New York to require some to get measles vaccinations in health emergency
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday declared a public health emergency in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn after a measles outbreak. Unvaccinated people in the heavily Orthodox Jewish community who might have been exposed will be required to get the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, and anyone who doesn’t comply could face a $1,000 fine. “We don’t take these steps lightly,” de Blasio said. “It’s time to protect your family and your community.” Since the start of the outbreak in October, 285 cases have been confirmed, 246 of them in children under 18. Federal health officials said the rise in U.S. measles cases has been fueled by the anti-vaccination movement. “The measles vaccine works,” de Blasio said. “It is safe, it is effective, it is time-tested.”
Measles cases surge to second highest level in 2 decades
The number of reported U.S. measles cases jumped by nearly 100 last week, pushing the total recorded in 19 states to 465 this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday. That’s the second highest total, after the 667 recorded in 2014, since the U.S. declared measles eliminated in the country nearly two decades ago. There were 372 cases last year. The CDC said the increase has been partly driven by the anti-vaccination movement. Most of the measles patients had not been vaccinated, and up to 90 percent of those close to an infected person can get the disease. “The numbers serve as a kick in the butt that says, hey, we probably should start paying attention to vaccination again,” said Ogbonnaya Omenka, an assistant professor at Butler University who has a doctorate in public health.
U.K. proposal would hold tech giants accountable for harmful posts
British regulators on Sunday unveiled a proposal to punish Facebook, Google, and other tech companies if they fail to stop the spread of damaging online content. The plan was drafted by U.K. consumer-protection authorities with the backing of Prime Minister Theresa May. It targets harmful web posts promoting or enabling child exploitation, fake news, terrorist activity, and violence. “The era of self-regulation for online companies is over,” U.K. Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright said in a statement. Google declined to comment. Facebook responded by noting its recent investments to step up identifying and removing harmful content and said the U.K.’s proposal “should protect society from harm while also supporting innovation, the digital economy, and freedom of speech.”
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Report: Some Mueller investigators say Barr downplayed their findings
Some of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators have told associates that Attorney General William Barr did not accurately summarize their findings, saying Mueller’s report was more damaging to President Trump than Barr indicated, The New York Times reported Thursday. Two days after Mueller submitted his nearly 400-page report to Barr last month, the attorney general sent Congress a four-page memo summarizing the key conclusions. Barr noted that the Mueller inquiry found no evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Moscow, but noted that Mueller explicitly did not exonerate Trump on whether the president tried to obstruct justice. Barr and his deputy cleared Trump, saying there wasn’t enough evidence of obstruction. Mueller investigators reportedly have told associates the evidence on obstruction was more alarming than Barr suggested
Suspect arrested for rapper Nipsey Hussle’s murder
Los Angeles police on Tuesday arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle. The suspect was identified as Eric Holder, 29. He was arrested in Bellflower, California, after his alleged getaway driver turned herself in, the Los Angeles Times reported. Hussle was gunned down Sunday in front of his clothing store. His death sparked grief and outrage in the Crenshaw neighborhood in South Los Angeles where he grew up and was involved in community projects, including rebuilding an elementary school basketball court and supporting science and math education. Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore said the shooting appeared to have resulted from a personal dispute between Hussle and Holder.
New Zealand gun ban clears first vote
New Zealand lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed new gun restrictions in an initial vote. The bill would ban the types of semiautomatic weapons a gunman used to kill 50 people at two mosques last month. It could be rushed into law by late next week with nearly unanimous backing, after just one lawmaker voted against it. “We are also driven by the memory of 50 men, women, and children who were taken from their loved ones on the 15th of March,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. “Their memory is our responsibility. We don’t ever want to see an attack like this in our country again. We are compelled to act quickly.”
Rapper Nipsey Hussle fatally shot outside his L.A. clothing store
Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed Sunday afternoon in South Los Angeles. The 33-year-old was hit with a burst of gunfire while standing outside of his clothing store, and was pronounced dead at an area hospital. Two other people were wounded, police said. A young man reportedly approached the rapper, born Ermias Asghedom, and opened fire at close range, then ran to a waiting getaway car. Nipsey Hussle was also a community organizer, and spoke openly about his time in a Los Angeles gang when he was a teenager. A source said that initial information suggested the killer was probably associated with a gang, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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Facebook bans white nationalist posts
Facebook said Wednesday that would start banning posts referencing white nationalism and white separatism in response to criticism of racism on the social network. Facebook previously focused on prohibiting content that glorified white supremacy, but civil rights advocates complained the policy did not cover white nationalist and white separatist messages that were essentially the same thing. Facebook reviewed the matter and agreed, saying in a blog post that “praise, support, and representation of white nationalism and separatism” were not acceptable. “It’s clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services.” The policy applies to Instagram, too.