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Fact check: Dr Rachel Levine, during hearing, did not confirm or deny support for children having gender reassignment surgery without parental consent 

Social media users have been sharing posts online which claim that Dr Rachel Levine, former Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and now President Joe Biden’s new assistant health secretary, believes children should be allowed to have gender reassignment surgery without parental consent. There is no evidence to support this claim.   

Fact check: Tiny amounts of potassium in vaccine doses are not harmful

A popular Facebook post, described as being written by an anonymous doctor, falsely claims that Potassium Chloride, which is an ingredient in some vaccines, is dangerous in any amount and that it will kill recipients or causes miscarriages. Potassium Chloride in small amounts is safe and is given intravenously to treat potassium depletion. Monitoring of people who received vaccines for COVID-19 indicates that the vaccines are safe.

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Rideshare, retailers brace for tough U.S. independent contractor rule

After weeks of lobbying the White House on how gig workers should be treated, the rideshare, delivery and retail industries are bracing for a new rule that is likely to make it easier to classify them as employees, multiple sources say. A proposed rule from the Department of Labor, aimed at defining whether gig workers for companies including Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and retailers such as Amazon.com Inc are misidentified as independent contractors, is under review at the W