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1K flu deaths expected in Louisiana this year, health officials say

1K flu deaths expected in Louisiana this year, health officials say

Health
Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The flu is expected to hit Louisiana hard this year and could potentially result in nearly 1,000 deaths, health officials said this week.The Louisiana Department of Health noticed a sharp spike the the number of flu cases and issued new rounds of flu vaccines to aid prevention. But the state is still in pace for more flu cases than it has seen in recent years."In more severe seasons, the flu causes approximately 700 deaths and nearly 8,000 hospitalizations each year in Louisiana," Dr. Frank Welch, state immunization medical director, told The Advocate. "We are already on track to meet and possibly exceed these statistics for the 2017-18 flu season."Dr. Raoult Ratard, the state epidemiologist, said he expectts the final flu-related death toll to be near 1,000."The message i...
Arizona Cardinals expected to name Kirby Wilson running backs coach

Arizona Cardinals expected to name Kirby Wilson running backs coach

Sports
Kirby Wilson is expected to be named the Arizona Cardinals' running backs coach, according to a published report Tuesday. It will mark a return to the desert for Wilson, radio station 98.7 FM in Arizona reported. Wilson served as the running backs coach with the Cardinals for three seasons from 2004-06. Wilson spent the past two seasons as the running backs coach of the Cleveland Browns. His replacement in Cleveland is Freddie Kitchens, who was the Cardinals' running backs coach this past season. The 56-year-old Wilson has ample NFL experience as a running backs coach. He served in that capacity with the New England Patriots (1997-99), Washington Redskins (2000), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2003-04), Pittsburgh Steelers (2007-13) and Minnesota Vikings (2014-15) before landing with Cleveland. Ari...
Trump expected to be a main attraction at Davos meeting of the world's elite

Trump expected to be a main attraction at Davos meeting of the world's elite

World
Next week thousands of the world’s richest and most powerful players will gather in the tiny Swiss town of Davos. Each year the town high in the Alps hosts the World Economic Forum, attended by global political and business leaders, philanthropists, celebrities and media. It is a gathering epitomizing and promoting the global elite that President Trump has railed against throughout his presidency so far. So it took the world by surprise when Mr Trump announced he would be attending the summit this year. The message for the 2018 forum is “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World” and strong calls for global cooperation are likely to be focused on issues such as climate change and global instability. Who is going? A record 70 heads of state or government are said to be participatin
Florida State expected to hire OC Bell away from Maryland

Florida State expected to hire OC Bell away from Maryland

Sports
Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell is expected to be hired as Florida State's offensive coordinator, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday. Bell, 32, will join the staff of new Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart, who took over after Jimbo Fisher left to take the Texas A&M head coaching job. Two other Maryland offensive assistants have already left: Anthony Tucker departed to become the running backs coach at Central Florida and offensive line coach Tyler Bowen left to take the same position at Penn State. Bell was one of Maryland coach DJ Durkin's first hires when he took over in College Park in 2015. Bell brought an up-tempo spread offense to Maryland, which finished 11th in the Big Ten in points (24.1) and total yards per game (323) in 2017. The Terps scored 51 points agai...
US embassies beefing up security ahead of Trump's expected announcement on Jerusalem

US embassies beefing up security ahead of Trump's expected announcement on Jerusalem

World
Several teams of U.S. Marines will reinforce security at some American embassies in the Middle East, according to U.S. officials, in advance of President Donald Trump’s expected announcement that the U.S. embassy in Israel is moving to Jerusalem. The U.S. military has made prudent precautionary planning in the Mideast region if violence flares up following Trump's expected announcement, according to several U.S. officials. Trump is expected to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday and initiate the process of relocating the U.S. embassy to the city from Tel Aviv, two U.S. officials and a source close to the White House confirmed to ABC News Tuesday. U.S. officials said planning has been underway to send several Marine Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Teams (F