Dr. Fauci says he’ll never be ‘muzzled’ in discussing science and facts


Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, removes a Washington Nationals protective mask during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

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White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that he won’t be silenced when discussing the science and facts about the coronavirus after a report said a Trump administration official is trying to “muzzle” him.

Earlier Wednesday, Politico reported that Paul Alexanderan official at the Department of Health and Human Services, is trying

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Cold weather brings new fears for struggling restaurant owners


Labor Day unofficially marks the end of summer and the start of colder temperatures around much of the United States. This year, it is ushering in more worries for restaurant owners trying to keep their eateries afloat.

Chilly weather means fewer customers willing to eat outside, while indoor dining rooms will likely still face capacity limits. Landlords’ patience may be running out, and funding from the Paycheck Protection Program has dried up. Fine and casual dining restaurants will be missing out on large orders for holiday parties that won’t take place this year. And worst of all, the threat of

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Beyond Meat pushes ahead with Chinese expansion despite pandemic


Ethan Brown, founder, president and CEO of Beyond Meat.

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As Beyond Meat plans a major push into the Chinese market, the company isn’t letting the coronavirus pandemic slow down its expansion.

“When you see an obstacle like Covid, you don’t say you’re not going to do it, you say ‘How am I going to do it?’ and work on a solution,” CEO Ethan Brown said in an interview.

Beyond announced on Tuesday that it’s building up its presence in mainland China with two manufacturing facilities near Shanghai that will run full-scale production by early next year. 

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Simon, Brookfield to save JC Penney from bankruptcy, keep 650 shops


A J.C. Penney store in Laguna Hills, California

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U.S. mall owners Simon Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners are close to finalizing an $800 million deal to rescue the embattled department store chain J.C. Penney from bankruptcy, avoiding a total liquidation and saving about 70,000 jobs and 650 stores, Joshua Sussberg of the law firm Kirkland & Ellis said Wednesday. 

Simon and Brookfield will pay roughly $300 million in cash and assume $500 million in debt, Sussberg said during a court hearing. 

Wells Fargo has also agreed to give Penney $2 billion in revolving credit once

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