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We talked about here yesterday and tonight there's a meeting about it. The Army Corps of Engineers plans to update residents on the clean-up of radioactive waste in north county. They expect a large turnout because of the documentary Atomic Homefront, currently airing on HBO.  The movie is about the illegal dumping of radioactive waste in North County. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Hazelwood Civic Center east on Dunn Road.

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*Team USA faced off against Canada in the women's hockey gold medal game Thursday and tied it up 2-2 late in third period to send the game into a scoreless overtime and shootout...& THEN they. shut down the Canadians to take the gold for the first time since 1998. (USA Today)

-It was also a good day for Team USA skiers, especially on the halfpipe. Defending champ David Wise threw down an awesome third run to take the gold.

-American snowboarder Jamie Anderson, who already snagged a gold medal earlier in the Olympics, added to her collection by taking the silver medal in the women's big air. (CBS Sports)

Lindsey Vonn wasn't as lucky. In what's likely to be her final Olympic run, she failed to medal in the women's Alpine combined after she skied off the course before reaching the halfway point. 

-Teammate Mikaela Shiffrin fared much better, coming in second for the silver after she picked up gold in the giant slalom earlier in the Pyeongchang games. (USA Today)


*Twitter has reportedly shut down thousands of accounts that were allegedly run by automated bots or for other policy violations. The move has upset some conservative media figures who saw their followers decrease.

Some of those figures, including white supremacist Richard Spencer and Trump-supporting radio host Bill Mitchell, went on Twitter to complain about the move. Others had their own accounts suspended until they can prove they're actually run by people.

Twitter released a statement that said that it was continuing to identify "suspicious account behaviors" that appeared to be automated activity or other violations of its terms of service. It didn't confirm the number of accounts that have been suspended by the move. 

The Washington Post


Amazon Quietly Launches Exclusive Over-The-Counter Health Products - 

Amazon is quietly offering exclusively made over-the-counter health products on its website.

Last fall, the e-commerce giant launched its Basic Care Line, which features 60 healthcare products ranging from ibuprofen to allergy medications. The exclusive line is produced by private-label manufacturer Perrigo and costs less than half of what similar products do at major retailers such as Walgreens and C-V-S. That means we all save a boatload.

Pharmacy retailers aren’t thrilled that the move is hurting foot-traffic and could slash profits for them. Last month Amazon announced a partnership with JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway aimed at reducing healthcare costs. It’s being speculated that the company will be getting into the prescription medicine business as well. 

Source: Business Insider


Broward County Sheriff Will Arm Deputies With AR-15s 

Deputies in Broward County, Florida will be armed with assault rifles while on school grounds after last week's high school shooting.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced that deputies will have AR-15 rifles, the same one that a gunman used to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. He said only deputies who are trained and qualified will be carrying those weapons.

Israel also said schools should be fortified because they are soft targets. Israel added that there needs to be sensible gun control measures taken to prevent certain people from getting guns.

Meanwhile, it’s being reported that the teenager accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school might have to give up his court-appointed defense attorney. The public defender in Broward County is asking the judge to determine whether Nikolas Cruz and his brother stand to inherit a large sum of money from his late parents. There are reports the couple who adopted Cruz had an estate worth 800-thousand dollars. Roger Cruz died in 2004 and Lynda Cruz died suddenly of pneumonia last November. If it turns out the 19-year-old is entitled to inherit the money, he might be ordered to pay for his own defense attorney.

Source: WPLG


Warning Goes Out After Healthcare Worker Exposed Many To TB

More than 600 people are facing the threat of tuberculosis through possible contact with an infected health care worker.

Authorities in three Michigan counties say the worker might have had contact with hundreds of people at two hospitals and a long-term care facility. Health officials say the worker had contact with people at health care centers in Oakland, Livingston, and Washtenaw counties from May of last year through January of this year. The worker was diagnosed with TB only recently and is no longer working. Michigan health officials say blood tests and medical treatment are being offered to patients and staff who might have been exposed. Tuberculosis is a potentially serious but treatable bacterial disease that spreads through the air. 

Source: MLive.com



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