‘We can’t depend on the federal government,’ mayor says

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Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York, holds up a protective mask during a news conference at Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

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New York City is building its own strategic reserve of medical equipment for the coronavirus pandemic, including surgical gowns, test kits and ventilators because “we can’t depend on the federal government,” Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.

“It is a very sobering, telling moment when I have to sit here before you and say that New York City needs its own

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Target raises minimum wage to $15 an hour months before its deadline

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Target said Wednesday it is raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour and will give all hourly employees a one-time bonus of $200.

The $2 per hour raise will apply to employees at stores and distribution centers, beginning July 5. Target had temporarily raised its wages by $2 an hour in March as coronavirus cases rose. 

The bonuses, which recognize part-time and full-time employees’ work during the pandemic, will be paid out at the end of July, according to the company, which has more than 350,000 employees and nearly 1,900 stores across the U.S.

Target’s announcement is the culmination

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Dr. Scott Gottlieb says he thinks the worst of the U.S. coronavirus epidemic ‘will be over by January’

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The worst of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak will end by January either with a vaccine or because enough people in the country will have already been infected and have some immunity to it, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Thursday.

The restrictions and guidance implemented to curb the spread of the virus will not last forever, he said, urging people to practice public health precautions until the U.S. can safely return to normalcy. He added that it’s fine to socialize, but within reason and people should consider keeping “a small social circle.”

“This will

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Amazon extends work from home regime till October 2

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, northern France, April 22, 2020 after Amazon extended the closure of its French warehouses until April 25 included, following dispute with unions over health protection measures amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc has told staff whose job can be done from home that they can do so until at least Oct. 2, pushing out the timeline on a return to work for many employees as it faces scrutiny over conditions in its warehouses.

“Employees who work in a role

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