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The medical license of an Oregon doctor who refused to wear a face mask despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has been revoked weeks after a video surfaced of him dismissing Covid-19 as a "common cold." Less than a month later, on Dec. 3, the Oregon Medical Board issued an emergency suspension after finding that LaTulippe "engaged in unprofessional conduct or dishonorable conduct," online records show. The medical board also found that LaTulippe and his staff refused to wear masks in the clinic and urged patients to remove their own masks. Medical board investigators who visited LaTulippe said there were no screening procedures upon entering the premises and no hand sanitizer was available in the waiting area. The suspension prevents LaTulippe, who was licensed in 2000, from practicing medicine anywhere in Oregon.
Persons: Covid, Steven LaTulippe, Donald Trump, LaTulippe, I'm Organizations: Capitol, YouTube, Multnomah County Republicans, Oregon Medical, NBC, Disease Control Locations: Oregon, Salem, one's
South Korea urges vigilance as COVID-19 clusters emerge in 3rd wave
  + stars: | 2020-12-05 | by ( Sangmi Cha | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean authorities urged vigilance on Saturday as small coronavirus clusters emerged in a third wave, centred in the Seoul area, with infections near nine-month highs. FILE PHOTO: Women wearing face masks walk past a banner promoting a social distancing campaign displayed on the wall of Seoul City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, November 27, 2020. This wave of infections is different from the first two, which were driven by large-scale transmission, said KDCA official Lim Sook-young. The number of people seriously or severely ill with COVID-19 rose by five to 121, using more of the nation’s swindling sickbeds, KDCA reported. South Korea has reported 36,915 coronavirus infections and 540 deaths, the KDCA said.
Persons: Heo, Lim Sook, ” Lim, KDCA Organizations: Seoul City Hall, REUTERS, Korea Disease Control, Prevention Agency Locations: SEOUL, Seoul, South Korea, Korea
Charity CEO warns of the impact of Covid on conservation in Africa
  + stars: | 2020-12-05 | by ( Tania Bryer | ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
The co-founder and CEO of charity Tusk has told CNBC that the shutdown of the tourism industry in Africa due to the Covid-19 pandemic has caused an economic crisis which is impacting conservation in the region. Charles Mayhew, who is based in the U.K., co-founded the charity in 1990, with a mission to "amplify the impact of progressive conservation initiatives across Africa." Godong | Universal Images Group | Getty ImagesHe stressed that although Africa had not had as many coronavirus infections as elsewhere in the world, the economic impact had been "huge" and led to many people losing their jobs. Mayhew, who received an MBE from Queen Elizabeth II in 2005 for his services to conservation in Africa, was speaking in the latest episode of CNBC's "On Assignment" series about the charity's Tusk Conservation Awards. Speaking ahead of the awards, the Duke of Cambridge echoed Mayhew's concerns regarding the pandemic, which he said had "decimated the tourism industry in Africa as a whole."
Persons: Tusk, Charles Mayhew, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Mayhew, we've, Queen Elizabeth II, Duke, Cambridge, Prince William said Organizations: CNBC, Tourism, City of, Godong, Getty, Tourism Council Locations: Africa, City, City of London, South Africa
Biden plans scaled-back inauguration to avoid spreading coronavirus in crowds
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.92   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is sworn in as his wife Jill watches during the inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama in Washington January 20, 2009. (Reuters) - Setting a sharp contrast with President Donald Trump, whose administration began with a fight over the size of his inaugural crowds, President-elect Joe Biden said on Friday he plans a scaled-back event for safety’s sake during the pandemic. “My guess is there probably will not be a gigantic inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. Democracy has functioned.”The ceremony typically begins with the outgoing president and the president-elect riding together from the White House to the Capitol. After the new president is sworn in, he rides back along Pennsylvania Avenue to assume his new duties while the former president departs, typically by helicopter.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jill, Barack Obama, Jim Bourg, Donald Trump, ” Biden, Trump’s, Sean Spicer, Barack Obama’s, Biden, , , we’ve, We’re Organizations: REUTERS, Democratic, U.S . Capitol, Convention, Democracy, Capitol Locations: Washington, WILMINGTON, Del, Jan, Pennsylvania, America, Wilmington , Delaware, COVID, United States
(Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden said Friday’s “grim” jobs report shows the economic recovery is stalling and warned the “dark winter” ahead would exacerbate the pain unless the U.S. Congress passes a coronavirus relief bill immediately. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden gestures to reporters as he departs after announcing members of his economic policy team at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., December 1, 2020. Earlier this week, he unveiled his economic team, led by his nominee for Treasury secretary, former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Transition spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday that Biden would announce more positions early next week, including members of his public health team. Trump, a Republican who has still refused to concede to Biden, is scheduled to headline a rally with Perdue and Loeffler on Saturday.
