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SWAT team rescues 11 kids and woman held hostage in hotel near Atlanta

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A man who held a woman and 11 children hostage inside a motel near Atlanta stabbed himself in the neck as police entered the room to end an hours-long standoff early on Tuesday, according to local media reports.

The children, ages 3 months to 17 years old, and the woman were rescued, a reporter for WSB-TV said on Twitter.

Their relationship to the man, whom police did not identify, was not immediately clear.

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He had barricaded himself with the woman and children in a room at a DeKalb County motel after a domestic dispute, a police official told the CBS46 TV station.

(Reporting by David Beasley; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)


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Rare neurological disorder, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, linked to COVID-19

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The patient in the case report (let’s call him Tom) was 54 and in good health. For two days in May, he felt unwell and was too weak to get out of bed. When his family finally brought him to the hospital, doctors found that he had a fever and signs of a severe infection, or sepsis. He tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infection. In addition to symptoms of COVID-19, he was also too weak to move his legs.

When a neurologist examined him, Tom was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes abnormal sensation and weakness due to delays in sending signals through the nerves. Usually reversible, in severe cases it can cause prolonged paralysis involving breathing muscles, require ventilator support and sometimes leave permanent neurological deficits. Early recognition by expert neurologists is key to proper treatment.

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Is the COVID-19 pandemic cure really worse than the disease? Here’s what our research found

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The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work.

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The coronavirus pandemic catapulted the country into one of the deepest recessions in U.S. history, leaving millions of Americans without jobs or health insurance. There is a lot of evidence that economic hardship is associated with poor health and can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, mental health problems, cognitive dysfunction and early death.

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CNN’s Bakari Sellers slams Rick Santorum for claiming slavery and abortion are the same thing

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CNN conservative Rick Santorum on Tuesday got into hot water when he suggested that women who get abortions were committing a sin on par with owning slaves.

During a debate about the removal of assorted monuments across the United States, Santorum said that Sellers should learn to live with statues of people who once owned slaves the same way that he lives with Democrats who favor giving women reproductive rights.

"I have a hard time reconciling people who are allowing people to be killed in the womb, but you know what, I do, and we all do," he said. "And we all have to reconcile things that we have differences about."

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