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'More than one million' died of snake bites in India

Image caption Indian cobras are among the species which kill most people each year. An estimated 1.2 million people have died from snake bites in India in the past 20 years, a new study has found. Nearly half of the victims were between 30 and 69 years old, and a quarter of them were children, the study says. Russell's vipers, kraits and cobras were responsible for most deaths. The remaining deaths were caused by at least 12 other species of ... Full story

Pilots Were Once in Short Supply. Now They’re Losing Their Jobs.

Joshua Weinstein always wanted to be an airline pilot, but the industry was in crisis when he started college in 2002, so he became a middle school teacher instead. He loved that job, but after a decade of flying in his free time at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars, Mr. Weinstein began hearing more about a looming pilot shortage and left the classroom in 2018 to pursue his dream. It worked: In January, he started training to fly for ... Full story

Warning of serious brain disorders in people with mild coronavirus symptoms

Doctors may be missing signs of serious and potentially fatal brain disorders triggered by coronavirus, as they emerge in mildly affected or recovering patients, scientists have warned. Neurologists are on Wednesday publishing details of more than 40 UK Covid-19 patients whose complications ranged from brain inflammation and delirium to nerve damage and stroke. In some cases, the neurological problem was the patient’s first and main symptom. ... Full story

Florida invited the nation to its reopening — then it became a new coronavirus epicenter

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As the coronavirus savaged other parts of the country, Florida, buoyed by low infection rates, seemed an ideal location for a nation looking to emerge from isolation. The Republican National Convention moved from Charlotte to Jacksonville, the NBA eyed a season finale at a Disney sports complex near Orlando and millions packed onto once-empty beaches. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. Weeks later, the Sunshine ... Full story

Japan supercomputer suggests changes to travel, work amid airborne virus threat

TOKYO (Reuters) - Supercomputer-driven models simulated in Japan suggested that operating commuter trains with windows open and limiting the number of passengers may help reduce the risk of coronavirus infections, as scientists warn of airborne spread of the virus. FILE PHOTO: Passengers wearing protective masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, ride a subway train in Tokyo, Japan, July 3, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon. In an ... Full story

Opinion Here’s what we could rename it.

Christopher Columbus never explored the waters of the Chesapeake — until Saturday. Protesters in Baltimore, on the Fourth of July, pulled down a statue of the Italian sailor in the city’s Little Italy, then hauled him, or what was left of him, to the Inner Harbor and rolled him into the water with a splash. Divers and a crane rescued pieces of the statue on Monday, and Baltimore’s Italian Americans vowed to put Humpty Dumpty back together again ... Full story

Australia faces economic setback as fresh outbreaks shut down Melbourne

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A hard lockdown in Australia’s second-largest city will likely erase nearly A$5 billion of economic output over six weeks, slowing a broader national recovery and forcing the government to expand its already massive debt-funded stimulus. FILE PHOTO: Police stop drivers at a checkpoint, set up in response to the state of Victoria's surge in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases and resulting suburb lockdowns, in Melbourne, ... Full story

Dozens of Florida hospitals out of available ICU beds, state data shows

(Reuters) - More than four dozen hospitals in Florida reported that their intensive care units (ICUs) have reached full capacity on Tuesday as COVID-19 cases surge in the state and throughout the country. Hospital ICUs were full at 54 hospitals across 25 of Florida’s 67 counties, according to data published on Tuesday morning by the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration. More than 300 hospitals were included in the report, but not all ... Full story

Amazon India's unit gets $308 million in fresh funds from parent

FILE PHOTO: Small toy figures are seen in front of diplayed Amazon logo in this illustration taken March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo. BENGALURU (Reuters) - Inc has invested 23.10 billion rupees ($308.02 million) in Amazon Seller Services, an Indian unit, strengthening the business at a time when more people shop online in a bid to avoid crowded public places. Amazon Singapore made a significant portion of ... Full story

Slovakia drug bust yields huge shipment of methamphetamines

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Slovakia has seized 1.5 tons of methamphetamines, with an estimated street value of some 2 billion euros ($2.26 billion), which was being smuggled into the country and originated in Mexico , officials said Thursday. The seizure was described by Slovak authorities as the country's largest-ever. Officials said that the drugs were found at the end of May with the help of Hutch, a service dog employed by the country’s ... Full story