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Polluted air kills half a million babies a year around the world

Last year’s air pollution caused the premature death of nearly half a million babies in their first month of life, with most infants living in developing countries, data shows. Exposure to air pollutants is also harmful to babies in the womb. It can cause premature birth or low birth weight. Both factors are linked to higher child mortality. Nearly two-thirds …

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Attack on oil company convoy kills 14 in Pakistan

The security detail accompanied a convoy of the state-owned Oil and Gas Development Corporation Limited (OGDCL) on a coastal road that led from the port city of Gwadar to the southern city of Karachi. Seven soldiers and seven private security guards were killed in the attack, which was carried out by “large numbers of terrorists,” the military said in a …

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Hurricane Delta leaves two dead in Louisiana and kills hundreds of thousands

An 86-year-old man died in St. Martin Parish after a fire started while fueling a generator in a shed, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Sunday. A 70-year-old woman died in a fire in the Iberia community, according to the Louisiana Department of Health, believed to have been caused by a natural gas leak following storm damage. Meanwhile, large numbers …

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Black hole “spaghetti” kills Stern while telescopes watch

Telescopes have captured the rare flash of light from a dying star as it was torn apart by a super massive black hole. This rarely seen “tidal disruption event” – that creates spaghettification in stars, as they stretch and stretch – is the closest known event that is only 215 million light-years from Earth. (For comparison, the star system closest …

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Facebook ‘monopoly’ buys, kills competitors

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, speaks at an event at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California on January 15, 2012. Josh Edelson | AFP | Getty Images The House of Representatives Antitrust Subcommittee has found that Facebook has monopoly powers on social networks and maintained its position by acquiring, copying, or killing its competitors. This emerges from a report …

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Global Death Takes Over 1 Million As UN Chief Warns “Misinformation Kills”

September 29, 2020 at 12:26 am EDT Analysis: Seven months later, the Trump administration is still relying on dubious information in its pandemic response By Philip Bump Over the course of five minutes on Monday, at the end of an event designed to highlight a new expansion of rapid tests for the coronavirus, President Trump and his staff in blatant …

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A herd of cows in England kills the second man in the month

A 72-year-old man in England died after being charged with a herd of cows, authorities said Friday. This marked the country’s second death in two weeks. The “tragic death” of Malcolm Flynn of Carlisle occurred on September 11 at around 11:45 am while walking near Thirlwall Castle and Gisland, Northumberland, Northumbria police said. Flynn was with a companion when the …

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Rare black liquorice poisoning kills man in Massachusetts

Enlarge /. Bulk black liquorice candies. With 2020 not offering enough extraordinary opportunities to die, the universe grimly reminds us that eating too much licorice can be deadly. A 54-year-old construction worker recently died in Massachusetts after eating too much black liquorice – which, of course, contains a toxin called glycyrrhizin, also known as glycyrrhizic acid. Doctors published a case …

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