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CDC Director: Congo's Ebola Outbreak May Not Be Containable

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Tom Inglesby, the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore, said that if the Ebola outbreak becomes endemic in the Congo’s North Kivu province, it shows “we’ve lost the ability to trace contacts, stop transmission chains and contain the outbreak.” In this situation, Ebola could spread, which could negatively impact both trade and travel, according to a report by Becker’s Hospital Review.

The problems with containment of this particular Ebola outbreak stem from the fact that the disease is spreading in an active war zone with several armed groups attacking health officials, government aids and civilians. Some civilians with Ebola have refused treatment, and health care workers are still being infected. About 60 to 80 percent of new cases do not show an epidemiological link to prior cases.

The daily rate of new Ebola cases had more than doubled in early October. In addition, there is community resistance and a deep mistrust of the government as the raging outbreak continues to spread through an active war zone.

“I do think this is one of the challenges we’ll have to see, whether we’re able to contain, control and end the current outbreak with the current security situation, or do we move into the idea that this becomes more of an endemic Ebola outbreak in this region, which we’ve never really confronted,” Dr. Redfield told The Washington Post.
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Rescued 6-foot emu and feisty donkey are in love

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A boy donkey and a girl emu have apparently fallen in love, and their relationship has created a problem for one of Charlotte’s best known animal shelters.

The odd pair – emus are similar to ostriches – are so closely bonded that they’re refusing to leave each other’s side, says Jennifer Gordon of Carolina Waterfowl Rescue outside of Charlotte.

“They like to cuddle and even sleep together,” Gordon told The Charlotte Observer. “We can’t separate them, so we need someone who is willing to adopt both a donkey and an emu. That may not be easy.”

Rescuers made the mistake of trying to separate them – once.

The 5-foot-5 donkey “started crying” and the 6-foot-tall emu “got frantic” and paced around like an expectant father, she says.

They’re now being kept in the same enclosure, as they await an adoption that she predicts will likely never come.

The emu and the donkey had been “comforting each other,” possibly for years, on a few acres in Kershaw, South Carolina, when the owner suddenly vanished last week, she says.

The two were left behind, along with a bunch of dogs, cats and chickens, she says.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue took in the animals on Monday, with the intention of finding homes for all of them.

Gordon fears the rescue operation will have to keep the donkey and emu indefinitely. The site already has three other donkeys, but it turns out the newly arrived donkey doesn’t like them, she said. “He’d rather be with the emu,” she says. “When we put him in with the other donkeys, he attacked them.”

A campaign has been launched on Facebook to name the pair and try to raise money for their food and medical bills. Nearly 100 names have been suggested since Monday, Gordon said.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, a nonprofit, is in the midst of raising $150,000 to move from its current 11-acre site to a 50-acre farm near Waxhaw where larger animals can be kept.
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>A 50-year-old woman sabotaged Australian supermarket strawberries with sewing needles in an alleged act of workplace revenge, prosecutors told a Brisbane court Monday.

>My Ut Trinh has been charged with seven counts of contamination of goods and faces up to 10 years in jail if convicted

Tucker Carlsons House Gets Attacked While Wife At Home

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson was at his desk Wednesday evening, less than two hours before his 8 p.m. live show, when he suddenly started receiving multiple text messages. There was some sort of commotion happening outside his home in Northwest D.C. “I called my wife,” Carlson told The Washington Post in a phone interview. “She had been in the kitchen alone getting ready to go to dinner and she heard pounding on the front door and screaming. ... Someone started throwing himself against the front door and actually cracked the front door.” His wife, thinking it was a home invasion, locked herself in the pantry and called 911, Carlson said. The couple have four children, but none were home at the time. But it wasn’t a home invasion. It was a protest.
Carlson said the protesters had blocked off both ends of his street and carried signs that listed his home address. The group called Carlson a “racist scumbag" and demanded that he “leave town,” according to posts on Twitter. A woman was also overheard in one of the deleted videos saying she wanted to “bring a pipe bomb” to his house, he said...The host’s address, as well as the addresses of his brother and good friend Neil Patel, with whom he co-founded the conservative media site the Daily Caller, were shared in tweets from Smash Racism DC’s account. In a Facebook post that included video of the gathering, the group wrote, “Fascists are vulnerable. Confront them at their homes!” “Protecting ourselves and our communities means interfering with those who make a platform for hate,” the statement said. “So we will go to their homes and their workplaces, and find them in restaurants.”
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Caitlyn Jenner says he was 'wrong' to think Trump would help LGBTQ people

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Caitlyn Jenner says he made a "mistake" in thinking he could work with President Donald Trump to benefit the LGBTQ community and is now no longer a Trump supporter.

In a Washington Post op-ed published Thursday, Jenner said at first she believed he could work with Trump and Republicans to change the party's stance on LGBQT issues.

"Sadly, I was wrong," Jenner wrote, adding, "The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president."

He argued that Trump "has shown no regard for an already marginalized and struggling community."
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Florida judge rebukes Republicans lies, says there is no voter fraud in Broward County

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All your Florida election news is here

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Florida election recount of 2018 (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Two voter rights groups are suing to prevent Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for U.S. Senate, from having any role in the general election recount.

Common Cause Florida and the League of Women Voters of Florida filed the federal lawsuit Monday in Tallahassee. The groups are seeking a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to remove Scott from any role in the recount of the 2018 Florida general election.

