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Los Angeles Police Department Arrest Accused Gang Member For Firing At Officers

Arrested Accused Is A Teenage Gang Member

On Tuesday, a gang member was charged for shooting at the police car of two police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department earlier on Sunday. The incident comes close on the heels of the recent killings of two officers in New York. The arrested person is named Christopher Taylor and is aged 18. He has been charged with shooting at an occupied vehicle, assault on a peace officer, and assault with a semi-automatic firearm. If convicted, he will face a life sentence in prison.

Taylor And Associate Were Firing On Rival Gang

According to the prosecution, Taylor, along with an accomplice, was firing on a car belonging to a rival gang. A squad car of the LAPD drove through the south Los Angeles intersection after sometime, and was also fired upon. The officers returned fire, though no one was injured. While Taylor was arrested, the second suspect managed to flee. Taylor was going to make a court appearance on Tuesday, with the prosecution insisting that he be held in lieu of $2 million bail. The final decision will be taken after the judge hears the case.

City Wide Alert Issued In Order To Capture The Other Shooter

The shooting in Los Angeles came within a short time of the New York incident. That is one reason the Los Angeles Police Department did not take any chances, and have promptly ordered a citywide tactical alert. Commanders were allowed to keep officers on duty beyond their shifts. Several of the city blocks had perimeters around them so the police could search the area thoroughly and flush out the perpetrators of the crime, which could have led to the death of two more police officers after the first tragic incident earlier this month.

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Endangered Species Act May Have A New Candidate – The Monarch Butterfly!

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service To Launch Year Long Status Review

It is well known that a lot of the fauna of our world is in acute danger. There are many names on the endangered list, and another name that may get added to it is that of the monarch butterfly. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a yearlong status review is set to take place which will study the population of these butterflies after conservation groups raised concerns. The biggest threats to this species are loss of habitat and the extensive use of pesticides. Milkweed plants, which are the sole food source for monarch caterpillars, are diminishing rapidly. Monarch butterflies generally migrate from Canada to Mexico and vice versa. Therefore, their habitat extends to all of the US, particularly California, Washington and Oregon in spring, summer and fall.

The Xerces Society Paints A Dire Picture

According to The Xerces Society, which is a leading conservation group, the number of monarch butterflies has decreased by around 90% since the 1990s. At that time, there were around a billion of them, and now there are only about 33 million left. As Sarina Jepsen said, “We know from research that monarchs lay four times more eggs on milkweed plants growing in cropland than other areas,” “So that milkweed is especially important, and it’s just disappearing at an unprecedented rate.”

Assistance Of Home Owners Requested

Jepson requested help and assistance from homeowners, who can help by planting milkweed in their yards and gardens. Brett Lawrence, spokesman for the Fish and Wildlife Service, said that the review is being undertaken is see if the threat to the monarch butterflies is really as serious as conservation groups are claiming. Information will be gathered from the public and about the species’ range and habitat requirements, historical and current population levels, and conservation measures undertaken for the species and its habitats.

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CDC Issues Flu Alert, Warns America Could Come Under Grip Of Deadly Flu

Flu Cases Reported From 36 States In America!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that a lethal strain of influenza is circulating in America, showing signs of developing into a severe flu season. Cases have already been reported from at least 36 states in America. The strain is The H3N2 strain, but it has started mutating just after the vaccine for this year was created by health experts, leading to much lower effectiveness of the vaccine. The H3N2 virus was predominant during the 2012-13, 2007-08 and 2003-04 flu seasons, and those were harsh flu seasons. The 2014-2015 could go the same way as well, at least till April.

15 Minor Deaths Reported This Year

According to Dr. Michael Jhung, a Medical Officer with the CDC’s influenza division, “We’re seeing things that we see every year,” “We’re not seeing dramatically higher levels of flu activity than we see every year.” Those at risk are infants under 5 (particularly those under 2), elderly citizens above 65, pregnant women and those who have a chronic history of asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease, and kidney disease. In fact, till date 15 deaths have been reported among infants. Last year, there were 109 deaths.

Less Effective Vaccine A Cause For Concern

The biggest worry this year is that the vaccine they have created is much less effective that the vaccines of previous years, leaving people at high risk of picking up this virus strain. CDC is imploring citizens to get themselves vaccinated and have said that only 40% have heeded the calls so far. The flu season has just started, and if the vaccine is taken now it could be effective in preventing those who are vaccinated from contracting the flu. Google advices guest post service for its google news services.

