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‘Bomb cyclone’ and record cold have already claimed more than a dozen lives

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More than a dozen people have already died from the cold weather that is freezing the lower United States.

As of Tuesday evening, the Weather Channel put the deaths at 12, but overnight that number increased. One elderly woman from Detroit was found by the custodian shoveling snow at a school, WXYZ reported.

Police say that the 96-year-old woman lived alone and seemed to have wandered away from her house. She was dressed only in a nightgown, robe and slippers. The family told police she had just been diagnosed with dementia. Temperatures in Detroit overnight were in the single digits with wind chills below zero.

Each year, the cold claims more deaths than heat waves, the CDC reported in 2016. According to the study, older people are more susceptible to succumb to extreme temperature variations than younger people. Income is also a factor in weather deaths. The Washington Post cited the analysis, finding “weather-related death rates were two to seven times as high in low-income counties as in high-income counties.”

Homeless people living on the streets might be bundled up, but hypothermia can set in after prolonged exposure. Poorer families also face dangers if they live without temperature-regulating luxurious like insulation or heat.

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Weather related deaths (Data via CDC – chart via Washington Post)

The CDC found that cold kills 20 times more people than heat does. On average 144,000 die from cold weather, compared to 9,000 from hot weather.

The problem isn’t unique to the United States. From 2012 to 2016 more than 120,000 people in England and Wales died from the cold weather or cold-related causes.

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Parliamentarian rules that Speaker Pelosi cannot call Trump’s comments racist — banning her from speaking all day

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The Parliamentarian for the House of Representatives ruled against Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday for declaring President Donald Trump's comments racist on the floor.

"In a highly unusual rebuke to the speaker, the House parliamentarian said Pelosi’s comments were not in order and should be stricken from record," CNN's Manu Raju reported Tuesday.

"House now voting on GOP motion to strike her words from record, but it will fail," he predicted.

The ruling means Speaker Pelosi is banned from holding the floor for the rest of the day absent a vote by the full House to restore her privileges.

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The media’s ‘Made in America’ problem: Trump creates racist controversy — and gets free campaign coverage

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Let’s also presume that in the fallout of such incidents like Trump’s racist tweets on Sunday, media organizations adopt predictable stances. Most struggle to maintain a sense of equanimity and fairness when it comes to calling out Trump’s racism. Fox amplifies it.

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A teen man came out to his parents and in response his dad severely mutilated him, reports Gay Star News.

The 19-year-old was then locked in a closet, where he tried not to bleed to death.

The teen is from The Gambia and is trying to get asylum in The Netherlands.

“I was so afraid to tell my family about my sexuality,” he said.

“I thought, maybe, my family will accept me because I am their family. This is who I am.”

“That was the biggest mistake I ever made.”

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