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Flu activity on the rise across the nation: CDC

Flu activity on the rise across the nation: CDC

Seasonal flu activity is on the rise across the United States, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has confirmed hat at least 10 states have already reported high levels of the contagious virus.

Alabama, Carolina, New York, Oklahoma, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri and Utah are among the states with high flu activity. The strength of flu activity is typically measured on the basis of the total number of flu-related clinic visits.

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Legalizing pot can spur kids to try it: experts warn

Legalizing pot can spur kids to try it: experts warn

As more and more states are adopting measures to legalize sale and use of recreational marijuana, health experts have warned that it is like sending a message to teenagers that the controversial drug is harmless.

Following approval of recreational pot by voters in Washington and Colorado, a survey found fewer teens considering marijuana as risky to their health.

Study author Magdalena Cerda, an epidemiologist at UC Davis' Violence Prevention Research Program, said legalization of marijuana would make it less stigmatized, prompting teens to try it.

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Potentially first case of cat-to-human transmission of H7N2 virus under investigation

Potentially first case of cat-to-human transmission of H7N2 virus under investigation

Public health officials are trying to determine whether a veterinarian who fell sick while treating cats at a New York animal shelter really contracted H7N2, a rare strain of bird flu.

The NYC-based Health & Mental Hygiene Department said that H7N2 was detected in nearly four dozen cats at an animal shelter in Manhattan. Lab tests conducted by University of Wisconsin researchers have confirmed that the infection was caused by the H7N2 virus.

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Exploding e-cigarettes need a federal look: Sen. Schumer says

Exploding e-cigarettes need a federal look: Sen. Schumer says

The federal government should launch an investigation into growing incidents of exploding e-cigarettes to figure out the cause, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said.

Sen. Schumer, a Democrat from New York, said in an interview on Sunday that the federal government needs to figure out why e-cigarettes and their batteries are exploding and catching fire.

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Donald Trump tells tech leaders that his administration is "here to help you folks do well"

Donald Trump tells tech leaders that his administration is "here to help you fol

At a summit organized at the Trump Tower in New York City on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump met with some of the high-profile tech industry executives from the Silicon Valley, to talk about how they can work together in his new presidential administration.

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Euthanized whale showed signs of ‘trauma’ during necropsy: NOAA

Euthanized whale showed signs of ‘trauma’ during necropsy: NOAA

Veterinary experts conducting necropsy on a juvenile humpback whale that was euthanized last week in Moriches Bay have found signs of "trauma" suffered by the ill-fated marine creature, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA) announced.

David Morin, of the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Region Atlantic, and other were on hand at Cupsogue Beach in Westhampton for the necropsy proceedings that started on Monday.

Morin said they found the whale to have a hematoma, although he couldn't say if the whale suffered that trauma before or after becoming stranded.

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Culinary journalist suggests way to cook turkey faster

Culinary journalist suggests way to cook turkey faster

While a delicious turkey recipe makes Thanksgiving more appealing, slaving over an oven for hours to prepare a turkey dish is often tiresome and exasperating. However, there is a new time-saving method that can help you a lot.

Suggested by famous culinary journalist Mark Bittman, the time-saving method makes it totally possible to cook a 10-pound turkey at 450 degrees Fahrenheit in just 45 minutes or even less time.

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Salmonella risk prompts 4C Foods Corp. to recall grated cheeses

Salmonella risk prompts 4C Foods Corp. to recall grated cheeses

Brooklyn, N. Y.-headquartered 4C Foods Corporation has issued a nationwide recall for some of its grated cheeses after food inspectors detected a possible salmonella contamination risk.

A spokesperson for the food giant confirmed that fears over possible salmonella contamination risk prompted the company to recall its grated Romano, Parmesan and Imported Italian Pecorino Romano cheeses.

Sally McCracken, chief financial officer for the company, confirmed the recall of the products and apologized for any inconvenience created by the decision.

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HP plans to cut up to 4,000 jobs in next 3-4 years

HP plans to cut up to 4,000 jobs in next 3-4 years

During the course of a meeting with analysts in New York on Thursday, bigwig PC and printer manufacturer HP Inc. said that it plans to lay off up 4,000 employees over the next 3-4 years.

HP Inc. was formed a year back, in the breakup of Hewlett-Packard Co. Into two entities; the other one being Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which is chiefly focused on commercial technology. Ever since its formation last year, HP - which has a workforce of almost 50,000 employees - has already laid off nearly 3,000 employees.

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Extreme floods will become more frequent in NYC area: researchers warn

Extreme floods will become more frequent in NYC area: researchers warn

The New York City (NYC) area will likely suffer more devastating floods in the coming decades than those extreme floods that were unleashed by powerful storms on the scale of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, researchers warned on Monday.

Using computer models to combine rises in sea level and storm surge, researchers found that calamities like extreme floods will become more frequent as well as more destructive in the years to come.

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