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The IRS said Friday that face masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes bought to curb the spread of COVID-19 are tax-deductible medical expenses.
“The purchase of personal protective equipment, such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of coronavirus are deductible medical expenses,” the agency said in a statement.
These amounts are also eligible to be paid or reimbursed under health flexible spending arrangements, health savings accounts, Archer medical savings accounts or health reimbursement rearrangements, the agency said.
The number of American bald eagles has more than quadrupled since 2009, with an estimated 316,700 soaring over the lower 48 states, government scientists said in the report.
“This is truly a historic conservation success story,” US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said in a news briefing.
It has become almost a cliché to discuss the benefits of hemp, the supposed wonder plant with almost endless uses—from woven fibers to edible seeds to bioplastics.
“Of course, hemp is that magic crop that does everything,” says Nicholas Carter, an environmental researcher who, along with Tushar Mehta, a Toronto-based doctor, runs the website Plant Based Data.
Los Angeles has officially achieved “no-kill” status for the first time after achieving a save rate of 90.49%.
The milestone achievement was announced on March 10 by Best Friends Animal Society, a nonprofit that does nationwide outreach with shelters, rescue groups and members to promote pet adoption, no-kill animal rescue, and spay-and-neuter practices.
What do ten dollars, a garden, Harrison Ford, and Elon Musk’s brother have in common? They’re all being used to combat food insecurity, malnutrition, and to build the world’s single biggest gardener community.
Launched on the equinox, the Million Gardens Movement (MGM) is a charitable and educational initiative that hopes to put a garden in every household—whether that’s on a fire escape, in a window box, or as part of a community garden initiative—and fresh fruit and veg on every plate.
Half a century ago, NASA scientists shot a map into space that contains the position of Earth for aliens to find—but it won’t always be accurate.
However, the daughter of the man who made that map is ensuring the next one will remain accurate not just for a few million years, but for a billion years.
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