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  • Other Viruses Cause Zika-Like Damage to Fetuses, Study Finds

    In 2016, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the Zika virus caused birth defects in babies born to women who had been infected while pregnant. This was the first mosquito-borne disease known to cause birth defects. Since then, images of babies with underdeveloped heads, born to pregnant women infected with Zika virus, have touched hearts around the world. Now, a study suggests that two viruses that are related to Zika can cause similar birth defects. West Nile and Powassan viruses […]

  • Douglas Stoneman Principal in Emotional Video Promises to Hug Every Student

    “We lost 17 lives on Valentine’s Day. That’s supposed to be the international day of love,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School principal Ty Thompson said in an emotional video message posted on Saturday, three days after a gunman went on a shooting rampage at the Parkland, Florida, school. “We’re going to take the love that we got lost on Wednesday and we’re going to spread that over the next days, weeks, months and maybe even years.” Thompson took the time […]

  • Man Arrested for Feeding Cocaine and Whiskey to Goat

    Lawrenceville, GA (WGCL) — A Gwinnett County man is facing an animal cruelty charge and possible deportation after video footage of him and two men force feeding a goat cocaine and whiskey surfaced. Sheriff investigators arrested Sergio Palomares-Guzman at a ranch on the 200 block of Grayson New Hope Road. The 28-year-old lived and worked at the ranch as a horse trainer. Footage from the January 2 incident shows Palomares-Guzman holding the goat’s horns while a second male suspect inserted […]

  • David Glasser, Top Executive at Weinstein Company, Fired from Post

    One of the Weinstein Company’s top executives was fired on Friday night in an apparent response to the New York attorney general’s recent lawsuit against the company. The company’s board said it had “unanimously voted to terminate David Glasser for cause.” Glasser was the chief operating officer. He was in charge of running the studio along with Harvey and Bob Weinstein. After Harvey Weinstein was accused of harassment and abuse by dozens of women last fall, Weinstein was forced out […]

  • Police Calls Reveal Frantic Search for Florida Gunman

    For 78 minutes, from the time the first 911 call came in to the arrest, officers frantically searched for Nikolas Cruz after he fatally shot 17 people Wednesday at his former high school in Parkland, Florida. Here are some of the communications among Broward County sheriff’s officers during the search. All are direct quotes, with some edited for clarity. Shooter’s identification The first 911 call came in at 2:23 p.m. Officers quickly identified him: Officer: “White male, burgundy shirt, wearing a black hat […]

  • School Shooter Will Offer to Plead Guilty, Public Defender Says

    Nikolas Cruz wants to plead guilty so that he can avoid the death penalty and spare a traumatized South Florida community a trial that would recount horrifying details of his mass shooting, a public defender said Friday. “This is an opportunity to put the criminal case behind and help the victims’ families begin to try and pick up pieces of their lives for our community to heal and to figure out how we stop these things from ever happening again,” […]

  • FBI Says It Didn’t Act on Tip About Parkland Shooter

    PARKLAND, Florida — The FBI failed to act on a tip about Nikolas Cruz, the confessed shooter in the Parkland, Florida, school massacre, the bureau said in a statement on Friday. A person close to Cruz contacted the FBI on January 5 to report concerns about him, the FBI said. But the bureau did not appropriately follow established protocols in following up on the tip. “The information was not provided to the Miami Field Office, and no further investigation was conducted at […]

  • Flu Now Blamed for 84 Child Deaths This Season, CDC Says

    ATLANTA — he deaths of 22 more children from flu-related causes were reported Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its weekly surveillance report. Those deaths bring the total number of children reported to have died to 84 since October when the current flu season began. Three out of four children who died from the flu had not gotten a flu vaccine, the acting director of the CDC said in a Thursday news conference. “We continue to […]

  • Student Hid in Closet from Mass Murderer 70 Years after Grandfather Did the Same

    PARKLAND, Fla. – Carly Novell survived the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida by hiding in a closet – and her grandfather also escaped a lone gunman the same way almost 70 years ago. The 17-year-old senior tweeted on Thursday about her being the second member in her family to survive a mass shooting. This is my grandpa. When he was 12 years old, he hid in a closet while his family was murdered during the […]