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Secular Coalition of New York launches campaign against nonmedical vaccine exemptions

BY David Salazar

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Secular Coalition of New York’s Put Kids First campaign is bringing the national campaign against nonmedical vaccination exemptions to New York. According to the organization, the campaign is a push for legislation doing away with the state’s law allowing nonmedical exemptions for vaccinations.

The organization noted in a campaign announcement that groups like the American Medical Association and American College of Physicians, among others, have discussed the need to do away with religious and philosophical objections to vaccines as way of ensuring the public health.  It also cited a February Pew Research Poll in which 68% of all adults felt that children should be required to be vaccinated.

The New York campaign is one of 10 state-specific efforts organized by the Secular Coalition for America.

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Rite Aid accepting mobile payments

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid announced Tuesday that all of the company’s nearly 4,600 stores nationwide will begin accepting mobile payments, including Apple Pay and Google Wallet, starting Aug. 15. The company will also accept Google’s forthcoming Android Pay. 
 
Additionally, all Rite Aid stores will also accept tap and pay credit and debit cards.
 
“Increasingly, consumers are actively seeking out and incorporating mobile technology into many facets of their life, including their shopping and purchasing decisions,” Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid stores and president of Rite Aid, said. “By accepting mobile payments, we’re able to offer Rite Aid customers an easy and convenient checkout process, which we know is important to them," he said. "Investing in mobile technologies is just one piece of Rite Aid’s evolving digital strategy and we will continue to explore, test and implement innovative technologies that will help us to better serve our valued customers.”

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Daily Diversion: Time-lapse shows summer storms

BY DSN STAFF

Filmmaker Mike Olbinski spent 14 days chasing storms along the Central Plains. This video captures the tornadoes, supercells, shelf clouds, mammatus and lightning shows that he witnessed.

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