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6 kids dead, 12 sickened in viral outbreak at New Jersey pediatric center

An outbreak of a viral illness has killed six pediatric patients and sickened 12 others at a New Jersey rehabilitation facility as health officials continue to investigate the cause. The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, located in Haskell, has been instructed by the state’s health department not to admit any new patients until the outbreak has ended.

Health officials confirmed the presence of adenovirus 7, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is most commonly associated with acute respiratory disease and can occur at any time throughout the year.

155 More Possible Cases of Polio-Like Condition in 2018 Outbreak

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Federal officials have received reports of 155 possible cases of a polio-like condition that can cause paralysis, known as acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM.

The latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that 28 more suspected cases have been reported by state health departments since the previous update about a week ago, bringing the total number of possible cases to 155.

So far, 62 cases have been confirmed across 22 states this year, a number that remains unchanged.

Decades-old fetal remains discovered in Michigan funeral home, 3rd time in weeks

Monday’s incident comes weeks after fetuses were uncovered in two Detroit funeral homes.

On Friday, authorities removed 63 fetuses — 36 found in boxes and 27 others in freezers — from Perry Funeral Home. Detroit Police Chief James Craig said he was “stunned” by the discovery, made after a man had sued the funeral home over its handling of the remains of infants and fetuses.

DC ATTORNEY GENERAL LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO CATHOLIC CHURCH SEX ABUSE

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The attorney general of Washington, D.C., announced Tuesday that his office is investigating the Archdiocese of Washington for alleged cover-ups of child sexual abuse.

Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced the investigation at a breakfast with other D.C. elected officials, marking the latest state-level investigation of Catholic Church sex abuse cases.

While Racine does not have authority to prosecute felony cases in D.C., he does have authority to prosecute violations of mandatory reporting laws and laws governing non-profit organizations.

Student, 13, Stabs Teacher During Class in Georgia

A 13-year-old boy stabbed his teacher with a butcher knife at a middle school in Georgia on Oct. 22, the principal confirmed in media reports.

The alleged incident began when the “student reportedly called the teacher over and then struck her in the chest area,” the school’s principal,

The knife, which was 8 inches long, was located in the teen’s backpack, according to reports.

New Jersey mom credited with stopping potential school shooting in Kentucky

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A New Jersey mother has been credited with helping thwart a potential school shooting — 650 miles away.

Koeberle Bull of Lumberton, N.J., was surprised to find a Facebook messenger alert from a man she didn’t know: an account belonging to Dylan Jarrell, of Lawrenceburg, Ky., who was seen holding a weapon in his profile picture. The message was filled with offensive and racist remarks aimed at Bull’s three children, who are featured in her profile.

Volunteers search swamps, fields for signs of Wisconsin girl

Volunteers cross a creek and barbed wire near Barron, Wis.,

Volunteers cross a creek and barbed wire near Barron, Wis., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, on their way to a ground search for 13-year-old Jayme Closs who was discovered missing Oct. 15 after her parents were found fatally shot at their home.

Hundreds of volunteers in rows walked through swamps, cornfields and woods on Tuesday in search of clues that might lead investigators to a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl whose parents were killed and who is believed to have been abducted.

People from in and around the Closs family’s hometown of Barron and as far away as the Minneapolis area, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) to the southwest, heeded the call for up to 2,000 volunteers to assist in the expanded search for clues into Jayme Closs’ disappearance. Hundreds showed up, though authorities didn’t immediately provide an exact number.

Washington police chief cleared, reinstated after ‘no probable cause’ found over sexual assault allegations

Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett

Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett

The police chief of Washington state’s fifth-largest city is back at work after a three-month investigation cleared him of sexual assault allegations, finding no evidence he even knew his accuser, officials announced Monday.

The city of Bothell said in a news release an investigation of allegations made against Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett found “no probable cause to show that Mr. Mylett committed any crime.”

“In addition, there was no substantiated evidence to prove there was ever any contact between the complainant and Mr. Mylett,” city officials said in a statement.