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Sexual assault of two girls at a Bronx school

According to information provided by a source, police officials in New York City have slapped two teenage boys with several charges including rape. The two boys were arrested after supposedly sexually attacking two girls in the school’s auditorium. The incident occurred during school hours. The source has also made known that the two suspects were of ages thirteen and fourteen. Moreover, the suspects were also known to the victims. On the day of the incident, the suspects had allegedly brought them to the JHS 145 auditorium in Claremont between 12 o’clock and 2:15 p.m. Carmen Farina, the Chancellor for New York City Schools came out with a statement expressing her anguish and pain over the incident.

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New York authorities monitoring 120 people for Ebola

According to an official from the office of Mayor de Blasio, the city authorities have been vigorously monitoring just about one hundred and twenty people who have lately returned from Ebola-stricken places. The administration has taken such a step as a caution in order to prevent the reach of the deadly Ebola virus in the city. According to Marti Adams, the Mayor’s first deputy press secretary, majority of the 117 people being kept under observation had flown into the from Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone on October 11 or afterwards. The steps of active monitoring include maintaining regular communication with the persons concerned.

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Commerce Department reports fastest economic growth

According to a report brought out by the Commerce Department, the US economy has witnessed a growth of 3.5% this summer. The latest figure displays the best drive in more than ten years. At the same time, the new figure also suggests that the country’s economy has finally revived after five long years of slow recovery. The report on the country’s gross domestic product or GDP is the last big economic news before the November 4th midterm elections. The strong and robust performance follows the forceful 4.6% heave in the spring as the country’s economy witnessed a bounce back from a strange winter fall.

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Legendary Hollywood Actress and Oscar Winner, Luise Rainer Passes Away at 104

Luise Rainer, one of the most admired stars of the 1930s and the winner of two Oscars in a row, passed away at 104. Known for some of the most stunning performances including the two movies that got her the Oscars, “The Great Ziegfeld” and “The Good Earth”, the legendary actress left her successful film career for intermittent stage work in addition to a life of domesticity and a career as a mountain climber. According to her daughter, Francesca Knittel Bowyer, the actress died from pneumonia.

Born in Austria, the actress gained fame and power in America

Born in Vienna on January 12, 1910, she began her tryst with acting in her teenage years under the tutelage of Max Reinhardt, the well known Austrian director. She appeared in more than a few German films but it was in America that she gained prominence. She became the first actress to win an Oscar two times in a row and took away the best actress distinction for the “The Great Ziegfeld” in 1936 and again in the 1937 film, “The Good Earth”. Other well known Hollywood actors and actresses who have won uninterrupted Oscars include Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Tom Hanks and Jason Robards.

Despite the fame, she had an unhappy Hollywood career and married life

Described by her daughter as “She was bigger than life and can charm the birds out of the trees,” the two awards marked the climax of her career, which went down equally fast. She considered her two Oscar trophies a curse that bestowed her with unbelievably high expectations. Following her win, she was part of five more MGM movies that did nothing for her career, and were (to her) a waste of her talents. By the mid 40s, her fame came to an end. Unhappy with her career, even her personal life was tinged with unhappiness as she went through a turbulent marriage to playwright, Clifford Odets, ultimately quitting movies forever.

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Is the Most Anticipated Film of 2015!

A survey by Fandango has declared “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to be the most anticipated movie of 2015. The JJ Abrams movie is followed by other two equally heavy weight releases, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2”. Joining these three movies in the New Year list areDakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan starrer “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Jurassic World”.

The sci-fi film is the most loved and anticipated movie by people of all ages!

The survey was conducted from December 22-29 and is based on responses from one thousand correspondents. Along with the most anticipated 2015 film, it also included topics like favorite actresses and actorsof 2015 as well as the most awaited family film in the coming year. With regards to the “Star Wars” series coming out on top, Dave Karger, the Chief Correspondent Fandango said, “It’s been a decade since the last installment of the most beloved sci-fi fantasy franchise of all time, and kids of all ages are eagerly anticipating the revitalization of the series next December,” The new release is the 7thoverall movie of the series.

Who have come out on top as favorite actor and actress of 2015?

With regards to the survey on the topic of favorite actors and actresses, Robert Downey Jr. beat fellow Marvel actor, Chris Hemsworth in the category of favorite actor, for the 2012movie “The Avengers” which will once again see them coming together in the sequel next year. Besides “The Avenger” series, Chris Hemsworth has two other movies that will come out next year-“In the Heart of the Sea” and “Blackhat”.  The top spot for favorite actress went to “The Hunger Games” actress Jennifer Lawrence with second spot going to Scarlett Johansson for “The Avengers”.