Artificial Tears May Fatally Harm You with Unexpected Bacterial Infection

According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), EzriCare Artificial Tears may fatally harm you with a bacterial infection. Infections have been found in 50 patients in 11 states in the United States of America as of today and the CDC has recommended stopping this product immediately. CDC said that at least one death has been related to this EzriCare Artificial Tears eyedrop with infections.

After using this product, some patients lost their “vision permanently from ocular infections,  hospitalization and has even led to [the] death of one patient with bloodstream infection,” the CDC said. The CDC said it “recommends that clinicians and patients immediately discontinue the use of EzriCare Artificial Tears” until its investigations are completed by authorities.

EzriCare said it hasn’t received any consumer complaints or reports of adverse reactions related to the investigation or any word from any regulatory agencies about the probe, and it hasn’t been asked to conduct a recall.

According to CBS news, EzriCare said that “in an abundance of caution,” it strongly suggested that consumers stop using “any portions of EzriCare Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops you may have until we can discover more details about any potential safety concerns.”

Simmons Hanly Conroy, a national law firm is already seeking potential claimants, CBS news said.

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A Gigantic Comet approaches the Sun on Jan.31

From Wikipedia

A gigantic comet is heading towards the Sun on Jan.31, 2023, according to Livescience.com. This Machholz 1 is more than two-thirds of the height of Mount Everest in size. Its size will protect it from complete evaporation when near the Sun. The 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) wide space iceball called 96p/Machholz 1 is considered to have come from somewhere outside of our solar system. This huge comet is being monitored by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft. It heads to the inside of the orbit of Mercury.

In 2008, “an analysis of the material shed by 150 comets found that 96P/Machholz 1 contained less than 1.5% of the expected levels of the chemical cyanogen while also being low in carbon that leads astronomers to conclude that it could be an interloper from another alien solar system. it was discovered on 1986 May 12 by D.E. Machholz observing with 29×130 binoculars from Loma Prieta, California (Machholz, Morris & Hale 1986) and confirmed the following days by S. Morris and A. Hale observing from near Mt Wilson, California.

This icy interloper’s closest approach to the sun will come on Tuesday (Jan. 31, 2023), and it will be three times closer than Mercury in distance. SOHO has observed more than 3,000 comets since its December 1995 launch, and the spacecraft’s primary mission is to observe the sun for violent eruptions or solar flares that lead to geomagnetic storms on Earth. Scientists have alerted that these geomagnetic storms would bring our planet’s magnetic field disruption of satellites’ functionality. It leads to our internet dysfunction as well.

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FMR Brazil President Bolsonaro Applies For US Tourist Visa

After the riot on January 10, 2023 in Brazil, Mr. Bolsonaro didn’t accept responsibility for the incident; instead, he applied for a U.S. Tourist Visa for himself. Since December 30, He has stayed in Florida and has expressed a desire to travel nationwide. The radical rightists stormed the government buildings on January 10, similar to how the radical right stormed the U.S. Capitol in the January 6 incident.

The former president Mr. Bolsonaro’s lawyer, Felipe Alexandre told BBC, “he devoted 34 years of his life to public service” and would “like to take some time off”.

Mr. Bolsonaro came to the US with an A-1 visa for diplomats and heads of state which is 30 days visa that expired today. He doesn’t want to go back to the country where the January 10th events are under investigation right now. Mr. Alexandre said Mr. Bolsonaro hopes to “clear his head and enjoy being a tourist in the United States for a few months before deciding what his next step will be”.

Mr. Bolsonaro, the rightist leader of the country, has faced criticism for the incident following the 2022 general election defeat against leftist leader Lula da Silva. His visa status is pending, and Washington DC is considering the ramifications of approving the former Brazilian President’s visa status.

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U.S. and International Cybersecurity partners Hack the Hackers

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Thursday at the news conference that the FBI and international partners have hacked ransomware gangsters who have infiltrated schools and hospitals and held them hostages to extort significant amounts of money. At the conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco and other government officials stated the measure of how the sting operation worked. According to Yahoo Finance, “Simply put, using lawful means, we hacked the hackers,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said at a news conference.

Officials said that the targeted syndicate Hive is one of the top five ransomware networks that has attacked the healthcare system. FBI Director Christoper Wray stated that the FBI placidly accessed its control panel in July and was able to obtain software keys it used with German and other partners to decrypt networks of some 1,300 victims globally. Yahoo Finance cited the article from AP.

