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Whooping Cough Cases Double in Indiana in a Year, Prompting a Call to Vaccinate

Nationally, reported cases have risen in the last 15 years. In 2003, there were 11,647 cases in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before that, the annual tally had not broken 10,000 since 1964. But since 2003, there have been over 10,000 cases each year. In 2009, there were 16,858 reported cases. In 2012, the year of the Washington outbreak, there were 48,277 cases nationwide. In 2015, the most recent year for which the C.D.C. provided statistics, there were 20,762. Much of this trend…

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Prices of grocery staples could rise as drought conditions worsen

In this Wed., July 26, 2017, photo, soybeans grow in a farm field near Indianola, Iowa. Drought conditions are getting worse in several states, and extreme heat and weeks with little rain have begun to stress corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock in some areas. AP DES MOINES, Iowa — Drought conditions worsened in several states over the past week from extreme heat and weeks with little rain, raising the prospect that grocery staples such as bread and beans could cost more as the region that produces those commodities is hardest…

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ICE Chief Wants To Slap Smuggling Charges On Leaders Of Sanctuary Cities

By Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times The country’s top immigration enforcement officer says he is looking into charging sanctuary city leaders with violating federal anti-smuggling laws because he is fed up with local officials putting their communities and his officers at risk by releasing illegal immigrants from jail. Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also told Americans to expect more work site enforcement targeting unscrupulous employers and more 287(g) agreements with willing police and sheriff’s departments that want to help get illegal immigrants off their…

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Arconic: We don’t control how flammable panels are used

ATLANTA – The U.S. company that manufactured panels on a London apartment tower where at least 80 people perished in an inferno has quit selling them for high rises because it has no control over their installation, a top company executive said Monday. Arconic (ARNC) is continuing to work with investigators to determine what caused the flames to spread so rapidly at Grenfell Tower on June 14, interim CEO David Hess told investors during an earnings call. “Cladding systems contain various components selected and put together by architects, contractors, fabricators…

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Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer was about sanctions, financier tells Senate panel

A financier for one of the largest foreign investment firms in Russia says the meeting arranged between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian entities during the 2016 campaign had a quid pro quo — repealing the U.S.-passed Magnitsky Act and the sanctions enshrined in it in exchange for a “sizable offer” to the campaign itself.  “It’s clear the interest and goal in that meeting was to repeal the Magnistky Act, said Bill Browder, CEO and founder of Hermitage Capital Management before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. “It’s the one thing…

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18-year-old man killed on fair ride just joined Marines

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 18-year-old man killed when a thrill ride broke apart at the Ohio State Fair had just signed up with the Marines a week ago, the Marine Corps said Thursday. The corps said in a statement that Tyler Jarrell of Columbus had enlisted last Friday and was to begin basic training next summer. “We are truly proud to have known him as one of the brave few willing to step up and serve his country in the United States Marine Corps,” the statement said. Jarrell wanted to…

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NYC jail inmate caught 7-plus hours after Rikers escape

The scene at New York City’s Rikers Island jail July 26, 2017 after an inmate escape CBS New York NEW YORK — Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a section of New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex has been found on the island.  Local media outlets report that Naquan Hill was captured around 3 a.m. Thursday after multiple law enforcement agencies launched a massive manhunt when he was reported missing Wednesday night. The jail was placed on lockdown as the NYPD, Port Authority police and correction officers searched…

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The future of renewable energy is in Texas

Renewable energy isn’t at a crossroads in the U.S. so much as on a two-lane highway: While the federal government hits the gas on fossil fuels, states are speeding ahead to develop renewable energy — and reaching new milestones. For example, enough solar energy is being collected every year to power all the single-family homes in Florida. Three states generate more than one-third of their energy from wind and solar. Some 160,000 electric cars were sold last year — enough to supply the entire population of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. And…

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Justice Dept. Weighs In Against Protections for Gays in the Workplace

Photo Attorney General Jeff Sessions boarded a plane for a trip to El Salvador on Thursday where he will meet with local leaders about fighting gang violence. Credit Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press The Department of Justice has filed court papers arguing that a major federal civil rights law does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation in a case now being considered by a New York appeals court. The department’s decision to file a brief in the case was a rare example of top officials in Washington weighing…

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Samsung is about to dethrone Intel as king of microchips

There’s a new king in the semiconductor industry.  Intel’s more than two decade-long reign as the king of the silicon-based semiconductor is poised to end Thursday when South Korea’s Samsung Electronics elbows the U.S. manufacturer aside to become the leading maker of computer chips. Samsung reported record-high quarterly profit and sales Thursday. Analysts say it likely nudged aside Intel (INTC) in the April-June quarter as the leading maker of semiconductors, the computer chips that are as much a staple of the 21st century wired world as crude oil was for…

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