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    More On: texas Shell freezes over: Thousands of turtles rescued from frigid Texas waters Death toll jumps as winter weather ravages Texas, millions without power Texas furniture store shelters residents without power during historic storm Texas mayor quits after saying residents are ‘lazy’ amid power outages The deadly Texas power outages were likely caused by known flaws in a supply system unique to the Lone Star State — and had nothing to do with conspiracies blaming green energy, according to experts. Unlike the rest of the continental US, Texas is the only state to run its own stand-alone electricity grid — formed because of a distrust of federal interference, according to the Austin American-Statesman. That means the grid, operated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), is not subject to federal oversight — and could not be forced to weatherize before the historic storm that left millions without...
    The Worst Cooks in America winner accused of beating her adopted daughter to death claims the little girl drowned after drinking too much water and that bruises found on the three-year-old's body were the result of a botched Heimlich maneuver she performed in a bid to save her.  Ariel Robinson, 29, and her husband Jerry, 34, have both been charged with homicide by child abuse over the death of toddler Victoria Rose Smith in Simpsonville, North Carolina on January 14.  A coroner determined that Victoria died from blunt force trauma, with police claiming that the Robinsons committed 'child abuse by inflicting a series of injuries, which resulted in the death of the victim.'  At the time of her death, Victoria had deep purple bruising on her abdomen, back and legs, as well as abrasions on her face.  On Friday, Ariel Robinson appeared via video link for a hearing, where she...
    Hiccups could be a symptom of Covid, doctors have claimed. Medics who treated an infected man who had hiccups for two weeks believe his symptoms were a 'rare presentation' of the illness. Experts say Covid can attack the diaphragm — the muscle that controls breathing — causing it to spasm, leading to hiccups. Hiccups have also been linked to other infectious diseases including flu and tuberculosis.  The 48-year-old, from Egypt, first developed a fever, which he treated with over-the-counter medicine.  But then his persistent bout of hiccups kicked in, becoming even more severe over the course of the week. The unidentified man then also developed a sore throat and sought medical help. Doctors noted his fever had returned.  In order to understand what was causing his hiccups, medics in Cairo ordered an abdominal ultrasound after the bout became more severe and frequent. But they found nothing unusual.    His fever — a tell-tale sign...
    QAnon Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene wrote on Facebook that she believed California's deadliest wildfire was potentially caused by space lasers that were connected to the Rothschilds and former Gov. Jerry Brown to clear the way for a high-speed rail system.  The left-leaning Media Matters for America found a since-deleted Facebook post Greene wrote in November 2018 that details her views on how the devastating Camp Fire got started, which killed 85 people, saying, 'there are too many coincidences to ignore.'  Greene, a Republican from Georgia, tried to connect the Pacific Gas and Electric Company - whose faulty equipment did start the blaze - through one of its board members to Rothschild Inc., in an anti-Semitic dog whistle.   Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene claimed in Novemer 2018 that the deadly California Camp Fire may have been caused by lasers from space and could have been intentionally set to clear way for a high speed rail...
    Yellow clouds billowing tens of thousands of light years upwards from the centre of the Milky Way which baffled astrophysicists for more than 70 years may finally have an explanation. Space experts spotted the celestial mystery hanging above our galactic home in the 1950s, naming it the North Polar Spur. At first people believed it was just part of the space debris in the night’s sky but some astronomers argued it was part of an expanding shockwave. For that to have been correct another cloud would have been seen below the Milky Way but no evidence for that was detected until in 2010 a space telescope picked up very faint gamma way glows of two huge bubbles. The yellow clouds seen billowing from the centre of the Milky Way galaxy has had experts scratching their heads for decades RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Wealthy...
    Five people were rushed to hospital and two dozen more were decontaminated by first responders in hazmat suits after workers at a New Balance factory in central Maine were exposed to an ‘unknown substance’ that made it difficult to breathe and caused a burning sensation in their eyes. Emergency responders were called to the factory in Skowhegan at around 2pm on Thursday. Initially, between 16 and 20 people had to be decontaminated after they came into contact with an unknown substance, though fire officials later said that up to 30 people were exposed, according to WCSH-TV. Skowhegan Fire Captain Ty Strout said that the exposure likely started on the fourth floor of the building. Emergency responders in hazmat suits are seen outside the New Balance sneaker factory in Skowhegan, Maine, on Thursday afternoon Investigators believe that employees of the factory were exposed to an 'unknown substance' that leaked...
