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the 2018 flu season might be leveling off

time healthfor more, visit time health.(new york) — this nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off.health officials on friday said about 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. that’s no reason for health officials to celebrate yet: that level is among the highest in a decade. but it’s no worse than last week, and flu activity had been increasing each week since november.the centers for disease control and prevention report said the number of states reporting heavy flu patient traffic also held steady at 43.“i thought i was going to die, i really did,” said ben bland, a 39-year-old event planner in kansas city, missouri, who was hospit...




britney spears sends love to gus kenworthy and adam rippon

olympic athletes do a lot to prepare for competition: train rigorously for years, get plenty of sleep beforehand (or not) and, sometimes, draw inspiration from britney spears — who took the time to wish u.s. freestyle skier gus kenworthy luck before his appearance at the 2018 pyeongchang winter olympic games on sunday.“gimme, gimme more on the slopes today!!” spears tweeted at kenworthy, hours before his slopestyle competition — which takes place saturday night eastern time, when he will look to defend the slopestyle silver medal he won in sochi.“oh. my. god. was really not prepared to wake up to this. not sure how i’m gonna ski today because i’m literally dead now but i’m gonna go that extra mile for you, britney!” he res...




a 4-year-old was shot in a car in akron, ohio

(akron, ohio) — authorities say a suspect in the fatal shooting of a 4-year-old girl sitting in a car with young siblings and her grandmother in northeastern ohio has been arrested.police say 31-year-old darnell bitting was arrested around 4 p.m. saturday in akronakron police spokesman lt. rick edwards says the shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. friday after the children’s m...




4 soldiers wounded in gaza border explosion

(jerusalem) — the israeli military said saturday that four soldiers were wounded, two seriously, in an explosion along the israeli border with gaza.the military said all four were evacuated for medical treatment. in response, the military said one of its tanks struck an observation post in the southern gaza strip. palestinian officials said the target belonged to the islamic jihad militant group and that there were no casualties on the palestinian side.israel typically strikes hamas, the islamic militant group that rules gaza, for all attacks emanating from the territory, regardless of who carries them out.in the post 2014 war reality established along the volatile frontier, israel generally carries out limited retaliations to any militant...




fire alarm sounds, gunfire erupts: should you stay or flee?

students and teachers responded as trained when the fire alarm sounded, streaming out of the school and toward exits only to run into deadly gunfire.two boys with stolen guns took aim from a wooded hill, waiting for people to evacuate after one of the boys had triggered a false fire alarm. they killed four children and a teacher.that was 20 years ago at arkansas’ westside middle school, before active-shooter drills became part of the routine for schools across america.students today are taught to evacuate during fire alarms but lock down during school shootings. so there was confusion wednesday when a fire alarm sounded — the second one that day — at a florida high school as 19-year-old former student nikolas cruz unleashed a barrage o...




mourners honor slain chicago police commander paul bauer

(chicago) — mourners remembered a slain chicago police commander saturday as a model officer and “one of the good guys” who was uninterested in self-promotion, even as he moved up the department’s ranks.of all of commander paul bauer’s responsibilities, the ones that mattered the most to him were being a good husband to his wife, erin, and good father to his daughter, grace, several speakers said during his funeral at the nativity of our lord church.the wife of slain chicago police cmdr. paul bauer, erin, right, and the bauer's 13-year-old daughter, grace, left, arrive to nativity of our lord catholic church in chicago on saturday, feb. 17, 2017. cmdr. bauer was shot to death while confronting a suspect earlier in the week. (abel u...




drunk men entangled with mannequin and toy car, police say

(berlin) — police in western germany have freed two men who became entangled with a mannequin and a large, remote controlled car.officers were called after cries were heard from an apartment in the city of mainz in the early hours of saturday.police found the 58-year-old tenant and a 61-year-old visitor “hopelessly locked together” with the toy car and...




nikolas cruz was investigated for cutting videos: records

(parkland, fla.) — florida’s child welfare agency investigated the suspect in a school shooting that killed 17 people after he cut himself in a video but found him stable, according to state records.the miami herald obtained records from florida’s department of children and families and reported saturday that nikolas cruz posted a video on the social media network snapchat showing him cutting his arms in 2016.the agency was called to investigate. cruz, then 18, was listed as an “alleged victim” of medical neglect and inadequate supervision; his adoptive mother, then-68-year-old lynda cruz, the “alleged perpetrator.”“mr. cruz was on snapchat cutting both of his arms,” the florida dcf abuse hotline was told in august 2016. ...




earthquake felt in wales is biggest in 10 years

a 4.2-magnitude earthquake hit southern wales saturday morning, the first in the united kingdom of that size in about 10 years.the earthquake, with an epicenter north of swansea, was felt through southwest england and the south of wales, according to the bbc. however, no reports of serious damage or injury has been recorded. the earthquake was the largest one felt in the area since a 5.2-magnitude earthquake in 2008, the bbc reported.despite the lack of known injuries or damage, authorities said they are still seeing a high call volume as a result of the earthquake. police are asking people to only call if they are injured or if there are damages.there has been a minor earthquake t...




