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    8 children, including 2 chained in backyard, rescued from ‘horrific’ case of abuse

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Authorities say they have arrested the mother of six of the eight children who were found unsupervised in the middle of the night, including two toddlers chained outside, in a “horrific” case of abuse at a San Antonio home. Deputies were called to the home just before midnight Friday, after receiving a call about a child crying for a long time Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesman James Keith say investigators believe that 34-year-old Porucha Phillips is the […]

  • The Aedes Aegypti mosquito larvae are photographed at a laboratory of the Ministry of Health of El Salvador in San Salvador, February 7, 2016. 
Health authorities continue their efforts to eliminate the mosquito-borne Zika virus, currently of which there is no no cure or vaccine.  / AFP / MARVIN RECINOS        (Photo credit should read MARVIN RECINOS/AFP/Getty Images)

    First US Zika-related death reported in Puerto Rico

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s health secretary says the island has recorded its first Zika-related death amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus. Ana Rius said Friday that a 70-year-old man infected with Zika died in February from a drop in blood platelets. The U.S. territory has seen more than 600 Zika cases, with 73 of those involving pregnant women. Zika can cause severe birth defects, such as babies being born with abnormally small heads. Rius said all […]

  • CAMPINAS, BRAZIL -  FEBRUARY 11: A Biologist works with genetically modified mosquitoes on February 11, 2016 in Campinas, Brazil.  Technicians from the Oxitec laboratory located in Campinas, 100km from Sao Paulo, are releasing genetically modified mosquitoes Aedes Egypti to combat Zika virus. The laboratory is acting in Piracicaba who had a dengue outbreak last summer with 132 cases and after treatment showed only two cases this summer .The Lab will release 250,000 genetically modified mosquitoes in two neighborhoods with a large concentration of incident cases of egypti aedes mosquito, the modified mosquitoes compete with wild mosquitoes and replace them with non-Zika transmitting mosquitoes . (Photos by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)

    First widely-available Zika test OK’d for emergency use

    WASHINGTON — The first commercial test for Zika virus has been granted emergency use in the U.S. and could be available by next week. The Food and Drug Administration gave the authorization Thursday to test developer Quest Diagnostics, which said it could be available to doctors early next week. The company said the test results will initially be processed at a laboratory in California, with the potential of expanding to several dozen other locations. Previously Zika tests were only available […]

  • NEW YORK - MARCH 22:  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference in Times Square March 22, 2016 in New York City. Security was tightened in New York today after two explosions ripped through the Brussels, Belgium airport and a train station this morning killing at least 30 people.  (Photo by Frank Franklin II-Pool/Getty Images)

    Mayor de Blasio says corruption probe won’t affect re-election bid

    NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says a widening corruption probe won’t have an impact on his decision to run for re-election. De Blasio tells WNYC radio in an interview Friday that he will “absolutely” run for a second term next year. The Democrat steadfastly insists that he and his team did nothing wrong while federal and state investigators look into his campaign fundraising apparatus. While several of his aides and political groups have been subpoenaed […]

  • MILL VALLEY, CA - JANUARY 26:  In this photo illustration, vials of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are displayed on a counter at a Walgreens Pharmacy on January 26, 2015 in Mill Valley, California. An outbreak of measles in California has grown to 68 cases with 48 of the cases being linked to people who had visited Disneyland. Nine additional cases have been reported  in five states and Mexico. (Photo by Illustration Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Mumps outbreak reported at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Sacred Heart University says eight people have been diagnosed with the mumps on campus since an outbreak was reported earlier this year. The Fairfield school says other cases are under investigation and undergraduate students who might have the viral infection are advised to seek care at the school’s health center. The university said Wednesday the students affected by an outbreak announced in late March have all fully recovered. Mumps cases have been reported on campuses across the United […]

  • GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Linebacker Darron Lee #43 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates during the fourth quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

    New York Jets pick Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee in NFL Draft

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets have selected Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee with the 20th overall pick in the NFL draft. Lee had 12 sacks in two seasons with the Buckeyes as a speedy playmaker at outside linebacker. Jets coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan said throughout the offseason that a key was improving the overall speed for the team, and their selection of Lee on Thursday night addresses that need. Lee is regarded as […]

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    New York Giants pick CB Eli Apple from Ohio State in NFL draft

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have taken Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple with the 10th pick overall in the NFL draft. Cornerback seemingly was not a major need for the NFL’s worst defense after the team signed free agent Janoris Jenkins to play opposite Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie. The Giants didn’t mind that Apple’s interceptions went down this past season as opponents tended to shy away from targeting receivers he covered. Apple is the third Ohio State player taken […]

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    Investigators consider overdose in Prince’s death, whether doctor supplied drugs: officials

    MINNEAPOLIS — A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from a drug overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before his death. The official says that among the things investigators are looking at is whether a doctor was on a plane that made an emergency landing in Illinois less than a week before Prince died. The law enforcement official has been briefed on the investigation and […]

  • The "Jingle and Chimes" is heard in hundreds of ice cream trucks since 1960. (Marcus Quigmire)

    Les Waas, creator of the Mister Softee jingle, dies at 94

    PHILADELPHIA — The creator of the Mister Softee jingle heard in hundreds of ice cream trucks since 1960 has died. Les Waas was 94. Goldsteins’ Rosenberg’s Raphael-Sacks funeral home says Les Waas died April 19 at Abington Hospice in Warminster, Pennsylvania. The advertising legend wrote and produced more than 970 jingles during a career that spanned more than five decades. But none was more well-known than the Mister Softee song, which he wrote in 1960 for the company started in […]

  • Baltimore police say a man who walked into a TV station lobby wearing a full animal costume and surgical mask and displaying what appeared to be an explosive device on his chest. (CNN)

    Man wearing animal costume shot by police after allegedly making bomb threat at Baltimore TV station

    BALTIMORE — Baltimore police say a department sniper shot a man who walked into a TV station lobby wearing a full animal costume and surgical mask and displaying what appeared to be an explosive device on his chest. Department spokesman T.J. Smith said the man is alive and conscious and communicating with authorities through a robot designed to detect explosives. Smith says officers and paramedics cannot approach the man until they can determine he doesn’t have an explosive device or […]

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