SYDNEY - Heavy winds stirred dozens of fires across Australia's east coast on Tuesday, blanketing Sydney in hazardous smoke and prompting health warnings for the country's most populous city. Wildfires have destroyed about 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) of farmland and bush over the past couple of weeks, fuelled by tinder-dry conditions after three years of drought that experts say has been exacerbated by climate change. Strong winds fanned around 60 fires still ablaze across New South Wales (NSW) state and officials said smoke that stretched across Sydney was measured at 10 times above hazardous levels in some parts of the city. The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) said the smoke would linger for most of Tuesday as strong winds exacerbated the threat of more fires across Australia's east coast. The state's health department said people should stay inside as much as possible. "For most people, smoke causes mild symptoms like sore eyes, nose and throat. However, people with … [Read more...] about Hazardous Bushfire Smoke Blankets Sydney, Residents Warned to Stay Inside
As you plan your holiday season travel, you can visit many websites to compare airfares, study traffic patterns, or monitor the weather and delays. But when it comes to where your pet will be spending your vacation, chances are good you're flying blind. You have several choices: Take your pet along. Ask a friend to host your critter or to house sit. Hire a pet sitter. Or book a stay at a kennel. If you go with the kennel option, nonprofit consumer group Puget Sound Consumers' Checkbook has identified several places that will do just fine by Fido, along with detailed advice on how to evaluate kennels and how to eliminate common pet peeves. Checkbook surveyed its members, Consumer Reports subscribers, and other local consumers about their experiences with area boarding spots. (It's still working on methods to survey pets.) For the next month, Checkbook is offering free access to its ratings of kennels to Patch readers via this link: Checkbook.org/PatchPSD/Kennels. If you decide a kennel … [Read more...] about Top Dogs: Find the Best Kennels in the Puget Sound Area
SEATTLE, WA — An AMBER Alert ended peacefully Tuesday night after two parents fled Seattle with four kids who were determined to be in "imminent danger," according to police. The Seattle Police Department said Nicholas Antoine and Crystal Lane left the area in a tan motorhome shortly before a King County judge ordered their kids be turned over to Child Protective Services. Washington State Patrol said the family was safely located by authorities in Spokane County, west of Cheney, around 7 p.m. Both parents were taken into custody, and the four children, ages 7 to 16, were placed in protective custody. According to the AMBER Alert, investigators believed the family was headed to Tennessee or Ohio. SPD said the father withheld needed medication from his children and made threats of physical harm. Investigators said both parents have a history of mental health issues and domestic violence incidents. RV photo: Complete alert: Subscribe … [Read more...] about Parents In Custody, 4 Children Safe After Seattle AMBER Alert
SEATTLE, WA — An outbreak of E. coli potentially linked to six Evergreens restaurant locations has grown to 13 cases, health officials announced Friday. According to King County Public Health, genetic testing on ten patients found the illnesses shared a related strain of the infection, suggesting a common source. Investigators have not determined the cause of the outbreak. Health officials said 12 patients developed symptoms after eating food at the salad restaurants. A thirteenth patient said they had not eaten at Evergreens. The meals in question were eaten between Nov. 5 and Nov. 11, 2019, and the illnesses were reported between Nov. 8 and Nov. 15. Three people were hospitalized, and all have since recovered. According to Public Health, the strain identified in this outbreak does not appear to be related to a multi-state outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, Calif. Health investigators have visited five Evergreens locations since Nov. 21 and plan to visit the … [Read more...] about More E. coli Cases Potentially Linked To Evergreens Restaurants
Anne Hathaway and husband Adam Shulman are reportedly the proud parents of two kids as the actress appears to have given birth to her second child. It all comes after photos surfaced on the Daily Mail reportedly showing the 37-year-old actress, husband, their 3-year-old son, Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman, along with a baby carrier in tow, according to E! News in a piece published Tuesday. (RELATED:Superstar Mario Lopez And Wife Share Life-Changing News: ‘It’s A BOY!!!’) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Anne Hathaway (@annehathaway) on Nov 15, 2019 at 9:23am PST A source shared that, “The Princess Diaries” star and husband were spotted visiting a park with their oldest son and the two parents reportedly took turns watching over a bassinet while the other pushed their son on the swings. (RELATED: Anne Hathaway Reveals She’s Not An Alcoholic, Just A Heavy Drinker) “They seemed in great spirits,” a source explained of the family … [Read more...] about Did Anne Hathaway Give Birth To Baby Number Two?