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June 22, 2017

Southwest Heat Wave Full of Firsts and Superlatives

A blistering heat wave impacting Arizona, Southern Nevada and much of California is expected to last through the end of the week with triple-digit temperatures. Phoenix, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, and others have tied or set all-time record highs during the day, with little relief overnight; […]
June 15, 2017

London’s High-Rise Inferno Traps Dozens on Upper Floors

A fast-moving fire that started on the fourth floor of a large housing complex called Grenfell Tower in North Kensington (West London) spread rapidly upward, most notably from the exterior of the building, trapping many of the more than 400 occupants. As of Thursday, the official […]
June 8, 2017

Gunman Sets Manila Hotel on Fire, Dozens Killed by Smoke

A man with a gun stormed into a casino-hotel in Manila and set gambling tables and other combustibles on fire, which led to the death of 36 people, primarily from smoke inhalation and suffocation, as many of those victims were hiding from the gunfire. The attacker, […]
June 1, 2017

NOAA Predicts Above Average Hurricane Season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted another above-normal hurricane season for the Atlantic Ocean in 2017, which always runs from June 1 through November 30. There is currently a 45-percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, […]
May 25, 2017

Manchester Arena Device Triggered Outside Security Perimeter

A man wearing a backpack detonated his homemade-explosive device Tuesday evening in the publically-accessible foyer area (outside security checkpoints) as concertgoers, mostly young girls, were leaving an Ariana Grande show at U.K.’s Manchester Arena, the largest indoor performance venue in Europe. Evidence includes backpack cloth, nuts […]
May 18, 2017

Hospital Computer Systems Targeted as Part of Global Ransomware Attack

The biggest ransomware attack on record locked out at least 200,000 computers in 100 countries, and included healthcare systems in the U.K., China, and Indonesia. Of the 248 “trusts” (geographic or specialty functions) in the British National Health Service (NHS), 48 were affected by the attack, […]
May 11, 2017

Rare, but Serious, Tick-borne Disease Spreading in NE, Great Lakes Regions

A deadly virus spread through tick bites called Powassan, which is still very rare, is spreading in the Northeast, including New York state, and in parts of the Great Lakes region. Powassan, also called POW, causes encephalitis (brain inflammation) in some, is fatal in about 15 […]
May 4, 2017

Narcan Dosage ‘Ineffective’ on ‘Elephant Tranquilizer’ Overdoses in Northeast

Three recent deaths in New Hampshire have now been linked to carfentanil overdoses, a potent form of synthetic opioid typically used to tranquilize elephants and other large animals. Manufactured in Chinese medical labs, the drug is visually identical to fentanyl, but 100 times more potent so […]