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Areas Outside Arenas Becoming a Bigger Security Priority

Even before the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester, England, arena Monday night, the Chicago Cubs were evaluating ways to make the area around Wrigley Field safer. The City Council Budget Committee on Tuesday approved a $1 million donation by the World Series champions for the installation of 30 security cameras around the stadium in a densely populated neighborhood. The timing was coincidental — it was in the works for over a year — but the expensive undertaking underscores how difficult it is to keep large locales…

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Leader of Connecticut Mosque Detained, Faces Deportation

A Connecticut imam has been detained by U.S. immigration agents and faces deportation to Pakistan.       U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Hafiz Abdul Hannan, the leader of the Masjid Al-Islam mosque in New Haven since 2013, was taken into custody at his home on Friday. He was previously convicted of committing fraud in immigration documents and will remain in custody pending his removal from the United States, said Shawn Neudauer, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman.   Hannan previously served as a chaplain for the Middlesex House…

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Man Dies in California After Being Sickened in Apparent Botulism Outbreak

A botulism outbreak linked to contaminated nacho-cheese dip sold at a Northern California gas station has killed one man and left at least nine other people hospitalized, health officials said. The San Francisco County coroner’s office identified the dead man as Martin Galindo-Larios Jr., 37. On Monday, Matt Conens, a spokesman for the California Department of Public Health, declined to release further information on the death, the condition of the other victims, or the status and extent of the investigation into the weeks-old outbreak. Family members of Galindo-Larios did not…

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Veteran Reporter Compares Watergate, Trump’s Travails

In Watergate, the smoking gun was a White House tape proving that Richard M. Nixon ordered a cover-up – the final evidence that forced him from the White House. In the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election campaign, the smoke hasn’t cleared because President Donald Trump keeps shooting. There may never be a smoking gun situation in this case, despite the inevitable comparisons between the Trump-Russia investigations and Watergate. As someone who covered Washington in the early 1970s, I can tell you: For any parallels, there are…

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US Renews Call for Hungary to Engage With Besieged School

The U.S. State Department is repeating its call for Hungary to “engage directly” with a university founded by billionaire George Soros which may have to leave Budapest because of recent amendments to the law on higher education.   State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday that the U.S. government wants Hungary to suspend the implementation of the new “discriminatory, onerous requirements,” which she says threaten academic freedom and independence.   Nauert said in a statement that the U.S. government “has no authority or intention” to negotiate about Central European University,…

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Health Care Ranks Near Top of CEO Pay Trends, Again

Pay checks have remained healthy for executives in the health care industry. A year after earning the highest compensation of any industry, health care remained close to the top in 2016. The typical CEO in the industry made $12.9 million, just a touch below their counterparts in industrial goods. A look at the top and bottom-paid CEOs last year, by industry, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm. Top paid: 1. Industrial goods, median compensation of $13.2 million, up 6 percent from a year earlier….

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Weather Damage Closes Key Commercial US-Mexico Border Bridge

Authorities have closed one of the busiest commercial crossings on the U.S.-Mexico border after damaging rains and winds.   U.S. Customs and Border Protection says in a statement that Sunday’s weather caused power outages, flooding and structural damage at the World Trade Bridge between Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Traffic is suspended pending further notice.   Images from the area show tractor trailers flipped on their sides and cosmetic damage to bridge facilities. Power was knocked out in several Mexican border cities.   The World Trade Bridge is exclusively…

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US Senate on Track to Confirm Iowa Governor as China Envoy

The nation’s longest-serving governor is on track to win Senate confirmation as President Donald Trump’s ambassador to China.   The Senate is slated to vote late Monday on Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s nomination, clearing the way for him to hold the key diplomatic post. Among Branstad’s most immediate and sensitive assignments will be persuading the Chinese to help defuse North Korea’s advancing ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.   During his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Branstad assured lawmakers that he would not shy away from confronting Beijing on a…

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Mark Zuckerberg Says He’s Not Running for Public Office

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his quest this year to visit every state he hadn’t before is about building relationships, not politics. The 33-year-old billionaire wrote in a Facebook post that some users have asked if the trip means he’s running for public office. Zuckerberg says he’s not running for anything. Instead, he says the visits around the country are in order “to get a broader perspective.”   He said Facebook is looking to connect users beyond people they already know, and he wrote that it may be important that…

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Study Finds that Speeding up Sepsis Care Can Save Lives

Minutes matter when it comes to treating sepsis, the killer condition that most Americans probably have never heard of, and new research shows it’s time they learn.   Sepsis is the body’s out-of-control reaction to an infection. By the time patients realize they’re in trouble, their organs could be shutting down.   New York became the first state to require that hospitals follow aggressive steps when they suspect sepsis is brewing. Researchers examined patients treated there in the past two years and reported Sunday that faster care really is better….

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