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Vaping-Related Lung Injury Cases In U.S. Reach 1,500, With 33 Deaths

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (NTS) — The CDC stated Thursday that 1,479 vaping-related lung injury cases arose across the country as of Oct. 15.
  A total of 33 deaths occur in 24 U.S. states, with a median age of 44 years old, according to the CDC.
  Among 849 patients with knowledge on substances used in e-cigarettes three months before symptom onset, about 78 percent reported using products containing THC, the principal psychoactive compound in marijuana, while 10 percent reported exclusive use of nicotine-containing products, according to the CDC.
  ”This is extremely complicated and difficult. It’s fatal or potentially fatal with half of the cases requiring intensive care,” said CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat at a Congress hearing on Wednesday.
  Schuchat said the approaching flu season complicates efforts to diagnose vaping cases.
  The rising number of vaping-related deaths has terrified the country. The FDA is creating a policy that will remove the market of unauthorized, non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes.
  The CDC advised that people abstain from using e-cigarettes because the precise cause(s) of lung injury is not yet known.

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Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump.

In choosing Harris, Biden is embracing a former rival from the Democratic primary who is familiar with the unique rigor of a national campaign. Harris, a 55-year-old first-term senator, is also one of the party’s most prominent figures and quickly became a top contender for the No. 2 spot after her own White House campaign ended.

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Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump.

In choosing Harris, Biden is embracing a former rival from the Democratic primary who is familiar with the unique rigor of a national campaign. Harris, a 55-year-old first-term senator, is also one of the party’s most prominent figures and quickly became a top contender for the No. 2 spot after her own White House campaign ended.

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Britain Suspends Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong

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Britain has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong dispute following the introduction of China’s national security law.

Britain says the new national security law in Hong Kong breaches agreements made before the handover of the former British colony.

Speaking on Sunday, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC that it was clear the Uighur minority in China had suffered abuses of their human rights.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says that the government has “concerns about the treatment of the Uyghur minority obviously, about the human rights abuses,” he promised a “tough” yet balanced approach towards the world’s second largest economy, without abandoning the UK’s “policy of engagement.”

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will arrive in London later today for talks with government officials.

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