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What to Wear to Smash the State

In late August, a crowd of thousands — primarily leftists and liberals — cascaded down Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Berkeley, Calif. They were marching on a spattering of right-wingers, Trump supporters and Nazis who were gathering under the mission to say “no to Marxism in America.” At the front of the march were about 100 people dressed in head-to-toe black. According to many people present, this was the largest so-called black bloc they’d seen. This medley of black-clad anarchists, anti-fascists (known as “antifa” activists) and their fellow travelers…

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What to know about hepatitis A, as California outbreak triggers state of emergency

As California finds itself in the grips of the largest person-to-person hepatitis A outbreak in more than two decades, health officials are taking emergency measures to curb the spread of the deadly disease. On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency in light of the outbreak that has killed at least 18 people, hospitalized 386 and infected at least 578 in the state as of this past weekend, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). “This outbreak is different than any other we have seen…

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Brexit: David Davis and Michel Barnier to sum up state of talks

Brexit Secretary David Davis and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier are expected to sum up the state of negotiations on the UK’s departure from the union later. The fifth round of talks – the final discussions before a crucial EU summit on 19 and 20 October – are due to end. The UK has been hoping EU leaders at the summit will decide enough progress has been made to open trade talks. The UK is set to leave the European Union at the end of March 2019. Transition…

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Washington state, Seattle are latest to sue opioid makers

Washington state and the city of Seattle on Thursday joined more than two dozen other government entities across the country suing to hold opioid makers accountable for an addiction crisis that has claimed thousands of lives. The governments hope to recoup costs of responding to drug addiction, including money spent on emergencies, criminal justice and social services. “Unlike earthquakes and hurricanes, this disaster is a human-made crisis,” Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes told a news conference at Harborview Medical Center, where officials said more than 100 people were being treated…

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Third of state schools in cash deficit

“We’re trying to operate on a shoestring,” says Tim Rawling, chair of governors of a South Gloucestershire primary school. Staple Hill Primary School is expecting to go into budget deficit this year, with fears of cuts and job losses. It will not be alone as there were more than 9,000 state schools in England in a similar position last year, according to figures revealed by ministers. Schools minister Nick Gibb said schools would have “the resources they need”. The figures were revealed in an answer to a parliamentary question about…

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Abuse allegations, arrests mount at state mental hospital

At Connecticut’s only maximum-security psychiatric hospital, staff members put a diaper on a patient’s head, threw food at him, poured water over him, put salt in his coffee, kicked him and placed a mop on his head after cleaning a floor, according to a state report. Thirty-one staff members at the Whiting Forensic Division hospital in Middletown have been suspended, and nine have been arrested. More arrests are expected, police say, and calls are pouring in with more allegations of misconduct and abuse, according to a state lawmaker who is…

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Hurricane Irma churns toward Florida as state braces for storm surges up to 15 feet

Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, hit Cuba overnight as a rare Category 5 storm before being downgraded to a Category 3 Saturday morning, and the storm is expected to restrengthen as it heads toward Florida. Irma, which as of 11 a.m. Saturday was 175 miles southeast of Key West, hugging the northern coast of Cuba, was moving west at 9 mph and is expected to turn to the north and head up the western coast of Florida. The monster storm’s shift in direction creates a…

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