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-Lurid Crime Tales-
FDA says ALL Zantac must be pulled from shelves months after officials warned the popular heartburn drug is contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • The FDA told drugmakers on Wednesday to pull all Zantac and ranitidine - its generic version - from store shelves and online retailers in the US

  • Evidence of a cancer-linked chemical called NDMA was first found in batches of the drugs in September 2019

  • NDMA is considered a 'probable' cause of colorectal, kidney and stomach cancers based on animal studies

  • FDA officials initially said the risk was relatively low and said patients should keep taking the popular heartburn drugs

  • Now they've reversed that decision and said the levels of the chemical are 'unacceptable'

  • Anyone with Zantac or ranitidine should throw away the tablets, FDA says
What odds a key ingredient was made in China?
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Hazel Park man accused of killing wife, sleeping with body for a week
[FREEP] A Hazel Park man is accused of killing his wife and sleeping with her body for a week, according to a report from WDIV-TV.
Ewwww! Yuck! Yuck! Yuck!
Jeff Sherwood, 45, was arrested following a welfare check for 64-year-old Susan Klepsch, according to a press release from the Hazel Park Police Department.

Police were called about noon Saturday to check on Klepsch at her home in the area of West Coy Avenue and Lennox Street, police said in the release.

They found Sherwood and his wife in bed, though only one of them was alive, Local 4 News reported.

Sherwood admitted to strangling his wife amid a fight after she accused him of cheating on her, Local 4 reported. He appeared to have taken enough aspirin to attempt suicide.
Hard to take enough aspirin to commit suicide. Usually you barf it back up.
Klepsch had blunt force trauma to her head and neck, and the death was ruled a homicide, police said.
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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Truck hauling toilet paper catches fire on Texas interstate
[APNEWS] A tractor-trailer hauling toilet paper crashed and caught fire near Dallas early Wednesday, spilling the hot commodity all over an interstate.

The fire shut down westbound lanes of Interstate 20 near Interstate 45 in Hutchins, the Texas Department of Transportation said.

The driver of the truck is OK, officials said.

The toilet paper appeared to be large rolls typically used in stores, restaurants and other businesses. Texas Department of Transportation officials said the load of toilet paper "burned extensively," according to Dallas TV station WFAA.
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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Coronaplague Roundup: Michigan prisoner coronavirus cases surpass 100


[FREEP] More than 100 state prisoners at eight facilities have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
, according to the latest figures from the Michigan Department of Corrections.

As of Wednesday morning, 121 prisoners and one parolee have contracted COVID-19.

Twenty-five employees have tested positive for the virus, department front man Chris Gautz said. The department on Tuesday night announced that a corrections transportation officer in bankrupt, increasingly impoverished, reliably Democrat, Detroit
... ruled by Democrats since 1962. A city whose Golden Age included the Purple Gang...
died after a COVID-19 diagnosis.

The department has tested 210 prisoners, Gautz said Tuesday. He said test results are available within 48 hours and come back several times a day.

The department has halted visits and screens employees before they enter facilities. Parnall Correctional Facility near Jackson and Macomb Correctional Facility in Lenox Township continue to be hot spots for the virus, with 50 and 33 confirmed cases, respectively.

Volunteer becomes second person to die from coronavirus after attending the week-long Miami Beach Winter Party
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
  • Several other party-goers reported flu-like symptoms days after the event

  • Ron Rich, described as a 'loyal volunteer' for The National LGBTQ Task Force, passed away over the weekend after attending the LGBTQ festival in March.

  • Organizers have been criticized but federal orders were not in place at the time

  • Isreal Carrera, 40, was the first to die after attending the festival in March


Florida's DeSantis issues statewide stay-at-home order to curb coronavirus
[FOXNEWS] Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order on Wednesday afternoon to curb the rate of infection in his state during the global coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
pandemic.

The order will go into effect at midnight Thursday and last for at least 30 days.

"It makes sense to make this move now," the Republican governor said during a presser Wednesday, adding that he was taking the action after President Trump extended the social distancing guidelines nationwide for another 30 days.

DeSantis, who balked for weeks at issuing such an order, also changed his mind less than a day after receiving a letter from 13 Democratic members of Congress urging him to "immediately issue a statewide stay-at-home order to save lives."


