Maryland authorities are responding to a shooting in Harford County involving multiple victims, the Harford County Sheriff's office tweeted Thursday morning. People are being asked to avoid the area in Perryman, roughly 30 miles northeast of Baltimore. There are homes, churches and a cemetery in the area. Deputies were dispatched to the scene at 9:09 a.m. ET, the sheriff's office tweeted. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent agents from Baltimore to the scene. The FBI's Baltimore office is also assisting in the investigation. "We are closely monitoring the horrific shooting," Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted. "Our prayers are with all those impacted, including our first responders. The State stands ready to offer any support."
State officials in North Carolina now say 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence. The former hurricane swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market. Officials previously had estimated that about 1.7 million chickens had drowned and that the number of potential hog deaths was unknown. The N.C. Department of Agriculture issued the mortality totals as major flooding continues in the state due to the storm's drenching rains. Sixteen North Carolina rivers were at major flood stage Tuesday, with an additional three forecasted to peak by Thursday.
It's no secret that everyone farts. And even though it's completely normal, we often find ourselves holding in gas when simply letting it go would be too inconvenient or humiliating. Just imagine you're stuck in a crowded elevator with your boss and you start to get the picture. But what happens when all that gas builds up with nowhere to go? The short answer is nothing good. And, according to one researcher, it could have unintended consequences. In some cases, that gas could escape with an accidental rip. Or, and we're not joking here, it could be exhaled in your breath. So how is that possible? Well, stifling a fart causes gas to collect in your gut, according to Clare Collins, a professor of nutrition and dietetics for the University of Newcastle in Australia. With no way out, she said, gas can be reabsorbed into the bloodstream and potentially "exhaled through the lungs." read more
Federal officials previously announced that the government has a system for sending messages to all cellphone users in the event of a serious weather situation or other emergency. On Thursday, the government plans to test that system. So expect to receive a phone message beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT Thursday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced via Twitter on Saturday.
The winds of economic changes in our country are constantly blowing and shifting. We're now 10 years out of the Great Recession of last decade, and while some are still struggling, the latest economic data shows a robust recovery. So where do you fit into the current economic snapshot of our nation? There's a whole host of new data points to suggest that not only is the economy booming, but the growth is being felt across many different layers of economic strata -- not just at the top. Consider this: According to newly released Census data, the poverty rate in 2017 declined for the third year in a row, down to 12.3%. To put that in context, 22.4% of Americans lived in poverty when the poverty measure was first established in 1959. Meanwhile, other new Census data also shows the median household income in 2017 was $61,372, widely believed to be the highest on record since 1967.