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    (CNN)The new year has brought a fresh raft of concerns in the ongoing struggle to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. The coronavirus is mutating into new variants and some have displayed characteristics that have unsettled public health officials and the public at large. Dr. Kent SepkowitzThe first concerning variant has come to be known as B.1.1.7. It was first reported in the UK late last year but has now been detected in at least 60 countries, according to the World Health Organization. Report after report has demonstrated that this strain spreads person to person more readily than the original strain. B.1.1.7 is not the only strain that appears to have this capability. California experts, for example, have recently described an unrelated variant, dubbed CAL.20C, which is also thought to be highly transmissible and may be responsible for much of the dramatic increase in cases there. And surely there will be others...
    Fans will have to be patient, very patient, if they want to find the preface to the movie “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. The film should not be released before 2023. But what do these new adventures save us? According to the information revealed The Hollywood Reporter, The screenplay is centered on the youth of Willie Wonka, the strange owner of a chocolate factory starring Jean Wilder in the 1971 adaptation of Mel Stuart, and later in the 2005 Johnny Depp Tim Burton film. Who says Breakwell, says new casting. One wonders which actor will take on the role of American again (he is especially famous today for his legal escape) … without wrinkles and for a few years less. Some rumors circulating on the internet have sparked the name of Timothy Salamet, who will play “Doon” – which we hope will be released by the end of...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Experts fear a new, more contagious version of COVID-19 could cause a jump in cases this spring. It first popped up in the U.K. and has already made its way to Minnesota. So, what do we know about the variants? Good Question. “I’m concerned, not because it’s deadlier than the wild-type strain or any other strain that have been found,” said Dr. Omobosola Akinsete, the chair of the infectious disease department of HealthPartners. “If it’s more transmissible, that means more people will likely get infected, if more people get infected, then more people will get ill, more people will have severe disease and more people will die.” Right now, experts have identified several variants of SARS-CoV-2 – one from South Africa, two from Brazil and another from the United Kingdom. Epidemiologists in California are investigating a strain there too. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the...
    Californians 65 and older are now allowed to get the coronavirus vaccine. It’s a major expansion of who can get vaccination, but remains an open question about whether everyone who wants the vaccine can get it. Especially right away. California California allows everyone 65 and older to get COVID-19 vaccine California California allows everyone 65 and older to get COVID-19 vaccine The move allows counties to begin a major expansion of vaccine priority lists. More Coverage How to do I get my coronavirus vaccine if I’m 65 and older? Here is what we know Tracking the coronavirus in California Here is what we know:Q: What do the changes mean? Until now, vaccines had been reserved mostly for front-line health care workers and employees and residents of long-term care facilities. But now people 65 and over can also get in line for...
    Gordon Chang says the U.S. "absolutely" should have a stronger policy to push back on China amid unconfirmed intelligence the country put a bounty on American troops in Afghanistan. "I don’t think we should be maintaining relations with any regime that wants to kill Americans," Chang told Molly Line on "America’s Newsroom" Friday. "China has been harming Americans for a long time, and we have not responded." "We need to establish deterrence," he added. "And we have failed to do that, from administration to administration." US OFFICIAL CONFIRMS EFFORT TO DECLASSIFY UNCORROBORATED INTEL THAT CHINA OFFERED BOUNTIES ON US TROOPS Chang responded to recent unconfirmed intelligence, first reported by Axios, alleging that Beijing offered to pay for fighters to target and kill Americans serving in Afghanistan. A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry called the uncorroborated intelligence "a smear and slander against China" during a news briefing Thursday. Chang argued China’s "hostility" toward the U.S....
