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Measles cases in California soar | Medical Alert

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(CNN) —Last Wednesday, the number was 59. Nine days later, there are 91 cases of measles in California.
The California Department of Public Health sent out the latest numbers Friday of confirmed cases since December and while the total is still small, the jump was a startling 54% in just more than a week.
Most cases -- 58 -- are linked to an outbreak at Disneyland in mid-December. Health officials said 40 of the cases were employees or park patrons, while 18 of the cases were secondary infections.
The new numbers include two cases in Marin County, near San Francisco, where one parent of a 6-year-old has asked school officials to bar any children who have not been vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).
"Fortunately, there is no need to exclude any students from a Marin County school at this time as there is no evidence for school-based exposure," the county public health office said in a statement.
The two measles patients are siblings, both of whom are unvaccinated. Their cases are related to the outbreak at Disneyland.
CNN affiliate KGO reported the children aren't going to school and aren't in the county.
The health department said 63% of the people with measles are more than 20 years old.
Measles is a highly communicable respiratory disease caused by a virus and spread through the air. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
The disease outbreak became apparent when visitors reported coming down with measles after visiting the park from December 15 to December 20. At least five Disney employees have been diagnosed with measles, Disney said.
Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, which means it is no longer native to the United States but continues to be brought in by international travelers.
Last year, the United States had its most number of measles cases -- at 644 -- since 2000, the CDC says on its website.
In the first 28 days of January alone, 84 measles cases were reported in 14 states, including California, according to the CDC. The larger California statistic that the state released Friday encompasses December and January.
New cases are being reported regularly, as are public notices for those who might have interacted with infected people.
For example, the New York state health department on Friday announced a new measles case in Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, which is 100 miles north of New York City. The infected student rode Amtrak train No. 283 from New York City's Penn Station, a train that went to Albany and eventually to Niagara Falls.
The CDC recommends that children get two doses of the MMR vaccine beginning at 12 months, with the second dose between the ages of 4 and 6 years old. Infants 6 to 11 months old should get the vaccine before international travel.
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Measles cases in California still climbing - WBAL Baltimore

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Measles cases in California still climbing
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(CNN) —Last Wednesday, the number was 59. Nine days later, there are 91 cases of measles in California. Health Law ruling · By the numbers: Americans can't... Health care law upheld: America reacts · 12 landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases · Health care ...

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SF police detain man in body parts case - USA TODAY

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SF police detain man in body parts case
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San Francisco police on Friday detained a man in relation to a suitcase full of body parts left downtown earlier this week. The man matched the "person of interest" photos released by officials. Police Chief Greg Suhr said the man was detained in the ...
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Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas....

Saudi Arabia's King Salman gives citizens an extra two months' salary - Sydney Morning Herald

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman gives citizens an extra two months' salary
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Less than a week after assuming the throne, Saudi Arabia's new king has given all state employees a bonus two months' salary and reshuffled top government jobs, firing two sons of his predecessor in the process. The move has helped King Salman ...

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San Francisco police detain man in human remains case - Corvallis Gazette Times

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San Francisco police detain man in human remains case
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police said they detained a man shown in photos released earlier in the day in the case of human remains found inside a suitcase. San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1Dpchju) Police Chief Greg Suhr ...

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NYC to pay $5M to kin of man killed in 'Mafia cops' case - MyrtleBeachOnline.com

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NYC to pay $5M to kin of man killed in 'Mafia cops' case
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File- This file photo from March 13, 2006, shows former New York City police detective Louis Eppolito entering Brooklyn federal court on the first day of his trial in New York. Nicholas Guido was showing off his new car outside his mother's home on Christmas ...

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NYC to pay $5M to kin of man killed in 'Mafia cops' case - seattlepi.com

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NYC to pay $5M to kin of man killed in 'Mafia cops' case
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NEW YORK (AP) — Nicholas Guido was showing off his new car outside his mother's home on Christmas Day 1986 when he was gunned down because he'd been mistaken for a mobster with the same name. The bad information, prosecutors said, came ...

