Flesh-eating bacteria making headlines, but cases are ‘rare’

Touted prominently this summer is news and educational information about current Eastern coastal algae blooms and flesh-eating bacteria. Many beaches have been closed due to high risk of infection or death. Ecowatch.com in June shared: “Vibrio vulnificus is an ‘opportunistic pathogen’ … The bacteria thrive in warm salty and brackish waters and enter humans either through breaks in the skin or after being consumed with raw seafood. Up to one-third of people with vibrio vulnificus will die from the infection, which can cause a flesh-eating and commonly fatal bacteria known…

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When ICE Hit Mississippi, Its Citizens Showed Up for Immigrant Families

The Mississippi immigration raid detained hundreds and left children stranded on the first day of school. It also evoked a massive humanitarian response in a state not traditionally friendly to immigrants. When federal agents engineered the nation’s largest single-state immigration raid at multiple chicken processing plants in Mississippi, a scrappy network of immigrant activists knew their work was about to get much harder. Mississippi has never been a hotbed for immigration advocacy, despite a growing immigrant population working in its food processing and hospitality industries. The small band of migrant…

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What an American Terrorist Looks Like

Despite racist and anti-immigrant scapegoating, data shows that most American terrorists are resentful White men inspired by White supremacist and misogynist rhetoric.   “Invasion.” President Trump has used that very word about immigration at the southern border 19 times at rallies since he took office, according to a recent USA Today analysis. And six tweets between October 2018 and June 2019 use the word “invasion” that way. An arrest affidavit for 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, the man charged in the Aug. 3 mass shooting in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart that…

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Trump rolls out measures against documented immigrants

New hardline policy targets documented immigrants who apply for government benefits such as food and housing. US President Donald Trump‘s administration has rolled out another new hardline policy aimed at migrants, this time documented immigrants who apply for government benefits such as food and housing. The new policy was announced after a series of raids arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in food processing plants in Mississippi. Although the government said is will pursue employers who hire such workers, none of the employers in the Mississippi raids has been arrested or…

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Divided Under Trump: The Strange Death of American Civility

We investigate how the toxic partisan divisions of the Trump era have eroded civil norms vital for US democracy. Watch ‘Part 2: What does it mean to be American?’ above Watch ‘Part 1: Democrats vs Republicans’ below The United States seems more disunited than at any point in recent history – its politics so undermined by partisan divisions that consensus on almost anything is impossible to achieve. Toxic partisanship between Democrats and Republicans – the nation’s two main parties – has soared under President Donald Trump‘s administration – worsening since the…

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Trump condemns white supremacy after El Paso mass shooting

US president pledges to provide resources to law enforcement agencies to ‘disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism’. President Donald Trump says the United States must “condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy” after a mass shooting in the state of Texas that authorities said appeared to be a racially motivated hate crime. A gunman on Saturday killed 20 people, including six Mexican citizens, at a Walmart store in El Paso, close to the border with Mexico. Just a few hours later, another gunman in Dayton, Ohio, killed nine people. Dozens of others were wounded…

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The Disunited States: How partisan politics is polarizing the US

Unquestioning party allegiances and growing division between Democrats and Republicans may threaten American democracy. Americans may be as divided over politics today as they were in the lead up to the Civil War of the 1860s. In Washington, DC, hardly a day passes without Democrats and Republicans accusing the other party of betraying the nation and its core values. Around the country, partisan allegiances are fracturing relationships at the level of the family, neighbourhood and community. Religious congregations are coming apart over politics. So are marriages. Partisan rancour worsened after…

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Is Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza is dead

Three US officials confirmed Hamza’s death to a TV station while another report says he died in the last two years. Intelligence officials in the United States have received information that al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden‘s son Hamza has died, according to a US broadcaster. NBC reported on Wednesday that three US officials had confirmed they had information of Hamza bin Laden’s death, but gave no details of the date or place, and did not indicate if they had confirmed the information. The New York Times newspaper also reported that…

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Second Democratic debate night one: What did candidates say?

Warren and Sanders offer unabashed defence of their progressive policies during the second 2020 Democratic debate. The little-known 2020 United States presidential candidates came out swinging on Tuesday, hoping to make a breakthrough on the first night of the second Democratic debate. “We have a choice: We can go down the road that Senator [Bernie] Sanders and Senator [Elizabeth] Warren want to take us, which is with bad policies like ‘Medicare for all’, free everything and impossible promises,” former Representative John Delaney said. “It will turn off independent voters and get Trump…

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Jeffrey Epstein found unconscious in New York jail cell

The wealthy financier is being held on charges of sex trafficking dozens of underage girls. Wealthy US financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of trafficking underage girls for sex, was found unconscious in his New York jail cell with injuries on his neck this week, US media reported on Thursday. It was not clear whether the injuries were self-inflicted or from an assault, a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press. The person was not authorised to discuss the case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition…

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Robert Mueller testimony: What did he say?

Six key takeaways from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s highly-anticipated testimony. Washington, DC – In more than five hours of testimony before two congressional panels, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller said his investigation of Russia’s interference in 2016 US presidential election did not exonerate Donald Trump of obstruction of justice, as the president has claimed. “The president was not exculpated for the acts that he allegedly committed,” Mueller told the House Judiciary Committee during the first of back-to-back hearings. At the same time, Mueller’s highly anticipated appearance did not appear…

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Robert Mueller appears before US House Judiciary Committee

The former special counsel will give his statement on his probe report related to Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller is appearing before the two congressional committees in today’s trial related to his probe report on Russia meddling in 2016 presidential election. Mueller’s appearance before two House panels promises to be the TV event of the year in the US House.   Al Jazeera reports live from Washington, DC.

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Three million could lose food stamps under new Trump proposal

A proposed rule change would require people to pass a review of income and assets to receive food stamps. The administration of President Donald Trump on Tuesday will propose a rule to tighten food stamp restrictions that would cut about 3.1 million people from the programme, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials said. Currently, 43 US states allow residents to automatically become eligible for food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, if they receive benefits from another federal programme known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, according…

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House rejects bid to launch Trump impeachment proceedings

House votes to sideline impeachment resolution against Trump, effectively killing the measure for now. The United States House of Representatives voted Wednesday to sideline an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump, effectively killing the measure for now but not burying the issue that has divided Democrats. The resolution’s sponsor, Democratic Representative Al Green, was seeking to capitalise on growing criticism of Trump after the president’s recent attacks on minority congresswomen. The House voted 332 to 95 to set aside the measure. Green had failed twice before to get an impeachment…

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What is Amazon’s role in the US immigration crackdown?

Activists blast tech giant’s business offering cloud services to ICE, the US government agency conducting raids. Immigration activists rallied this week in eight cities – including at the New York City residence of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, delivering 270,000 petitions to demand that the company cut ties with United States immigration authorities. As Amazon began its two-day annual shopping holiday on Monday, the country was emerging from a tense night of expected raids in urban areas to round up undocumented immigrants across the nation. How does Amazon support US immigration…

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