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Oregon vaccine bill dead as US measles count soars

Health
Critics blasted a decision by Oregon lawmakers that killed a bill aimed at getting more children vaccinated for measles and other preventable diseases in order pass a tax on large businesses, saying it jeopardized public health. Despite passing the House and having the necessary votes in the Senate, the measure to make it harder for families to opt out of required vaccinations was nixed as part of a deal announced Monday to end a week-long Republican walkout over a multibillion school funding tax. Under the vaccination measure children would only have been be able to forgo vaccine requirements with a doctor's note, otherwise they'd be unable to attend public school. Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a Democrat from Beaverton, Oregon, and the bill's sponsor, said the move prevents the state ...
Power Rangers star dead: Pua Magasiva dies aged 38

Power Rangers star dead: Pua Magasiva dies aged 38

Entertainment
Power Rangers star Pua Magasiva has sadly passed away at the young age of 38.The New Zealander’s production company confirmed the news that he was tragically found dead on Saturday Morning (local time).Pua was best known for his part playing Shane Clarke, the Red Wind Ranger in the TV franchise of Power Rangers Ninja Storm.CNN reported, the police were called to an address in Wellington on Saturday morning where they found his body, but a cause of death is yet to be given. Related Articles The Samoan-born lad, starred in hundreds of episodes of Shortland Street from 2003, playing nurse Vinnie Kruse.He temporarily left the soap but returned in 2012.A multi-talented entertainer, he also became a co-host of New Zealand’s radio station Flava.Magasiva will be leaving behind his much-loved da
Tributes paid after Freddie Starr reported dead

Tributes paid after Freddie Starr reported dead

Entertainment
Tributes have been paid to comedian Freddie Starr who has reportedly died, aged 76.The Merseyside-born comic, impressionist, singer and actor was found dead inside his home in the Costa Del Sol region of Spain, the Sun said. The BBC has not been able to confirm the reports. Comedian Bobby Davro described him as "the funniest man I have ever seen", while presenter Amanda Holden said he should be "remembered with a smile".Starr's legacyDavro said on Twitter: "I'm so sad we have lost one of our greatest comedy talents." Media playback is unsupported on your device Britain's Got Talent judge Holden tweeted: "Sad to hear of Freddie Starr passing today. His style may have fallen out of comedy fashion and favour-but ...
The bird that came back from the dead

The bird that came back from the dead

Technology
Scientists have discovered a species of bird which was previously extinct is alive again thanks to an extremely rare process called "iterative evolution".They found the birds - white-throated rails - which were wiped out 136,000 years ago in a flood on an isolated atoll have now re-emerged in the same place. The birds had repeatedly evolved from the same ancestor on the the Aldabra group of islands in the Indian Ocean.White-throated rails are a flightless bird native to that ocean and evolved after colonising the islands which are almost untouched by humans.The birds which migrated to these islands became flightless both times that they colonised them, and the last surviving colony of this new species is still found on the atoll today. ...
‘Nashville Flipped’ star Troy Shafer dead at 38

‘Nashville Flipped’ star Troy Shafer dead at 38

Entertainment
May 9 (UPI) -- Troy Shafer, the star behind DIY Network's Nashville Flipped, has died at the age of 38. Shafer's death was confirmed by an obituary in the Erie Times-News, a publication from his hometown of Erie, Pa. The television star died unexpectedly on April 28. The cause of death is under investigation by the Erie coroner's office, The Tennessean reported. Nashville Flipped, which ran for two seasons for a total of 17 episodes, featured Shafer remodeling old homes from the 1800s and 1900s. The series was launched in 2016. "The DIY Network family is sorry to hear about the passing of Troy Dean Shafer, a dedicated, driven entrepreneur and restoration expert who was admired by everyone who worked on the series," the network said in a statement. "We continue to extend our deepest condol...