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And they need more to come early next year,” said Biden, who takes office on Jan. 20. A government report on Friday showed the labor market slowing in November as the COVID-19 pandemic eclipsed its levels of the spring. Congress is going to need to act again in January,” Biden told reporters in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. PRESSURE FOR DIVERSITYBiden, who earlier this week unveiled his economic team, faces intensifying pressure from congressional allies and advocacy groups to make ethnically diverse picks for the remaining slots in his administration. Transition spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday that Biden would announce more positions early next week, including members of his public health team.
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And they need more to come early next year,” said Biden, who takes office on Jan. 20. A government report on Friday showed the labor market slowing in November as the COVID-19 pandemic eclipsed its levels of the spring. Congress is going to need to act again in January,” Biden told reporters in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. PRESSURE FOR DIVERSITYBiden, who earlier this week unveiled his economic team, faces intensifying pressure from congressional allies and advocacy groups to make ethnically diverse picks for the remaining slots in his administration. Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has said his office found no evidence of widespread fraud.
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A growing list of elected officials have been caught traveling, enjoying dinner parties and going on exotic vacations as America embarks on what could be a dark winter of the pandemic's deadly surge. Newsom's decree came a few weeks after he attended a dinner party with a dozen friends at a luxurious French Laundry restaurant in the wine country north of San Francisco. San Francisco Mayor London Breed, a Democrat, admitted Thursday that she attended an indoor dinner and birthday party, also at French Laundry, on Nov. 7. The contrite mayor tweeted: "I need to hold myself to a higher standard and I will do better." "It’s the politicians and the celebrities that set the messaging in our social media and media," said Caplan, a professor of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Persons: Gavin Newsom, that'll, Newsom's, he's, Newsom, Vin Gupta, Gupta, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Kevin Stitt, Steve Adler, Adler, didn't, Arthur Caplan, Caplan Organizations: California Gov, Democrat, Institute of Health, University of Washington, NBC, San Francisco Mayor London, Oklahoma Gov, Republican, Oklahoma City, Austin, Austin American, Statesman, NYU Langone Medical Locations: California, San Francisco, Napa Valley, Oklahoma, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The pandemic has pushed millions of Americans to the cliff’s edge, with the ground crumbling at year’s end without further stimulus action by Congress. When federal emergency coronavirus relief protections expire, some as soon as the day after Christmas, 13 million Americans will lose their jobless benefits. “It’s another fiscal cliff when families have already gone over a fiscal cliff,” Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton, told NBC News. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday that there is "momentum" on Capitol Hill to reach a deal on coronavirus relief, further optimism that legislation could be approved before the end of the year. Laid off in March, her unemployment benefits — which expire on Dec. 26 — barely cover her rent.
Persons: Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell, It’s, Diane Swonk, Grant Thornton, Covid, ” Swonk, , Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi, can’t, Rachel Alvarez, ” Alvarez, Alvarez, hasn’t, I’m, Kelly Ann Hotchkin, “ We've, ” Hotchkin, Vanessa Brito, ” Brito, “ They’re Organizations: Congress, NBC News, Institute, Centers for Disease Control Locations: America, Ky, Austin, Chicago, Charlotte, Naples , Florida, coronavirus, Hamilton , New Jersey, Miami
REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo(Reuters) - Moderna Inc will be able to produce 500 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in 2021, Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Bancel said on Friday. “For 500 million, I am very comfortable we are gonna get there (2021),” Bancel said at the Nasdaq Investor Conference. The Food and Drug Administration is set to hold an advisory committee meeting on Dec. 17 to discuss the company’s request for emergency authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine. Earlier on Friday, Moderna extended its contract with the Israeli health ministry to supply an additional 4 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The company said on Thursday it would supply up to 125 million doses of the vaccine by the first quarter of 2021.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Stéphane Bancel, ” Bancel, Bancel Organizations: REUTERS, Moderna Inc, European Union, Nasdaq Investor Conference, ., Drug Administration, Moderna Locations: United States
Social media posts have suggested that the contents of the vaccines for COVID-19 are not known, because the virus that causes the disease has not been isolated. An undated photo shows a 3-D print of a SARS-CoV-2 particle, also known as novel coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus surface (blue) is covered with spike proteins (red) that enable the virus to enter and infect human cells. The virus that causes the disease COVID-19 is called Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2 (here). The virus that causes the disease COVID-19 has been isolated and is named SARS-CoV-2.
