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Hepatitis A case confirmed in worker at restaurant in Disney Springs complex, officials say

A hepatitis A infection has been identified in a food service worker at the Morimoto Asia restaurant at Walt Disney World's Disney Springs complex, the Florida Department of Health said Wednesday evening.

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Officials said people who consumed any food or beverages at the restaurant from Nov. 6 through Nov. 16 might have been exposed to the virus.

The agency said patrons who experience the following infection symptoms should promptly seek medical attention: sudden abdominal discomfort, dark urine, fever, diarrhea and jaundice, which is the yellowing of skin and eyes.

"Hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin (IG) may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure," DOH spokesman Kent Donahue said. "Therefore, those who consumed food or beverage at the restaurant between Nov. 6, 2018, and Nov. 19, 2018, should promptly contact their healthcare provider to receive vaccination."

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People who have had hepatitis A or previously received two doses of hepatitis A vaccine do not need to be immunized for hepatitis A again, Donahue said.

The agency said it is also offering the hepatitis A vaccine for free to uninsured Orange County residents at the following locations by appointment:

6101 Lake Ellenor Drive, Orlando, FL 32809 (for ages 19 and older only)(407) 723-5054

832 W. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32805(407) 858-1444

Officials said the county has seen an increase in hepatitis A cases since June 2018. They said the current number of cases of locally-transmitted hepatitis A infections in Orange County is almost 5000% greater than the previous 5-year average of 1.4 cases per year.

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Concerned customers may call 877-404-3821 to leave their information and a call-back number, or they may call DOH's epidemiology program at 407-858-1420 for further information.

Winning numbers drawn in 'Powerball' game

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the "Powerball" game were:

07-14-23-38-55, Powerball: 18, Power Play: 2

(seven, fourteen, twenty-three, thirty-eight, fifty-five; Powerball: eighteen; Power Play: two)

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NASA’s Mars InSight lander just days away from arrival on Red Planet

NASA’s InSight Mars lander is nearing the Red Planet after a 295 million-mile, 7-month voyage across the solar system to reach one of Earth’s closest neighbors. 

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The spacecraft, which launched on May 5, will have traveled more than 300 million miles by the time it reaches Mars on Monday, Nov. 26, and will attempt to set a lander gently on the planet’s surface, in the first Mars landing in six years, according to NASA.

If all goes as planned, the InSight lander should touch down on the Martian surface just before 3 p.m. EST Monday.

The $850 million InSight mission will study the deep interior of Mars and will help scientists understand the formation and early evolution of, not just Mars, but all rocky planets, including Earth – but only of the rover can land -- NASA said in a press release on the mission. 

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Only 40 percent of the missions ever sent to Mars have successfully landed on the planet, and the U.S. is the only nation to land a craft on the surface, NASA officials said. “Since 1965, it (the U.S.) has flown by, orbited, landed on and roved across the surface of the Red Planet.”

"Although we've done it before, landing on Mars is hard, and this mission is no different," chief engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Rob Manning, said in a recent video.

"It takes thousands of steps to go from the top of the atmosphere to the surface, and each one of them has to work perfectly to be a successful mission," Manning said.

In 2008, JPL, based in Pasadena, California, successfully landed the Phoenix spacecraft near the Martian north pole and it used the same technology and overall landing design on InSight.

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“After separating from a cruise stage, an aeroshell descends through the atmosphere. The parachute and retrorockets slow the spacecraft down, and suspended legs absorb some shock from the touchdown,” JPL officials said in describing how the landing will work.

Instead of the north pole, though, InSight is scheduled to touch down at Elysium Planitia, what scientists call “the biggest parking lot on Mars,” a flat stable surface mostly free of rocks and boulders, and as perfect a landing site as anywhere on the planet.

InSight’s science instruments can function and gather critical information from anywhere on the planet, NASA said, so securing the safest landing site was a priority for the mission.

Once InSight lands, NASA’s mission team will begin a three-monthlong process of deploying science instruments.

