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Experimental Zika vaccine approved for testing on human subjects

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a Zika vaccine for human clinical trials, marking a significant milestone in the struggle to combat the mosquito-borne disease that has become a global health threat, especially to unborn children. Pennsylvania-based Inovio Pharmaceuticals announced the approval on Monday, and said that human ...

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Heat dome: ‘Climate change’ terrorizes US southwest with extreme temps

The first day of Summer isn’t even over and already The Southwestern United States is sweltering with temperatures hovering at 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 Celsius), earning itself the hottest new weather term – the ‘heat dome.’ Pushing warm air towards the surface, the dome is causing record-breaking temperatures in one ...

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Welcome to the 'Heat dome': Extreme temps intensify fires and public health, forcing evacuations

The first day of Summer isn’t even over and already The Southwestern United States is sweltering with temperatures hovering at 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 Celsius), earning itself the hottest new weather term – the ‘heat dome.’ Pushing warm air towards the surface, the dome is causing record-breaking temperatures in one ...

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Firefighters hold 'sleeping giant' wildfire in check in California

A stubborn wildfire stoked by triple-digit temperatures blazed for a sixth day outside Santa Barbara in coastal Southern California on Monday as crews worked to keep the blaze some have called a “sleeping giant” in check, officials said. So far, the so-called Sherpa Fire burning in chaparral and tall grass ...

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Berkshire workers comp business faulted by California regulator

<span class="articleLocation”>California’s insurance commissioner on Monday said a Berkshire Hathaway Inc insurance business evaded a state law designed to protect small businesses from unexpected workers’ compensation costs. Commissioner Dave Jones faulted Berkshire’s Applied Underwriters Inc and California Insurance Co units over the sale to Shasta Linen Supply Inc of a ...

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California power grid braces for heat wave, blackout potential

The sun rises over electric power lines in Encinitas, California September 4, 2007. A heat wave continues into a seventh day in southern California. Reuters/Mike Blake California’s power grid operators warned homes and business on Monday to conserve electricity as rising demand for air conditioning stoked by a record-setting heat ...

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Supreme Court backs police in Utah drug search case

A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S., May 19, 2016. Reuters/Carlos Barria The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday widened the ability of prosecutors to use evidence obtained by police during an unlawful stop against a defendant in court in a case involving a Utah man ...

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Three workers injured as crane falls at Exxon Torrance, California refinery

Three workers were injured when a 300-ton crane tipped over and crashed to the ground on Monday morning at Exxon Mobil Corp’s 149,500-barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery in Torrance, California, a city official said on Monday. The crane was lifting equipment on a portion of the 100,000-bpd gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracking unit ...

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Closing arguments wrap up in Baltimore cop's trial over Freddie Gray death

The Baltimore police officer being tried for murder in the death of black detainee Freddie Gray failed to ensure his safety and should have called for medical aid, a prosecutor contended during the trial’s closing arguments on Monday. But a defense lawyer for Officer Caesar Goodson Jr said Gray himself ...

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Senate to vote (no) on gun control measures

Just over a week after the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the Senate is set to vote on four gun control amendments. With Democrats and Republicans entrenched in their respective corners, however, none are expected to pass. All four proposals are offered as amendments to a Justice Department ...

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