Think flu season is bad? It could get worse before it’s over

By Michelle Cortez, Bloomberg The influenza virus that’s sickened millions of Americans is already the most widespread outbreak since public health authorities began keeping track more than a dozen years ago. Now, with the threat of more strains emerging, it might get even worse. “Flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now,” said Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the national Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “This is the first year we have had the entire continental U.S. be the same color on the graph, meaning there is widespread activity in all of the continental U.S. at this point.” The most optimistic assumption among government experts is… Read More

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First Hawaii, now Japan sends a false alarm about incoming North Korean missile

SEOUL, South Korea – Japanese public broadcaster NHK mistakenly sent an alert Tuesday warning that North Korea had fired a missile, just days after a similar mistake caused panic in Hawaii. Unlike in the Hawaii case, however, this error took only five minutes to correct. “NHK news alert. North Korea appears to have launched a missile,” NHK said in a notification sent through its app to mobile phone users at 6:55 p.m. Tokyo time. “The government J-alert urges people to take shelter inside buildings or underground.” Japan has an advanced warning system, known as J-alerts, that has traditionally been used for earthquakes but has, over the past year, increasingly been… Read More

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Navy files criminal charges in deadly ship collisions

By Dan Lamothe | Washington Post Five Navy officers involved in ship collisions that killed a combined 17 sailors last year will face a variety of criminal charges, including negligent homicide, the service announced Tuesday night. The individuals include Cmdr. Bryce Benson and Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez, the former captains of the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain, respectively. The Fitzgerald collided off the southern coast of Japan with a larger vessel on June 17, killing seven sailors, while the McCain struck another ship Aug. 21 near Singapore, killing 10. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning… Read More

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Man who fled Hawaii psychiatric hospital pleads not guilty

By Jennifer Siinco Kellher | Associated Press HONOLULU — A man who escaped from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and flew to San Jose will stay behind bars instead of going back to the facility he was sent after being acquitted by reason of insanity for a woman’s 1979 killing, his attorney said Tuesday. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. Attorney Michael Green said Randall Saito’s family does not plan on bailing him out of jail, where he participated in a court hearing via video but did not speak. Green entered a not-guilty plea… Read More

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Former CIA agent arrested, charged

By Matthew Barakat | Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A former CIA officer has been arrested and charged with illegally retaining classified records, including names and phone numbers of covert CIA assets. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, was arrested Monday night after arriving at JFK International Airport. He made an initial appearance Tuesday in federal court in New York, but will face charges in northern Virginia, where the CIA is located. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. According to court documents, Lee, a Hong Kong resident, served in the CIA from 1994 to… Read More

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Trump healthy, did “exceedingly well” on cognitive test, doctor says

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s overall health “is excellent” and he did “exceedingly well” on cognitive screening, the Navy doctor who performed Trump’s first medical checkup said Tuesday. Ronny Jackson had issued a blanket declaration that Trump was in “excellent health” after last Friday’s exam, and promised to provide a fuller readout on Tuesday. He reported that the 6-foot-3 president weighed in at 239 pounds — three pounds heavier than he was in September 2016, the last time Trump revealed his weight to the public. Trump’s blood pressure was 122 over 74, and his total cholesterol was 223, which is higher than recommended. Trump was 70 when he took office… Read More

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