Chicago police boost mass transit presence amid crime spike


CHICAGO (AP) — A spike in crime on Chicago’s rail system and some recent high profile outbursts of violence has prompted the city’s police department to put 50 more officers in trains and on platforms and assign four detectives to investigate nothing but Chicago Transit Authority crimes, officials announced Friday.

Hours after the new security plan was unveiled, Chicago police said an officer shot a man on the platform of a CTA station in the Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Officers confronted the man after he was observed moving from car to car of a moving train, a city ordinance violation, said Deputy Superintendent Barbara West.

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Inside the ‘horrifying’ 4-star hotel in Tenerife, where hundreds of guests have been quarantined after coronavirus cases in the resort


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  • Hundreds of tourists at a plush hotel in Tenerife have been put on lockdown after a doctor visiting from Italy’s Lombardy region tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
  • Guests at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace have described a chaotic response to the outbreak and have complained about the conflicting advice given by authorities and hotel staff.
  • While some have chosen to remain in their rooms, others are wandering around hotel grounds and have been seen relaxing by the pool in face masks.
  • Scroll down to see photos of what the quarantined resort looks like now.

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Woman EXPLAINS WHY SHE Reclined Her Seat on American Airlines Flight

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A woman whose airplane sat was turned into a punching bag mid-flight is speaking out. It happened on a flight from New Orleans to Charlotte, North Carolina. Wendi Williams reclined her seat shortly after takeoff and moved it back to the upright position after the male passenger behind her asked her to do so while he ate. After he was done with his meal, she reclined her seat again. She said that’s when he started pounding her seat with his fists. Williams caught the whole encounter on camera.

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10 people on cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for the coronavirus


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Since arriving at the Japanese port of Yokohama, the Diamond Princess has been quarantined at sea while all passengers and crew on board undergo health screenings. The 10 people who tested positive for the newly identified virus have been taken ashore to a hospital in the coastal prefecture of Kanagawa, according to a statement from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

“Quarantine of the cruise ship continues to be implemented,” the ministry said.

A spokesperson for Princess Cruises, which operates the ship, said that those who tested positive include three Japanese guests, three guests from Hong Kong, two Australian guests, one American guest and one crew member from the Philippines. There were 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew members aboard the Diamond Princess. Approximately half the guests are from Japan, according to the cruise line spokesperson.

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U.S. announces more coronavirus cases, details quarantine plans for returning travelers

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CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday announced a second case of transmission of the new coronavirus within the United States and provided more detailed plans on how it will handle travelers returning from China as the country works to limit the outbreak.

“We expect to see more cases of person-to-person spread,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during a conference call that included confirmation of a handful of new cases, bringing the U.S. total to 11.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is making nearly $250 million in emergency funds available to cover the cost of the response, an agency spokesman said on Monday.

Some of that may be used to support screening and monitoring returning U.S. citizens from China who are exempt from the presidential proclamation issued on Friday suspending entry of foreign nationals who had visited China within the past 14 days.

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2,000-pound great white shark pings off Florida Gulf coast


Nick Tomecek, Northwest Florida Daily News USA TODAYFebruary 4, 2020, 6:13 PM CST

DESTIN, Fla. – A 2,076-pound great white shark tagged by the research nonprofit OCEARCH has pinged about 100 miles off of the shores of Northwest Florida.

Unama’ki has traveled over 2,000 miles since being tagged and researchers hope to gain insight on the breeding habits of great white sharks. Her latest ping was on Feb. 1.

OCEARCH’s website has been tracking 11 white sharks that were tagged in fall 2019 in Nova Scotia. The shark known as Unama’ki is one of the largest and was tagged at 15 feet, 5 inches long, according to the OCEARCH website.

Unama’ki was originally tagged in September at Scaterie Island, Nova Scotia, according to OCEARCH. She has traveled over 2,000 miles since and researchers hope to gain insight into the breeding habits of great white sharks.

Her latest ping was on Feb. 1.

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Philippines detects first African swine fever outbreak in southern province

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February 2, 2020, 12:37 AM CST

MANILA, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Blood samples taken from pigs in a southern province in the Philippines, the world’s 10th-largest pork consumer, tested positive for the African swine fever virus, the Department of Agriculture said on Sunday.

It was the first reported case of African swine fever infections in Davao Occidental province and elsewhere in Mindanao, the southern island of the Southeast Asian nation.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar has ordered regional department officials to restrict animal movement in that part of the archipelago, the department said in a statement.

The Philippines, also the world’s seventh-biggest pork importer, reported its first African swine fever outbreak in September 2019, in some backyard farms near the country’s capital, Manila.

The disease quickly spread to other parts of the main island of Luzon, including Manila, prompting some central and southern provinces to ban pork and pork-based products from disease-hit areas.

Dar has said pork smuggled from China, where millions of pigs were culled because of the disease, could be behind the outbreak in the Philippines.

Although the blood samples from pigs in Davao Occidental had already tested positive for African swine fever, further tests were to be undertaken by the department’s Bureau of Animal Industry for confirmation.

The department said the initial tests covered blood samples from more than a dozen villages in the province.

The provincial government has already imposed a “complete, but temporary, lock down”, prohibiting the transport of pigs and pork products from and into Davao Occidental, it said.


“Backyard pig farmers in the area practice group rearing of hogs, from different owners, most (of them without) proper housing provisions nor biosecurity practices,” the department said.

There was also no regular vaccination, vitamin supplementation and deworming of pigs in the province, and household butchering is common, especially with animals exhibiting weakness or disease, it said.

Around a thousand pigs in Davao Occidental have been culled amid the outbreak, according to local media reports, citing information from the provincial government.

Philippine agricultural output grew at an annual pace of 0.4% in the last quarter of 2019, slower than the 2.9% gain in the September quarter, as hogs production contracted.

Though not harmful to humans, the disease is deadly to pigs, with no vaccine available.

(Reporting by Enrico dela Cruz. Editing by Gerry Doyle)

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