Monday, October 8th, 2018


San Francisco's Bay Area transit tests earthquake alert system

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — Commuters in the Bay Area should expect a delay this morning between 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. PT as San Francisco-area trains will slow to 27 miles per hour for a system-wide test of an earthquake early-warning alert from the ShakeAlert program. With at least seven significant earthquake faults lying beneath northern California’s Bay Area, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) was one of the first organization to test ShakeAlert 1.0 — and Monday’s demonstration mark the official release of an updated version, ShakeAlert 2.0, according toRead More

Six children hospitalized in Minnesota after coming down with rare, polio-like disease

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James Hill(MINNEAPOLIS) — An outbreak of a mysterious disease in Minnesota that doctors say resembles polio has left children partially paralyzed and health experts baffled. Quinton Hill, 7, spent two weeks in a hospital undergoing a range of tests, according to his parents, before he was finally diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, also known as AFM, a rare and serious condition that typically strikes children and affects the nervous system resulting in muscle and nerve weakness. “He started just complaining of just really bad neck stiffness. He couldn’t move hisRead More

President Trump now likes Taylor Swift "25% less"

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Emma McIntyre/TAS18/Getty Images for TASBack in 2012, businessman and reality star Donald Trump was a huge fan of Taylor Swift, calling her “fantastic” and “terrific.” But now that Taylor is openly supporting Democratic candidates who are running for office in her adopted home state of Tennessee, President Donald Trump’s love for her has lessened considerably. Taylor recently made headlines for her impassioned endorsement of Phil Bredesen for Senate and Rep. Jim Cooper for the House, and her criticism of their Republican opponent, Marsha Blackburn. Taylor said Blackburn’s voting record “appallsRead More

Thanks to Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper's now a Top 40 pop star

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Interscope RecordsLady Gaga is constantly thanking Bradley Cooper for believing in her enough to cast her in A Star Is Born — but now Cooper can thank Gaga for scoring him his first-ever pop hit. As Billboard notes, “Shallow,” Gaga and Cooper’s duet from the A Star Is Born soundtrack, has debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #28. It’s Cooper’s first entry on the chart, but it’s Gaga’s 21st top 40 hit. “Shallow” is one of four Gaga/Cooper duets on the soundtrack. On “Shallow,” Gaga and Cooper are actuallyRead More

Dakota Johnson and Coldplay singer Chris Martin are not expecting, despite reports

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ABC/John Fleenor; ABC/Fred LeeDespite reports, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and 50 Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson are not expecting, the actress’ rep confirms. On Monday, TMZ reported that Martin and Johnson were having a baby, and hosted a gender reveal party on Sunday attended by Julia Roberts and Sean Penn, as well as Johnson’s parents, Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. According to the gossip site, the party had blue and pink balloons, and the blue ones were released into the air. However, Dakota’s rep says that “the party wasRead More

Second person dies from allergic reaction after allegedly eating food at Pret a Manger in the UK

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A second person believed to have died from an allergic reaction after eating a Pret a Manger product has been identified as 42-year-old dental nurse Celia Marsh. Marsh died at Royal United Hospital in Bath, England, after allegedly ingesting a dairy product in a “super-veg rainbow flatbread” on December 27, 2017, according to the BBC. The food giant has recently faced a backlash after an inquest by the West London Coroner’s Court found that their policy of food labelling for allergens was “inadequate” after 15-year-old Natasha Ednan-LaperouseRead More

Tatum O'Neal says she was sexually assaulted numerous times as a child: "It was not my fault...I was always blamed"

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David Livingston/Getty Images(HOLLYWOOD) — Tatum O’Neal is the latest actress to recount her experience as a victim of sexual abuse, revealing that she was “sexually assaulted more than once,” at the ages of “five, six, 12, 13 and 15.” In a lengthy Instagram post, the Oscar-winner writes, “It was not my fault,” adding that the assaults were at the hands of “older men who i thought were safe!” She also claims that a 75-year-old man assaulted her at age 15 and, she writes, “I remember everything.” She continues, “I rarelyRead More

Hurricane Michael: Heading toward Florida, could be Category 3 at landfall

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Michael was upgraded from a tropical storm as it churns in the Gulf and is forecast to become a major Category 3 storm when it makes landfall in the Florida Panhandle later this week. Already a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, Michael is traveling north at a rate of 7 miles per hour. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has now declared a state of emergency in 35 counties ahead of Michael’s predicted landfall on Wednesday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency hasRead More

No Columbus Day in Columbus, Ohio? City says it can't afford one

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iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — For the first time in its history, Columbus, Ohio – which was named for explorer Christopher Columbus — is not observing the federal holiday named in his honor this year because money is too tight, city officials said in a press release late last week. Instead, city officials have chosen instead to celebrate another federal holiday, Veteran’s Day on Nov. 12, a day during which the city normally remains open because it would require a paid holiday for all city employees. The Ohio capital has a populationRead More

Katy Perry plans to "just chill" for a while, not planning new music

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ABC/Craig SjodinKaty Perry recently wrapped up her epic Witness tour, but based on what she says in a recent interview, it may be a long wait before we get any new material from her. Speaking to Footwear News, Katy says she’s taking a step back from her music career for the moment. “I’ve been on the road for like 10 years, so I’m just going to chill,” she explains. “I’m not going to go straight into making another record. I feel like I’ve done a lot. I feel like I’veRead More