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VS Naipaul’s notorious conceit has drained away – and the man who remains is hard to read 

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A writer’s personality can colour your sense of his work – but at a literary festival in India last week, the sad problem was almost the opposite
Few books have meant more to me than some of those written by VS Naipaul, although the more I knew (or thought I knew) about the author, the less straightforward my admiration of his books became. One school of thought says this is foolish: a writer and his work need to be seen in separate compartments, so that the work can’t be contaminated by the author’s reputation as a wife-beating drunk, child molester or antisemite. Naipaul is none of these, but his perplexing frankness has hurt many people close to him and revealed a breathtaking, almost comic, arrogance that this reader at least finds hard to forget. In the age when writers were read and not seen or heard, we would have known much less about these characteristics. Which reader of Biggles knew the true life and habits of captain WE Johns, or even how he looked? Today, however, writers are often more visible than their books, which makes the argument for a work-life division harder to sustain. At literary festivals, we see a person rather than a printed page. It can have unexpected effects.
At last week’s festival in Jaipur, Lady Naipaul twice pushed her husband on to the stage in a wheelchair. The first time, at the close of an event that had celebrated his finest novel, A House for Mr Biswas, Naipaul said only a sentence, thanking the writers who’d praised the book for their generosity. But two or three days later he was on stage for an hour, talking to his friend Farrukh Dhondy in front of an audience that filled a large lawn. Somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 people were sitting and standing; others walked behind or through the crowd, hoping to be detained by some excitement, and, finding none, or not enough, moved on.
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Murder trial begins in the case of Etan Patz, boy who disappeared 35 years ago - Washington Post

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Murder trial begins in the case of Etan Patz, boy who disappeared 35 years ago
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NEW YORK — Thirty-five years after New York City first-grader Etan Patz vanished on a short walk to his school bus stop, sparking a national missing children's movement, a Manhattan prosecutor called it a “crime that changed the face of this city forever” in ...

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Saudi Arabia faces ISIS threats during transition of new king - Fox News

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Saudi Arabia faces ISIS threats during transition of new king
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Jan 27: President Obama is greeted by Saudi Arabia's King Salman as he arrives at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. (Reuters). ISIS recruits from Saudi Arabia have their sights set on seizing their oil-rich homeland, and may be preparing to strike ...

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Islamic State seizes oil facility in north Iraq, 15 workers missing - Daily News & Analysis

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Islamic State seizes oil facility in north Iraq, 15 workers missing
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Islamic State insurgents seized a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city Kirkuk where 15 employees were working, security and oil officials said on Saturday. Islamic State insurgents seized a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city Kirkuk ...

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Fifteen Ukrainian soldiers killed in fighting in past 24 hours: defense minister

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KIEV (Reuters) - Fifteen Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in fighting against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said on Saturday.






  

Dozens detained during protests outside Vienna's palace ball - video 

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Police detain dozens of demonstrators after scuffles broke out during a protest against the Academy ball in Vienna, Austria. The demonstrators, who numbered 5,000 according to the authorities, say the ball, organised by the anti-immigration Freedom party, legitimises extreme right wing views. Last year vandalism from the protests cost £750,000 in damages Continue reading...

Argentinian prosecutor feared pro-government fanatics, says employee 

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Exclusive: Lawyers for Diego Lagomarsino, the last person to speak to Alberto Nisman before he died, say he’s being made a scapegoat
The Argentinian prosecutor who was found dead after accusing the country’s president of conspiring to cover up the country’s deadliest terror attack was more afraid of fanatical government sympathisers than foreign terrorists, according to the last person known to have spoken to him before his death.
Alberto Nisman was found lying in a pool of blood in his bathroom on 18 January – the day before he was due to formally present to Congress his allegation that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner had plotted to cover up Iran’s involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre that killed 85 people.
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Firefighters Battle Large Fire at Moscow Library - NBCNews.com

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Firefighters Battle Large Fire at Moscow Library
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DONETSK, Ukraine — Red tape is preventing war-weary civilians from fleeing relentless shelling in this rebel stronghold. The Ukrainian government recently introduced new rules forcing anyone who wants to travel to or from regions held by pro-Russian ...
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Angela Merkel rules out cancelling any more Greek debt

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German chancellor says she will show solidarity with Greece but adds: ‘I do not envisage fresh debt cancellation’
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has ruled out cancelling more of Greece’s debt, saying the country has already received billions of cuts from bankers and creditors.
Merkel’s intervention comes after the Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, refused to work with the troika of lenders – the European commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund – to renegotiate the terms of the debt-ridden country’s €240bn (£180bn) bailout programme.
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Details about Hezbollah leader’s assassination could intensify shadow war with militant Lebanese group 