    THERE has been a bomb threat in Leavenworth, Washington, leading to the partial evacuation of the town. But what do we know about the bomb threat so far? Downtown Leavenworth, Washington, has been evacuated after a bomb threat was called in last night What was the Leavenworth bomb threat? A bomb "inside a garbage can" has led to the partial evacuation of a town outside Seattle, reports say. Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth has been placed in lockdown after a mystery caller claimed he had left an explosive device in the downtown area. Multiple emergency units - including the FBI - are responding to the threat which was called in at around 9pm local time on Tuesday night. How many people were evacuated? The Chelan County Sheriff's Office ordered an evacuation on Tuesday night, including the population downtown Leavenworth. Roads in the town have been closed and people who are...
    Maddi Dale focuses on her remote French class in her bedroom in Oregon in October. AP Photo/Sara Cline Nationwide, schools have reported record numbers of students with F-grades, amid an unprecedented academic year where many schools have turned to online class because of the pandemic. The gaps in academic achievement have disproportionately struck poorer students and families of color because they disproportionately have less access to internet or connected devices. Experts are split on whether the alarming number of failing grades during the pandemic calls for schools to revisit whether they should continue using letter grades.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. US schools are reporting massive increases in failing grades — and experts are questioning whether it's the students who are failing, or the system that's failing students. Across the country, schools have reported alarming leaps in students with F-grades in an unprecedented academic year, where...
              Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed special guest host and Nashville Tea Party Founder Ben Cunningham to the show to discuss ways in which people can move forward and make a difference locally in the wake of the 2020 presidential alleged election fraud which has left many in despair. Leahy: In the studio with me is the all-star panelist, a longtime friend, and founder of the Nashville Tea Party Ben Cunningham. Terry our caller has raised a very important question. With all of these institutions going against us with massive election fraud that has given the presidential election to somebody who is utterly compromised by China, Terry asked why should we try? Why should we even...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Since the spring, we’ve learned so much more about COVID-19. Unfortunately, the virus is now running rampant during a season usually celebrated with family and friends. So, what do we know about holiday safety? Good question. Is it ok to send holiday cards? Yes. “That’s the easiest one,” said Dr. Frank Rhame, an infectious disease specialist with Allina Health . “The virus does not remain on porous surfaces that well.” Over the past several months, researchers have found the novel coronavirus is not primarily spread via surfaces, but rather through large and small droplets in the air. Is it safe to drop off food for a friend? Yes. “There’s no evidence to suggest food-borne virus disease transmission,” said Dr. Craig Hedberg, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota. He points out that the personal interaction with dropping off the food could be more problematic. People should wear masks,...
    In the two weeks since Zekee Rayford was violently arrested by Schertz, Texas, police, his case has made national headlines and resulted in an ongoing internal investigation into the conduct of the three arresting officers. The 18-year-old was going home Nov. 2 when police say they attempted to pull him over for running a red light. Rayford did not pull over for roughly a mile until he pulled into his family’s driveway and walked to the front door with his hands raised. As Rayford knocked on the front door of his home and screamed for his father, Schertz police kicked, tased and kneed him, according to the Rayford family’s home surveillance footage. Rayford was charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana, Guadalupe County Jail records show. As Rayford’s family continues to call for justice — including the firing of the officers and Rayford’s charges to be dropped —...
    Getty (Designed by Dwilson) Trump and Biden are facing off in the election. How long after polls close in Texas will it take to learn the results of the election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden? And when do those polls close? Depending on how close the race is, we might know right away or it might take some time for results to come in. Here’s what we know so far.Here’s When Polls Close in TexasPolls in Texas close at 7 p.m. Central time (and at 8 p.m. Central in El Paso due to being in a different time zone), and that is right when results are expected to start coming in, Texas Tribune reported. The presidential race in Texas will likely be much closer than normal for the state. As of October 30, more than 8 million Texans had already cast early votes,...
