The cause of a 1545 epidemic dubbed 'cocoliztli' that killed 80 percent of Mexico's Aztec nation population has long been debated. The outbreak killed an estimated 15 million people within a five year period. Using a new analysis tool, scientists were able to extract salmonella enterica genomes from the ancient remains of victims. Those struck by the illness had a high fever, headaches and bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Most victims likely died within three or four days after getting sick.
A doctor claimed that one of his patients had five-foot tapeworm [later in the story.th3 critter gets an additional six-inches] "wiggle out" of the man's body after eating sushi. read more
Just days after the House passed its version of the federal tax law slashing corporate tax rates, House Speaker Paul Ryan collected nearly $500,000 in campaign contributions from billionaire energy mogul Charles Koch and his wife, according to a recent campaign donor report. Koch and his brother David spent millions of dollars to get the tax law passed and are spending millions more in a public relations campaign in an attempt to boost support for the law, The Wall Street Journal reported. Koch Industries, one of the largest private corporations in the nation, operates refineries and manufactures a variety of products. The new tax law -- which slices corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 21 percent, slashes estate taxes and includes a special deduction for oil and gas investors -- is expected to save the Koch brothers and their businesses billions of dollars in taxes. read more
[Donald] Trump's path to becoming "the best jobs president that God ever created" was supposed to run straight through Indianapolis and the Carrier manufacturing plant that had for decades employed thousands of workers there. Instead, more than a year after the then-president-elect stood before a crowd of cheering workers and trumpeted a deal to save their jobs -- and months after the company's name faded from the headlines and the president himself moved on to other talking points -- more than 1,500 once-employed residents are now out of work, Indiana union officials say. More than 200 Carrier employees clocked out of their final shift at the plant just last week. Despite [Trump's] show at the Carrier plant, the company has eliminated more than 500 jobs since July. And union officials fear that the $7 million Carrier received in state incentives as part of the Trump deal to keep jobs is only going to be invested in automation -- ultimately leading to a need for even fewer employees. read more
[President] Trump upended the GOP's strategy to avert a shutdown early Thursday when he declared that an extension of a federal health insurance program for children "should be part of a long-term solution" and not a stopgap spending plan. That directly contradicts the thinking of congressional Republicans, who were eager to force Democrats to choose between a popular health care program they have pushed to renew for months and their effort to win legal protections for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants. "CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!" Trump tweeted, using the acronym for the childhood health insurance program, known as the Children's Health Insurance Program. read more