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Acurx Pharma Down 11%

Acurx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ACXP) shares are sliding more than 11 percent on Monday morning trade, in search of new support.

The company revealed positive Ibezapolstat microbiome data from its phase 2 a trial in clostridioides difficile infection. In a poster presentation at the Infectious Disease Society of America IDWeek 2021 virtual conference on September 29th the company revealed favorable microbiome changes included overgrowth of actinobacteria and fimicutes phylum species while on therapy. The company said the trial demonstrated 100 percent clinical cure and sustained clinical cure.

Further, the company plans to evaluate pharmacokinetics and microbiome changes from baseline and continue to test for anti-recurrence microbiome properties seen in the Phase 1 trial, including the treatment-related changes in alpha diversity and bacterial abundance.

Currently, shares are at 4.60, down 11.70 percent from the previous close of $5.21 on a volume of 289,658. For the 52-week period, the shares have traded in a range of $3.71-$8.74 on average volume of 167,401.

Apple Watch Series 7 orders begin on Friday, launches Oct. 15

  • Apple announced on Monday morning that it will begin to accept orders for the Apple Watch on Friday. It will be available in stores beginning on Oct. 15.
  • The new Apple Watch features a larger screen than earlier models, charges faster and has a new chip.

Apple announced on Monday morning that it will begin to accept orders for the Apple Watch on Friday. It will be available in stores beginning on Oct. 15.

The Apple Watch Series 7 was announced on Sept. 14 with the new iPhones and iPad Mini, but Apple had only said it would ship it sometime later in the fall. The Apple Watch typically launches around the same time as new iPhones, so the delay had suggested that Apple had some supply constraints.

The new Apple Watch features a larger screen than earlier models, charges faster and has a new chip. But it doesn't offer any new health features as some earlier models had. The Apple Watch Series 6 added blood oxygen tracking last year, for example.

The Apple Watch Series 7 starts at $399.


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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Are Down

Social networking giant Facebook Inc. (FB) and some of its apps, including Instagram and WhatsApp, suffered outages on Monday. Facebook’s stock slipped over 5% following the news.

Several thousands of users experienced outages on Facebook and its other social media apps. According to the site downdetector.com, which monitors web traffic and site activity, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger were down before Monday afternoon. Facebook’s own site would not load, while Instagram and WhatsApp were accessible, but could not load new content or send messages.

“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience,” Facebook tweeted.

The company did not reveal the reason for the outage, but it might be due to server issues. Although outages are not uncommon for websites and apps, several interconnected apps of the world’s largest social media company going down at the same time is a rare occurrence.

FB is currently trading at $323.04, down $19.97 or 5.82%, on the Nasdaq, on a volume of 26 million shares, almost double the average volume of 14 million shares.

NBC NASCAR Reporter Kelli Stavast’s Response To Anti-Joe Biden Chant Is Hilarious

NBC Sports reporter Kelli Stavast earned her own checkered flag for misinterpreting an anti-Joe Biden chant at a NASCAR race as congratulations for race winner Brandon Brown. (Watch the clips below.)

Brown was commenting on his Xfinity Series victory at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama Saturday while the crowd repeatedly yelled “Fuck Joe Biden.”

That’s not what Stavast seemed to hear.

“As you can hear the chants from the crowd, ‘Let’s go, Brandon.’” she remarked.

As the jeers continued, Stavast resumed her interview with Brown.

Newsweek wrote that Stavast was attempting “damage control.” Deadline’s headline read that she “salvages embarrassing NASCAR interview with verbal dexterity,” but added in its report that she “is either hard of hearing, or a very, very quick thinker.”

Anti-Biden chants have broken out at other sporting events, including college football games and last month’s Ryder Cup golf competition.

Stavast doesn’t appear to have responded on social media. NBC Sports did not immediately reply to a HuffPost request for comment.

Here’s a longer look at Stavast’s interview with Brown:  

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US Covid Cases And Hospitalizations Continue To Fall

Significant fall in new coronavirus cases and hospitalization has been reported in the United States at the weekend.

With 25215 new cases reporting on Sunday, the total number of Covid infections in the country rose to 43,683,179, as per the latest data from Johns Hopkins University. It marks a 28 percent fall in a fortnight.

The number of people currently hospitalized in the U.S. has fallen to 76,087, marking 19 percent decline in two weeks.

An additional 238 Covid deaths took the total number of people who died due to the pandemic to 701,176.

33,938,147 people have so far recovered from the disease in the country.

Pennsylvania recorded the most number of cases – 6289 – while Texas – 128 – led in casualties Sunday.

As per the latest data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 185,492,579 in the United States, or 55.9 percent of the population, have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. This includes 83.6 percent of people above 65.

215,233,625 people, or 64.8 percent of the population, have received at least one dose.

395,934,825 vaccine doses have been administered so far nationally.

5,287,357 people, or 2.9 percent of the population, have been administered Covid booster shots.

The count of people who received a booster dose includes anyone who is fully vaccinated and has received another dose of Covid-19 vaccine since August 13.