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Flu Cases On The Rise Earlier Than Usual, CDC Reports

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The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows flu activity rising around the country, including along much of the East Coast. Twenty-nine states and New York City are reporting a high rate of influenza-like illnesses, especially for this time of year, which is relatively early in the flu season.

CDC officials believe the flu activities could continue for a few months more. 

The overwhelming number of cases reported are influenza-A, which tend to be more severe with a higher number of hospitalizations and deaths. The CDC is recommending people get vaccinated against the flue asap, and those in high risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms should also consider taking anti-viral medication.

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Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

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Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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