"Landing on Mars is exciting, but scientists are looking forward to the time after InSight lands," Lori Glaze, acting director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters, said in a press release. "Once InSight is settled on the Red Planet and its instruments are deployed, it will start collecting valuable information about the structure of Mars' deep interior — information that will help us understand the formation and evolution of all rocky planets, including the one we call home."

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NASA’s eventual goal is to send astronauts to the Red Planet and missions like InSight are necessary to pave the way.


Lowry's triple-double leads Raptors, Carter gets milestone

ATLANTA (AP) - Vince Carter grabbed his career milestone with a last-second dunk - long after his first NBA team had the victory secured.

Kyle Lowry scored 21 points during his first triple-double of the season and the Toronto Raptors never trailed while beating the reeling Atlanta Hawks 124-108 on Wednesday night.

The night's final bow belonged to Carter, whose jam with less than a second remaining pushed him past 25,000 career points. He became the 22nd NBA player to reach the milestone and then tossed some love toward the Raptors.

"I'm very thankful for every team that I've played for," Carter said. "... But there's nothing like your first."

Carter, who played his first seven seasons with Toronto, began the night 13 points shy of the mark. The Hawks were pulling for Carter, in his 21st season, to reach the milestone against his former team. After the game, Carter's teammates were like fans looking for souvenirs.

"All the guys tried to take everything I own," Carter said. "All my backup shoes are gone now."

Carter, 41, didn't seem to mind.

"I still love it," he said. "I still love playing. And I'm willing to do whatever it takes to do it."

Carter sank a 3-pointer with less than two minutes remaining and, clearly aiming for the milestone, missed two more 3s before being fouled with 33.9 seconds remaining.

Carter pulled with one point of 25,000 when he sank two free throws after a video review overruled the original call he was fouled on a 3-pointer. On Atlanta's final possession, he missed a jumper before rookie Kevin Huerter grabbed the rebound and passed back to Carter, setting up the buzzer-beating jam.

Carter's 14 points gave him 25,001 for his career.

Players from both teams hugged Carter at midcourt.

"He earned it," Lowry said. "It's awesome to do it against the team he started with."

Added Toronto's Fred VanVleet: "Vince has changed the game for every kid growing up."

Lowry had 17 assists and 12 rebounds for his 13th career triple-double.

Jonas Valanciunas had season-high totals of 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors (15-4).

"That was kind of fun," Valanciunas said before giving credit to Lowry. "It's easy to play with this kind of point guard."

Pascal Siakam had 22 points.

Jeremy Lin scored 26 points off the bench for the Hawks (3-15), who have lost nine straight since their last win against Miami on Nov. 3.

Atlanta's only starter to score in double figures was Taurean Prince with 12 points.

The teams combined to miss 14 straight shots from the field to open the game before Lowry finally sank a jumper. He followed up with a 3-pointer, and the Raptors never lost the lead.

The Raptors led 55-44 at halftime.

Toronto stretched the lead to 20 points for the first time at 100-80 on Danny Green's 3-pointer midway through the final period.

Carter's milestone was popular with players for both teams.

"I would love for him to do it tonight but Vince is going to play the game the right way and do what he's supposed to do and he's going to worry about that as it happens," said Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce before the game. "... I know this is his former team. I know it would have another added boost to it, being against Toronto, adding a milestone that is a great accomplishment and a testament to his 21 years."


Raptors: OG Anunoby (sprained right wrist) and C.J. Miles (right adductor strain) did not play. ... The Raptors improved to 8-2 on the road.

Hawks: Alex Len (sore back) and Omari Spellman (right hip adductor) did not play. ... Atlanta's bench outscored the starters 16-8 in the first period and 72-36 for the game. "We just struggled," said Pierce of the starters. "We just needed to get some new life, new energy."


The Raptors rested top scorer Kawhi Leonard on the second day of back-to-back games. That has been the standard practice with Leonard, but coach Nick Nurse said "we're getting closer" to Leonard playing in consecutive days.


Lowry left the game with a bloody nose with 4:09 remaining. No foul was called, despite his protests to officials as he held a towel to his face. He returned to the game.