Persons: Read Organizations: Handout, REUTERS, Pfizer, BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Reuters Locations: Oxford
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday that there is "momentum" on Capitol Hill to reach a deal on coronavirus relief, further optimism that legislation could be approved before the end of the year. The deal would provide for augmented unemployment payments through March but would not send another round of checks to the nation. That means lawmakers negotiating another round of aid are working on a tight deadline after months of deadlocked negotiations. Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., voiced their support for a $908 billion bipartisan proposal presented by members of the Senate and House on Tuesday. "We had some not to good news on the jobs front that further necessitates our taking action to crush the virus," Pelosi said.
Persons: Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, McConnell, Joe Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Republicans, House, Democrats Locations: Ky
Portugal approves extension of COVID-19 emergency as Christmas approaches
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal’s parliament on Friday approved a 15-day extension of a state of emergency to Dec. 23 under a decree that envisages a further extension into January, as the government prepared measures to limit COVID-19 contagion during the holiday season. The nationwide state of emergency to tackle the second wave of the virus initially came into force on Nov. 9 and will now likely stay in place at least until Jan. 7. The current state of emergency includes a night-time curfew and a half-day lockdown on weekend days across most of the country. Prime Minister Antonio Costa told Observador radio that Christmas “would not be the same” but the government planned to ease some rules. Observador said travel between regions would not be prohibited on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25.
Persons: Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Antonio Costa, Observador, Costa Locations: LISBON, COVID, Spain, Italy, Portugal
FILE PHOTO: Dan Ivascyn, group chief investment officer for PIMCO, speaks during a Reuters investment summit in New York City, U.S., November 5, 2019. Ivascyn did not think there would be “radical change post-pandemic”, though employment levels will take time to recover. Peter Fitzgerald, CIO for multi-asset and macro at Aviva Investors, pointed out that household income has actually risen during this recession. “The virtual world will be a driving feature of the new normal - so there is a fundamental shift,” said Sonja Laud, CIO at Legal and General Investment Management. And those changes could benefit the same technology companies that dominated the previous decade-long bull run.
Persons: Dan Ivascyn, Lucas Jackson, ” Dan Ivascyn, PIMCO, Ivascyn, Peter Fitzgerald, , Jim Leaviss, Rick Rieder, Pascal Blanque, , Blanque, Sonja Laud, BlackRock’s Rieder Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters Global Investment, Aviva Investors, G Investments, Big Tech, Legal, General Investment Management Locations: New York City, U.S, Europe, Spain
Investors at the Reuters Global Investment Outlook Summit said they are favoring Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) and commodities, whose prices rise with inflation. “It is worth considering more inflation protection in portfolios now,” said Jim Leaviss, chief investment officer for public fixed income at M&G Investments in London. Rick Rieder, BlackRock’s chief investment officer of global fixed income, said he likes TIPS in case of a moderate rise in inflation, but is not expecting a surge in prices. PIMCO Chief Investment Officer Dan Ivascyn sees inflation trending higher in 2021, approaching 2%, but does not believe it will become a meaningful problem in the next few years. We think clients should think about inflation protection.”The iShares TIPS Bond ETF rose this week to its highest since late September.
