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US athletes blast Trump for trying to write off his vile sexual comments as ‘locker-room talk’

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Several American professional athletes slammed Donald Trump on Sunday after the Republican presidential nominee tried to dismiss his sexual comments about women by describing them as “locker-room talk.”

Speaking during the second presidential debate with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Trump used the locker room reference numerous times when questioned about the release of a leaked tape on Friday that captured him saying degrading things about women.

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The 70-year-old US billionaire dismissed them as “just words” and “locker room talk.”

“I haven’t heard that one in any locker rooms,” NBA Portland Trail Blazers player CJ McCollum wrote on Twitter.

Trump went on to say that the video from 2005 “doesn’t represent who he is.”

Trump acknowledged he was “embarrassed” about his comments. “But I have tremendous respect for women.”

Asked directly if he had done the things he mentioned in the video, Trump said: “No, I have not.”

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“As an athlete, I’ve been in locker rooms my entire adult life and uh, that’s not locker room talk,” Oakland Athletics baseball pitcher Sean Doolittle wrote on Twitter.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, who won 18 grand slam singles titles between 1978 and 1990, said the vulgar comments are simply a reflection of Trump’s true self.

“Locker room talk? Not on your life- this was Trump exactly how he is. Authentic. Obnoxious. Criminal. Etc….,” Navratilova said on Twitter.

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National Football League player Jacob Tamme used social media to urge Trump to quit using the word.

“Please stop saying “locker room talk”. It’s not normal. And even if it were normal. It’s not right,” wrote Tamme who plays for the Atlanta Falcons.

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"Self-regulation when it comes to animal movement, slaughter, and meat inspection is bad news."

Food safety advocates warned Monday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's USDA newly implemented rules for pig slaughter are setting the stage for a potential public health disaster—including the possibility of another infectious disease that could come from animals.

At issue is the New Swine Inspection System (NSIS), which the USDA finalized in October. Touted by the federal agency as a "modernization" effort, the regulation sparked immediate fears and lawsuits by watchdog groups over its elimination of kill speed limits and weakening of the inspection system.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor’s effort to postpone election — and protect voters from COVID-19

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Hours after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order postponing this week's election to June, the state Supreme Court ordered the election must proceed as scheduled.

BREAKING: The Wisconsin Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Tony Evers' executive order postponing the spring election in the state. Tomorrow's election IS BACK ON https://t.co/nZz9D4IsA3

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The United States has begun taking blood samples from across the country to determine the true number of people infected with the coronavirus, using a test that works retrospectively, according to reports.

The new tests are based on serological surveys, which differ from the nasal swabs used to determine if someone currently has the virus.

Instead, they look for whether certain antibodies are present in the blood which shows that the person fought and then recovered from the illness -- even if they never showed symptoms.

These tests are seen as key to gradually easing lockdown, by allowing those who have proven immunity to re-enter society.

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