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BEIRUT — Revelations that the CIA cooperated with Israel’s Mossad spy agency to assassinate the top military commander of Hezbollah are poised to intensify a shadow war with the militant Lebanese group that could involve retaliation against U.S. interests around the world, analysts said.Read full article >>






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Islamic State admits defeat in Kobani - USA TODAY

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Islamic State admits defeat in Kobani
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BEIRUT (AP) — Members of the Islamic State group have acknowledged for the first time that they were defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani. In a video released by the pro-IS Aamaq News Agency late Friday, two fighters said airstrikes by the U.S.-led ...
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Romney's exit unleashes race for donors among 2016 hopefuls

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Mitt Romney's exit from the presidential campaign has unleashed a frenzy of fresh fundraising and set off a new race for the backing of donors who had remained loyal to the 2012 Republican nominee....

Germany, ECB play hard ball with Greece - Reuters

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Germany, ECB play hard ball with Greece
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BERLIN/HELSINKI (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out a debt writedown for Greece on Saturday, and a European Central Bank policymaker threatened to cut off funding to Greek banks if Athens does not agree to renew its bailout ...
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Has the mystery of Shakespeare’s Sonnets finally been solved?

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New evidence points to identity of enigmatic ‘Mr WH’ to whom the poems are dedicated
Some of the finest, most quoted verses in the English language were dedicated to him, and for centuries literary scholars have tried to establish his identity.
Now fresh research suggests that the mysterious Mr WH, to whom Shakespeare’s sonnets were dedicated, was not, as had been thought, a contemporary English nobleman, but a recently deceased associate of the Sonnets’ publisher, Thomas Thorpe, which would explain the dedication’s strangely funereal form.
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Massive Fire Ravages Moscow Library Archives

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A fire that has raged for more than 17 hours at one of Russia's biggest libraries has destroyed thousands of rare documents.
Fire broke out at the Institute for Scientific Information on Social Sciences on Friday and was still being brought under control on Saturday.
The institute held more than 10 million documents and rare texts.
Dozens of fire crews struggled to stop the fire spreading at the library in southwest Moscow.
The emergency situations ministry said on Saturday that more than 200 firefighters were called to the scene.
Yuri Pivovarov, the director of the institute, described the fire as a disaster.
He told Russian television that the true extent of the damage was still unclear.
An initial estimate revealed more than 21,500 square feet of the library had been destroyed.
However, the section containing rare medieval Slavic texts did not seem to have been affected.
Mr Pivarov added that only a small fraction of the institute's collection had been digitised, so the lost documents were irreplaceable.

Italian Premier's Pick Gets Presidency

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Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and seasoned politician, as the country’s president, giving a big political boost to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi who nominated him.

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Egyptian Court Bans Hamas' Armed Wing as Terrorist Organization 

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An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of the Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organization. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Morsi, from the presidency in 2013. The ruling came days after the country faced some of the bloodiest attacks on security forces in years. During Morsi’s one-year...

Benedict Cumberbatch Backs Call to Pardon Gay Men Convicted in U.K. 

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Benedict Cumberbatch has joined 40,000 others in signing an open letter to the British government demanding the pardons of thousands of gay men convicted under historic indecency laws in the UK.
“The U.K.’s homophobic laws made the lives of generations of gay and bisexual men intolerable,” reads the letter published in The Guardian. “It is up to young leaders of today, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to acknowledge this mark on our history and not allow it to stand.”
Cumberbatch played Alan Turing in the Oscar-nominated movie The Imitation Game, which documents the codebreaker’s struggles under the UK’s early twentieth-century anti-gay laws. In 1952, Turing was convicted of gross indecency—one of 49,000 men found guilty under the laws. He was chemically castrated and died by suicide two years later. Homosexual sex was outlawed in England and Wales until 1967.
In 2013, Turing was pardoned by the Queen, but 15,000 of the men convicted are believed to still be alive. Cumberbatch—along with many others, some of whom were involved with the film—are demanding for their records to be wiped clean. “We call upon Her Majesty’s government to begin a discussion about the possibility of pardoning all the men, alive or deceased, who like Alan Turing were convicted,” the letter reads.

Ukraine Peace Talks Start as Fighting Rages Over Strategic Town - Bloomberg

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Ukraine Peace Talks Start as Fighting Rages Over Strategic Town
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(Bloomberg) -- Ukrainian, Russian and OSCE representatives began talks on resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine, while rebel officials said their leaders won't attend unless government forces first declare a truce. Former Ukrainian President Leonid ...
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