Relevant news for the last days & just plain ol’ news 8/12…Alqaeda to target US trains…Wells Fargo rips off mom&Pop stores…Eclipse news: Hospitals stock up for large crowds expected & more

43 Percent Latent TB Rates Among Sub-Saharan Refugees in San Diego County Interviewed for Jobs at Starbucks

Recent arrivals from Somalia and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa were among the refugees interviewed for possible jobs by 30 Starbucks managers at a hiring event in El Cajon, California on Tuesday as part of the company’s commitment to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years.

The latent tuberculosis (TB) rate of 43 percent among refugees in San Diego County from sub-Saharan Africa is more than ten times greater than the latent TB rate of 4 percent found in the general population, according to a 2013 study from a research team led by Dr. Timothy Rodwell, “an associate professor and physician in the Division of Global Health at UCSD [University of California at San Diego].”….


Al Qaeda has drawn a bullseye on a new American target: Subway trains

Al Qaeda is about to take on a new target — America’s trains — in an upcoming edition of its terror magazine, Inspire.

Issue No. 17 is headlined, “Train Derail Operations,” and will spell out ways to create rail disasters in a transportation system that lacks the stiff security procedures of airline travel….


Eclipse 2017: Hospitals stock up on blood, rattlesnake bite antidote

Time to stock up on the antidote for rattlesnake bites and boost blood supplies.

More than 1 million visitors are expected to flood the state for the solar eclipse Aug. 21 and hospitals in its path are ramping up for the massive influx.

For hospital systems from central Oregon to the coast, it will be all-hands on deck in the run-up and aftermath of the eclipse.

Without a precedent, planners have turned for advice to their counterparts in Sturgis, a town in South Dakota that attracts about a half a million people for a yearly motorcycle rally in August…..


Wells Fargo accused of ripping off mom-and-pop shops

Wells Fargo has already admitted to charging people for overdrawing bank accounts that they didn’t have and for car insurance that they didn’t need. Now, it’s being accused of ripping off vulnerable mom-and-pop businesses.

For several years, Wells Fargo’s merchant services division overcharged small businesses for processing credit card transactions, a lawsuit alleges. Business owners who tried to leave Wells Fargo were charged “massive early termination fees,” according to the lawsuit filed in US District Court.

The “overbilling scheme” targeted less sophisticated businesses by using “deceptive language” in a 63-page contract designed to confuse them, the lawsuit filed on August 4 claims. The lawyer filed court documents to seek class action status…


Man found dead after weeks trapped in elevator

An elderly man’s decomposing body was found in an inoperable elevator at an apartment complex in Denver….


US Marines ground aircraft for 24 hours following crashes

The commandant of the US Marine Corps announced a 24-hour operational pause for all of the branch’s aircraft Friday, a move that comes after the Marines suffered two deadly crashes in recent weeks.

“Gen. Robert B. Neller, Commandant of the US Marine Corps, directed US Marine Corps aviation units to conduct an operational reset for a 24 hour-period where no flight operations will take place but no operational commitments will be impacted,” the Marine Corps said in a statement.

The pause will affect all Marine Corps aircraft, including those with tilt-rotors, helicopters and fixed-wing planes….


DNA test leads brothers to reunite with mother — after 46 years

There she is … I think I see her,” an anxious Anthony Wiggs told Raymond Abreu. “With the sunglasses on.”

Raymond was speechless. He glanced at his younger brother, then his eyes darted back to the entrance to the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport baggage claim.

The woman continued to walk slowly toward them — then she froze.
 “Elsie?” Anthony called out, his voice a tone higher. “Raymond?” she asked.
It was an emotional reunion between a mother and her sons that had been 46 years in the making. “I love you,” she whispered, kissing both men on the cheek again and again….


Trump Team: North Korea in ‘Flagrant Breach’ That Could Bring ‘End of Its Regime’

North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. If the regime goes through with that plan, it would be the country’s most threatening missile launch to date.

Pyongyang responded to President Donald Trump’s strong warnings by labeling them a “load of nonsense.”

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” the president warned this week. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”….

Smugglers throw some 280 migrants into the sea off Yemen

Smugglers have thrown some 280 migrants into the sea off the coast of Yemen in the last two days, causing more than 50 to drown and leaving over 30 missing, the UN migration agency said Thursday. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the migrants who were forced from boats in two separate incidents were hoping to reach countries in the Gulf via war-torn Yemen. The International Organization for Migration said Wednesday that up to 50 migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia were “deliberately drowned” by a smuggler off Yemen. The UN agency said 160 Ethiopian migrants were violently forced into the Arabian Sea on Thursday. (AP)




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