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California hospitals face 'war zone' of flu patients, and are setting up tents to treat them

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LOS ANGELES -- Ana Oktay rushed to the hospital in late December struggling to breathe, with a 102-degree fever and a cough that wouldn't let up.

She expected doctors to tell her she had pneumonia or bronchitis.

"They were just like: 'It's just influenza A. It's just what's going around,' " said Oktay, 49.

An influenza A strain known as H3N2 ...Read more

100,000 Cuban homes slammed by Hurricane Irma await repairs months later

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Electrical power was quickly restored after Hurricane Irma's scrape along Cuba's northern coast, much of the flood damage in Havana was cleaned up within weeks, and tourism facilities opened in time for the winter season.

But the island still bears deep scars from Irma's passage.

Four months after the first Category 5 hurricane to hit Cuba ...Read more

Hundreds gather at Orange County synagogue to mourn slain college student

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IRVINE, Calif. -- Blaze Bernstein was on winter break and visiting his parents in the Orange County community of Lake Forest when they proudly explained that his namesake was Blaise Pascal, the 17th-century child prodigy who went on to become a mathematician, inventor and master of prose.

The 19-year-old pre-med student at the University of ...Read more

Even without nudging blood pressure up, high-salt diet hobbles the brain

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A high-salt diet may spell trouble for the brain -- and for mental performance -- even if it doesn't push blood pressure into dangerous territory, new research has found.

A new study has shown that in mice fed a very high-salt diet, blood flow to the brain declined, the integrity of blood vessels in the brain suffered, and performance on tests ...Read more

Missouri governor, hobbled by scandal, puts off tax tour

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A statewide tour to promote a proposal to change the Missouri tax system has fallen victim to the scandal enveloping Gov. Eric Greitens.

But Greitens' spokesman Parker Briden said Monday that Greitens still plans to release details of his tax plan this week.

Greitens last Wednesday admitted to an extramarital affair. The...Read more

At least 27 killed, 80 injured in Baghdad twin suicide blasts

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BAGHDAD -- Twin blasts hit central Baghdad early Monday, killing 27 and injuring more than 80 others, the Baghdad Health Department said.

The blasts struck Sahet al-Tayaran (Aviation Square) in the center of the Iraqi capital, with Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan saying the attack was carried out by two suicide attackers.

There has...Read more

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Most serious charge in female genital mutilation case is dismissed

DETROIT -- The most serious charge against two metro Detroit doctors accused in the genital cutting of numerous minor girls as part of a religious tradition has been dismissed.

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled Sunday night that a charge of conspiracy to transport a ...Read more

Lawsuit: Surgeon at VA hospital left scalpel in patient for 4 years

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- An Army veteran says an MRI revealed that a surgeon had left a scalpel in his abdomen four years earlier.

Glenford Turner, 61, of Bridgeport, went to the West Haven VA with abdominal pain last April when the surprising discovery was made, according to his lawyer. Turner required surgery to remove the scalpel, and last week ...Read more

Palestinian leaders urge Abbas to withdraw recognition of Israel

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RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian leaders on Monday called on President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw recognition of Israel and break off security cooperation, in a move that follows the Trump administration naming Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

The Palestine Liberation Organization's Central Council declared it should no longer be bound by the...Read more

Parents arrested after children found shackled and malnourished in California home

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LOS ANGELES -- A Perris couple were arrested on suspicion of torture and child abuse after police found several of their children chained to beds in putrid surroundings, authorities said Monday.

The discovery came Sunday after one of the children, a 17-year-old girl, escaped from the house and dialed 911 on a cellphone she found in the home, ...Read more

Mnuchin's list of Putin 'oligarchs' jolts Russia's elite class

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Treasury Department is finishing its first official list of "oligarchs" close to President Vladimir Putin's government, setting off a flurry of moves by wealthy Russians to shield their fortunes and reputations.

Some people who think they're likely to land on the list have stress-tested the potential impact on their ...Read more

Officials: Possible measles exposure reported at O'Hare International Airport

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CHICAGO -- Anyone who visited O'Hare International Airport on Wednesday morning or afternoon and who has not had a measles vaccination may need to be tested after a passenger with a confirmed case of the highly contagious disease landed and boarded another flight, Illinois health officials said.

A passenger with a confirmed case of measles ...Read more

Rogue police officer known as Venezuelan 'Rambo' is cornered by government

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CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan authorities said Monday they had surrounded and captured members of a rebel group whose leader hijacked a helicopter in June and dropped grenades on the Supreme Court and Interior Ministry. His fate was unclear.

According to an Interior Ministry press release, police surrounded a house in the impoverished El ...Read more

GOP sees possible DACA deal as Trump bemoans sticking points

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WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers held out hope that a deal can be reached allowing young undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S., despite President Donald Trump saying the effort is "probably dead" amid growing tensions about keeping the government funded past Friday.

Trump told reporters on his way to a dinner Sunday evening that "I ...Read more

Romanian prime minister to resign after feud with party boss

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BUCHAREST, Romania -- Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose will resign after losing the backing of the ruling party amid a dispute with its powerful head.

The Social Democrats rejected Tudose's request to reshuffle the Cabinet, including replacing Interior Minister Carmen Dan, a close ally of party leader Liviu Dragnea. With the government ...Read more

Netanyahu backs Trump on Iran ultimatum to European leaders

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said world leaders are running out of time to fix the nuclear deal with Iran, backing U.S. President Donald Trump on his ultimatum to European leaders.

"I think it's the last chance for the Western world to fix the deal," Netanyahu told Israeli journalists during a state visit to ...Read more

A week after California mudslides, Trump sends condolences in press statement

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WASHINGTON -- Nearly a week after horrific mudslides hit California's Central Coast and killed at least 20 people, President Donald Trump sent his condolences to those affected in his first public statement on the disaster.

The two-sentence statement was released by the White House press secretary on Monday.

"The President has been briefed and...Read more

Baltimore statue honoring national anthem is defaced, found sprayed with red paint

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BALTIMORE -- A statue paid for with pennies contributed by Baltimore school children more than a century ago was found sprayed with red paint Monday morning.

Jennifer Arndt Robinson, executive director of Friends of Patterson Park, said the bronze statue of children holding a scroll to commemorate the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" had ...Read more

Sen. Durbin dismisses fellow senators' claim he's wrong on Trump's comment about African countries

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin is standing by his claim that President Donald Trump questioned why the country has to accept immigrants from "shithole" African countries, after two Republican colleagues belatedly refuted the Illinois Democrat.

"I know what happened. I stand behind every word that I said in terms of that meeting," Durbin ...Read more

'What do we want? Apology!' Hundreds of Haiti supporters protest near Mar-a-Lago

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PALM BEACH, Fla. -- About 200 Haitian-Americans and their supporters used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to protest derogatory comments President Donald Trump reportedly made about immigrants from majority-black countries.

"What do we want? Apology!" The protesters chanted.

The protest, held on Southern Boulevard near the Intracoastal ...Read more