Persons: Carlo Allegri, , Jim Leaviss, Leaviss, breakeven, Rick Rieder, ” Rieder, inflation’s, Citigroup’s Scott Chronert, Dan Ivascyn, Ivascyn, Pascal Blanqué, Amundi Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, Treasury, Reuters Global Investment, Securities, G Investments, Investors, Bank of America, European Central Bank Locations: Manhattan, New York City , New York, U.S, U.S . Federal, COVID, London, breakevens, Europe
WHO's Tedros says concerned about perception pandemic is over
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) attends a session on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak response of the WHO Executive Board in Geneva, Switzerland, October 5, 2020. Christopher Black/WHO/Handout via REUTERSGENEVA (Reuters) - Recent progress on COVID-19 vaccines is positive but the World Health Organization is concerned this has led to a growing perception that the pandemic has come to an end, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday. “Progress on vaccines gives us all a lift and we can now start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, WHO is concerned that there is a growing perception that the COVID-19 pandemic is over,” he said. Tedros said the pandemic still had a long way to run and that decisions made by citizens and governments would determine its course in the short run and when the pandemic would ultimately end.
Persons: Ghebreyesus, Christopher Black, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, , Tedros, Pfizer Inc’s Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, Handout, REUTERS GENEVA, Pfizer, Pfizer Inc’s COVID Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Britain, Wuhan, China
U.N. warns 2021 shaping up to be a humanitarian catastrophe
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 3 images )NEW YORK (Reuters) - Next year is shaping up to be a humanitarian catastrophe and rich countries must not trample poor countries in a “stampede for vaccines” to combat the coronavirus pandemic, top U.N. officials told the 193-member U.N. General Assembly on Friday. The pandemic, measures taken by countries to try to stop its spread and the economic impact have fueled a 40% increase in the number of people needing humanitarian help, the United Nations said earlier this week. Tedros appealed for an immediate injection of $4.3 billion into a world vaccine-sharing program. “We simply cannot accept a world in which the poor and marginalized are trampled by the rich and powerful in the stampede for vaccines,” Tedros told the General Assembly. “This is a global crisis and the solutions must be shared equitably as global public goods.”
Persons: U.N, David Beasley, Adhanom Ghebreyesus, , Beasley, we’re, ” U.N, Antonio Guterres, Tedros, ” Tedros Organizations: General, Food Programme, World Health Organization, WHO, United Nations, United Nations ” Locations: COVID, China
WHO warns against pandemic complacency amid vaccine rollout
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
“Progress on vaccines gives us all a lift and we can now start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, WHO is concerned that there is a growing perception that the COVID-19 pandemic is over,” he said. Tedros said the pandemic still had a long way to run and that decisions made by citizens and governments would determine its course in the short run and when the pandemic would ultimately end. However, the WHO’s top emergency expert Mike Ryan also cautioned on Friday against complacency in the wake of vaccine roll-out, saying that although they were a major part of the battle against COVID-19, vaccines would not on their own end the pandemic. There are health systems in some countries at the point of collapse,” he said, without referring to specific countries.
Persons: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Pfizer Inc’s, , Tedros, Mike Ryan, Ryan Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, Pfizer, Pfizer Inc’s COVID, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, COVID Locations: GENEVA, Britain, Wuhan, China, U.S
A mother and son were stopped from boarding a flight in Baltimore, Maryland over the Thanksgiving holiday after authorities learned that the child had tested positive for the coronavirus. The Wicomico County Health Department said it had information that the mother and son were traveling to Puerto Rico and they could not be reached. "We immediately got the information for the mother and child and relayed that to the Maryland Transportation Authority police to begin to find the mother and child," Nelson said. Within 15 minutes, state police were able to obtain a legal isolation and quarantine order so that officers could stop the family from boarding the plane and have them return home. He said that they don't believe the mother knew that her son had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Persons: Travis Nelson, Nelson Organizations: . Maryland, Police, Wicomico County Health Department, Maryland Transportation Authority, Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport Locations: Baltimore , Maryland, Wicomico County, Puerto Rico, Baltimore
Lawmakers enacted $3 trillion in aid earlier this year but have not been able to agree on fresh relief since the spring. “The situation requires urgent action,” President-elect Joe Biden in a statement that called on the Trump administration and Congress to reach agreement on coronavirus relief. But it is unclear whether McConnell would agree to such a large package after pushing to keep COVID-19 relief spending near the $500 billion mark. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday, declined to comment on whether the $908 billion bipartisan proposal was too expansive. He said Trump wanted to see a “targeted” coronavirus relief bill.