Army Asks 10,000 Recently Separated Soldiers to Come Back for Virus Fight
[Military.com] After thousands of Army retirees responded to a voluntary recall request for those in health care fields to help the service fight the spread of the novel coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague), officials quietly issued another call-out -- this one to recently separated troops in the Individual Ready Reserve.

On March 29, the Army's Human Resources Command sent messages to nearly 10,000 soldiers in the IRR asking for volunteers to put the uniform back on. The messages went out to those who had served in military occupational specialties including family nurse practitioner; critical care nursing; emergency nursing; nurse anesthetists; generalist nurse; and respiratory specialist.

The Army is beginning by soliciting as many volunteers as it can to meet medical provider gaps created as a result of deploying mobile field hospitals to urban regions in the U.S. hardest hit by the virus. To date, the service has ordered the deployment of three mobile field hospitals -- each staffed with about 330 soldiers -- to New York City and Seattle.

Officials are still processing waves of volunteer responses from a call-out to 800,000 Army retirees from medical fields. Lt. Col. Emanuel OrtizCruz, an Army spokesman, told Military.com on Monday that the service had received some 17,000 responses.

Ecuador: Families Keep Remains for Days as Coronavirus Victims Pile Up
[BREITBART] Officials in Ecuador pledged on Monday to improve the collection of corpses after delays related to the Chinese coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
forced some families to keep their loved ones’ bodies in their homes for days after they passed away.

Residents of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, are up in arms after being unable to dispose of their relatives’ bodies because of strict quarantine and curfew measures aimed at curbing the spread of the disease. Last week, authorities confirmed they had removed 100 corpses from homes across the city.

By Tuesday, Ecuador recorded 1,966 cases of the virus and 62 deaths directly related to the coronavirus, the highest proportional tally in Latin America. According to a Rooters witness, one man who collapsed and died as he was waiting in line for groceries was left for hours under a blue plastic sheet on the sidewalk.

Footage broadcast by local media has shown long queues outside cemeteries as people sought to bury their relatives. Sebastian Barahona, the coordinator of the National Federation of Funeral Homes, told the news agency that demand in March was five times higher than normal.




Biden offers to call Trump at White House to discuss coronavirus response strategy
”Pay attention to meeeee!!” the sad little man shrieks, while over in the White House they get on with organizing what needs to be done.
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Turkmenistan Bans Mention of Coronavirus, Medical Masks
[BREITBART] The government of Turkmenistan banned the use of the word "coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
" in public and empowered police to arrest anyone wearing medical masks in public, Reporters Without Borders revealed on Tuesday.

The repressive Central Asian nation claims it has yet to document a single case of the Chinese coronavirus, despite the ongoing pandemic hitting Iran, which borders Turkmenistan, particularly intensely. Turkmenistan joins a dwindling list of repressive and remote states ‐ like North Korea
...hereditary Communist monarchy distinguished by its truculence and periodic acts of violence. Distinguishing features include Songun (Army First) policy, which involves feeding the army before anyone but the Dear Leadership, and Juche, which is Kim Jong Il's personal interpretation of Marxism-Leninism, which he told everybody was brilliant. In 1950 the industrialized North invaded agrarian South Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force opposing the invasion, with the United States providing around 90% of the military personnel. Seventy years later the economic results are in and it doesn't look good for Juche...
or Papua New Guinea, respectively ‐ who have no official proof of any coronavirus cases in the country.

Reporters Without Borders cited reporting from within the country’s capital, Ashgabat, reproduced in the local language through the Turkmen branch of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). That reporting painted a grave picture of government officials persecuting individuals who spoke aloud of the pandemic or appeared to be protecting themselves from it. Police are reportedly hiding undercover at bus stops and other populated areas to eavesdrop of the capital’s locals and seize anyone who violates the order.

Turkmenistan’s dictator Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov also banned state-run media, the only legal form of media in the country, and health officials from distributing safety information about the virus or using the word "coronavirus" in any publicly available material. It is not clear from the reports if the limits extend only to mentions of the Chinese coronavirus or of other types of coronavirus such as the common cold and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

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Benson and Hedges cigarette giant British American Tobacco claims it has developed a coronavirus vaccine made from tobacco plants and can manufacture 3million a week starting in June
[MAIL] The maker of Benson & Hedges and Lucky Strike cigarettes claims it has developed a coronavirus vaccine made from tobacco plants.