    The pandemic has directly or indirectly led to 225,000 COVID-19 deaths in the US, whether those people died of COVID-19 itself or an issue linked to the pandemic, such delaying care over fears of going to hospitals amid outbreaks, a new study finds. Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University found that 150,000 people died of COVID-19 infections between March and August 1 after analyzing death certificates.  But they also discovered an additional 75,000 deaths beyond the expected fatality rates and even beyond the COVID-19 deaths during that period.  As of September 19, the US had officially recorded just 198,589 COVID-19 deaths, according to the study, published Monday in JAMA.  The Virginia Commonwealth study suggests that the death toll of the pandemic goes beyond deaths attributed directly to coronavirus.  While the US has had the fourth-highest rate of deaths from COVID-19 itself over the entire course of the pandemic - behind Belgium,...
    (CNN)A 25-year-old woman in Australia discovered she had tapeworm larvae in her brain after suffering from a headache that lasted for more than a week.The aches were caused by tapeworm larvae that had taken up space in her brain, according to a new study on her case by the The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene published on September 21. The woman, who never traveled overseas, is the first native case of the disease in Australia, the study said. Previous Australian cases of this infection were from immigrants or returning residents who traveled to regions where the disease is endemic to, such as Africa, Asia, and Latin America.For the past seven years, the woman complained of headaches that would occur two- or three-times a month and went away with prescribed migraine medication. However, her latest headache lasted for more than a week and came with more severe visual symptoms,...
    Global warming has revealed mummified remains of Adélie penguins that have laid hidden under the ice in Antarctica for more than 5,000 years.  Steven Emslie, a professor at the University of North Carolina, was studying Cape Irizar just south of the Drygalski Ice Tongue on the Scott Coast, when he and his team stumbled upon hundreds of preserved bones, feathers and bodies. 'We saw at least half a dozen whole or disarticulated carcasses and mummies, and hundreds of bones and feathers on the surface with fresh appearing guano stains, he told DailyMail.com. 'The radiocarbon dates showed at least three occupations in the past, beginning over 5,000 years ago, with the last one ending about 800 years ago at the start of the Little Ice Age.'   The fresh excrement stains suggests recent use of the site, but there are no records of an active penguin colony at this site since the first...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A San Gabriel woman faces a federal charge for allegedly selling drugs that caused several overdoses in Pasadena. Marisol Bolanos Hernandez, 35, was charged Friday with one count of drug distribution resulting in serious bodily injury, according to federal prosecutors. Bolanos was taken into custody Thursday by DEA agents. Prosecutors say the defendant sold narcotics to several men who overdosed on Sept. 11, two of whom died. One man and his friend were found unresponsive at a Pasadena location that night and taken to local hospitals. One of the men recovered, but the second died two days later. The survivor, identified by prosecutors as A.C., was saved by a dose of Narcan. His urine sample tested positive for cocaine, prosecutors said. A.C. told Pasadena police he bought cocaine from a woman he called “Mari,” and shared it with his friend who died, and they both lost consciousness...
    A new survey has found that two-thirds of American Millennials and members of Gen Z do not know that six million Jews were killed during the Holocaust. The survey of adults ages 18 to 39 was commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, examining knowledge about the Holocaust among young Americans. Nationally, 63 percent of all respondents did not know that six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, and 36 percent thought that 'two million or fewer Jews' died.  The states where the highest share of young people did not know that six million Jews were killed were Arkansas with 69 percent, followed by Delaware with 68 percent, Arizona with 67 percent, Mississippi and Tennessee with 66 percent, and Hawaii, Iowa, Vermont, and West Virginia with 65 percent.  A heat map shows for each state, the percentage of respondents who did not reply 'six million' when asked...
    The Indus Valley civilisation was wiped out by climate change, a new study claims.  What caused the demise of the once-great civilisation is a long-standing mystery, but researchers tracking historical monsoon patterns may have found an answer.  It is thought the society, which existed at the same time as ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, thrived in a period between two major shifts in monsoon patterns driven by climate change.  Monsoons spiked around 5,250 years ago when the planet cooled, and then a climate U-turn 2,000 years later saw monsoon numbers drop.  The Indus Valley Civilisation lived in a semi-arid region but the storms provided water to the Ghaggar–Hakra river system. Most indus settlements were located along this river network and relied on it for water, which was essential to their farming practices.   When it dried up, the society crumbled into oblivion.   Scroll down for video  This diagram shows the amount...
    (CNN)More than half the 15 deaths associated with Hurricane Laura were caused by the improper use of portable generators.Laura destroyed parts of Louisiana's power grid after making landfall as the strongest hurricane to strike the state since 1856. The storm struck with 150-mph winds and shredded houses.Eight of the state's confirmed deaths have been due to carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. The state's department of health had stressed that generators should be used outdoors and placed away from windows, doors and vents -- all of which can allow carbon monoxide to seep inside. Because carbon monoxide is odorless, it can be difficult to detect and can be dangerous indoors."We need people to be very safe and cautious when they run a generator," said Gov. John Bel Edwards in a news conference Monday. Some Louisiana residents wont have power for weeks, if not months, after Hurricane...
