The county of 10 million people was one of several that moved into the state’s orange tier, which is the second-least restrictive of California’s four-tier system.,The International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee said they fully respect and accept the move

Placer County is one of 13 California counties that have moved Sunday to the red tier of California’s COVID-19 reopening framework, loosening some restrictions.,The counties became eligible to move from the purple tier (“widespread”) to the red tier (“substantial” spread) after the state hit its goal Friday of delivering 2 million COVID-19 doses to communities hit hardest by the pandemic, triggering new thresholds.,Butte County has qualified to move from the most stringent purple tier to the less-restrictive red tier of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan.,For a county to move down to the red tier, there should be a case rate of 4-7 per 100,000 residents with a 5-8% test positivity rate. read more

By William Turton | Bloomberg

Conservative social media website Parler has returned to the internet after its service provider suspended the site in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.,Amazon.com Inc.’s cloud unit pulled Parler’s internet service after users planned and supported the riot on the website.,It’s unclear which service provider Parler is using to host the site.,Parler’s users included high-profile figures in Republican politics and conservative media such as Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity.,Participants in the Jan. 6 riot posted videos of themselves inside the Capitol to Parler. read more

By Jef Feeley | Bloomberg

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Sanofi were ordered to pay the state of Hawaii more than $834 million for illegally marketing their blockbuster blood-thinning drug Plavix in a manner that put some users’ lives at risk.,The companies produce the medicine as part of a joint venture.The $834 million was awarded as a civil penalty for Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi’s violation of Hawaii’s consumer-protection laws through their improper Plavix marketing campaigns.,In a 43-page ruling, Ochiai said Bristol-Myers’ and Sanofi’s deceptive marketing practices “knowingly placed Plavix patients at grave risk of serious injury or death in order to substantially increase their profits.”,During a four-week online trial last year, Hawaii’s lawyers argued that for poor drug metabolizers, Plavix may not have lowered the risk of a recurrent heart attack or stroke, as touted by Bristol-Myers and Sanofi.,He noted the violations of Hawaii’s laws barring unfair or deceptive trade practices didn’t end until March 2010, when the companies added information about some users having problems metabolizing the drug to Plavix’s safety label. read more

By Agnieszka de Sousa and Ivan Levingston | Bloomberg

Juicy sirloin steaks hot off a 3D printer are on the menu this year as the booming faux meat market bids to lure even die hard carnivores.,Israel’s Redefine Meat Ltd. is targeting steak houses and other restaurants in Israel, Europe and Asia with its 3D-printed facsimiles of beef cuts, from fillet to rump and brisket.,Barcelona-based Novameat Tech SL plans to start selling 3D-printed vegan meat to restaurants in Europe this year as it raises funds for a production scale-up, CEO Giuseppe Scionti said.,“Our meat today versus some other cuts of meat are the same,” the Redefine CEO said in an interview.,The funding is “a major step toward becoming the world’s biggest alternative meat company by 2030,” Ben-Shitrit said. read more