The groups previously sent Scott a letter urging him to recognize the conflict of interest in overseeing the recount of his own U.S. Senate race. The governor’s office didn’t immediately respond when asked if Scott would recuse himself from the certification but said Scott has previously certified elections when he’s been on the ballot.

Scott, a Republican, holds a slight lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson. The margin was close enough to trigger an automatic recount under Florida law.

4:30 p.m.

Election officials in a Florida county battered by Hurricane Michael last month allowed about 150 displaced voters to cast ballots by email, even though it’s not allowed under state law.

The Miami Herald reports that Bay County Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen defended that decision Monday.

Andersen told the newspaper that parts of the county remained shut off by law enforcement, preventing people from reaching their homes. The displaced voters were allowed to scan and email their ballots to the elections office. Andersen said all the ballots were verified by signature.
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Acosta video distributed by White House was doctored

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NEW YORK (AP) — A video distributed by the Trump administration to support its argument for banning CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House appears to have been doctored to make Acosta look more aggressive than he was during an exchange with a White House intern, an independent expert said Thursday.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted the video, which shows Acosta asking President Donald Trump a question on Wednesday as the intern tries to take his microphone away. But a frame-by-frame comparison with an Associated Press video of the same incident shows that the one tweeted by Sanders appears to have been altered to speed up Acosta’s arm movement as he touches the intern’s arm, according to Abba Shapiro, an independent video producer who examined the footage at AP’s request.

Earlier, Shapiro noticed that frames in the tweeted video were frozen to slow down the action, allowing it to run the same length as the AP one.

The tweeted video also does not have any audio, which Shapiro said would make it easier to alter. It’s also unlikely the differences could be explained by technical glitches or by video compression — a reduction in a video’s size to enable it to play more smoothly on some sites — because the slowing of the video and the acceleration that followed are “too precise to be an accident,” said Shapiro, who trains instructors to use video editing software.

Sanders, who hasn’t said where the tweeted video came from, noted that it clearly shows Acosta made contact with the intern. In her statement announcing Acosta’s suspension, she said the White House won’t tolerate “a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job.”

While the origin of the manipulated video is unclear, its distribution marked a new low for an administration that has been criticized for its willingness to mislead.
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L.A. Production of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ Replaces Nazis with ICE Agents

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>A modernized theatrical production of The Diary of Anne Frank in Los Angeles will re-imagine the Jewish Frank family hiding from Nazis with Latino immigrants hiding from ICE officials, its directors have revealed.
>The production, directed by former Roseanne writer Stan Zimmerman and scheduled to run throughout September, “was inspired by the true story of a Jewish woman in Los Angeles who created a ‘Safe House’ for a Latina mother and her two daughters after her husband was deported by ICE.” The play’s characters in the attic will be played by a LatinX cast.
>“Director Stan Zimmerman has cast his production of the classic play The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman,” the play’s promotional content reads.
>In the original version of the true story, 13-year-old Anne Frank details her life in her diary after her family is forced to hide in an attic in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. After more than two years of hiding, the Frank family is discovered by the Gestapo and sent to a Holocaust extermination camp, where only Anne’s father Otto survives.
>The controversial play comes amid growing comparisons by major Hollywood figures and the left-wing commentariat between the Holocaust and the immigration enforcement policies of the Trump’s administration. In March, CNN compared ICE agents to Nazis on a news article on the Jewish woman on which the upcoming production is based.

Oh yeah and friendly reminder that Anne Frank would be pregnant if the South had won the Civil War.
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Following death of 30 coal workers, Judge ruled company failed to keep workers safe

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The company withheld personal protective equipment from cleanup workers following a toxic coal ash spill, believing the optics of people in hazmat suits would hurt business. The judge ruled the company is liable to pay damages to workers or their heirs. Unfortunately, 30 American coal workers are already dead and about 250 more are sick and dying as a consequence.

>A federal jury in Tennessee this week ruled in favor of blue-collar workers after a coal ash spill clean-up left many of them dead and sick. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Knoxville News Sentinel reporter Jamie Satterfield, who has been following the legal battle since last year.

>A few years ago, I went to a place called Kingston in Tennessee to report out a story about the aftermath of a massive coal-ash spill that nearly took out the entire town. The story never came together, but I'll never forget the one guy who told me that, when the dam holding back the coal-ash let go, he woke up and looked out his front window. "I saw trees marching by the front of my house," he said. At the time, the massive pile of debris was still there; earth-moving equipment was scattered all over the sides of the pile like so many toy trucks.

>I went back there during the 2016 presidential campaign and saw that the recovery was almost complete. There was grass growing where once there was merely a massive mountain of sludge and debris. This week, however, we heard about the human cost of that recovery, and once again about how cheap human lives are compared to a bottom line. From the Knoxville News:
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Poroshenko discussed with Perry Nord Stream-2

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The President noted the successful implementation of a number of joint Ukrainian-American projects in the nuclear power industry.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry discussed issues of the Ukrainian-American strategic energy dialogue and opposition to the Nord Stream II project. According to the administration of the head of the Ukrainian state, the parties discussed issues of US cooperation with Ukraine in the energy sector.

"The President noted the successful implementation of a number of joint Ukrainian-American projects in the nuclear power industry, as well as the supply of American coal to Ukraine. The head of state reaffirmed his interest in bringing modern American technologies and best practices to our country to effectively develop existing oil and gas reserves," in the message.

They also noted the need for further countering the Nord Stream II project, as well as diversifying the sources of energy supply, in particular by expanding the possibilities for the supply of liquefied gas from the US.