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Top Obama administration health officials sounded a dire warning yesterday about the spread of the Zika virus as the summer months approach, saying the number of states where one Zika-spreading mosquito is known to live has more than doubled. A Zika-carrying mosquito is now present in about 30 states, up from 12, while also confirming that the virus – which has been linked to birth defects – can be transmitted by intimate contact as well as through mosquito bites. The virus is now linked to a broader set of complications in pregnancy than first thought. More funding for the Zika virus has not been approved yet in Congress.
CROWDFUNDING FOR TIME OFF–-Those facing the prospect of little or no paid time off from work when a baby arrives are turning to crowdfunding to make family leave financially possible. Sites like GoFundMe.com are full of pleas from moms and dads asking for donations to help them get through weeks or months without one parent’s paycheck. Jennifer Warren Baker, a piano teacher in Purcellville, Virginia, posted her fundraiser not long before she gave birth to her fourth child in January. The experiment worked. Baker raised almost $3,200. -Positive Prep
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says he is not looking for the Republican nomination and that he would not accept it if they offered it to him at a contested convention. He says the nominee should be someone who has run in the primaries.
THOUSANDS OF VERIZON WORKERS GO ON STRIKE AMID CONTRACT DISPUTE as they push for a new contract. The Communication Workers of America union, which has been without a contract since August, seeks a new deal limiting outsourcing while boosting pay and working conditions.
A woman lost in an Arizona forest for nine days survived by drinking pond water, eating plants and spelling out ‘help’ on the ground with sticks, police said yesterday. The sign helped lead rescuers to Ann Rodgers, 72, in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. Ann went missing March 31 as she headed to visit her grandkids in Phoenix. She got lost, and her hybrid vehicle ran out of gas and electric power, authorities said. Her car was discovered three days after a search began, but rescue crews struggled to find her.
The Mariners are still looking for their first home win of the season. Maybe tonights’s day game will help shake things up?
How cool is this? 2 UW students have invented gloves that can translate sign language into speech or text and could revolutionize how those who don’t understand sign language can communicate with the deaf.