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Officials push flu vaccine after most deadly season in four decades

Officials push flu vaccine after most deadly season in four decades

Health
Sept. 27 (UPI) -- One year after a severe flu season, medical personnel are giving it their best shot to reduce hospitalizations and deaths by giving a boost to vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are aiming for significantly higher rates of flu vaccination for the 2018-2019 flu season following the most deadly season since 1976, the first year total seasonal flu deaths were reported. Last year there was an estimated 900,000 hospitalizations, and more than 80,000 deaths, according to new data released by the CDC on Thursday. The previous high for regular flu season deaths was 56,000. The number of people vaccinated dropped last year by 1.1 percentage point to 57.9 percent -- far below the goal of 80 percent. With the new vaccine now available, U.S. government officia...
New York Times Trump op-ed denied by senior officials

New York Times Trump op-ed denied by senior officials

World
A number of top US officials have denied that they are the author of a damning anonymous editorial that attacks President Donald Trump.The New York Times article, said to be written by a senior White House official, says Mr Trump's appointees are trying to stifle his agenda.There is fierce speculation over who is responsible - with the vice-president among those to deny any involvement.Mr Trump has described the writer as "gutless" and the newspaper as "phony".A spokesman for Vice-President Mike Pence has dismissed claims that he wrote the op-ed, describing it as "false, illogical and gutless". Several other cabinet members and top officials have also denied writing the piece.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attacked the writer as ...
Police seek arrests of officials accused in online comment manipulation

Police seek arrests of officials accused in online comment manipulation

World
SEOUL, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- South Korean police have sought arrest warrants for former high-ranking police officials accused in an online comment-rigging scheme under a previous administration. The Korean National Police Agency said Thursday that it has requested arrest warrants to a court for four ex-police officials, who have been accused of having their personnel make online comments in favor of the former administration of President Lee Myung-bak, according to Yonhap. An investigation found that police officers posted some 40,000 replies, using fake IDs and overseas IP addresses in the illicit scheme. An official ordered some 100 personnel to post replies in news articles or online posts on controversial social issues. The Lee Myung-bak government was under fire over U.S. beef imports wi...
At least 26 dead after cars plunge off collapsed bridge in Italy: Officials

At least 26 dead after cars plunge off collapsed bridge in Italy: Officials

World
A section of a towering highway bridge collapsed in Italy Tuesday, sending vehicles plunging nearly 300 feet to the ground and killing at least 26 people, officials said. The collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa occurred around midday during strong storms moving through the area of northwest Italy, according to authorities. At least 30 vehicles were on the bridge in a port section of the city when the span gave way, Amalia Tedeschi, a firefighter, told the Italian news agency ANSA. Several people were pulled from the rubble alive and taken to a hospital by helicopter, Tedeschi added. Construction involving a crane was occurring on the bridge at the time of the collapse, but it was too early to pinpoint what caused the span to fail, Italian authorities said. At least 26 people wer...
Navy SEALs who rescued Thai soccer team from cave barely made it out, officials say

Navy SEALs who rescued Thai soccer team from cave barely made it out, officials say

World
Thai Navy SEALs who were clearing the flooded cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were rescued, barely made it out after the main pump that had been siphoning water out of the cave failed, Thai military sources who were directly involved in the operation told ABC News. The system, which had pumped hundreds of millions of gallons of rainwater out of the cave over the past 18 days, gave out soon after rescuers extracted the coach and the four Thai Navy Seals who had volunteered to stay with them. Thai SEALs and support teams, who were carrying air tanks from the third to the second chamber of the labyrinthine cave, soon noticed the waters rising. The third chamber filled, then the second and then the first, as crews scrambled to avoid the kind of cave flooding that had trapped the so...