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Prosecutor: Man charged with 1 murder says he killed 16

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WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man who is accused in a New Jersey murder and is considered a person of interest in four New Mexico slayings has said he is responsible for a total of 16 slayings. NJ.com reports that assistant prosecutor Alec Gutierrez alleged Friday in court that 47-year-old Sean Lannon said he was responsible for the killings in New Jersey and New Mexico along with “11 other individuals.” Authorities have yet to corroborate that claim and say there is no indication it’s true. Lannon was arrested Wednesday in St. Louis. Public defender Frank Unger challenged probable cause for the New Jersey murder charge and unsuccessfully argued for pretrial release of his client.

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UN says 8 children killed, 33 wounded this month in Yemen

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CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. children’s agency says that a surge of fighting in war-torn Yemen has been particularly brutal for children this month, with at least eight killed and 33 wounded. Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF’s representative to Yemen, says the casualties happened in several areas including the provinces of Taiz and Hodeida, where fighting between forces of the internationally recognized government and Houthi rebels has intensified. He said the toll could be higher. Duamelle said the U.N. condemns the attacks in “the strongest possible terms,” adding that children and families are often paying a heavy price for the conflict. He said attacks had targeted a school and a hospital in Taiz.

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US ties with Russia, China sink as Biden toes tough lines

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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. relations with its two biggest geo-political rivals are facing severe tests as President Joe Biden tries to assert America’s place in the world and distinguish himself from his predecessor. Airing myriad complaints, the Biden administration took an extraordinarily tough line with China and Russia tis past week. Public spats between the countries erupted as Biden characterized Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “killer” and his top national security aides excoriated China for a litany of issues. Moscow and Beijing both fired back, setting the stage for months, if not more, of escalating tensions. 

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Do you clean your coffee maker? If not it could be a breeding ground for mold and bacteria

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — You look forward to that first cup of coffee in the morning, but are you getting more than coffee? It’s time to think about what’s inside your coffee maker.

“When we look at any environment that is warm and moist, it’s really a breeding ground for germs – notably mold and bacteria,” explained Yale immunologist Dr. Ryan Steele.

For a drip coffee maker, taking apart the pieces and cleaning it is pretty simple, but what about a machine that uses a coffee pod, like a Keurig machine? You use a new pod every time, but inside the machine remains that warm, moist environment.

“Simple cleaning with household items like vinegar and bleach, in the right concentration, because too much of those can be very irritating, as well,” Steele said. “You really want to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and routinely clean that.”

We’re not talking about just wiping down the outside, we mean taking the pieces apart to get inside. Your kitchen sponge might not be able to get in there. Your machine may have come with a specialized cleaning tool, or you may have to use a small brush or even a cotton swab to get into all the little crevices.

“You really want to make sure that you’re cleaning all those and removing gaskets because those hidden areas are really ripe for having mold and bacteria grow,” Dr. Steele said.

That sounds gross, but it probably won’t make you sick, unless you fall into one of two categories. One is people with compromised immune systems.

“That could be anybody who is simply on steroids for a rash or for asthma, or who’s on medication long term, like someone who may be a transplant patient,” said Steele. “More broadly in the population, mold allergy is quite common.”

Dr. Steele said you should do a thorough cleaning at least once a week, and don’t leave water in the reservoir overnight. That’s another place mold can grow.

I-24 Westbound lanes blocked due to tractor-trailer fire in Trigg County

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PADUCAH, KY (WKRN) – Westbound lanes on I-24 were blocked by a tractor-trailer fire on Saturday morning, according to a release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The release states Trigg County 911 Dispatch reported the westbound lanes of I-24 to be blocked near mile-marker 58 due to a semi truck fire.

There are no reports of injuries at this time but no other information was immediately released.

US businesses near border struggle with boundaries’ closure

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NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Small businesses in border towns across the U.S. are reeling from the economic fallout of the partial closure of North America’s international boundaries. Restrictions on nonessential travel were put in place a year ago to curb the spread of the virus and have been extended almost every month since. Small businesses, residents and local chambers of commerce say the financial toll has been steep, as have the disruptions to life in communities where it’s common to shop, work and sleep in two different countries. And as more Americans are vaccinated against COVID-19 and infection rates fall across the U.S., many are hoping the restrictions will soon be eased. 

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Asian women say shootings point to relentless, racist tropes

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A deadly rampage at three Georgia massage businesses, where the employees were mostly of Asian descent, has prompted Asian American women to openly share stories of being sexually harassed or demeaned based on their race. They say dealing with men who cling to a perpetual narrative that Asian women are exotic and submissive is a frequent occurrence they’re forced to tolerate. While the suspect, a 21-year-old white man, hasn’t been charged with hate crimes, advocates and scholars say race is an inherent component in Tuesday’s killings in the Atlanta area that points to a larger discussion on the deep history of fetishizing Asian women.

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Pakistan court condemns 2 men to death in highway rape case

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LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court has sentenced two men to death for the gang rape of a woman in front of her children last year alongside a motorway in the eastern city of Lahore. Hafiz Asghar says the verdict in the closely watched, six-month trial of Abid Malhi and his accomplice Shafqat Ali was issued inside the prison where it was held in Lahore on Saturday. Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta also sentenced the men to 14 years imprisonment, time that must be served before any executions can take place, he added. Appeals or commutations are likely. Malhi and Ali found the woman waiting for help after her car ran out of fuel.

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Judge OKs mental health review in Illinois couple’s death

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ALGONQUIN, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois woman charged with killing a couple will undergo a psychological evaluation on her state of mind at the time. The Northwest Herald reports that Arin Fox previously was found to be capable of assisting in her own defense. McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt on Friday granted Fox’s attorneys’ request that she be evaluated again with a focus on her state of mind at the time of the November killings. 

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Half of UK adults have gotten one dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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LONDON (AP) — The U.K. says half of the country’s adults have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Saturday that more people received injections on Friday than any day since the country’s vaccination program began in early December. But the celebration comes amid growing concerns about the failure of wealthy countries to share scarce vaccine supplies with developing nations. The director of a London-based health policy think tank says while Britain should be proud of the success of its vaccination drive, it’s time to start thinking about the rest of the world. He says the country has the rights to enough doses to vaccinate its entire population twice. 

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