Officials didn’t say in detail how it plans to bring justice down upon the well-organized syndicate of ransomware gangs but continue to operate the mission to eventually succeed in prosecuting them. On Wednesday night, FBI agents seized computer servers in LA used to support the network. Two Hive dark websites were captured: One used for leaking data of non-paying victims, the other for negotiating extortion payments.

This infiltration saved at least $ 130 million and was one of the big successes of this sting operation. “Cybercrime is a constantly evolving threat, but as I have said before, the Justice Department will spare no resource to bring to justice anyone anywhere that targets the United States with a ransomware attack,” Garland said. He said the infiltration, led by the FBI’s Tampa office, allowed agents in one instance to disrupt a Hive attack against a Texas school district, stopping it from making a $5 million payment.

This Hive gang used ransomware as a service tool targeting a wide range of businesses,  critical infrastructure, government, manufacturing, and healthcare systems. Hive ransomware broke into 1,300 companies worldwide from June 2021 to November 2022, and obtained about $100 million in payments. Only 20% reported potential issues have been identifiable to law enforcement, Wray said. “Here, fortunately, we were still able to identify and help many victims who didn’t report. But that is not always the case,” Wray said. “When victims report attacks to us, we can help them and others, too.”

It has been announced that some entities would pay hackers for the stolen data without notifying public officials as revealing this information could often lead to decreased trust in the company’s cybersecurity safety and expose it to lawsuits and other backlashes by the public.

37 nations have begun to work for this global task force this week, and it is led by Australia which has been attacked by ransomware that hit major medical insurers and telecom in recent years.

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US Plans, and Germany Finalizes, Plans to Send Tanks to Ukraine

The U.S. and German are ready to send their tanks to Ukraine soon. The plan will be executed accordingly. It is unclear how many tanks are being sent over to Ukraine. Ukrainian tank crews are needed to be trained on how to operate and maintain tanks ahead of time to transfer to Ukraine.

The U.S.-made Abrams tanks and The German-made Leopard tanks are going ahead to Ukraine and other countries including Poland. Poland had already requested Berlin for permission to export its own Leopard tanks to Ukraine. According to CBS, the U.S. didn’t answer right away on the request for the tanks by president Zelenskyy, but last Thursday, Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl, said that “We’re not there yet,” justifying the reason as “The Abrams tank is a very complicated piece of equipment. It [is] expensive. It [is] hard to train on… it is not the easiest system to maintain.”

The German-made Leopard 2 tanks account for more than 2,000 in Europe itself including more than 200 located in Germany, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

The U.S. has committed to training 500 Ukrainians per month for a different large scale and level of training between air and ground. The U.S. has committed more than $26.7 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has decided today to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine soon. The US is considering sending the AbramsX, the hybrid electric diesel engine which is more fuel-efficient than the current gas that uses Abrams tanks. Twelve countries have agreed to supply Ukraine with around 100 Leopard 2 tanks according to ABC News. The Leopard 2 tanks have a good reputation, and it is capable of hitting targets 5 km away while on the move. So far, this Leopard 2 tank is in the top-of-the-top tank worldwide. Currently, 19 countries use the Leopard 2 tanks.

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LAPD identifies the mass shooting suspect as 72 years old man

Most Asian Americans celebrate the Lunar New Year as a custom. Dancing and traditional food sharing with families and friends is a common trait shared among many of the Asian societies and cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year.

However, the opening into the Water Rabbit Year has become quite dark. LAPD found out that the gunman Huu Can Tran (72) died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds in his white van on Sunday after killing at least 11 and injuring 10 people at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, Monterey, CA, on lunar new year’s eve, and trying to get into a dance studio in Alhambra, CA. He was a former dance instructor at one of the dance studios, according to the police.

Police issued a search warrant to the suspect’s house and seeks of the motive of this heinous crime. His ex-wife doesn’t want to let her name known but reported to CNN, that she met him at the dance studio, and that he was a very hot-tempered dance instructor at the studio. She told CNN that Tran came from China. The Asian American community was shocked by this massacre; most of the residents that frequented those dance studios are well over 50 years old and had enjoyed dancing as a routine way to enjoy their lives.

President Biden offered his condolences to the victims of this mass shooting and ordered flags to fly at half-staff at the White House and other federal buildings. 7 injured people are still staying in the hospital. Police are still investigating this mass shooting.

Police found enough magazines with a semi-automatic weapon and a handgun. Police have identified the owner of those guns.

