Trio of sexually transmitted diseases hit new highs in U.S.

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

More than 1.7 million cases of chlamydia were reported last year. The infection rate rose 3% from 2017.

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

About 580,000 gonorrhea cases were reported. That's the highest number since 1991. The rate rose 5%. Scientists worry antibiotic resistance may be a factor.

Meese receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday awarded one of the nation's highest civilian honors to Edwin Meese, best known for serving as President Ronald Reagan's attorney general.

Meese, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, had a longstanding connection to Reagan that included serving as his chief of staff when Reagan was California's governor. After Reagan became president, Meese served as his chief policy adviser before going on to serve as the nation's 75th attorney general.

"He was a star," Trump said. "Ed was among President Reagan's closest advisers as the administration implemented tax cuts, a dramatic defense buildup and a relentless campaign to defeat communism."

Meese was an early Trump critic who ended up supporting him and helping lead his transition team. Surrounded by family and friends in the Oval Office, the 87-year-old recalled some 30 years of working with Reagan at the state and national level and in his retirement.

Dick's Sporting Goods CEO says overhauled gun policies costly

After 17 people were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Dick's Sporting Goods chief executive Ed Stack said he was removing all assault-style weapons from company stores.

Those unsold guns not only came off the shelves, but off the streets. Rather than return the inventory to manufacturers, Dick's destroyed about $5 million dollars worth of the weapons, turning them into scrap metal.

Stack has brought gun reform to the center of his role as CEO. In the past year and a half, Dick's has overhauled its gun sales policies, most recently pulling all guns out of more than 100 stores. And even while the National Rifle Association, Republican lawmakers and critical customers have blasted Stack, he says that the company's entire firearms category is under "strategic review."

"We said, 'The system is broken, we need to stand up and say something,' " Stack told CNBC Tuesday morning. "If you have an expertise on this, and you feel that it's important to say, you should stand up and say it."

Tuesday marks the release of Stack's memoir, in which he tracks the company's evolution from a modest regional chain to one of the biggest players in the $70 billion sporting goods market. Stack often turns to gun reform as a particularly urgent issue facing his company, corporate America and the nation. Last month, Stack joined 145 CEOs who pressed Senate leaders to expand background checks to all firearms sales and enact stronger "red flag" laws. Signatories to a letter included the heads of major retailers, tech firms and financial institutions, from Levi Strauss to Twitter to Bain Capital.

Immediately after the Parkland shooting, Stack raised the possibility of getting Dick's out of the gun business altogether, The Washington Post reported earlier this year. In his memoir, Stack describes days of internal debates about the financial risk of such a drastic move. Even if the margin rate on guns wasn't terribly strong at Dick's, the company knew that hunters didn't only buy guns, but also hunting coats, boots, socks and other big-ticket items. Plus, hunting had been a mainstay of its business since the company's earliest days.

"If we stopped selling guns altogether, we'd be punishing those customers, some of whom had been with us for sixty years - men and women who knew to treat firearms with respect and who used them for legitimate sport," Stack wrote. "Did it make sense to needlessly alienate loyal Dick's customers who bought shotguns and deer rifles, and were law-abiding and do-right citizens?"

Ultimately, Dick's pulled all assault-style weapons from its stores, banned high-capacity magazines and "bump stocks" that could effectively convert semiautomatic weapons into machine guns. Stack also announced that Dick's would not sell firearms to people younger than 21.

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