The Centers for Disease Control reports there have been four human cases of the West Nile virus in Minnesota this summer. All four cases, the CDC says, were confirmed following blood donations. In each case the people had no symptoms at the time of donating blood through a blood collection agency, but whose blood tested positive when screened for the presence of West Nile virus.
Army officials ordered to stop discharging recruits who are not U.S. citizens
High-ranking U.S. Army officials have been ordered to immediately stop discharging recruits who are not U.S. citizens. The order is detailed in a July 20 memo shared with The Associated Press. The disclosure comes one month after the AP reported that dozens of immigrant enlistees were being discharged or had their contracts canceled. The men and women who enlisted were seeking a path to citizenship. An Army spokeswoman says the process is being reviewed.
Prosecutors in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial could rest their case
Prosecutors in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial say they expect to rest their case today. On Thursday, prosecutors returned to the nuts and bolts of their case against the former Trump campaign chairman as they sought to show he obtained millions of dollars in bank loans under false pretenses. Prosecutors also got a rare, and narrow, acknowledgment from the judge that he likely erred when he angrily confronted them over whether he had allowed a witness to watch the trial.
Forrest Clark, the man accused of starting a wildfire on the outskirts of Los Angeles, is scheduled to be arraigned today. Homeowners wet their houses with garden hoses and aircrafts turned hillsides red with retardant on Thursday as flames came perilously close to some homes above Lake Elsinore. No homes burned but intense flames continued to flare along ridges in the Cleveland National Forest. About 20,000 people are under evacuation orders and Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside counties.
Come this fall, Party City will begin selling Halloween costumes on Amazon's on-line marketplace. It's the first time the company has sold items outside of its 900 stores and its own website. The pilot program will launch in advance of this year's Halloween season offering a selection of costumes. Halloween is Party City's biggest holiday and if sales prove successful, Christmas and New Year's merchandise will also be available later this year on Amazon. Amazon Prime now has 100 million members around the world.