Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.

This week we tackle the following:

  • Death toll climbs from vaping illnesses as Florida, Georgia report new fatalities - The Georgia patient had a history of heavy nicotine vaping
  • DoorDash suffered a data breach that affected 4.9 million people - DoorDash said it noticed unusual activity from a third-party service provider
  • Two men charged with in underage drinking party in Farmington - Of the 15 to 20 people in the apartment, eight were under age 21 
  • Americans’ readiness for Real ID in doubt as 2020 deadline nears - Nearly 40 percent of Americans don’t have a Real ID

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Georgia and Florida health officials have both reported their first vaping-related deaths, bringing the total number of U.S. fatalities from a lung disease that resembles a rare form of pneumonia to at least 11.

Georgia is investigating nine cases, including the deceased patient. Most of the patients are men, ranging from 18 to 68 years old, with a median age of 26, the Georgia Department of Public Health said Wednesday. Florida’s Department of Health said on Tuesday it had 27 cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week said the mysterious lung disease has sickened 530 people across the U.S. Hundreds more have been reported in recent days, a CDC official told U.S. lawmakers at a hearing Tuesday. Kansas reported its second vaping-related death on Monday

Death toll climbs from vaping illnesses as Florida, Georgia report new fatalities

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DoorDash confirmed it suffered a data breach affecting roughly 4.9 million delivery people and merchants.

In a blog post on Thursday, DoorDash said it noticed unusual activity from a third-party service provider earlier in September. After investigating the activity, it found an unauthorized third party was able to access DoorDash user data on May 4, 2019. DoorDash said it took immediate steps to block further access and improve security.

The people affected joined DoorDash on or before April 5, 2018 — people who joined after that date weren't affected, according to the blog post. The company said it will be notifying those who were.

DoorDash suffered a data breach that affected 4.9 million people

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Two men have been charged with holding an underage drinking party at their apartment at 121 Middle St. late Friday night, Deputy Police Chief Shane Cote said.

Jean-Pierre T. Tshamala Jr., 21, was arrested on a charge of furnishing a place for minors to consume or possess alcohol, Cote said, and Najee M. Jean-Louis, 21, was issued a summons on the same charge.

When police responded to a report of a loud party at 11:30 p.m., they found several people hiding in rooms, including a bedroom and bathroom, Cote said, according to Sgt. Edward Hastings IV’s report.

Two men charged with in underage drinking party in Farmington

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Americans are nowhere near ready for full implementation of the Real ID Act, set to take effect at U.S. airports a year from now, according to a survey.

Nearly 40 percent of Americans don’t have a Real ID or any of the other forms of identification that will be required at airport security checkpoints come fall 2020, according to the survey by the U.S. Travel Association.

Even more troubling, the survey found, a majority of Americans — 57 percent — are not aware that beginning Oct. 1, 2020, the only driver’s licenses that will be accepted for boarding commercial flights will be those that meet federal Real ID requirements.


Americans’ readiness for Real ID in doubt as 2020 deadline nears