British American Tobacco (BAT) said it can manufacture up to three million doses a week starting in June if it gets support from the UK Government.

The unproven vaccine is currently being tested on animals. But BAT is calling on Whitehall to fast-track the vaccine through rigorous human trials which could otherwise take the best part of a year and make the June date impossible.

BAT said it had pivoted its vast resources - the company is worth £65.5billion - to fighting the pandemic.

The London-headquartered firm added that it would sell the tests to the Government 'at cost', meaning without making any profit.

Tobacco firms are currently barred from doing deals with governments under World Health Organisation rules, but BAT said it planned to contact the WHO.
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Coronavirus lockdown: People are buying tons of alcohol
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'I heard the roar': 6.5-magnitude earthquake hits Idaho and sends rocks crashing down cliffs - as seismologists reveal that 600 quakes have struck the region in the last two weeks
[MAIL] An earthquake struck north of Boise Tuesday evening, with people across a large area reporting shaking.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the magnitude 6.5 temblor struck just before 6 p.m. It was centered 73 miles northeast of Meridian, near the rural mountain town of Stanley. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

More than 2 million live in the region that could feel the Idaho quake, according to the USGS, with reports of shaking coming in from as far away as Helena, Montana, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tuesday's quake comes as it was revealed around 600 quakes have hit across Utah and surrounding areas after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake was felt near Salt Lake City about two weeks ago, according to University of Utah Seismograph Stations.
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Grounded: 88 American Airlines planes line up on Pittsburgh International Airport runway as the airline mothballs its fleet
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Rikers Island is offering inmates $6 an hour and face masks to dig mass graves as coronavirus deaths in New York City rise to 1,096
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Repurposing a drug used for blood clots may help Covid-19 patients in danger of respiratory failure, researchers suggest.
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Caribbean-Latin America
Wuhan Bat strands Chilean (leftist) Artist in Cuba, pleads for help to escape
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russian aircraft departs for #US with medical supplies
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
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Turkmenistan bans use of word 'coronavirus,' threatens jail for anyone wearing a mask: watchdog group
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China-Japan-Koreas
Japanese Vice President Says WHO Should Be Renamed the CHO or the "Chinese Health Organization" (VIDEO)



民視英語新聞 Formosa TV English News

Pro-Taiwan Japanese politician Aso Taro blasted the World Health Organization for bowing to China and excluding Taiwan. Speaking to Japanese lawmakers, the deputy prime minister said the WHO should change its name to the "CHO," or China Health Organization. He said being excluded from the global health body, Taiwan was driven to become a world leader in combating the coronavirus.The coronavirus pandemic has led to the postponement of the 2020 Olympics in Japan. S
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Economy
Coronavirus wreaks havoc on J.C. Penney's future
[FINANCE.YAHOO] The deadly coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
has J.C. Penney teetering on the verge of extinction.

J.C. Penney said Tuesday it will extend the closure of its stores indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. A majority of hourly store workers will be temporarily furloughed beginning April 2. In the meantime, a significant portion of J.C. Penney’s corporate staff will be furloughed. Employees will not be paid, with J.C. Penney pointing to in a blurb eligibility for unemployment benefits for some workers.

Most of the company’s workers in its supply chain and logistics centers were furloughed on March 20, and these will continue. J.C. Penney operates 850 stores in the U.S. and has 90,000 employees worldwide.

"These are difficult days all across the country and the globe. At JCPenney, we are making tough, prudent decisions to protect both the safety of our associates and the future of our Company," said J.C. Penney CEO Jill Soltau in a statement. "We remain optimistic about JCPenney’s ability to weather this pandemic. We also believe these short-term solutions will have a long-term benefit for our associates, customers, and key stakeholders as we look forward to the day that we reopen our doors."

J.C. Penney said it has taken several actions to improve its financial position. Some measures include deferring capital expenditures, tapping a credit revolver and extending the terms of payment for goods and services. The company said it’s evaluating other financial options, usually pre-cursor in retail for a high-yield debt offering.

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Science
River Plastic Emissions To The World's Oceans. America only has one in the top 1000 emitters. Guess where the rest all are?
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  Turkish military attacks Syrian Army, YPG
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