OVER-THE-COUNTER HEARING AIDS EXPECTED THIS FALL IN US
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. regulators have finalized a long-awaited rule that’s expected to allow millions of Americans to buy hearing aids without a prescription. The rule announced Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration goes into effect this fall. It creates a new class of hearing aids that don’t require a medical exam, a prescription and other specialty services. Instead the devices will be sold online or over-the-counter at pharmacies and other retail stores. The move follows years of pressure from medical experts and consumer advocates to make the devices cheaper and easier to get. Devices for more severe hearing loss will remain prescription only.
NBA SCHEDULE WON’T HAVE GAMES ON ELECTION DAY THIS YEAR
UNDATED (AP) - The NBA will be off on Election Day. The league’s schedule for the coming season will have all 30 teams playing on Nov. 7. That’s the night before the midterm elections. The NBA is hoping teams use that night as an opportunity to encourage fans to get out and vote, plus amplify the need for civic engagement. Nov. 8 is Election Day and no NBA teams have games scheduled then. The move is a rarity for the league. The NBA typically plays no games on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and tries to avoid scheduling games on the day of the NCAA men’s basketball championship game.
AMERICAN AIRLINES PLACES DEPOSIT ON 20 SUPERSONIC PLANES
DALLAS (AP) - American Airlines says it has agreed to buy up to 20 supersonic jets that are still on the drawing board and years away from flying. American announced the deal Tuesday with Boom Supersonic. Neither company is giving financial details, such as how much American is paying in what they call a non-refundable deposit. It has been nearly 20 years since the last supersonic passenger flight by Concorde, the British-French plane. Boom CEO Blake Scholl says tickets on one of his company’s planes will cost about $4,000 to $5,000, and they’ll fly from New York to London in about three-and-a-half hours.
EXPERTS CAN HELP SAVE HEIRLOOMS DAMAGED IN KENTUCKY FLOODING
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Experts who are visiting disaster centers in Kentucky can help people whose heirlooms and keepsakes that were damaged in recent flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says experts from the Heritage Emergency National Task Force may be able to help save photos, artwork, quilts, important documents and other items. The experts are visiting Clay County Community Center this week Friday through Sunday, Knott County Sportsplex Tuesday through Sunday and Hazard Community College First Federal Center Wednesday through Sunday. FEMA says the experts will discuss how to handle, dry and clean the items, and can provide information about personal safety during the restoration process.