    Getty Trump and Biden are facing off in the election. In Pennsylvania, the time that polls close may not correspond closely with when the results of the election are known. Here is what we know about when the polls in the state close and when the results of the election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden might actually be known.Results Could Come in Much Later After the Polls CloseIn Pennsylvania, polls close at 8 p.m. Eastern. But the actual results could take much longer to come in, since votes can still be counted as long as they are received within three days of the election, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. In fact, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf appeared in an ad airing on Election Day warning that in order to count the votes accurately, it could take a few days for...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Back in May, Charles and Kirsten Johnson-Nixon developed serious cases of COVID-19 lasting almost two weeks. They were exhausted, achy and feverish. “The flu has nothing on COVID,” said Charles, a middle school assistant principal. “It really beats you up.” It’s not clear where the Johnson-Nixon’s contracted COVID-19, but Kirsten’s parents also developed dangerous symptoms, sending them both to the hospital. It was around that time Kirsten started to really worry about her three teenage sons. “I did worry – when will the shoe fall,” she said. “There was a constant worry that they would get sick too.” They had the whole family tested. Two boys tested positive and the lab results never came back for the third, so both Kirsten and Charles assumed he was infected with the virus as well. Their oldest son, 17-year-old Caleb, only lost his sense of smell, while 13-year-old Raphael had...
    What do we know about superspreader events in the pandemic? We’re still learning, but it seems that much of the spread of the coronavirus has been caused by what disease trackers call superspreader events. That’s when a single person infects a large number of other people, or when a gathering is linked to a large number of cases. There’s no rule for when a cluster of cases is big enough to be called a superspreader event. But these are not instances of spread within one household. Instead, these are large clusters of cases where infection occurs in settings such as churches, restaurants or bars. In the United States, for instance, a choir member with symptoms attended a rehearsal in March. Of 60 others who attended, 52 got sick with COVID-19, including two who died. In Hong Kong, an outbreak at four bars infected 39 customers, 20 staff members and 14...
    Career transitions are equal parts scary and exhilarating. And if transformation is truly what you desire, then there are few reasons not to take a chance. Life is too short not to do what you love. How do I know? Well, I went through a significant career transition. After spending over a decade working for NASA as an electrical engineer, I received my real estate license. Making the radical move from rocket scientist to real estate professional wasn’t an easy transition. There’s no doubt that guiding astronauts on the International Space Station to repair their equipment in space is a far cry from guiding home buyers and sellers on their real estate journeys. What helped me the most was figuring out how to apply the lessons learned in my first career to my blooming real estate career. Related Stories Colorado Is Ready for Blast-Off as Home of U.S. Space Command...
    Rappers Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez are back in the news, after Tory denied shooting Megan in the feet in one of his new songs. The case has led to several high-profile rows in the US music industry. It has also sparked a debate about perceptions of gender-based violence against black women, and concerns within the African American community about police brutality. Authorities in Los Angeles say investigations are ongoing.How did this begin?During the early hours of 12 July, police responded to a "shots fired" incident in the Hollywood Hills, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said in a statement. An argument is reported to have taken place inside a vehicle, with shots fired into the air, before the vehicle left the scene. The LAPD said officers then conducted a "traffic stop" on a vehicle matching a description provided by eyewitnesses, and "multiple individuals were detained". Tory...
    Artemisia has long provided a key ingredient in treating malaria Madagascar attracted a lot of attention in April when the African island nation announced it was using a local plant to combat coronavirus. A drink using artemisia plant extracts was promoted by its leader, President Andry Rajoelina. There’s no evidence so far that this plant – whose compounds do work against malaria – can combat Covid-19, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  So what do we know about the plant and its properties? Where does the plant come from? Artemisia annua is originally from Asia, but grows in many other parts of the world with sunny and warm conditions. It’s been used in Chinese traditional medicine for more than 2,000 years for treating a number of diseases, including malaria, as well as to relieve pain and combat fever.  Artemisia plants being grown in Madagascar In Chinese medicine, it is...
