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Mexico earthquake: rescue dog who has saved 52 lives in her career searches for more victims

Mexico earthquake: rescue dog who has saved 52 lives in her career searches for more victimsHaving already save 52 lives during her career, Frida is plunging back into the rubble to find more people. The six-year-old labrador has been deployed at disasters across Central and North America,  participating in rescue missions in Haiti, Ecuador and Honduras. Men's Best Friend, always willing to help <3 My heart and thoughts are with the people of Mexico. �� t.co/c9MKapIjIL— riogayguide (@riogayguide) September 21, 2017 Her bravery and resourcefulness has even earned the praise of Mexico's president, Enrique Pena Nieto, who took to Twitter to praise the labrador. “This is Frida," he wrote. "She belongs to SEMAR and has helped save 52 lives in various natural disasters at national and international levels." Wearing goggles, a khaki padded waistcoat and all-terrain boots, Frida was back in action weeks after saving 12 victims from an earlier  Mexican quake. A member of the Mexican Navy stands next to a rescue dog  Credit: EdgardGarrido/Reuters At least 273 people have been killed as a result of the 7.1 earthquake which struck the country on Tuesday. Others are still buried under the rubble and their hopes of survival rest on rescue dogs like Frida. Frida's exploits have been hailed on social media. There are even cartoons of Frida and some have suggested she should run for office.



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Muslims More Likely Than Americans Overall To See Discrimination Against Black People

Muslims More Likely Than Americans Overall To See Discrimination Against Black PeopleMuslims are more likely than Americans overall to acknowledge the discrimination that black Americans face in the country, a Pew Research Center study suggests.



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Mexico City earthquake: More than 200 dead, including 22 primary school children

