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CDC director urges flu vaccinations as pediatric deaths mount

CDC director urges flu vaccinations as pediatric deaths mountOf the 30 U.S. children who have died from the flu so far this season, some 85 percent had not been vaccinated, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who urged Americans to get flu shots amid one of the most severe flu seasons in years. The dominant strain during this flu season is an especially nasty type called influenza A (H3N2) that in seasons past has been linked with severe disease and death, especially in the elderly and young. In its latest report, the CDC said the virus is present in every state, with 32 states reporting severe flu activity.



U.S. West Coast braces for possible tsunami after Gulf of Alaska quake

U.S. West Coast braces for possible tsunami after  Gulf of Alaska quakeBy Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE (Reuters) - A 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Gulf of Alaska early on Tuesday, prompting warnings of a possible tsunami down the West Coast of North America. Evacuation orders were in place in parts of Alaska and as far south as San Francisco as officials urged people who live near the ocean to be ready to flee if needed. "People are fine," Neil Hecht, the high school's assistant principal, said in a phone interview.



Tsunami watch for Hawaii canceled

Tsunami watch for Hawaii canceled(Reuters) - Hawaii is no longer considered at risk from a possible tsunami that could be generated by a powerful earthquake that hit the Gulf of Alaska early on Tuesday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. "Based on all available data there is no tsunami threat to the state of Hawaii.



'Dreamers' disappointed that Congress deferred DACA deal

'Dreamers' disappointed that Congress deferred DACA dealU.S. Senate Democrats accepted the bill to restore funds to keep the government running for three more weeks in exchange for a promise by Republicans to hold a debate on the status of the young immigrants. "It's irresponsible of everyone in Congress not to pass something," said Jovan Rodriguez, 27, who was brought to the United States from Mexico by his parents when he was 3 years old. Republican U.S. President Donald Trump was expected to sign the legislation, putting government workers who were furloughed back to work.



Five missing after Oklahoma oil and gas drilling site explosion

Five missing after Oklahoma oil and gas drilling site explosionBy Bryan Sims HOUSTON (Reuters) - Five workers were missing after a fiery explosion on Monday at an oil and gas drilling site in eastern Oklahoma, officials said. The fire had been fed by gas from a well being drilled for Red Mountain Energy by Patterson-UTI Energy Inc, preventing a full search of the scene throughout the day, but was later extinguished, the Pittsburg County Emergency Management Department (PCEMD) said in a statement. Houston-based Patterson-UTI said in a statement late on Monday the cause of the well explosion remained unclear.





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