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Tim Cook Inaugurates Apple Carnegie Library in US

“Avenues allow visitors to get hands-on with the latest products in the reading rooms,” Apple wrote in its blog-post

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Apple CEO Time Cook. Wikimedia Commons

Apple CEO Tim Cook has inaugurated the Apple Carnegie Library, which is the “most extensive historic restoration project to date”, in Washington.

Cook, along with company’s Retail Head Deirdre O’Brien, Marketing Chief Phil Schiller and city’s Mayor Muriel Bowser, inaugurated the library, which has over 200 employees, on Friday.

“Avenues allow visitors to get hands-on with the latest products in the reading rooms,” Apple wrote in its blog-post on Saturday.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the new Apple iPhones and other products at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new products in Cupertino, California. VOA

Development on the Apple Carnegie Library began in 2016 and the iPhone-maker calls it its “most extensive historic restoration project to date”, requiring lengthy work on facades and details, Apple Insider reported.

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Running with the theme of the building – and possibly trying to counter controversy over the relocation of the library’s book collection – the store will be hosting a “StoryMakers Festival” series of events between May 18 and June 29, featuring 40 artists. (IANS)

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US: Infections from Three Sexually Transmitted Diseases Hit New Highs for Fifth Consecutive Year

The infection rate rose 3 percent from 2017

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FILE - A billboard above a gas station, April 1, 2016, promotes testing for sexually transmitted diseases. VOA

U.S. infections from three sexually transmitted diseases have risen for the fifth consecutive year. US.

More than 1.7 million cases of chlamydia (kluh-MID’-ee-uh) were reported last year. The infection rate rose 3 percent from 2017.

It’s the most ever reported in a year, though the trend is mainly attributed to increased testing.

About 580,000 gonorrhea (gah-nuh-REE’-uh) cases were reported. That’s the highest number since 1991. The rate rose 5 percent. Scientists worry antibiotic resistance may be a factor.

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More than 1.7 million cases of chlamydia (kluh-MID’-ee-uh) were reported last year. Pixabay

And the syphilis rate rose 15 percent. About 35,000 cases of the most contagious forms of the disease were reported — also the most since 1991.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Tuesday.

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The increases coincided with public health funding cuts and clinic closures. (VOA)