Mexico City earthquake: More than 200 dead, including 22 primary school childrenDesperate rescue workers scrabbled through rubble in a floodlit search on Wednesday for dozens of children feared buried beneath a Mexico City school, one of hundreds of buildings wrecked by the country's most lethal earthquake in a generation. The magnitude 7.1 shock killed at least 217 people, nearly half of them in the capital, 32 years to the day after a devastating 1985 quake. The disaster came as Mexico still reels from a powerful tremor that killed nearly 100 people in the south of the country less than two weeks ago. Mexico earthquake: Shake intensity Among the twisted concrete and steel ruin of the Enrique Rebsamen school, soldiers and firefighters found at least 22 dead children and two adults, while another 30 children and 12 adults were missing, President Enrique Pena Nieto said. There were chaotic scenes at the school as bulldozers moved rubble under the buzz and glare of floodlights powered by generators, with parents clinging to hope their children had survived. "They keep pulling kids out, but we know nothing of my daughter," said 32-year-old Adriana D'Fargo, her eyes red after hours waiting for news of her seven-year-old. Rescuers, firefighters, policemen, soldiers and volunteers remove rubble and debris from a flattened building Credit: AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZ Three survivors were found at around midnight as volunteer rescue teams formed after the 1985 quake and known as "moles" crawled deep under the rubble. TV network Televisa reported that 15 more bodies, mostly children, had been recovered, while 11 children were rescued. The school is for children aged 3 to 14. The earthquake toppled dozens of buildings, broke gas mains and sparked fires across the city and other towns in central Mexico. Falling rubble and billboards crushed cars. Women are covered in dust after making it out of a building that collapsed after an earthquake in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City Credit: AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell In a live broadcast, one newsreader had time to say "this is not a drill", before weaving his way out of the buckling studio. Parts of colonial-era churches crumbled in the state of Puebla, where the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) located the quake's epicenter, some 100 miles (158 km) southwest of the capital, at a depth of 51 km (32 miles). As the earth shook, Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano, visible from the capital on a clear day, had a small eruption. On its slopes, a church in Atzitzihuacan collapsed during mass, killing 15 people, Puebla Governor Jose Antonio Gali said. U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned the earthquake in a tweet, saying:  God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2017 In Rome, Pope Francis told pilgrims that he was praying for all the victims, the wounded, their families and the rescue workers in the majority Catholic country. "In this moment of pain, I want to express my closeness and prayers to all the beloved Mexican people," he said. Mexico City faces bulk of the destruction Forty three of the deaths were in the state of Puebla, some 75 miles east of Mexico City, where the earthquake struck, while 71 people were killed in Morelos, to the south of the capital.  But it was Mexico City itself that was hardest hit, with 86 confirmed dead, according to Luis Felipe Puente, national coordinator of the Civil Protection service.  Much of the region was plunged into darkness, with 40 per cent of Mexico City and 60 per cent of the state of Morelos still without electricity early on Wednesday. Mexico City earthquake: narrow escapes and apocalyptic scenes 01:40 President Enrique Pena Nieto urged people to stay in their homes if it was safe to do so and keep the streets free of congestion to allow emergency vehicles to pass. "This earthquake is a hard and very painful test for our country," he said in a message to the nation. "Us Mexicans have had difficult experiences as a consequence of earthquakes in the past. And we have learned to respond to these episodes with commitment and the spirit of solidarity." He added: "We will stay united, confronting this new challenge together." Mexico City's buildings crumble as deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake hits – in pictures People trapped in rubble Tony Gali, the governor of Puebla, said that church steeples had been toppled in the city of Cholula. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in Mexico City, where more than 50 people died, and fires broke out in several of them.  Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said rescue teams were working painstakingly with picks and shovels to free people who had been trapped Journalist films home swaying as earthquake hits Mexico 00:50 "We have some buildings where we have reports that there could be people inside. They are doing it with lots of caution," the interior secretary said, adding that more rescue personnel would be needed. At one site, reporters saw onlookers cheer as a woman was pulled from the rubble. Rescuers immediately called for silence so they could listen for others who might be trapped. One video posted on social media showed a large industrial building swaying and then crumbling in a huge cloud of dust and rubble. Mexican TV showed cars crushed by debris. Credit: USGS There was chaos in Mexico City, with traffic jammed to a standstill and ambulances trying to reach those injured. Hundreds of civilians rushed to help search for people who may have been trapped. 'There was thunder…then dust' Carlos Mendoza, 30, said that he and other volunteers in Mexico City had been able to pull two people alive from the ruins of a collapsed apartment building after three hours of effort. "We saw this and came to help," he said. "It's ugly, very ugly." Another volunteer rescue worker, Mariana Morales, said she saw a building collapsing in a cloud of dust before her eyes as she travelled in a taxi. "There was the sound of thunder … then dust and all this," she said. "The people are organising quickly." Gala Dluzhynska was taking a class with 11 other women on the second floor of a building on trendy Alvaro Obregon street when the quake struck and window and ceiling panels fell as the building began to tear apart. She said she fell in the stairs and people began to walk over her, before someone finally pulled her up. A man enters a damaged building after an earthquake in Mexico City Credit: Eduardo Verdugo/AP "There were no stairs anymore. There were rocks," she said. They reached the bottom only to find it barred. A security guard finally came and unlocked it. 'Children killed at school' Jorge Lopez, a 49-year-old Spaniard living in Mexico City, told the AFP news agency that when the earthquake struck, he raced to the school in the central Roma district where his children aged six and three were, to find it collapsed but his offspring safe if terrified. "We arrived at the school and everyone was crying, everyone was frantic, and the kids were holding on to a rope," he said. "It's uncontrollable. You can't do anything against nature." Lazaro Frutis, a 45-year-old who escaped an office building before it crumpled to the ground, said: "We ran outside thinking all was going to collapse around us.  "The worst thing is, we don't know about our families or anything." Volunteers and rescue personnel work on the remains of a collapsed primary school  Credit: AP On Twitter, relatives posted pleas for news of family members, including 8-year-old Alexis Vargas Macias who was at Enrique Rebsamen school when the quake hit. Hours after the quake, rescue workers were still clawing through the wreckage of the primary school looking for any children who might be trapped. Some relatives said they had received Whatsapp message from two girls inside. President Enrique Pena Nieto visited the school late on Tuesday and said 22 bodies had been recovered there, two of them adults. He added in comments broadcast online by Financiero TV that 30 children and eight adults were still reported missing. Rescuers were continuing their search and pausing to listen for voices from the rubble. City joins together in rescue efforts Hours after a school collapsed, killing at least 22 children, people were still searching through the rubble. Emergency services and civilians have clubbed together to rescue people and animals trapped after the quake. Drone footage shows extent of Mexican quake as volunteers help relief workers 01:17 A sea of people are seen removing rubble from a toppled building Thousands of volunteers removing rubble from a collapsed building. There's no electricity in 40% of Mexico City #FuerzaMexicopic.twitter.com/wCH0NcbgXd— Gaby S. (@gabyserrar) September 20, 2017 A dog was saved, to the joy of onlookers Mexico at its finest. Proud. #mexicoearthquake#fuerzaPuebla#FuerzaMiMexico pic.twitter.com/4nl6aa4wKW— Jorge Cameron-Ochoa (@jcameron_ochoa) September 20, 2017 Locals were seen wearing masks as they helped to remove rubble Porque somos más los buenos. Pese a la fuerte sacudida, la gente ayuda para remover los escombros | @fotocarlos28https://t.co/vAhXkdTDSFpic.twitter.com/KRi82hondx— DIARIO RÉCORD (@record_mexico) September 20, 2017 Hundreds of university students gathered to join the rescue efforts Miles de universitarios llegan al Estadio Olímpico en @UNAM_MX y comenzarán organizarse para salir en brigadas de rescate pic.twitter.com/7Bd3gvFyWD— Noticias MVS (@NoticiasMVS) September 20, 2017 Crowd cheers as child is saved "They saved a child" the crowd cheers But over 200 people have died in an #earthquake in #Mexico Including 21 kids pic.twitter.com/0Q3FH3w1I4— Jamie Johnson (@JamieoJohnson) September 20, 2017 Soldiers were deployed to assist with rescues NEW: More than 3,400 soldiers deployed in areas affected by earthquake near Mexico City, says The Mexican Secretariat of National Defense. pic.twitter.com/z957fdh52v— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 19, 2017 Man pulled from rubble shouts 'there are more people in there!' VÍA @genarolozano: Una persona rescatada sale caminando y dice que hay más gente atrapada con vida. #CDMXpic.twitter.com/9bVET9CWW7— Webcams de México (@webcamsdemexico) September 20, 2017 Scouts help with rescue efforts We stand with people & #Scouts in #Mexico affected by #SismoMX. We are working closely with @scoutsdemexico on relief efforts. #FuerzaMexicopic.twitter.com/9l86KtH3tl— World Scouting (@worldscouting) September 20, 2017 Formula One driver Sergio Perez has donated £125,000 to the victims of the earthquake. He is currently the only Mexican Formula One driver. Nieto: Focus is on rescuing people In video message later, Mr Nieto appealed for calm.  "The priority at this moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical attention to the injured people," he said. Pena Nieto said that as of late Tuesday 40 percent of Mexico City and 60 percent of Morelos state have no electricity. Police called for calm and cordoned off streets with grotesquely twisted buildings, their reinforcing steel poking out from concrete. People hugged and comforted each other amid anxiety about loved ones. Many stood around in a daze, not sure where to go or what to do. Devastating images from Mexico City. pic.twitter.com/RpF7sUq31s— Jorge Guajardo (@jorge_guajardo) September 19, 2017 Enrique Peña Nieto, the Mexican president, told civilians to stay off the streets so that emergency services could access the worst hit areas. Donald Trump, the US president, tweeted: "God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you." Power was cut to 3.8 million customers, the national electricity company, CFE, said and mobile phone signals were down across large parts of the country. Current image of Mexico City. To all my family and friends, I hope everyone is safe. pic.twitter.com/dqCk47kcEK— Francisco Parada (@paco_parada) September 19, 2017 Mexico City's international airport suspended operations and was checking facilities for any damage. Mexican stocks and the peso currency dropped on news of the earthquake, and Mexico's stock exchange suspended trading. Two weeks ago, a 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit the south of the quake-prone country leaving 90 people dead. The earthquake nearly toppled this building across from me in Mexico City. People fled screaming as buildings crumbled. Scary as hell. pic.twitter.com/PDCFm8vh0B— Kate Linthicum (@katelinthicum) September 19, 2017 Much of Mexico City is built on former lake bed, and the soil can amplify the effects of earthquakes centred hundreds of miles away. There have been 19 earthquakes of magnitude 6.5 or larger within 200 miles of yesterday's quake in the past century, said Paul Earle, a US Geological Survey seismologist. People leave buildings following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake Credit: Sáshenka Gutiérrez/EFE Earlier in the day workplaces across Mexico City held readiness drills on the anniversary of the 1985, 8.0 magnitude, earthquake, which killed thousands of people. "I'm so worried. I can't stop crying. It's the same nightmare as in 1985," said Georgina Sanchez, 52. World para swimming and powerlifting championships postponed The world para swimming and powerlifting championships to be held in Mexico City later this month have been postponed following the devastating earthquake this week, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said on Wednesday. The IPC said that this was the first time it had been forced to postpone a major championship. Both events were due to start on Sept. 30. with 1,400 athletes, officials and staff involved. "As a result of this tragedy, we are in full agreement that the immediate focus of the Mexican authorities should be on prioritising recovery and rebuilding for the Mexican people and not organising two major international sport events," IPC President Andrew Parsons said in a statement. "I know the postponement of both championships will be disappointing news to all the athletes who were set to take part, however these are unique circumstances and quite simply this is the right thing to do at the moment." Parsons said arrangements were being made for a safe departure of delegations that had already arrived in the capital. FCO advice for British travelers  The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released this statement: "On Tuesday 19 September 2017 there was an earthquake of magnitude 7.1 near Puebla, Mexico – approximately 140km south-east of Mexico City. Damage has been severe. "Mexico City airport was closed temporarily, but has now reopened. Please contact your airline in the first instance if you are due to fly out on 19 or 20 September. Local authorities are opening up shelters for those most badly affected, details will be released by Proteccion Civil. "If you are in the area, you should follow the advice of the local authorities. The British embassy in Mexico City remains closed and phone lines are intermittent due to structural damage. If you require emergency assistance, please call +44 (0)20 7008 1500." Additional reporting by agencies.  