Raptors: Host Washington on Friday night.

Hawks: Host Boston on Friday night.


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Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Night' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Night" game were:


(one, four, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, eighteen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-three)

Raptors-Hawks, Box

Green 2-10 0-0 6, Siakam 9-13 3-5 22, Valanciunas 9-12 5-8 24, Lowry 7-12 4-4 21, VanVleet 5-11 0-0 11, Boucher 2-2 0-0 5, Monroe 1-5 1-2 3, Ibaka 8-11 2-2 19, Brown 1-5 0-0 3, Loyd 1-1 2-2 4, Wright 3-7 0-0 6, Richardson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 48-90 17-23 124.

Prince 3-11 4-5 12, Collins 3-9 0-0 6, Dedmon 1-8 2-2 4, Young 2-7 2-2 6, Bazemore 4-5 0-0 8, Bembry 3-6 1-2 7, Plumlee 3-5 1-2 7, Lin 11-13 0-0 26, Huerter 4-9 0-0 10, Anderson 2-4 2-2 6, Carter 5-15 2-2 14, Dorsey 1-1 0-1 2. Totals 42-93 14-18 108.

3-Point Goals_Toronto 11-29 (Lowry 3-6, Green 2-7, Boucher 1-1, Brown 1-2, Valanciunas 1-2, VanVleet 1-3, Siakam 1-3, Ibaka 1-4, Wright 0-1), Atlanta 10-36 (Lin 4-5, Huerter 2-4, Carter 2-7, Prince 2-8, Young 0-1, Bembry 0-2, Anderson 0-2, Collins 0-3, Dedmon 0-4). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Toronto 55 (Valanciunas 13), Atlanta 34 (Dedmon 7). Assists_Toronto 33 (Lowry 17), Atlanta 24 (Young 5). Total Fouls_Toronto 21, Atlanta 21. Technicals_Toronto coach Raptors (Defensive three second), Atlanta coach Hawks (Defensive three second). A_15,058 (18,118).

Devoe leads Georgia Tech past UT Rio Grande Valley 72-44

ATLANTA (AP) - Michael Devoe scored 14 points off the bench as Georgia Tech rolled to a 72-44 win over Texas Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday night in a game that saw the visiting Vaqueros miss their final 19 shots of the first half.

Jose Alvarado added 13 points, also coming off the bench, and Tech (3-1) had no problems turning back UTRGV.

Lesley Varner II paced the Vaqueros (3-3) with 11 points and seven rebounds, but like most of his teammates he had problems scoring. He made 2 of 10 shots.

The game was all but decided as Tech raced to a 42-11 halftime lead while making 14 of 26 from the field, including 5 of 10 3-pointers.

The Vaqueros went scoreless from the field over the final 16:32 of the first half after Terry Winn scored a layup to pull UTRGV within 7-5.

UTRGV's 11 points was the fewest allowed by Tech in an opening half in the modern era, since 1949, and the second-fewest in any half in that time (eight by University of the South in 1980).

"That's Georgia Tech basketball, playing defense like that," said sophomore guard Curtis Haywood II, who led the Jackets with four steals, all in the first half. "When we're playing like that, it's going to be a long game for the other team."

The visitors made just 2 of 24 shots in the first half, and the closest the Vaqueros came to scoring a field goal during their dry spell came when Jordan Jackson went for a dunk with nine seconds remaining, but Tech's Moses Wright blocked it.

James Banks III added three blocks for the Yellow Jackets and Devoe and Abdoulaye Gueye pitched in three steals each.

Tech scored 19 points off UTRGV's 12 turnovers in the first half.

"They came out and confused our guys with the zone and changing defenses on us," said UTRGV head coach Lew Hill. "Their length bothered us. That's the difference between ACC teams and the (Western Athletic Conference) teams."

Other than Winn's layup, the Vaqueros' only points from the field before halftime came on a 3-pointer by Varner.