    Exclusive: Ex-WVa health chief says cuts hurt virus response Pvt. 1st Class McDermid, Tech Sgt. Coleman making difference in COVID-19 response A YouTube drama reporter claimed the police were investigating Shane Dawsons old videos. Now hes facing backlash of his own. © Shane Dawson / YouTube Shane Dawson. Shane Dawson / YouTube A drama YouTuber named Sanders Kennedy sent old videos of Shane Dawson to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. He then made a monetized video about an "investigation" into Dawson on his own channel. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department confirmed to Insider that there is no criminal investigation. Kennedy's video caused immediate controversy in the YouTube drama community surrounding his actions. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. YouTube star Shane Dawson has faced backlash over the past few weeks over some of his older videos, including one where he sexualized then-11-year-old Willow Smith. Now a well-known "drama YouTuber"...
    Shane Dawson. Shane Dawson / YouTube A drama YouTuber named Sanders Kennedy sent old videos of Shane Dawson to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. He then made a monetized video about an "investigation" into Dawson on his own channel. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department confirmed to Insider that there is no criminal investigation. Kennedy's video caused immediate controversy in the YouTube drama community surrounding his actions. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. YouTube star Shane Dawson has faced backlash over the past few weeks over some of his older videos, including one where he sexualized then-11-year-old Willow Smith. Now a well-known "drama YouTuber" is mired in controversy after sending the videos to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD) and reporting on the so-called "investigation" on his YouTube channel. Sanders Kennedy, 31, a self-proclaimed entertainment reporter with a popular YouTube drama channel, confirmed to Insider that he sent the videos to...
    The official coronavirus death toll in the US much lower than the actual number of fatalities, a new study suggests. Between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020, about 95,235 deaths were attributed to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.   Researchers from Yale School of Public Health found fatalities that occurred this year were about more than 122,000 higher than in the previous few years, which is about  Of those deaths, more than 95,000 were attributed to COVID-19, the highly-infectious disease caused by the virus. This means deaths was 28 percent higher than officially tally and that suggests  health officials may have missed up to 27,000 excess deaths caused by the virus as of late May.  The team also found that in New York City, more than three times as many people passed away as normally do during the three-month window, with only 26 percent unattributed to COVID-19. Between...
    If there was any doubt that the dinosaurs went extinct due to the massive asteroid that hit Earth 65 million years ago, a new study hopes to put the controversy to bed. The research notes that the asteroid impact is the sole reason that nearly 75 percent of all species on the planet were wiped out and not a volcanic explosion in the Deccan region, as has been previously suggested. "We show that the asteroid caused an impact winter for decades, and that these environmental effects decimated suitable environments for dinosaurs," the study's lead author, Dr. Alessandro Chiarenza, from the Imperial College London, said in a statement. "In contrast, the effects of the intense volcanic eruptions were not strong enough to substantially disrupt global ecosystems. Ankylosaurus magniventris drinking as the asteroid strikes. (Credit: Fabio Manucci) MASSIVE ASTEROID EXPLOSION THAT KILLED THE DINOSAURS BENEFITED BACTERIA, STUDY SAYS “Our study...
    A NEW strain of swine flu which can infect humans and has the potential to cause another pandemic has been identified by scientists in China. Here is everything we know about the new strain of swine flu. 2A masked worker checks the pigs in a hog pen in Suining, Sichuan province, ChinaCredit: EPA What is swine flu? According to the NHS website, “swine flu” is the popular name for the virus A/H1N1pdm09 or it is often shortened to “H1N1”. What was the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic? In 2009, the H1N1 virus was first identified in Mexico.  It became known as swine flu because it’s similar to flu viruses that affect pigs.  The virus spread rapidly from country to country because it was a new flu that young people weren't immune to.  However, the outbreak was not as serious as originally predicted because many older people were immune to it. ...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Joseph DeAngelo pleaded guilty to 13 murders and admitted to dozens of rapes as the East Area Rapist, Monday. Many people who grew up in Sacramento remember the headlines about the killings and tapes during the ’70s and ’80s. “When we were kids, we couldn’t walk alone anywhere. That was a big thing,” Todd Gearou explained. He thinks back to the fear many people lived in during the East Area Rapist’s crime spree. One of the attacks he says happened just seven houses down from the Carmichael home where he grew up. “It always bothered me like who is this guy could it be a neighbor; could it be a friend?” he explained. READ: ‘We Will No Longer Hide’: Victims Speak Out After Facing Joseph DeAngelo In Court After years of not knowing who was behind the years of terror, Gearou didn’t think he’d still be alive to witnesses...