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21 schoolchildren among more than 200 dead in powerful Mexico quake

21 schoolchildren among more than 200 dead in powerful Mexico quakeAt least 216 people were killed when a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, including 21 children crushed beneath an elementary school that was reduced to rubble. The destruction revived horrific memories in Mexico on the anniversary of another massive quake in 1985, the disaster-prone country’s deadliest ever. One of the most gut-wrenching scenes was at the Enrique Rebsamen primary school on Mexico City’s south side, whose three floors collapsed into one, trapping students and teachers inside.



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More Than 140 People Arrested in St. Louis Protests

More Than 140 People Arrested in St. Louis ProtestsProtests became violent in St. Louis after a white police officer was acquitted in the 2011 shooting death of a black man, but residents say the city they know is a place where people help, not hurt each other.



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More Florida Keys residents return home to survey Irma's destruction

More Florida Keys residents return home to survey Irma's destructionBy Carlo Allegri KEY LARGO, Fla. (Reuters) – More residents who had fled the Florida Keys ahead of Hurricane Irma were allowed to return to their homes on Saturday, as authorities prepared to reopen Key West at the end of the devastated archipelago on Sunday. As Florida struggled to return to normal after the powerful storm struck this week, Governor Rick Scott ordered all nursing homes in the state to obtain emergency generators. The order followed the deaths of eight elderly people this week at a sweltering nursing home north of Miami that lost power.



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Many Americans Are More Racist Than They Think: Poll

Many Americans Are More Racist Than They Think: PollVery few will express outright support for the alt-right, white nationalism or neo-Nazism. But that doesn't mean they don't have similar ideas and attitudes.



