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California reports first child death from flu

California reports first child death from flu

California public health officials on Friday reported the first death of a child in this year’s flu season, and warned that it could be a much more relentless flu season than that of last year’s.

Dr. Karen Smith, the chief of the California Public Health Department (CPHD), said in a statement that this year’s flu season has already claimed a total of 14 lives of people under the age of 65. The figure is notably larger than three deaths recorded by the same time in 2015.

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New law prohibits minors from buying cough syrup over the counter

New law prohibits minors from buying cough syrup over the counter

Minors will no longer be able to purchase certain cough syrup over the counter as a new law prohibits the sale of medicines containing dextromethorphan to those under 18, authorities have confirmed.

Dextromethorphan, is a key ingredient in cough syrups, is also used in a number of over-the-counter drugs. But, many young people misuse it to get a high. Many adults either drink cough syrup or mix it with other substances to get a high.

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California police arrest a man for driving under influence of caffeine

California police arrest a man for driving under influence of caffeine

Officers from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control reportedly took a man under arrest for driving under the influence of caffeine.

Joseph Schwab was allegedly driving erratically while returning home from office in Solano County. When an agent from the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control pulled him over and gave him a breathalyzer test, the result turned up as 0.00 per cent.

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Snapchat acquires Israeli AR startup Cimagine Media for an estimated $30-$40M

Snapchat acquires Israeli AR startup Cimagine Media for an estimated $30-$40M

In a Sunday report, financial daily Calcalist News has revealed that California-based ephemeral messaging service Snapchat has quietly acquired Israeli augmented reality (AR) startup Cimagine Media.

The acquisition of four-year-old Cimagine marks Snapchat's first acquisition of an Israeli firm. About the financial terms of the acquisition, the Calcalist's report said that Snapchat is estimated to have paid $30-$40 million to purchase Cimagine.

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Uber pulls its self-driving cars from SF roads after regulators revoke their registrations

Uber pulls its self-driving cars from SF roads after regulators revoke their registrations

On Wednesday, ride-hailing company Uber was forced to shut down its self-driving pilot program in San Francisco because the registrations of the company’s 16 self-driving cars in the city were revoked by the California DMW.

The move by the California DMW to force Uber to pull its self-driving cars from San Francisco roads comes after one week of failed talks between Uber and the state regulators.

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Killer Whales Captured Eating a Living Shark with Drone in California

Killer Whales Captured Eating a Living Shark with Drone in California

A rare footage captured using a drone shows a pod of killer whales eating a living shark. The video was captured by wildlife photographer Slater Moore in Monterey Bay, California. Killer whales are fierce predators and the video shared by Mr. Moore shows two female adult killer whales and two young killer whales attacking a shark.

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New data on risks vs. benefits of CAR-T cancer drugs to be shared this weekend

New data on risks vs. benefits of CAR-T cancer drugs to be shared this weekend

New data on riskss vs. benefit of experimental chimeric antigen receptor T-cells (CAR-Ts) will likely be in focus this weekend when companies will present their clinical results at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH).

CAR-Ts are a promising but risky collection of customized cancer drugs, which are produced by genetically changing a patient's own T-cells in the laboratory. The altered T-cells are then pumped back into the patient's body to help the immune system to find and destroy cancer cells.

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3 dead, 5 sickened after eating Thanksgiving meal in California: officials confirm

3 dead, 5 sickened after eating Thanksgiving meal in California: officials

Three people died and five others fell sick after eating a Thanksgiving meal provided by a San Francisco Bay Area church, authorities confirmed.

The questionable meal was prepared by Golden Hills Community Church at Antioch's American Legion Hall. All the eight people were rushed to Sutter Delta Medical Center at different times between Friday and Saturday with apparently food borne illnesses.

Three people died, and one person is still receiving treatment in the hospital. The remaining four people were treated and released.

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Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook could not have influenced the election outcome

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook could not have influenced the election outcome

During the Techonomy conference in Half Moon Bay, California, late Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed the concerns that fake news related to the US presidential election proliferated on the social networking site, which did not do anything to stop it.

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Monarch butterflies are back in Pismo Beach

Monarch butterflies are back in Pismo Beach

The western monarch Butterflies are back in Pismo Beach, and currently there are an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 butterflies at the Monarch Butterfly Grove.

Migrating to the coast of California in high numbers, monarch butterflies have raised hope that this year will be more promising for the beautiful creatures. Many visitors say they can't help but watch.

Amanda Verona of San Bernardino County said, "Just see the beauty. I mean I love butterflies and I have ever since I was little so it's just beautiful."

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