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California wildfires: Death toll reaches grim milestone

California wildfires: Death toll reaches grim milestone

World
The death toll in wildfires sweeping California has risen to 31, with more than 200 people still unaccounted for, officials have said.Six more people were confirmed killed in the Camp Fire in the north of the state, taking the toll there to 29.That fire now equals the deadliest on record in California - the 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles.In the south, the Woolsey Fire has claimed two lives as it damaged beach resorts including Malibu.An estimated 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to avoid three major blazes in the state.With strengthening winds threatening to spread the flames, California Governor Jerry Brown has urged President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster, a move that would harness more...
Megan Lee: Takeaway bosses jailed over allergy death

Megan Lee: Takeaway bosses jailed over allergy death

Health
A takeaway owner and manager, who caused a teenage girl's death by sending her a meal containing peanuts, have been jailed for manslaughter.Megan Lee, 15, suffered irreversible brain damage after having an allergic reaction to food from Royal Spice in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, in 2016.Mohammed Abdul Kuddus and Harun Rashid were found guilty in October.At Manchester Crown Court earlier, Kuddus was jailed for two years and Rashid for three.In sentencing, Mrs Justice Yip told them Megan was responsible enough to highlight her allergies when placing the order but "sadly the same responsibility was not at your end". Judge Yip said the takeaway had no systems or processes to ...
German nurse says patient death charges are largely true

German nurse says patient death charges are largely true

World
A former nurse accused of killing 100 patients at two hospitals in Germany over a decade ago told a court as his trial opened Tuesday that the charges against him are largely accurate. Niels Hoegel, 41, is already serving a life sentence for murder. His trial in the northwestern city of Oldenburg began with a minute of silence for the patients. Asked by presiding judge Sebastian Buehrmann whether the charges against him are largely true, Hoegel replied "yes," news agency dpa reported. There are no formal pleas in the German legal system. The murder charges stem from Hoegel's time at a hospital in Oldenburg between 1999 and 2002 and at another hospital in nearby Delmenhorst from 2003 to 2005. The alleged victims were aged between 34 and 96. Hoegel was convicted in 2015 of two murders and ...
FA 'appalled' by rape & death threats to England's Carney

FA 'appalled' by rape & death threats to England's Carney

Sports
Warning: Some readers may be offended by the content in this articleThe Football Association has urged police to tackle abuse on social media after rape and death threats were made to England midfielder Karen Carney.Chelsea's Carney, 31, received the messages on Instagram after Wednesday's Champions League win over Fiorentina.The user has been removed from Instagram, with the FA saying it is "appalled" and "dismayed", but Carney will not be reporting it to police. England boss Phil Neville described the messages as "absolutely disgraceful".Chelsea said they were "abhorrent and totally unacceptable".The posts began: "How many chances you need to score in second half bitches" before making rape...
Physical activity lowers death risk from heart disease, study says

Physical activity lowers death risk from heart disease, study says

Health
Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Physical activity could lower the high rate of death associated with frailty in older people, according to a study conducted in Spain. The findings, which were published this week in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, confirm advice by geriatrics experts that physical activity helps prevent older people from developing the dangers of becoming frail: poor health, falls, disability and death. "Physical activity might partly compensate for the greater mortality risk associated with frailty in old age," the researchers concluded. Physical activity doesn't need to be strenuous, and can include walking. In previous research, physical activity has been shown to improve strength, balance, agility, walking speed and muscle mass. The researchers analyzed information f...