Persons: Nancy Pelosi, Tom Brenner, , Tom Reed, Joe Biden, Trump, It’s, ” Biden, , Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, ” Pelosi, Reed, McConnell, Donald Trump, Larry Kudlow Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Congress, REUTERS, House, Republican, Democratic, ” U.S, Health, U.S . Chamber, Commerce, COVID, Senate, Republicans, Kentucky Republican, White Locations: Washington , U.S, , U.S, Kentucky
Throughout the state, politics and anger are infecting the public health discourse as health officials find that they're fighting not only Covid-19 but also threats and harassment from "anti-maskers" and others who refuse to follow safety guidelines. But nine months after the first Covid-19 case was confirmed in Kansas, she finishes many workdays in tears. Dozens of health officials in Kansas have left or lost their jobs after having weathered insults and harassment from people who refuse to follow mask mandates and safety guidelines, according to KCUR, a National Public Radio station in Kansas City, Missouri. On top of that, health officials have had to contend with other challenges: disinformation, distrust of government, fear of being asked to quarantine and missed shifts at work. Resistance to public health measures has not been confined to social media or fringe members of the community.
Persons: Jennifer Bacani McKenney, Bob McKenney, Jennifer McKenney McKenney, Andrew Miller, Miller, McKenney, Destany Wheeler, Wheeler Organizations: Fredonia, Public Radio, Facebook, county Health Department Locations: FREDONIA, Kan, Wilson, Kansas, Kansas City , Missouri, Fredonia, China, Covid
More than eight months into the pandemic, the United States' testing infrastructure is again being challenged. We have chronically neglected public health in the U.S. and then we’re surprised that they’re struggling to keep up? “Our public health system struggles with being underresourced, and it’s not surprising that this happened,” Popescu said. “We have chronically neglected public health in the U.S. and then we’re surprised that they’re struggling to keep up? While the government plays the main role in other countries, the United States fulfills much of its testing through private-public partnerships.
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KLM, Delta to offer COVID-19 tested flights from Amsterdam to Atlanta
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Cool boxes are seen at the Schiphol Airport as Air France-KLM's cargo operations are preparing a massive logistical operation carrying new vaccines and vaccine candidates for COVID-19 through Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, Netherlands November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/File PhotoAMSTERDAM (Reuters) - KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France-KLM, said on Friday it would begin offering a “COVID-19 tested” flight from Atlanta to Amsterdam together with Delta four times a week from Dec. 15. to increase customer confidence in flying amid the pandemic. Under the plan, passengers will be tested for the virus five days before departure. “The flights will initially run for three weeks and if successful, the airlines hope to extend the program to other markets,” KLM said. Alitalia announced a similar plan for flights from Rome to New York earlier on Friday.
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Airlines try COVID-19 tested transatlantic flights to build confidence
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Cool boxes are seen at the Schiphol Airport as Air France-KLM's cargo operations are preparing a massive logistical operation carrying new vaccines and vaccine candidates for COVID-19 through Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, Netherlands November 25, 2020. Under the KLM plan, passengers receive one test five days before their flight, another shortly before the flight, and a third after landing. After testing negative again upon arrival at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, U.S. and European Union passengers travelling from Atlanta will be able to skip a 5-day quarantine in the Netherlands. Alitalia announced a similar scheme for Rome to New York flights earlier on Friday, and Delta last week introduced one from Atlanta to Rome. The KLM flights from Atlanta to Amsterdam will run four times a week starting from Dec. 15, the company said, adding that it intends to adopt the system more widely if it is successful.
Persons: de, Pieter Elbers Organizations: Airport, Air France, Amsterdam's, REUTERS, AMSTERDAM, KLM, Union, Alitalia, Delta, ” KLM Locations: Netherlands, Air, Atlanta, Amsterdam’s Schiphol, U.S, Rome, New York, Delta, Amsterdam
FILE PHOTO: A sign for The Cheesecake Factory restaurant is pictured in Glendale, California April 19, 2011. Cheesecake Factory Inc. releases earnings April 20. The Cheesecake Factory is an upscale casual dining restaurant that offers approximately 200 items on its menu. Although the company did not disclose this information with public investors, it did share it with potential private equity investors and lenders as it sought additional liquidity, the SEC said. “When public companies describe for investors the impact of COVID-19 on their business, they must speak accurately,” said SEC Director of Enforcement Stephanie Avakian.
Persons: Fred Prouser, , Stephanie Avakian Organizations: Cheesecake, Inc, WASHINGTON, U.S . Securities, Exchange, SEC, Reuters Locations: Glendale , California
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