U.S. appeals court revives Nestle child slavery lawsuit

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(Reuters) – A U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated a lawsuit by a group of former child slaves accusing the U.S. unit of Nestle SA (NESN.S), the world’s largest food maker, and Cargill Co [CARG.UL] of perpetuating child slavery at Ivory Coast cocoa farms.

Judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California, said in a unanimous decision that the group could proceed with its claims despite the alleged abuses having occurred overseas.

Judge reduces punitive damages in Monsanto case by $211 million

Earlier this month, reports surfaced that a San Francisco judge was considering significantly reducing the $289 million award to the cancer victim who used Monsanto’s weed-killer product Roundup while working as a school groundskeeper.

This week, Judge Suzanne Bolanos decided to scrap her tentative decision by denying Monsanto’s request to drop the $250 million punitive damages portion of Dewayne Johnson’s award. However, Bolanos cut down the total award amount by $211 million.

Labor Department Unveils Plan for Affordable Retirement Coverage

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration has unveiled a new plan that would expand retirement coverage opportunities for millions of small businesses.

The Department of Labor on Oct. 22 released a new rule that allows small companies to band together to offer 401(k) plans to their employees. Through the Association Retirement Plans, small businesses will gain access to affordable workplace retirement coverage.

Louie Gohmert: Use anti-racketeering law to track down people funding Central American caravan

A Texas Republican suggested Monday that the Trump administration should use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, known as RICO, to investigate who might be funding a caravan of 7,000 Central American migrants traveling to the United States’ southern border.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said Attorney General Jeff Sessions should instruct the Justice Department to look into who is paying people to walk from Honduras north through Guatemala and Mexico.

PENCE: ‘INCONCEIVABLE’ MIDDLE EASTERNERS NOT PART OF CARAVAN

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Vice President Mike Pence defended President Donald Trump’s assertion that “unknown Middle Easterners” are embedded within a migrant caravan heading towards the U.S. from Mexico, in a Tuesday interview with The Washington Post.

“It’s inconceivable that there are not people of Middle Eastern descent in a crowd of more than 7,000 people advancing towards our border” Pence said.

Second migrant caravan moves through Guatemala toward Mexico

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Legal Immigrant Calls Migrant Caravan an ‘Act of War’

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A legal immigrant from Nicaragua living in the United States says the migrant caravan, which has some 7,000 people and is headed to the Mexican-U.S. border, is an “act of war.”

Amapola Hansberger said during a Fox News broadcast on Monday, Oct. 22 that she went through the normal migration process by going to the U.S. embassy in her country and filling out forms, waiting until the embassy approved her application.

She contrasted that experience with the migrant caravan, which is full of migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and other countries, and seeks to enter the United States without prior approval.

‘We have a border crisis’: Half a million caught illegally entering US in fiscal 2018

Government data released Tuesday show 100,000 more people were caught by federal law enforcement officers while attempting to illegally enter the United States from Mexico in fiscal 2018 than the previous year.

The statistics indicate President Trump’s vow to secure the border is proving to be a challenge.

A total of 521,090 people were apprehended between ports of entry as well as denied entry at the ports along the southwest border from Oct. 1, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2018, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

In 2017, that number was 415,517, down from 553,378 in 2016.

Poll shows embattled Keith Ellison trailing Republican in AG race amid abuse allegations

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Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., is trailing Republican Doug Wardlow in the race for Minnesota attorney general amid mounting criticism over domestic abuse allegations, a new poll reveals.

A Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota Poll shows Ellison behind Wardlow by 7 percentage points, receiving 36 percent of support from the voters. Wardlow is supported by 43 percent of the poll participants, the Star Tribune reported.

Photo Emerges Showing Georgia’s Democrat Governor Nominee Burning State Flag

A picture emerged late Oct. 22 showing Stacey Abrams, the Democrat gubernatorial candidate for Georgia, burning the state’s flag during a protest.

Abrams admitted to burning the flag on the steps of the state’s Capitol in June 1992.

She was a freshman at Atlanta’s Spelman College at the time of the protest, which organizers described as protesting to “overcome racially divisive issues.”

Democrats back Medicare for all in about half of House races they’re contesting

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WASHINGTON – Democratic candidates for the House are backing a Medicare for all approach to the nation’s health care system in just over half the races in which a Democrat is on the ballot, according to a new survey provided first to USA TODAY.

