passes away ‘unexpectedly’ in his sleep at age 60

Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard J. Tyson. (Photo: Kaiser Permanente) Bernard J. Tyson, the chairman and CEO of the health plan provider Kaiser Permanente, passed away in his sleep on Sunday. One day earlier, Tyson spoke at a tech gathering in Oakland, California, called AfroTech where he appeared to be in good spirits, sharing photos on Twitter. The health care executive was 60 years old. […]

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Piece of cake: Simon and Rimon’s big plans for $26m bakery brand

Twins Simon and Rimon Barbar cut their entrepreneurial teeth developing vanilla slices and over-the-top milkshakes in a cafe in the Victorian town of Gisborne: these days, they have plans for national domination. "From day one, we've always been in the baking game, but now we have a much larger footprint," Simon, chief executive of the Jolly Group, says. Simon and […]

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This $65 bottle of eco-vodka removes carbon dioxide from the air

Each bottle of Air Co. vodka, which launched Thursday, soaks up as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as eight fully grown trees, according to Air Co. co-founder Gregory Constantine. "In other words, each bottle removes one pound of carbon dioxide from the air through its entire life cycle," Constantine tells CNBC Make It. The vodka, which costs $65 for […]

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Impeachment 'much more of a danger' to Democrats than Republicans, Marc Thiessen says

Marc Thiessen comments on Trump impeachment inquiry Marc Thiessen comments on Trump impeachment inquiry Democrats are in more electoral danger than Republicans the longer the Trump impeachment inquiry wears on, according to former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen. President Trump's opponents in the House of Representatives have yet to prove a quid pro quo, let alone an impeachable offense, Thiessen […]

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Hundreds of Oklahoma inmates to be freed, the largest mass release in US history

More than 400 inmates in Oklahoma will be released Monday after a law signed this year retroactively reduced the sentences for individuals who committed low-level crimes. The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board approved the commutation of 462 inmates unanimously, and on Friday, Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office has processed the recommendations for final approval. It is the largest mass commutation – or […]

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Inside the daily routine of America's fastest Ironman

Professional triathlete Timothy O'Donnell made history on Oct. 12 when he had the fastest finish ever for an American at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Despite coming in second, O'Donnell covered the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in seven hours, 59 minutes and 40 seconds, his — and the U.S.'s — first sub-eight hour performance. (Germany's […]

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Pentagon releases video of raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

DOD footage provides first look at raid that took down ISIS leader al-Baghdadi The drone footage shows various parts of the raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s compound in northern Syria; national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reports from the Pentagon. The Pentagon on Wednesday released video footage of the raid that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr […]

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7 of our top opinion columns this week: ICYMI

In today’s fast-paced news environment, it can be hard to keep up. For your weekend reading, we’ve started in-case-you-missed-it compilations of some of the week’s top USA TODAY Opinion pieces. As always, thanks for reading, and for your feedback. — USA TODAY Opinion editors 1. Stop fearmongering about ‘Medicare for All.’ Most families would pay less for better care. By Donald M. Berwick “America desperately needs an honest […]

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This bottle of rare whisky sold for nearly $1.9 million, shattering auction record

A rare bottle of Macallan Scotch whisky sold for almost $1.9 million at auction, setting a new auction record for any bottle of wine or spirit, Sotheby’s said. (Photo: Sotheby’s) A rare bottle of Scotch whisky shattered pre-sale estimates when it sold for almost $1.9 million at auction, setting a new auction record for any bottle of wine or spirit, Sotheby’s […]

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Rise of the mammals: Trove of 66-million-year-old fossils discovered from post-dinosaur era

Story Highlights "Were it not for the asteroid, humans would never have evolved." Mammal species slowly grew from rat-sized to wolf-sized in the million years after the asteroid hit. The fossils were discovered in Corral Bluffs, Colorado, in an area of steep bluffs. The remains discovered at Corral Bluffs, Colorado, including these four skulls, reveal much about early mammals. (Photo: HHMI […]

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