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SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2016


‘Surge’ of funds to fight Zika virus isn’t materializing

NEW YORK – More than five months after President Barack Obama requested $1.9 billion to fight the Zika epidemic, members of Congress went home to Fourth of July barbecues without approving a spending bill. While Washington’s dysfunction is predictable given the current electoral climate, less noticed has been the global inertia facing efforts to combat the mosquito-borne disease. The World Health Organization has only $7.9 million dedicated to fight Zika, which is spreading in 60 countries and blamed for more than 1,600 serious birth defects, mostly in Brazil. The planet has never seen a mosquito-borne virus that causes microcephaly, resulting in babies born with small heads and brain damage. In the Americas, Zika is racing through populations that have never been exposed before and thus haven’t developed any natural immunity.

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3 days of heavy rain in China leave 50 dead, 12 missing

BEIJING – Three days of heavy rain in southern China have left 50 people dead and another 12 missing and destroyed thousands of homes, authorities said Sunday, as areas along the Yangtze River braced for more floods. Torrential rains caused the deaths of 27 people and left a further 12 missing since Thursday in central Hubei, the provincial civil affairs department said. Nearly 400,000 people have been evacuated or are in need of aid in the province. Almost 15,000 houses have collapsed or are seriously damaged and more than 500,000 hectares of crops have been affected, causing direct economic losses of $850 million, the department said.

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Justin Lee poses outside the  federal courthouse in Sacramento, Calif. Lee worked for the U.S. attorney’s office there without pay before being hired to a paid position. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Wanted: Federal prosecutors willing to work for free

SAN FRANCISCO – For an aspiring prosecutor, a recent job posting for a special assistant U.S. attorney in Sacramento might appear perfect at first glance. It only required one year of legal experience, promised training in investigating and trying federal crimes and would put the successful applicant just a short hop from San Francisco’s night life and Lake Tahoe’s recreation.

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Istanbul airport attack: 52 wounded still hospitalized

ISTANBUL – Fifty-two people are still being treated in the hospital four days after suicide bombing attacks at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport killed at least 44 others, the city’s governor said Saturday. The governorate said 184 airport victims have been discharged ...

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Bo, an Australian Shepherd dog belonging to Kim Leeds, walks on cement in Phoenix wearing special booties made for dogs on Sunday, June 19, 2016. (Kim Leeds / Associated Press)

No dogs allowed on Phoenix trails in blazing heat

When the temperature spikes, Phoenix trails will stay open for man but not for man’s best friend. City leaders on Thursday rejected a proposal to prohibit people from hiking in extreme heat, but they approved a rule banning dogs from the city’s 41 trailheads when the mercury climbs to 100 degrees.

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17 killed in multi-vehicle crash on Uganda highway

KAMPALA, Uganda – A police official says at least 17 people have been killed in a multi-vehicle accident on a highway in Uganda. Police spokeswoman Polly Namaye said five vehicles, including two passenger minibuses, were involved in the accident in ...

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TGIF Wild Card — 7.29.16

I've never been as riveted -- or as open-minded -- about a presidential election as I am about this one. I watched the major speeches from both conventions. There's things ...

Indians notebook: Q&A with Michael Matuella

As alluded to in our previous update on Matuella, the Indians’ opening day starter was in Spokane for the Indians’ recent series with Tri-City to take a break from rehabbing ...

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