☢️ Breaking: TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has begun using arrays of advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium in violation of its 2015 nuclear deal, a spokesman said today, warning that Europe has little time left to offer new terms to save the accord.
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The deadliest American mass shootings in the past 20 years have had one thing in common: The perpetrator used an assault rifle, Axios visual journalists Chris Canipe and Lazaro Gamio write.
Since 1999, the U.S. has had 115 mass shootings (defined as at least three people killed).
Health authorities are urging people to stop using e-cigarettes and other vaping products while they investigate 5 deaths from a mysterious illness that may have affected over 450 U.S. users, The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription).
Why it matters, from a New England Journal of Medicine editorial:
What the CDC says:
While this investigation is ongoing, people should consider not using e-cigarette products. People who do use e-cigarette products should monitor themselves for symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever) and promptly seek medical attention for any health concerns.
Regardless of the ongoing investigation, people who use e-cigarette products should not buy these products off the street and should not modify e-cigarette products or add any substances that are not intended by the manufacturer. E-cigarette products should never be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.
Several federal efforts to combat human trafficking in the U.S. have slowed under the Trump administration, Axios' Stef Kight and Juliet Bartz write, based on government data and human-trafficking advocates.
The big picture: There are thousands of trafficking victims in the U.S., including children trafficked into prostitution as well as agricultural and domestic workers who are paid little or nothing.
By the numbers: Last year, the National Human Trafficking Hotline identified almost 15,000 people who were most likely trafficked. That's more than any year since at least 2012.
Between the lines: The number of prosecutions isn't the only factor.
The response: The Department of Homeland Security increased the number of specialists working with human trafficking investigators by 70% last year, according to the TIP report.
Top three stories on NYTimes.com, screenshot from an iPad at 8:58 last evening:
Above, residents of an area destroyed by Hurricane Dorian ask for food and water from rescue volunteers in Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island, Bahamas.
Below, people wait in Marsh Harbour Port to be evacuated to Nassau.
With all the hallmarks of a milestone-year college reunion, more than 2,400 people have saddled up for a Bush-Cheney Alumni Reunion that has drawn old friends and colleagues back to Washington from new lives around the country.
Last night, 29 departments, offices and agencies from the Bush 43 administration held their own "class reunions."
Josh Bolten — former White House chief of staff, and now president and CEO of the Business Roundtable — said this weekend's attendees share a "pride in the competence and the fellowship that we all experienced while we were serving."
A swallow feeds its nestlings on Russky Island, Vladivostok, Russia.
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