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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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Hurricane Irma: UK territory declares state of emergency

A state of emergency has been declared in a British Overseas Territory hit by Hurricane Irma. British Virgin Islands governor Gus Jaspert said there were reports of casualties and fatalities, and help had been requested from the UK. He said radio and other communication channels were extremely limited. The UK government has increased the relief fund for British overseas territories devastated by Hurricane Irma to £32m. The announcement – increasing the fund from £12m – was made by Prime Minister Theresa May as she said the government had responded “swiftly”…

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