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Italian nurse accused of killing 38 patients because they were ‘annoying’

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A 42-year-old Italian nurse in the northern town of Lugo was arrested over the weekend on charges that she killed some 38 patients under her care because she found them — or their families — “annoying.”

According to the Daily Mail, Daniela Poggiali had a coworker take a photo of her next to a recently deceased patient who authorities now believe that she murdered with a lethal injection of potassium chloride.

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Suspicions arose after the April death of 78-year-old patient Rosa Calderoni, whose autopsy revealed dangerously high levels of potassium in her bloodstream. High doses of potassium can stop the heart. The investigation came to an inconclusive end, however.

Prosecutors said that the case hit “insurmountable difficulties” due to the fact that potassium fades from the bloodstream within a matter of days.

Coworkers describe Poggiali as “cold” and reported that she joked about killing patients with potassium in the past. She was also known for giving her patients high doses of powerful laxatives at the end of her shifts so as to “embarrass” the nurses coming on duty after her.

Lead prosecutor Alessandro Mancini was quoted in the newspaper Il Resto Del Carlino as saying, “There are the other 38 cases of suspicious deaths and of these, ten are very suspicious.”

“Investigations are continuing,” he said, “but there are insurmountable difficulties.”

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Poggiali was reportedly “unperturbed” as she was taken into custody and charged with murder.


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Trump snaps at Jim Acosta for reminding him of coronavirus death toll: ‘Fake news CNN’

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President Donald Trump on Monday snapped at CNN's Jim Acosta when he reminded the president that the novel coronavirus so far has killed 155,000 Americans.

During a question-and-answer session with reporters, the president boasted that the United States had done an "amazing" job at handling the COVID-19 pandemic, at which point Acosta interrupted him and tried to ask him about the 155,000 people who have died from the disease in just five months.

"The U.S. has so many deaths," Acosta said.

"Hold it!" Trump replied.

"So many countries around the world..."

"Fake news CNN!" he said. "Hold it. We have done a great job in this country. We haven't been given enough -- not me, Vice President Pence, the task force -- have not been given the kind of credit."

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COVID-19 obituary blames Republicans for Texas man’s untimely end: ‘They blame his death on Trump’

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One family in Texas recently used their loved one’s obituary to criticize President Donald Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for allowing “needless” COVID-19 deaths.

David W. Nagy died alone in a hospital bed, leaving behind his "inconsolable wife."

"He suffered greatly from the ravages of the COVID-19 virus and the separation from his much loved family who were not allowed at his bedside," the obituary says.

"Family members believe David's death was needless," the obituary continues. "They blame his death and the deaths of all of the other innocent people, on Trump, Abbott and all the other politicians who did not take this pandemic seriously and were more concerned with their popularity and votes than lives."

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Pennsylvania teen issues violent threat to defend friend from racism accusation: ‘I can show you what a real hate crime is’

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A Pennsylvania man was charged with making terroristic threats after a Black teenager accused his friend of being racist.

A friend of Andrew Smith, of Chalfont, attacked a Central Bucks West High School student by name and used racial slurs, reported the Bucks County Courier Times.

Smith's friend, who has not been charged, lashed out at the teen for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and said her views “make me wanna commit a black hate crime,” according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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