Pregnant women in US with Zika spikes on new counting method

The number of pregnant women in the United States infected with Zika virus is suddenly tripling, due to a change in how the government is reporting cases. Previously, officials had reported how many pregnant women had both Zika symptoms and positive blood tests. In a change announced Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s […]

U.S. e-cigarette use stalls as health concerns grow

Use of electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices has stalled in the United States as more Americans question their safety, according to a new online Reuters/Ipsos poll. About 10 percent of the 9,766 adults surveyed between April 19 and May 16 use the devices, the same percentage as in a similar Reuters/Ipsos poll in May, […]

Cosby accuser says she was dizzy

Andrea Constand told authorities that Bill Cosby violated her sexually after giving her three blue pills that made her dizzy, blurry-eyed and sick to her stomach, her legs “like jelly,” according to a police report read in court Tuesday. “I told him, ‘I can’t even talk, Mr. Cosby.’ I started to panic,” the former Temple […]

Long TSA lines: How long will this go on?

Zachary Annen and his husband arrived at Chicago O’Hare International Airport Sunday night three hours ahead of their flight. The pair waited more than 2 1/2 hours in the Transportation Security Administration screening line and made it to the gate for their flight home to Seattle with “minutes to spare,” Annen said. As travelers face […]

Curry repeats as MVP: First time unanimous selection

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry became the NBA’s first unanimous Most Valuable Player on Tuesday, winning the award for a second straight season. Curry, 28, swept all 131 first-place votes, including 130 from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters and one from the Kia MVP fan vote. San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was […]

Prince estate: Colorado inmate says he is singer’s son, sole heir

Dividing up Prince’s vast estate just got more complicated. Carlin Q. Williams, a 39-year-old inmate in federal prison, says he is the son of the music legend and the sole heir to his estate. His claims were filed by his attorney in the same court Prince’s siblings are seeking their share of the singer’s estate. […]

Fire that led to fatal Texas fertilizer explosion set on purpose

The fire that led to a deadly explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant three years ago was intentionally set, authorities said Wednesday. The blast devastated the Texas town of West in April 2013 and killed 15 people — including 12 first responders. Texas blast leaves nearly 100-foot crater Investigators determined someone started the fire […]

Macy’s is in serious trouble

Donald Trump may have reason to gloat on Twitter again about the latest troubles facing Macy’s — the iconic retailer that dumped Trump’s clothing line last year. Macy’s reported sales for the first quarter on Wednesday that fell more than 7% from a year ago and missed forecasts. The company also lowered its sales and […]

Houston region swamped and shut down by ‘historic’ flood

Amid historic flooding, people in Houston are abandoning their waterlogged cars in the streets and leaving their homes for higher ground. A flood event of excessive proportions has crippled Houston and a vast region surrounding it.  Five to 17 inches of rain have fallen in the area in less than 24 hours, inundating homes and […]

New Jersey school board member quits over anti-Muslim comments

A New Jersey school board member resigned on Friday after drawing fire for anti-Muslim Facebook posts, including one saying, “America needs to get rid of people like you,” the board president said. Elmwood Park Board of Education member Gladys Gryskiewicz had come under pressure to step down after attention was drawn to the posts on […]

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