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Democrats recall visiting border facilities: 'It did confirm my worst fears'

Democrats recall visiting border facilities: 'It did confirm my worst fears'Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Jeff Merkley recently visited the Mexican border to witness President Trump’s new policy of separating families crossing illegally into the U.S.



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Four children found dead with mother and grandparents in Australia's worst mass shooting since Port Arthur

Four children found dead with mother and grandparents in Australia's worst mass shooting since Port ArthurFour children have been found dead along with their mother and grandparents in the worst Australian mass shooting since the Port Arthur massacre. The three generations of the same family were found with gunshot wounds Friday at a rural property in southwest Australia in what has been described as a "horrific" suspected murder-suicide.  In a crime that has shocked the nation, Katrina Miles and her children aged eight to 13 were found dead at the home of her parents-in-law, Peter and Cynda Miles, who were well known and respected in the community. Cynda was killed, as was another male, identified by some media as Peter.  All seven had moved Osmington, a village of fewer than 700 people near the tourist town of Margaret River, to grow fruit three years ago. Police did not confirm their identities and would not comment on the possibility of murder-suicide, but said they are not looking for a suspect. Police forensics investigate the death of seven people in a suspected murder-suicide in Osmington Credit: Richard Wainwright/AAP Image Officers were called to the quiet property by a male at 5am on Friday and found five people inside the house and two adults outside, as well as two firearms. All seven were said to be residents of the property at Osmington, a small town about 160 miles south of Perth, known for its wineries and resorts. The state’s police commissioner, Chris Dawson, said the shooting was “horrific” but confirmed they were not looking for suspects, suggesting it was a murder-suicide. "The loss of any life is tragic, but four children and three adults, this is a significant tragedy," he said. “I don’t think any other words can describe how tragic this is. This will be a very large-scale and detailed investigation." She apparently said on Facebook a month ago that she  believed she was being stalked by someone close to her. Meg Janes, a 68-year-old local resident, said she heard a series of gunshots early in the morning and assumed that someone was shooting kangaroos. The shots, she said, had “quite a long gap between them”. “Something woke me up around 4am,” she told the PerthNow website.  “I heard quite a few gunshots and at the time I didn’t take much notice of it. I got up and went to the toilet and I thought, ‘That’s a bit strange, that’s an odd hour to be shooting kangaroos’. It wasn’t until I saw the police that I thought, ‘Hang on a minute’.” Ms Janes said of the family: “We’d swap plants and seedlings from time to time. They’re really nice people… It’s a huge shock for everyone.” Pamela Townshend, the president of the local  Margaret River-Augusta shire, said the dead family was well-known in the tight-knit community. “Everyone is totally shocked. It is just so sad. It’s just overwhelming,” she told The West Australian. “[Osmington] is a very small community. Everyone knows everyone. This family, if it is who we think it is, is very embedded in the local community.” Felicity Haynes, another resident, said the family moved to Osmington from the town of Margaret River, about 12 miles away, for the seclusion and quiet of rural life. The incident was the worst mass shooting in Australia since a 1996 massacre by a deranged gunman at Port Arthur, a former convict jail in Tasmania, which left 35 people dead. That shooting prompted an overhaul of Australia’s gun laws, including an amnesty which resulted in the destruction of about 700,000 privately-owned firearms. #UPDATE: Police have addressed the media, as seven are feared dead in Margaret River mass tragedy. @hansinclair9 is #LIVE at the scene. #9Newspic.twitter.com/6itT6vCmpV— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) May 11, 2018 Gun crime in Australia fell sharply after strict controls were introduced in response to a mass shooting in 1996, when a lone gunman killed 35 people in Tasmania. That prompted the government to buy back or confiscate a million firearms and make it harder to buy new ones. Australia has banned all semi-automatic rifles and all semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns, and has a restrictive system of licensing and ownership controls. While there have been some mass killings since Port Arthur, the latest killings could prove to be the single biggest incident of gun-related deaths since 1996. Police said they went to the property after getting a telephone call. "The reason police went to the property was from a telephone call which we've recorded," said Dawson, who would not comment on the identity of the caller. He said police and other specialists would be at the scene for several days at least. "This will be a very large scale and detailed investigation," he said. 



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Indian officials lament inaction of cities with world's worst air

Indian officials lament inaction of cities with world's worst airBy Neha Dasgupta and Krishna N. Das NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Only a handful of India’s 100 most polluted cities have drawn up plans to combat air pollution despite being asked to do so three years ago, senior government officials said on Wednesday after a damning report by the World Health Organisation. India is home to the world’s 14 most polluted cities, the WHO said, based on the amount of particulate matter under 2.5 micrograms found in every cubic meter of air. Environment ministry officials said the WHO’s findings were embarrassing but not surprising.