The tally by National Nurses United, which supports a government-run, single-payer system, shows how the idea has risen in popularity even as Republicans attack the plan as socialized medicine.

Democratic senator proposes $1,000 account for every child at birth, paid for by tax increases

cory-booker-1280x720Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) wants to give all children $1,000 in federal money at birth to combat economic inequality, and Monday he introduced a bill to do just that, according to The Hill.

Booker’s bill calls for an aggressive and expensive attempt to close the gap between America’s richest and poorest citizens, and would be funded by tax increases.

“There needs to be a new birthright in our country — universal ‘opportunity accounts’ that give EVERY single American kid a shot at the American Dream,” Booker tweeted. “Everyone deserves economic opportunity — not just the 1%.”

Boulder Thrown Through Window of House Majority Leader’s Office, Suspects Sought

A boulder was thrown through a window at one of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) offices and he’s hoping people can help identify the suspects.

McCarthy posted three pictures on Instagram that showed two men near his Bakersfield office, and a fourth that showed the boulder inside the office after the men hurled it through the window, as well as broken glass.

GOP shows new strength in early voting, as midterm fight for control tightens

Early voting numbers from several key battleground states now show Republican voters turning out in far greater numbers than Democratic ones, signaling an almost across-the-board GOP surge that is dulling the prospects of a so-called “blue wave” on Nov. 6.

Republican voters have taken the lead in turnout numbers in Georgia, Indiana, Montana, Texas, Tennessee, Florida and Arizona — states that Fox News analyses show are the scenes of close and pivotal House, Senate and gubernatorial races.

World News:

Bolton says Trump and Putin will meet in Paris

National security adviser John Bolton announced Tuesday that President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to meet in Paris next month.

Bolton, speaking to reporters after meeting with Putin in Moscow, said the details have yet to be worked out, but the meeting will happen during the Armistice Day celebration hosted by the French.

“So we will make the precise arrangements on that but it will happen in connection with the 100th anniversary, the celebration of the Armistice that the French are hosting on November the 11th,” Bolton said.

AP Explains: Diplomatic immunity and the Khashoggi case

ROME — The killing of Jamal Khashoggi shocked the world not only because of the grisly details of his death, but also because of where it took place: inside a consulate, which enjoys special protections under international law.

The case has raised questions about the immunity offered to diplomats and diplomatic premises, and the risk of abusing the system for unlawful activities and to obstruct criminal investigations.

A look at the rules on diplomatic immunity and their implications for the Khashoggi case:

Microplastics Found in Human Feces for the First Time

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Microplastics are cleaned from a beach in Tenerife, Canary Islands, on July 14, 2018. (Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty Images)

LONDON—Scientists have found tiny pieces of plastic in human stool for the first time, suggesting they may now be embedded in the food chain.

Although the study was small, with just eight participants from Europe, Russia, and Japan, all of their samples were found to contain microplastics.

The results surprised the researchers from the Medical University of Vienna and the Environment Agency Austria, who recorded nine different types of plastic in the samples. The most common were polypropylene and polyethylene terephthalate.

Commentary/Opinion:

Identity Politics in Overdrive

(“From the Kavanaugh hearings to a lawsuit alleging that Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans, the Left sees “white supremacy” at the heart of everything.”)

The current lawsuit challenging Harvard University’s use of racial preferences in admissions is about “white supremacy,” according to the school’s supporters. So, too, was the defense of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh against the charge of sexual assault, according to Kavanaugh’s critics.

Never mind that the plaintiffs in the Harvard lawsuit are Asian-American students who were denied admission to the school despite academic qualifications superior to those of whites, and that Kavanaugh’s accuser was white herself. The roiling mass of resentments and one-upmanship that is identity politics is becoming ever more irrational in the Trump era.

The Students for Fair Admissions lawsuit, in other words, seeks fairness for Asian-Americans, so that they can be rewarded, rather than penalized, for their academic accomplishments. Whites would lose out under a colorblind system. Yet Harvard’s defenders, including some Asian Harvard students, claim that the suit is really about shoring up white privilege.

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