Nov 20, 2018

Throw out all your romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a broad Food Safety Alert Tuesday advising people, restaurants and stores to throw out any form of romaine lettuce due to reports of a new outbreak of a dangerous strain of E. coli bacteria.

What's new: There have been 32 cases reported in 11 states so far, with 11 hospitalizations and no deaths, the CDC says. While it's the same virulent strain of the E. coli 157:H7 that caused an outbreak that ended on June 28 (also connected to romaine lettuce), this one has a different DNA footprint, the CDC says. The current outbreak genetically matches one alerted in two provinces of Canada today as well.

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House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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