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Flu vaccine works better than expected

Vaccine effectiveness is tricky to measure, because there is no way to know how many vaccinated people never got ill at all. The CDC uses data from the U.S. Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network — five study sites across the U.S. For Thursday’s report, they looked at the cases of 4,562 kids and adults who showed up with flu-like illness at the five sites. It’s not always the flu Most did not even have flu — just 38 percent of them tested positive for flu. There are hundreds of viruses that…

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Divided Senate Rejects Immigration Plan to Help 'Dreamers'

A divided Senate rejected a bipartisan plan to help young “Dreamer” immigrants and parcel out money for the wall Trump wants with Mexico More (WASHINGTON) — A divided Senate rejected a bipartisan plan Thursday to help young “Dreamer” immigrants and parcel out money for the wall President Donald Trump wants with Mexico, as Republican leaders joined with the White House and scuttled what seemed the likeliest chance for sweeping immigration legislation this election year. The chamber planned to vote next on a wide-ranging plan by Trump that would also restrict…

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Flu vaccine works better than expected for some

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE The flu vaccine is working better than doctors feared, but still is not especially effective, health officials said Thursday. Overall, this year’s vaccine is 36 percent effective, meaning it reduces the number of doctor visits by 36 percent, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. “Early estimates indicate that influenza vaccines have reduced the risk of medically attended influenza-related illness by about one-third in vaccinated persons so far this season,” the CDC…

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Russian fans mock ‘stupid’ ban on athletes at Olympic Games

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Team Russia was most definitely in the building. Its official athletes were another story. As their home country’s pairs skaters took the ice Wednesday inside the Gangneung Ice Arena, Russians decorated in the colors of their flag packed the stands, whooping and whistling with approval. As punishment for a state-sponsored doping scandal stemming from the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia, the International Olympic Committee banned Russian athletes from competing under their nation’s delegation in PyeongChang. Instead, about 170 Russian athletes eligible here must wear nondescript white…

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What’s the Time Difference Between South Korea and the U.S.? Here's What to Know as You Watch the Olympics

What’s the Time Difference Between South Korea and the U.S.? Here’s What to Know as You Watch the Olympics More The 2018 Winter Olympic Games are underway in PyeongChang, South Korea — but the time difference between South Korea and the United States can make it challenging to figure out when to watch the big events. From Adam Rippon, the first openly gay American figure skater to go to the Olympics, to Mira Nagasu, who was cheered for landing the triple axel, there are plenty of athletes to keep an…

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Flu season is breaking records, CDC says

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE The flu season is still a bad one and it’s broken a few recent records, federal health officials said Friday. It’s not time to panic about a new pandemic — it is simply a relatively severe flu season, one that’s unusual in that it is hitting the whole country at once instead of in waves, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. “Influenza activity is still on the rise overall,” CDC’s acting…

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The Father of Otto Warmbier Will Be Mike Pence's Guest at the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

The father of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who died after being imprisoned in North Korea, will attend South Korea’s Winter Olympics as a guest of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Fred Warmbier is scheduled to join Pence in PyeongChang, South Korea next week as the Vice President leads the U.S. 2018 Winter Olympic delegation at the opening ceremony for the games, the Washington Post reports. The primary purpose of Pence’s five-day trip to Japan and South Korea is to maintain pressure on the North Korean regime, according to…

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What Is a Hypersonic Railgun? How the Superweapon China May Be Building Works

What Is a Hypersonic Railgun? How the Superweapon China May Be Building Works More As Newsweek reported, photos appearing on Twitter suggest China is currently testing a ship-mounted hypersonic railgun. Also known as an electromagnetic railgun, the superweapon has been pursued by various nations—including the United States—but never known to be fully tested and deployed. In the way that cannons use gunpowder to launch a projectile, railguns use electromagnetic energy, essentially giving them the speed of a cannon with the range of a missile, according to Popular Science. The “rail”…

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Read the full House GOP memo

This is the 3.5-page memo prepared by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. It is derived from the FBI’s application for surveillance authority before the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court. The memo was released Friday after President Donald Trump decided to declassify it in full, White House spokesman Raj Shah. Editor’s Note: Bold, italics and underlined text is as it appears in the actual memo. Here is the full memo: Purpose: This memorandum provides Members an update on significant facts relating to the Committee’s ongoing investigation into the Department…

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Prominent Latino group to retract letter to backing Trump immigration plans

WASHINGTON – The president of the nation’s oldest Latino civil rights organization, the League of United Latin American Citizens, said he plans to retract a letter he sent to President Donald Trump endorsing the president’s immigration framework. Roger Rocha Jr., president of LULAC, told NBC News the retraction would be issued Wednesday afternoon, although the group’s executive director said it would be Thursday. Meanwhile, the group’s board was to meet in coming days to discuss the letter Rocha sent that contradicted the group’s official stand on Trump’s four-prong immigration framework.…

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