    On August 24, a press release (before the scientific study was published) about the first documented case of reinfection by SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, in a 33-year-old man (without any immune deficiency) in the city of Hong Kong. In March, this patient suffered from the disease (positive CRP) with symptoms and was hospitalized. He was discharged in April with a negative PCR. But in August he gave positive PCR again, this time, no symptoms. What is worrying about the case is that the genetic material of the virus that infected him in March and August belongs to two different strains, as the researchers published in the study, accepted on August 25 by the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. These were the authors’ conclusions: “Epidemiological, clinical, serological and genomic analyzes confirmed that the patient had a reinfection rather than a persistent viral shedding from the first infection. Our results...
    By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a Tokyo hospital on Monday for the second time within days, fanning further speculation about the state of his health. Abe suffers from chronic ulcerative colitis and has spoken of struggling with it since junior high school. A flare-up in 2007 forced him to quit as prime minister. Officials have declined to comment in detail on Abe's health, saying only that Monday's visit was connected to last week's check, itself a follow-up to a physical exam in June. Here are details of the disease. WHAT IS IT? Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause ulcers in the lining of the colon and rectum. Symptoms include diarrhoea, abdominal cramping, weight loss and fatigue. The cause is unknown, but both heredity and immune system malfunctions, in which the immune system attacks cells in the digestive tract, are...
    When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon We spoke with two doctors to learn why they don't recommend people buy trampolines, how to stay safe on a trampoline if you already own one, and what safety features to look for if you decide to buy one. According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, more than 100,000 trampoline injuries are treated in the US every year, and about 85% of those are children. Although there is a high demand for trampolines and they're very popular, most doctors do not recommend them due to safety concerns. We've rounded up a few trampolines with safety features designed to protect users, though no trampoline is considered entirely safe and all come with a risk of injury. At its core, a trampoline is a fairly simple piece of equipment. Using...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — We’re trying our best to stay away from each other. But as some kids head back into school and activities, they’re gathering on buses and in carpools. When kids board the bus this year, they will be wearing face masks and sitting at least 6-feet apart. Kris Ehresmann from the Minnesota Department of Health says there hasn’t been a lot of research on transmission on buses, but riders should consider it like you would an inside space. “If it’s possible to have windows open, you know, that’s helpful. That won’t be possible in January, but while it’s possible, that’s an important consideration,” Ehresmann said. READ MORE: Nickelodeon Universe To Reopen With COVID-19 Safety Precautions In Place Because that outside air dilutes the virus. It’s the same in a car, which has far less room to spread out. “If you’re looking at carpooling with other families, you know,...
    Over 500 ASU students and staff push back on school reopening Ruby Tuesday has shut down more than one-third of its restaurants this year as the chain buckles under pandemic pressures and an aging customer base NFL betting 2020: Unpacking the great unknown of home-field advantage during a pandemic, and what we do know Professional football has already been forced to grapple with the fallout from COVID-19, causing major changes to the NFL Draft and the cancellation of in-person workouts during the offseason, then ultimately the entire preseason. If the NFL is able to successfully hold a 2020 season, it will look far different than anything that has come before it. © Provided by CBS Sports After a week or two of regular season play, gamblers will have to quickly adjust to the new normal based on the data available. Until we have that data in hand, we're going...
    The Call Of Duty Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 5 trailer is out now. It introduced us to a new faction called the ‘Shadow Company’. They are an independent group of operatives who are coming to Verdansk. This was about all the information we got from the trailer. So the question is, where did they come from and who are the operatives in it? Let’s find out. The official Activision Blog writes “An elite PMC, Shadow Company operates outside the boundaries of the original Armistice. Forged from the fires of in-fighting between the Coalition and the Allegiance, Shadow Company has a framework and agenda all of their own. Ostensibly Allegiance Operators who have grown impatient with Coalition progress under the command of Captain Price, Shadow Company is a splinter group formed without compromise, ready to take the war directly to Mr. Z and into Verdansk and deal...
