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Spotty sick leave policies limit options for avoiding virus

A barber in Beijing is supporting his wife and child by charging food and other expenses to a credit card while he waits for his employer’s shop to reopen. A waiter at a barbecue restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri, washes his hands more often and hopes for the best. A parcel delivery driver in Britain worries about getting sick from the people who sign for their packages.

Caring for furry friends

The family hit hard times and was unable to pay for surgery Cooper needed for torn ligaments. Ammons, a committee member with the foundation, took Cooper on and raised the money needed to rehabilitate him. And with the help of some friends, Ammons started the Cooper’s Legacy Foundation to help people in need get necessary money to treat their pets.

Afraid of getting sick? Six things you can do at home

It’s no fun to live with someone who is sick. You feel sorry for them and care for them the best you can, but in no way do you want what they have. Here are some simple things you can do to try to prevent the spread of germs.

Thousands of Puerto Rico police owed overtime call in sick

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Thousands of police officers are calling in sick every day in Puerto Rico, partly to press demands for unpaid overtime pay for hurricane recovery efforts as concerns grow over people’s safety in a U.S. territory struggling to restore power. The increase in absences recently prompted Puerto Rico Police Chief Michelle Hernandez to recommend that U.S. National Guard soldiers help fill the temporary vacancies.

9/11 memorial to include names of sickened responders

A Long Island beach where people gathered and watched in horror as the distant World Trade Center towers collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001 is the site of the latest memorial to victims of the terror attacks and among a growing number that honor people who died of illnesses years after participating in the rescue and recovery effort.

Can big-screen comedy survive the superhero era?

Laughs are drying up at the multiplex, and it’s a trend that goes beyond this summer. Last year, the shockingly poor performance of Andy Samberg’s “Popstar” ($9.6 million in its entire run) foreshadowed the trouble to come. There have been some successes (“Bad Moms,” “Sausage Party,” “Trainwreck,” “Central Intelligence,” “Spy,”) but it’s been a long while since a cultural sensation like “The 40 Year-Old Virgin,” “The Hangover” or “Bridesmaids.”