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More Breast Cancers Have Been Diagnosed Early Since Obamacare Took Effect

As the Senate debates whether to vote this week on the Republicans’ proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new study has been released—finding that after the ACA became law in 2011, more women with breast cancer were diagnosed early, in stage 1 of the disease.

Diagnosing breast cancer while it’s still in stage 1 can improve patients’ prognosis and reduce the need for intensive and costly treatments, the study authors wrote in the journal Cancer Epidemiology. And it's likely that such an increase has saved lives, they wrote.

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The study analyzed data from more than 470,000 breast cancer patients, ages 50 to 74, who were covered by private insurance or Medicare. All of the women were newly diagnosed with breast cancer either between 2007 and 2009 (before the ACA was in place) or between 2011 and 2013 (after the bill took effect).

Between those two time periods, the percentage of breast cancers diagnosed in stage 1 increased 3.6 percentage points, from 54.4% to 58%. The researchers also found a corresponding decline in stage 2 and stage 3 diagnoses, with no change in the rate of stage 4 diagnoses.

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Lead author Abigail Silva, PhD, an assistant professor of public health sciences at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, says she was “pleasantly surprised” to see an effect, although modest, so soon after the ACA was put into place. “It’s really exciting and shows the kind of impact this legislation can have for good,” she says.

The earlier cancer is detected, the more effectively it can be treated. And Silva says there can be a significant difference in the type of treatment needed for stage 1 versus stage 2 cancer.

“In stage 2, it means the cancer has started to spread beyond the breast, to the lymph nodes for example,” says Silva. “In that case a woman might need chemotherapy, which involves longer period of time and more side effects and out-of-pocket costs than, say, the surgery and maybe radiation she’d need for stage 1.”

In the study, increases in stage 1 diagnoses were higher in Latinas and African Americans than in white patients. Historically, minorities are less likely to receive early diagnoses of breast cancer—in part because they’re less likely to get mammograms at recommended intervals, the study authors wrote.

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But starting in 2011, the ACA eliminated co-payments and other out-of-pocket costs for mammograms and 44 other preventive services. From 2011 to 2013, rates of early-stage diagnoses were still lower among Latinas and African Americans than they were for white women, but the gap did narrow a tiny bit. (This study did not look at screening rates specifically, but other research has suggested that the ACA has indeed boosted mammogram rates among low-income populations.)

With the exception of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society, with an estimated 253,000 new diagnoses in 2017. “While the shift in stage I cancers was modest, it translates into a potentially significant public health impact,” the authors wrote. “A small shift toward stage I diagnoses would improve the prognosis for thousands of women.”

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Silva says previous research suggests that screening behaviors for other types of cancer, including colorectal and cervical, have also improved since the ACA made preventive services (like colonoscopies and Pap tests) free for patients. If these benefits were rolled back—say, if a state elected not to require that preventive services be covered under the Senate’s new legislation—out-of-pocket costs could return and rates could fall back to pre-ACA levels.

“We could be going back to seeing lower screening for diseases that could potentially be diagnosed at earlier stages,” she says. “Not only would that be detrimental to individuals—especially to disenfranchised, low-income individuals—but it would also be more costly for the health-care system as a whole.”


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Republicans Find More Ways To Avoid Criticizing Trump’s Dealmaking With Democrats

Republicans Find More Ways To Avoid Criticizing Trump’s Dealmaking With DemocratsWASHINGTON ― After President Donald Trump appeared to set up Republicans for another deal with Democrats, this time on the GOP’s most scorching hot-button issue ― immigration ― congressional Republicans were once again putting their faith in Trump on Thursday.



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Sanders: Trump has 'done more for bipartisanship in the last 8 days than Obama did in 8 years

Sanders: Trump has 'done more for bipartisanship in the last 8 days than Obama did in 8 yearsWhite House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Wednesday that President Trump has “done more for bipartisanship in the last eight days than Obama did in eight years.”



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