    New York City’s highest-ranking uniformed police officer reportedly blew up at a meeting of NYPD brass on Thursday, saying “we can’t be afraid of doing what we do.” Chief of Department Terence Monahan went off after a deputy told him officers were worried about a new law that makes it a crime to kneel on a suspect’s chest or back during an arrest, according to the New York Post, which said it obtained a video of the blowup. “They’re concerned about [taking] a bag of crack off the right person, the right dealer, and their knee accidentally — unintentionally — going on their back,” said Deputy Chief Brian McGee, commanding officer of the Manhattan North detective bureau. Monahan, who was banged up by an anti-cop protester last week, jumped in, saying: “You know what? I wasn’t afraid when I was fighting the guy on the Brooklyn Bridge. We can’t be...
    Why, on a sunny Saturday last November, did President Donald Trump make an unplanned, unannounced visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, leaving the White House in such apparent haste that his button-down shirt was open and tieless? Because doctors wanted to be able to see his “gorgeous chest,” of course. “[The media] said, ‘he wasn’t wearing a tie—this is a sign of a massive heart attack,’” Trump later groaned at a rally in Sunrise, Florida, nine days after his surprise hospital visit and thin subsequent explanation sparked fears that he had suffered some sort of medical emergency. “Why would I wear a tie if the first thing they do is say, ‘take off your shirt, sir, and show us that gorgeous chest?’ It’s true. ‘We want to see, sir. We’ve never seen a chest quite like it.’” Nearly 250 days later, Trump’s “sir”-laden pantomime of his visit to...
    The CW Bobby Mair and Sam Avery on Killer Camp On the brand new summer season actuality present Killer Camp, 11 strangers are thrust right into a recreation of whodunnit the place there’s a killer amongst them who can be taking them out one after the other. If the campers can determine the killer’s identification, they’ll win the prize cash. However the killer is sabotaging the challenges so as to earn cash for him or herself, plus if the killer stays undetected, she or he wins the campers’ prize pot too. It’s simply the sort of foolish summer season fare we want proper now. So observe alongside right here each week as we dissect the clues given in every episode. WARNING: There are spoilers under for the premiere episode. However there are NOT spoilers for any episodes after that (as a result...
    The CW Bobby Mair and Sam Avery on Killer Camp On the new summer reality show Killer Camp, 11 strangers are thrust into a game of whodunnit where there is a killer amongst them who will be taking them out one by one. If the campers can figure out the killer’s identity, they’ll win the prize money. But the killer is sabotaging the challenges in order to earn money for him or herself, plus if the killer remains undetected, he or she wins the campers’ prize pot too. It’s just the kind of silly summer fare we need right now. So follow along here every week as we dissect the clues given in each episode. WARNING: There are spoilers below for the premiere episode. But there are NOT spoilers for any episodes after that (because this show already aired in the U.K.). If you want spoilers for the...
    By Sandee LaMotte | CNN It may feel like years, but the world has only been battling the deadly novel coronavirus for months. As scientists feverishly work around the clock to unravel the mysteries of this deadly invader, they have gained interesting insights into the virus and the disease it causes: Covid-19. “We know more now about how it makes people sick,” said infectious disease expert Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville. Fever, cough and shortness of breath are still key signs that you might have Covid-19, but experts now know there are other red flags signaling infection. Some mimic a typical cold; others mirror the flu; and a few are just downright bizarre. “We’ve learned about Covid toes, the loss of taste and smell,” Schaffner said.”We’ve learned that it can actually produce delirium — we’re not...
    REUTERS/Lucas JacksonAs the world grapples with COVID-19, virologists know that other potential pandemics are waiting in the wings, able to do similar damage in the wrong circumstances. This article originally appeared on Ensia. Ensia is powered by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment and is a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News and the Solutions Journalism Network. In November 2013, a previously healthy retired Saudi soldier was admitted to the intensive care unit of the King Abdulaziz University Hospital in Jeddah with a fever and severe shortness of breath. Five days later, his daughter started to show signs of respiratory illness. Two weeks later he died. Researchers were quick to identify the cause. The 43-year-old man had been breeding nine dromedary camels in a shed, and a nose swab showed that he and one of his animals were infected with a recently identified, highly pathogenic coronavirus called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS-CoV. Alarm...
