4,000 Eggs and Embryos Are Lost in Tank Failure, Ohio Fertility Clinic Says

Supported by U.S. 4,000 Eggs and Embryos Are Lost in Tank Failure, Ohio Fertility Clinic Says Photo Amber and Elliott Ash with their son, Ethan. The couple, who say they had two embryos at a fertility clinic run by University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, have filed a class-action lawsuit against the hospital. Credit Ash family, via Associated Press The “catastrophic” failure of a storage tank this month at an Ohio fertility clinic caused the apparent loss of more than 4,000 frozen embryos and eggs, the clinic said this week.
About 950 patients were affected by the failure, in which the tank’s temperature rose and an alarm did not go off, the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, which oversees the clinic, said in a letter that was sent to patients on Monday and posted on its website.
“We are heartbroken to tell you that it’s unlikely any are viable,” the letter said.
The letter was an update to an announcement on March 8 that the tissue storage bank where eggs and ..

Ask Well: Do Face Masks Really Keep You Healthy?

Supported by Well | Live Do Face Masks Really Keep You Healthy? Photo Credit iStock Q. How effective are antimicrobial “courtesy masks” at preventing the spread of contagious airborne illnesses?
A. The best evidence suggests that, when sick, wearing a mask can help to protect others from getting sick. And when well, wearing a mask around those who are sick will probably decrease your own chances of becoming infected. But the masks are far from foolproof.
Courtesy masks, or what we doctors refer to as surgical masks, were introduced into the operating room in the late 1800s. They quickly became popular among a public eager to protect itself against the influenza pandemic of 1918.
A century later, the advent of modern molecular techniques confirmed that surgical masks can indeed provide good protection against flu. In a 2013 study, researchers counted the number of virus particles in the air around patients with flu. They found that surgical masks decreased the exhalation of large v..

As Amazon Steps Up Tax Collections, Some Cities Are Left Out

As Amazon Steps Up Tax Collections, Some Cities Are Left Out Photo In Amazon’s arrangements to collect sales tax, “cities are really being left to themselves,” said Mayor Tim Keller of Albuquerque, which charges a 2.375 percent tax on top of New Mexico’s 5.125 percent sales tax. Credit Gabriella Marks for The New York Times When Amazon agreed last year to begin collecting sales tax in New Mexico, state officials celebrated what they said could be tens of millions of dollars in annual tax revenue.
But they aren’t cheering in Albuquerque City Hall. A year after that announcement, New Mexico’s largest city hasn’t seen a dime from Amazon. That’s because the online shopping giant’s deal applied only to the 5.125 percent statewide tax, not to the 2.375 percent tax tacked on by the City of Albuquerque.
“The loser in that arrangement is cities,” Mayor Tim Keller said. “Cities are really being left to themselves.”
Thanks in part to a series of deals with state governments in recent years, Amazo..

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Said to Agree to Testify Before Congress Over Data Privacy

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Said to Agree to Testify Before Congress Over Data Privacy Photo Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, plans to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in April, people familiar with his decision said. Credit Mandel Ngan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images WASHINGTON — For 10 days, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has been under increasing pressure from lawmakers and regulators to answer questions about the improper harvesting of data of 50 million Facebook users by a British political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica.
Now Mr. Zuckerberg plans to go to Washington to explain himself.
The chief executive has agreed to testify in at least one congressional hearing over the social network’s handling of customer data, according to people familiar with the decision. Specifically, he plans to appear next month before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the arrangements..

Breitbart, Facing Headwinds, Tries a New Tack: Live Events

Breitbart, Facing Headwinds, Tries a New Tack: Live Events Photo Alexander Marlow, the editor in chief of Breitbart, said a public forum next month on privacy and technology, featuring Ann Coulter and others, was “the latest evolution in how to consume Breitbart content.” Credit C-Span Breitbart News is taking a step into the live events business.
Following the lead of other media companies seeking fresh sources of revenue, the right-wing news and opinion site is set to host its first-ever town hall in suburban New Orleans next month, a panel on privacy and technology with the commentator Ann Coulter and Peter Schweizer, the author of “Clinton Cash.”
It’s an experiment for a site that has lately been confronting declining web traffic and turbulence in its top ranks. Stephen K. Bannon, the site’s longtime executive chairman, was forced out in January. Its page views last month were down by nearly half from a year earlier, according to the data-tracking firm comScore, though Breitbart di..