    Chaos at Solano Town Center in Fairfield Friday night had teens brawling, employees and customers hunkering down in businesses and police called in to keep the peace. The melee reportedly occurred between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. throughout the mall. Police responded for reports of teens trying to break into a business. But upon their arrival, officers found that was not the case. Instead, 50 to 75 teens were reportedly involved in a fight. No motivation was given for the violence. Witnesses said the youths were heard shouting and seen running throughout the mall, so some customers sheltered in businesses and watched the action from behind locked doors. “Patrol officers and Mobile Field Force personnel who were on standby cleared them all out,” Fairfield police Lt. Jausiah Jacobsen advised. “No arrests, and it had nothing to do with the planned protest that occurred.” A march protesting police brutality and calling for...
    At least 15,000 more Americans have died in recent months from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia than otherwise would have, health officials believe, pointing to how the coronavirus pandemic has exacted a higher fatality toll than official numbers have shown. SUMMER MAY BE KEY TURNING POINT FOR VACCINE As Covid-19 devastated older Americans this spring, often by racing through nursing homes, the deadly outbreaks compounded the devastation of Alzheimer’s and other forms of degenerative brain disorders that are common among elderly residents in long-term care facilities. VideoRoughly 100,000 people died from Alzheimer’s and dementia from February through May, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. Although not all the extra deaths were directly caused by the coronavirus, that fatality rate is 18% higher than average for those disorders in recent years. The death toll began to climb sharply in mid-March, and by mid-April about 250 extra people with some form of dementia were...
    Despite initial concerns from health officials, new research suggests that the rise in Black Lives Matter protests across the country have not led to a spike in coronavirus cases. According to a new study, published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, there was no evidence that coronavirus cases went up during the weeks following the beginning of the protests. They began after the death of George Floyd in May while in the custody of Minneapolis police. A man holds a picture of George Floyd during a Black Lives Matter protest on June 18, 2020 in New York City. Protesters plan to mark Juneteenth with demonstrations against racism and police brutality planned in cities across the country. (Photo by Jeenah Moon/Getty Images) READ MORE: Survey – Depression on the rise among Black Americans after Floyd death This data was collected from over 300 of the largest US cities...
    WHEELING, Ill. (WLS) -- A fiery crash in northwest suburban Wheeling has left at least one person dead Tuesday night.The crash happened at Lake Cook Road and Northgate. The circumstances of the crash, and what caused it, were not immediately clear.Two cars were involved in the crash. Several other people were injured.Witnesses said they heard the crash when they were walking in the neighborhood. They said it caused a boom so loud they thought a transformer or some other electrical component blew. It wasn't until they walked to the area of the crash that they realized it was from cars.No further details about the victims or the crash have been released.
    (CNN)Twelve German postal workers received medical treatment and dozens more were evacuated due to a pungent suspect package -- which turned out to be a shipment of the notoriously smelly durian fruit.Police, firefighters and emergency services were called to a post office in the Bavarian town of Schweinfurt on Saturday after staff noticed the smell coming from a package."Due to the unknown content, it was initially unclear whether the suspect package posed a greater risk," a statement from Schweinfurt police department explained.The entire building was evacuated, with around 60 employees forced to leave, before the package was carefully examined.It turned out to contain four Thai durian fruits, which a 50-year-old resident of the town had sent home from a friend in Nuremberg.Read MoreDurian fruit stink prompts university evacuationThe spiky fruit's flavor and creamy texture has made it popular throughout Southeast Asia, but its infamous odor has gained it many detractors....
    Donald Trump is reportedly furious over the low turnout at his much-hyped rally in Tulsa on Saturday while his campaign blasted claims that teens on TikTok and K-pop fans trolled the president by ordering tickets to the event without ever intending to actually be there.  In a statement, the Trump campaign blamed the 'fake news media' for 'warning people away from the rally' over COVID-19 and protests against racial injustice around the country.  'Leftists and online trolls doing a victory lap, thinking they somehow impacted rally attendance, don´t know what they're talking about or how our rallies work,' Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale wrote.  'Reporters who wrote gleefully about TikTok and K-Pop fans - without contacting the campaign for comment - behaved unprofessionally and were willing dupes to the charade.' President Trump's campaign denies claims that teens on social media and K-pop fans reserved the bulk of tickets for...
    New York’s largest hospital system is conducting a sweeping analysis of its use of ventilators while treating coronavirus patients during the peak of the pandemic — over concerns that an over-reliance on the machines may have cost lives. For so many sick COVID-19 patients, getting attached to a mechanical ventilator was a death sentence. More than two-thirds of the patients in Northwell Health facilities hooked to ventilators died in March and early April and the fatality rate was similar at other hospitals. At the beginning of the pandemic, health officials were worried whether there would be a shortage of ventilators to intubate COVID patients with serious breathing and lung problems. But then discussion in the medical community turned to whether the machines were being overused and possibly contributing to a higher death rate. “One theory is if you put some patients on a ventilator you might irritate the lungs more....
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