    Coronavirus — Too much pain relievers causes headaches 2:00 . – Does it seem like your migraines are more frequent or worse and more difficult to bear since the pandemic started? That is not just in your head. Doctors say they are now seeing far more complaints from migraine sufferers, and for good reason. “The current environment we are in is certainly quite stimulating for people who have migraines. People are worried and have more migraine headaches, ”said Dr. Rachel Colman, director of the Low Pressure Headache Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Also, “many of us have the boundaries of our workhouse blurred right now,” said Dr. Merle Diamond, president and director of the Chicago Diamond Headache Clinic. “We are working from home, and many times that makes it more difficult to have an on and off switch,” he said....
    Several hundred new cases of infection have been reported in the past few weeks in the territory. Health officials, scalded by the epidemic this winter, seem to be reacting. The post Seafood, beef and lamb: what do we know about the new cases of Covid-19 in China? appeared first on Analogik.
    A church service in Tanzania – with no social distancing The authorities in Tanzania have not released official figures on the extent of the outbreak there since the start of May. Schools are due to reopen on 29 June and President John Magufuli has said the virus has been largely defeated, but the lack of data has led to increasing concern over the true level of infections. Tanzania’s neighbours as well as international health organisations have expressed concerns that downplaying the epidemic there could adversely impact the wider region. Where is the data? In mid-June, the country’s prime minister told parliament there were 66 active coronavirus cases, but provided no further details. Apart from this announcement, the government has not been releasing any data on infections or deaths. The president has said releasing the figures was causing unnecessary panic. Human rights activists say health workers are afraid to speak...
    Virginia Ali, co-owner of Ben’s Chili Bowl, poses for a portrait in front of the restaurant on its anniversary in 2007. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) The protests, some destructive, going on in D.C. following the death of George Floyd feel familiar to people who lived through the 1968 riots after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I am 86-years-old, and I sat with Dr. King at the Chili Bowl and listened so attentively as he shared his dreams,” Virginia Ali, the co-founder of Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street in Northwest, said. “Now I can only hope I live long enough to see positive change.” Seeing frustration-fueled riots in the District twice in one lifetime, Ali said, is heartbreaking. “After all these years, it’s amazing to me that we’re continuing to go through the same thing,” she said. Ali said it saddens her to see people fighting for the...
    (CNN)Law enforcement and federal officials say outside elements from both far-right and far-left groups are helping fuel the violent and damaging confrontations that have marred protests across the country in recent days, despite President Donald Trump's focus just on Antifa and the far left.Although interference in this way may be happening, federal and local officials have yet to provide evidence to the public. Local and federal officials are still trying to quantify how significant a role the outside groups are playing in the unrest that has spread to cities all over the US. Officials are scrambling to identify the affiliations of the extremists taking part in the riots, property destruction and attacks on police, and allegations of foreign influence stoking the unrest online are being actively tracked. Minnesota Democratic Gov. Tim Walz said Sunday that ultimately the catalyst of the protests was the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black...
    Things are often more complicated than they appear at first blush. That is certainly the case with the murder of George Floyd, with which former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was charged in a complaint filed on Friday. KAY COLES JAMES: GEORGE FLOYD'S SENSELESS KILLING – END RACISM THAT AFFLICTS AMERICA'S SOUL LIKE A CANCER For one thing, contrary to most people’s assumption, Floyd appears not to have died from asphyxia or strangulation as Chauvin pinned him to the ground, knee to the neck. Rather, as alleged in the complaint, Floyd suffered from coronary-artery disease and hypertensive-heart disease. The complaint further intimates, but does not come out and allege, that Floyd may have had “intoxicants” in his system. The effects of these underlying health conditions and “any potential intoxicants” are said to have “combined” with the physical restraint by three police officers, most prominently Chauvin, to cause Floyd’s death. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP...
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