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Beijing issues rare public warning on ‘serious’ swine fever crisis

Beijing issues rare public warning on ‘serious’ swine fever crisis

Chinese authorities have announced strict new measures in an attempt to halt the country’s fast-growing African swine fever crisis, which has spread to 18 provinces and led to the culling of more than 200,000 pigs. Days after acknowledging the situation was “serious,” the Chinese Agricultural Ministry on Friday reported the first outbreak of the disease…MORE

Snowstorm slams eastern US, killing 8 and knocking out power

Snowstorm slams eastern US, killing 8 and knocking out power

A strong winter storm moving over the eastern half of the country has claimed at least eight lives and knocked out power for tens of thousands of people. A turbulent mix of rain, snow and ice that initially hit the Midwest caused havoc from the south to the northeast Thursday. It prompted school closures, hours-long…MORE

Deadly salmonella outbreak forces USDA to recall raw turkey

Deadly salmonella outbreak forces USDA to recall raw turkey

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has recalled turkey products linked to a salmonella outbreak. Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products after the USDA found that a sample of the products tested positive for a salmonella reading matching…MORE

Officer in Parkland shooting fights subpoena and refuses to testify

Officer in Parkland shooting fights subpoena and refuses to testify

The school resource officer, criticized for not entering the building to confront the Parkland shooter, will not testify in an investigation of the shooting. Scot Peterson’s lawyer, Joseph DiRuzzo III, told CNN that the former resource officer was subpoenaed to testify before a state commission investigating the February school shooting that left 17 people dead.…MORE

Pentagon spends $500 million to fix problems found in audit

Pentagon spends $500 million to fix problems found in audit

The Defense Department’s first ever agency-wide financial audit discovered problems that cost approximately $559 million to fix, the Pentagon said Thursday. “We spent approximately $406 million on audit remediation and $153 million on financial system fixes,” the Department of Defense’s statement on the audit read. Several organizations — including the Amy, Navy, Air Force, Marine…MORE

Tammy Duckworth: Trump has ‘failed miserably’ in supporting US troops

Tammy Duckworth: Trump has ‘failed miserably’ in supporting US troops

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth said Thursday that President Donald Trump has “failed miserably” in his attempts to support US troops. “He’s failed miserably when it comes to supporting our troops and their families,” the senator from Illinois said. Duckworth is a veteran who lost both legs during an explosion in Iraq while serving in the…MORE

Missing Disney film which predates Mickey Mouse resurfaces in Japan

Missing Disney film which predates Mickey Mouse resurfaces in Japan

A 1928 Disney animation, which predates the creation of Mickey Mouse, has been unearthed in Japan, according to Japanese media. The Asahi Shimbun reports that the cartoon short, entitled “Neck n’ Neck,” was part of the collection of an anime history researcher, Yasushi Watanabe, who bought it in Osaka while still a high school student…MORE

Pence takes a global role as Trump broods

Pence takes a global role as Trump broods

One is huddling with the Russian President, gripping-and-grinning with the Japanese prime minister and pressing Myanmar’s ruler to free imprisoned journalists. The other is tweeting fury at the special counsel, sitting for lengthy sessions with his private attorneys and working to salvage his image as commander in chief after it took a bruising thanks to…MORE

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