The game was far more competitive in the second half, when UTRGV outscored Tech 33-30, but the Vaqueros never cut the margin closer than 24 points even though the Jackets made just 1 of 11 3-pointers.

"We didn't have the same energy in the second half ... " said Tech head coach Josh Pastner. "We had some open looks, feet set. Guys just got to stick it."


Alvarado came off the bench for the first time in his career. Brandon Alston started in place of the sophomore point guard because of "an internal matter, a one-game deal," Pastner said. . . . Tech sophomore Moses Wright had 11 points and four rebounds in his second straight start at forward for Evan Cole, who is out with a sprained ankle.


UT-Rio Grande Valley: The Vaqueros shot the ball better in the second half, making 10 of 29 from the field, but they can't take much from this game. They even struggled from the free-throw line, making just 16 of 33 overall.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets are playing impressive defense. They entered the game holding opponents to an average of 17.3 points below their respective scoring averages, and they bettered that Wednesday as the Vaqueros finished 30 points beneath their 74.4-point trend.


UT-Rio Grande Valley: The Vaqueros will be at home Friday night against Lamar.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets will play host to Prairie View A&M Friday afternoon.

Teen shot after allegedly grabbing probation officer's gun

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a 15-year-old boy was shot after he grabbed a probation officer's gun and shot her during a transport in suburban Atlanta.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to investigate Wednesday's incident.

The GBI said in a news release that the teen was handcuffed in the back seat when he managed to grab the steering wheel and the gun of the officer who was driving. The teen fired one shot, hitting the officer in the hand. A probation officer in the backseat fired and struck the minor.

The teen was being taken to the Martha Glaze Regional Youth Detention Center in Henry County.

The injured officer was treated and released from the hospital. The teen remains hospitalized at Grady Memorial Hospital. His condition has not been released.

Young boy killed, another hurt after car crashes into home

An unthinkable tragedy occurred just before Thanksgiving.

On Monday, Braden Stevenson, 12, went to the garage of his grandmother’s home with a friend to look for his missing hamster.

His father still can’t cope with what happened next.

"I’m thankful that God has given me 12 years with my son. I’m thankful that I have memories with him," said Cory Stevenson.

The family says Braden was in the garage looking for the pet while on the phone with his father.

“The next thing I know, it just sounded like a crash," Cory Stevenson said.

For reasons that are still unclear and a car lost control on Kirkland Road, and slammed into the garage, pinning Braden against the wall.


“I could hear everything on the phone. I was crying out for him, and he wasn’t answering," Cory Stevenson said.

The injuries were too severe. Braden died a short time later at the hospital.

“Just to see the life of a vibrant 12-year-old, so excited to be on Thanksgiving break, and then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, a vehicle comes in," Cory Stevenson said.

The crash also severely injured Braden’s friend, Lucas McWilliams. 

“I hate that the memories stop. There can’t be any more made after this," Cory Stevenson said.

Two GoFundMe campaigns have been created to help the family and support his friend. Click this link and this one to donate. 

Giant leatherback turtle, weighing more than 1,100 pounds caught in Philippines

giant leatherback turtle, weighing more than 1,100 pounds was caught Wednesday by fishermen in the Philippines. 

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The sea turtle was caught in the Ragay Gulf in Balatan, Camarines Sur. 

Officials with the Philippines’ Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources weighed and measured the turtle, which weighed in at 1,102 pounds and measured almost 6 feet long, before releasing it back to the sea.

Leatherbacks, sometimes called the lute turtle or leathery turtle, is the largest turtle on the planet and can grow up to 7 feet long and weigh more than 2,000 pounds.

It was once plentiful in every ocean in the world except for the Arctic and Antarctic, according to National Geographic, but the leatherback population is on the decline in many areas.

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The animal got its name from its unusual shell, which is “composed of a layer of thin, tough, rubbery skin, strengthened by thousands of tiny bone plates that makes it look ‘leathery,’” the Sea Turtle Conservancy said.

The conservancy said the largest leatherback ever caught was almost 10 feet long from its beak to it tail and weighed almost 2,020 pounds.


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