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Alec Baldwin gets Involuntary Manslaughter Related with a Cinematographer’s Death

FILE – The Bonanza Creek Ranch, where the film “Rust” was being filmed, appears in Santa Fe, N.M. on Oct. 23, 2021. On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, New Mexico workplace safety regulators issued the maximum possible fine against a film production company for firearms safety failures on the set of “Rust” where a cinematographer was fatally shot in October 2021 by actor and producer Alec Baldwin. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

On January 19, 2023, an announcement was made by a New Mexico prosecutor about Alec Baldwin (64): the movie star is to be charged with involuntary manslaughter as related to the gun shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (44) in 2021.

Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was wounded by Baldwin’s gun which fired off a bullet during a rehearsal on October 21, 2021, during the filming of “Rust” set in place in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Balwin has said he believed the gun was not loaded with live rounds, and that he loved Hutchins as good staff. In the film world, guns should carry blanks and should not hurt anyone. New Mexico’s medical examiner has announced that the shooting was an accident.

As an agreement, Hutchins’ husband will be the executive director of the movie, and it will be resumed soon.

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9,600 Flights canceled, 1,300 delayed due to Unknown Computer Blackout in the U.S. On Wednesday

9,600 scheduled flights at 6 a.m. on Wednesday were delayed for three hours at the most by unknown computer problems at the airports nationwide. 1,300 flights were canceled nationwide. United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines all reported 40% or more flight delays or cancellations on Wednesday.

FAA officials along with other government authorities have looked into the outage to a damaged database file and couldn’t find any specific evidence of a cyberattack so far. This advisory was lifted at 9 a.m. EST.

During this time, many travelers were stranded at the airports, and President Biden briefed the nation on this air traffic disaster. “Normal air traffic operations are resuming gradually across the United States following an overnight outage to the FAA’s Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system that provides safety information to flight crews,” the FAA wrote in its fifth update of the morning.

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Luggage Returns to Owner after 5 Years

Carriers handled almost 393 million bags in 2021, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. They lost over 2 million bags which is 0.51% of all checked bags. Pre-COVID-19 numbers were higher with a 0.59% loss. The percentage loss goes up during busy holiday travel, as of Nov 22, 2022.

An Oregonian lady just received a phone call from United Airlines saying that they found the luggage that belongs to her. According to Narcity USA, The owner of the luggage never found her luggage after she checked onboard a 2018 United Airlines flight. She was told that the luggage showed up in Houston, Texas last week.

In a TikTok video, the owner, Gavin posted on Monday that she was never able to find a suitcase that got lost almost five years ago during a work trip to Chicago, IL and she reunited with it in 2023. The woman said the lost luggage was told to have stopped in Honduras during that span of time. She filed a claim for lost luggage after she couldn’t find hers more than 4 years ago. The luggage was untouched during the international trip.

Airlines do maintain a tracking system for luggage.

If you lose your luggage on United Airlines, the website says:

  • If we’re unable to find your bags after five days, we’ll pay you $1,500 per bag for the value of the bags and its contents without requiring documentation. This includes any fees you paid to check your bags. Contact us at the Baggage Recovery Center to get this process started:

    If the value of your lost bags and their contents is more than $1,500, you can submit a claim form with documentation and receipts to claim up to $3,800 for domestic U.S. flights. This maximum value is $1,900 for international flights.

That being said, it is probably safer to keep the valuables in your carry-ons instead.

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Bolsonaro Supporters Rise in Riot Against the Brazilian Government

Captured from Today.com

Chaos erupted at the capital building on Sunday in Brazil as far-right supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro rushed into various government buildings demanding justice. Former President Jair Bolsonaro lost his bid for reelection against the Leftist party’s Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who was sworn in on Jan. 1,  2023.

President Lula da Silva went to Twitter to condemn the act, saying that a riot is a criminal act and that they are collecting photos of who participated in the Sunday riot.

Authorities used tear gas and arrested more than 400 people in the demonstration. Many demonstrators wore the national colors of Brazil: yellow, and green.

President Biden denounced on his Twitter, “I condemn the assault on democracy and on the peaceful transfer of power in Brazil. Brazil’s democratic institutions have our full support and the will of the Brazilian people must not be undermined. I look forward to continuing to work with @LulaOficial.”

Alberto Fernandez, the Government representative of Argentina, stated that
“Quienes intentan desoír la voluntad de las mayorías, atentan contra la democracia y merecen no solo la sanción legal que corresponda, sino también el rechazo absoluto de la comunidad internacional,” on his Twitter account.

As the former President of Brazil, Bolsonaro is in Florida for 30 days on Visa, and Biden was urged to extradite Bolsonaro to Brazil after the riot, NBC news stated on Twitter.

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