no, fidel castro is not justin trudeau's father

a story claiming that fidel castro was the father of canadian prime minister justin trudeau is not true. the canadian government denied it, cuba has never claimed it and trudeau’s parents never visited cuba until several years after justin trudeau was born.the feb. 1 suicide of castro’s oldest son, fidelito, spurred the most recent report on several sites, claiming that fidelito left a suicide note referring to justin trudeau as his half-brother. a theory that castro was trudeau’s father was also shared widely on social media after castro’s death in 2016, when trudeau caused an uproar over remarks praising the late cuban leader.the canadian government denied the reports this week. justin trudeau was born on ...




a 4-year-old was shot in a car in akron, ohio

(akron, ohio) — authorities say a 4-year-old girl sitting in a car with young siblings and her grandmother in northeastern ohio has been fatally shot and a suspect is being sought.police haven’t identified the girl shot around 10:30 p.m. friday in akron. police spokesman lt. rick edwards says the shooting happened after the children’s mother pulled in front of a home ...




florida shooting survivors demand gun control in parkland

a rally held on saturday, days after a deadly school shooting in parkland, fla., drew a crowd of thousands and prompted impassioned pleas for gun control.the rally was held in front of the federal courthouse in fort lauderdale, about 25 miles from parkland’s marjory stoneman douglas high school, where 17 people died in wednesday’s shooting. among the thousands who gathered on saturday were students from the school, some of whom took to the podium to demand better gun control policies, the associated press reports.emma gonzalez, a student at marjory stoneman douglas, directly addressed president donald trump and other lawmakers in her speech. “if the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy ...




woman jailed for baptizing daughter, violating court order

a north carolina woman was jailed friday after baptizing her daughter, violating a court order stemming from a custody battle.the custody battle included a disagreement over the terms of their daughter’s baptism, according to local news station wsoc-tv. the court order stated that the father of the child, paul schaaf, who is catholic, would have the final decision on matters, including religious ones.they were reportedly told that violating the court orde...




russia and u.s. exchange barbs over fbi indictments

(munich) —top russian and american officials exchanged barbs saturday in germany over the u.s. indictment of 13 russians accused of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election.h.r. mcmaster, u.s. president donald trump’s national security adviser, said at the munich security conference that the federal indictments showed the u.s. was becoming “more and more adept at tracing the origins of this espionage and subversion.”“as you can see with the fbi indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain,” mcmaster told a russian delegate to the conference.just minutes before, russian foreign minister sergey lavrov had dismissed the indictments as “just blabber,” according to r...




trump visited florida shooting victims in the hospital

president donald trump traveled to broward county, fla., on friday to visit with victims who were injured in the grisly school shooting in parkland this week.a series of images posted on instagram shows the president and first lady melania trump, who were scheduled to be at trump’s florida resort mar-a-lago this weekend, speaking with victims and their families at the hospital and posing with medical staff.“our entire nation, with one heavy heart, continues to pray for the victims and their families in parkland, florida,” reads a lengthy caption accompanying the post.february 16, 2018‪ our entire nation, with one heavy heart, continues to pray for the victims and their families in parkland, florida. to teachers, law enforcement, firs...




13 killed in helicopter crash in mexico after quake

(mexico city) — mexico appeared saturday to have escaped major destruction after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake rattled the country, but it rekindled fears in a population that still sees daily reminders of deadly earthquakes that struck five months ago.the interior department said in a statement that 50 homes suffered significant structural damage in santiago jamiltepec, oaxaca state, along with other damage to the city hall and main church. the national electricity commission said nearly 1 million users lost power, but it was expected to be restored over the course of the day.but a military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from the quake crashed in the country’s south late friday, killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of the...




ester ledecka won skiing gold. can she conquer snowboarding?

ester ledecka took gold in ladies’ super-g, edging out american lindsey vonn who ended up tying for sixth place at the 2018 winter olympics.ledecka, a snowboarder from the czech republic, took many by surprise with her alpine skiing win at the olympic games.“i really don’t know what happened. you tell me … i was riding. i really don’t know what happened. it was great,” ledecka said in a transcript, according to npr.however, she’s not even close t...




usa vs. russia at the olympics: more than just hockey

for american athletes at the pyeongchang winter olympics games, facing off against russia in any sport is, well, complicated. hockey, the sport in which the united states achieved its greatest olympic moment as a nation — the 1980 miracle on ice victory in lake placid against the soviet union — offers a particular chill. geopolitical tensions envelop the ice; that special counsel robert mueller, on friday, indicted 13 russian nationals for their alleged interference in the 2016 u.s. presidential election only adds to the intrigue.throw in another wrinkle for team usa’s preliminary round men’s hockey showdown on saturday against russia – actually, the olympic athletes from russia – the top team in america’s group: many people th...




two dead infants were found in a suitcase in arkansas

authorities on friday discovered the bodies of two newborn infants in a suitcase on the side of an arkansas road, officials said.the bodies were stowed inside a purple suitcase left on a ditch bank on country road 602, according to a statement from the cross county sheriff’s office, and were found around 2 p.m. on friday. the babies appeared to be twins, detective sergeant jeffrey nichols told wreg.“it...




mike pence talks about school safety, doesn't give specifics

vice president mike pence talked about school safety during a speech in houston, but didn’t give specifics.in a speech saturday, he said the justice department is working with other agencies to “study the intersection of mental health and criminality.”he said that when presidents trum...