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9 Worst Muscle Cars Of The 1990s

9 Worst Muscle Cars Of The 1990s



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257 dead as military plane crashes in Algeria's worst air disaster

257 dead as military plane crashes in Algeria's worst air disasterAlgeria suffered its deadliest ever air catastrophe Wednesday when a military plane crashed after takeoff, killing 257 people on board, mostly army personnel and their family members. An AFP photographer at the scene saw the charred wreckage of the plane after it caught fire in a field near the Boufarik airbase, 30 kilometres (19 miles) south of Algiers. The defence ministry said in a statement that 247 passengers and 10 crew were killed without mentioning any survivors.



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The Worst Cars At The 2018 New York Auto Show

The Worst Cars At The 2018 New York Auto Show



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Here's Why Russia's 'New' Tu-160M2 Could Be NATO's Worst Nightmare

Here's Why Russia's 'New' Tu-160M2 Could Be NATO's Worst NightmareRussia’s fleet of new build Tupolev Tu-160M2 Blackjack strategic bombers will be equipped with upgraded engines that would extend the range of the aircraft by roughly 600 miles. According to Russian deputy defense minister Yuri Borisov, engine manufacturer Kuznetsov is working on the development of a modernized version of the NK-32 afterburning turbofan for the new Tu-160M2 variant. “In its upgraded version, it [the engine] will be 10% more efficient, which will make it possible to increase the flight range of the strategic bomber by about 1,000 km,” Borisov said during his visit to the Kuznetsov plant in Samara according to TASS.



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Trump's Approval Rating Drops Back To His Worst With 2 New Polls

Trump's Approval Rating Drops Back To His Worst With 2 New PollsDonald Trump’s approval rating has slumped again to match the lowest of his presidency, according to two new polls.



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Dow has worst one-day drop of all time as new Fed chair sworn in

Dow has worst one-day drop of all time as new Fed chair sworn inThe Dow plunged below 25,000 today, wiping out this year’s gains and marking the second straight day of losses.



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This year’s flu shot might not stop the virus, but it can fend off the worst symptoms

This year’s flu shot might not stop the virus, but it can fend off the worst symptomsThere’s a potent flu virus infecting Americans this influenza season — even healthy people including a marathon runner and bodybuilder have become seriously ill. But although the flu shot isn’t so effective this year, the vaccine will still probably spare you from the most severe symptoms, hospitalization, or at worst, death. Like most flu seasons, there are a few strains circulating around the country right now, but one of these — dubbed H3N2 – is notably vicious. At worst, it’s taken the lives of children and healthy adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes there is "widespread" flu activity in nearly every region it monitors around the country, and H3N2 was the most frequently identified strain reported as of mid-January.  SEE ALSO: The coming Arctic blast probably won't make you sick, but winter definitely can Generally, severe fevers, chills, and fatigue are compelling an unusually high number Americans to seek medical treatment. “Our hospitals are brimming in the ER,” said Joan Faro, Chief Medical Officer at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital on Long Island, New York, in an interview. “Occupancy rates are through the roof.” Even medical professionals are taking extra precautions against this season’s virus. Faro said inoculated staff are wearing masks around sick patients — and that’s something she hasn’t seen before. “There’s an awareness that there’s something going on, something that is a little bit different than previous years,” Faro said. The H3N2 virus, though, has hit the U.S. numerous times before. And when it does, “it tends to be a rougher season,” said Susan Donelan, medical director and assistant professor of infectious disease at Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine, in an interview.  “It’s not pretty.” Already this flu season, 37 children have died in the U.S. from the virus, according to the CDC.  This virus is exceptionally nasty because it tends to change more than other flu viruses during the course of a season. Donelan calls these slight changes, known as “genetic drift,” little tweaks that occur in the viruses’ genes during or between the flu season.  The H3N2 virus' ability to change with time renders the flu vaccine, which is basically a weakened form of several dominant flu viruses, an imperfect match against this year's dominant illness. In essence, those who received the flu shot have spent time preparing to fight a specific invader that, when it finally arrives, ends up presenting itself differently. The flu vaccine becomes “a near match, but it’s not a perfect match,” said Shane Speights, a dean and associate professor of medicine at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University. A CDC map indicating geographic spread of the flu viruses, as of January 20, 2018. The tan areas indicate widespread influenza activity estimates.Image: CDCOur flu vaccines are bred in laboratories months in advance, so the virus has ample time to morph during that period. When this happens, the virus can then successfully attack and reproduce in bodies that have been inoculated. But getting the shot will mitigate the altered viruses’ aggressiveness. “The vaccine certainly still provides a lot of benefits,” explained Speights. “It’s still enough for your body to mount a response.” “It starts creating infantry cells so that when you come in contact with the real thing, it has some resistance to fight it off,” said Speights. And this bit of resistance, said Donelan, “can still keep people from getting really ill, and if hospitalized, can keep them from dying.” For that reason, even if it’s late January or early February — which is quite late in the flu season – Speights emphasized that “It’s not too late to get the vaccine. At minimum, this will “give your body a look at [the virus],” he said. And that seems like wise advice for a strain that can morph quickly, partially outwitting our carefully-developed vaccines.  “Influenza is a pretty clever organism,” said Donelan. WATCH: Your next flu shot may be replaced with this patch



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