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North Korean 'ghost ships' are turning up at alarming rates

North Korean 'ghost ships' are turning up at alarming rates

Japan’s recent decision to up its patrols in response to rising appearances ofimplies there might be a serious problem with North Korea’s food supply. >> Read more trending newsThe Guardian reports that at least 28 North Korean boats washed ashore or were found adrift in Japanese waters, the result of North Korean fishermen’s decision to push farther and farther out to sea to make bigger catches for their military, citizens and exports to China. Several of the vessels found were “ghost ships,” labeled as such when found with either a dead or missing crew. Though the number of stray vessels found in Japan this year is consistent with last year’s number, some have expressed concern for the high number of ships found in November compared to the number found last November. The Washington Post offered possible explanations for the spike in appearances, including food shortages which may be the result of tougher sanctions recently passed against the country. “North Korean fishermen have to work harder than ever before, and they have to go farther out into the sea, but they don’t have new boats,” said Atsuhito Isozaki, associate professor of North Korean studies at Keio University in Tokyo. “Plus, North Korea doesn’t have enough gasoline anymore, so they’re running out of fuel.” The concerning state of North Koreans’ food supply was highlighted last month following the dramatic rescue of a North Korean soldier who defected while on duty. Oh Chong Song abandoned his post in November and began to run toward South Korea. He was shot at more than 40 times by his fellow soldiers, and at least five bullets hit him. South Korean soldiers were able to crawl to the area where he lay and he was transportedto a hospital by a United Nations Command helicopter. While rushing to save his life, trauma surgeon Lee Cook-Jong discovered parasitic worms, some were over 10 inches long, in the soldier’s digestive tract. The worms, which have been discovered in other defectors, indicated the use of a detrimental, government-backed approach to health and agriculture in the country: night soil. “Night soil” is a fertilizer made up of human excrement and used by North Korean farmers. There is a perception in the country that night soil makes food taste better and the method has even been personally supported by dictator Kim Jong-Un. The five-hour surgery consisted of removing a bullet, fixing a number of wounds caused by the bullet and removing the parasitic worms that were making their way out of Oh Chong Song’s body. “In my over 20-year-long career as a surgeon, I have only seen something like this in a textbook,” Cook-Jong later said of the flesh-colored parasites he found.

‘Man flu’ is real, scientists say men experience worse symptoms

‘Man flu’ is real, scientists say men experience worse symptoms

Don’t accuse men of overreacting when they’re sick —, according to a new study. Dr. Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant professor in family medicine with the Memorial University of Newfoundland, published an article in the British Medical Journal, contending that men seem to experience worse symptoms of cold an flu than women. >> Related: 7 ways to prevent your child from getting the flu this season Sue’s study also noted that U.S. research showed men had higher rates of deaths linked to flu compared to women of the same age. “I do think that the research does point towards men having a weaker immune response when it comes to common viral respiratory infections and the flu,” Sue told The Guardian. “This is shown in the fact that they [have] worse symptoms, they last longer, they are more likely to be hospitalized and more likely to die from it.” In Ohio, for example, the flu seems to be impacting populations earlier than usual this year. The Ohio Department of Health said the state is above the five-year average for the number of cases reported at this time of year and “significantly higher” than the same time last year. 

WHAT: 10th Annual Tulsa Holiday Blood Drive with the American Red Cross, KRMG and FOX23. (Area residents have the opportunity to give more life while helping boost the blood supply prior to the holidays)  WHEN: Wednesday, December 20th and Thursday, December 21st from 7am – 7pm WHERE: The Red Cross Tulsa Blood Donation Center - on E. 11th Street just west of 169. – The KRMG Morning and Evening News will be broadcasting live on location both days. Come on by and say hi while you give the give of life. (We also have a 2nd location to donate at, which is at the Woodland Hills Mall from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m) GIVEAWAYS: All those coming to donate during the Tulsa Holiday Blood Drive will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.INFO: Find all the info on KRMG.com and the KRMG App. MORE DETAILED INFO: Appointments for the Tulsa Holiday Blood Drive can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by donating blood or platelets now. Blood and platelet donations decline as people get busy with holiday activities and travel  Patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood or platelets. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations every day to help ensure patients get the treatment they need.  During the season of giving, give the most important gift – more life.  The Red Cross is grateful to those who stepped up to give blood or platelets this year following historic disasters and heartbreaking tragedies. Yet, few people realize that donations are a year-round necessity to respond to everyday patient emergencies. It’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives during an emergency.  Donated blood is also essential for cancer treatments, childbirth complications and other crucial surgeries.  Volunteer donors are the only source of blood and platelets for those in need of transfusions.  New and repeat donors are encouraged to give to help ensure blood is available whenever and wherever needed. 
WHAT: 10th Annual Tulsa Holiday Blood Drive with the American Red Cross, KRMG and FOX23. (Area residents have the opportunity to give more life while helping boost the blood supply prior to the holidays)  WHEN: Wednesday, December 20th and Thursday, December 21st from 7am – 7pm WHERE: The Red Cross Tulsa Blood Donation Center - on E. 11th Street just west of 169. – The KRMG Morning and Evening News will be broadcasting live on location both days. Come on by and say hi while you give the give of life. (We also have a 2nd location to donate at, which is at the Woodland Hills Mall from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m) GIVEAWAYS: All those coming to donate during the Tulsa Holiday Blood Drive will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.INFO: Find all the info on KRMG.com and the KRMG App. MORE DETAILED INFO: Appointments for the Tulsa Holiday Blood Drive can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by donating blood or platelets now. Blood and platelet donations decline as people get busy with holiday activities and travel  Patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood or platelets. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations every day to help ensure patients get the treatment they need.  During the season of giving, give the most important gift – more life.  The Red Cross is grateful to those who stepped up to give blood or platelets this year following historic disasters and heartbreaking tragedies. Yet, few people realize that donations are a year-round necessity to respond to everyday patient emergencies. It’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives during an emergency.  Donated blood is also essential for cancer treatments, childbirth complications and other crucial surgeries.  Volunteer donors are the only source of blood and platelets for those in need of transfusions.  New and repeat donors are encouraged to give to help ensure blood is available whenever and wherever needed. 
WHAT: 10th Annual Tulsa Holiday Blood Drive with the American Red Cross, KRMG and FOX23. (Area residents have the opportunity to give more life while helping boost the blood supply prior to the holidays)  WHEN: Wednesday, December 20th and Thursday, December 21st from 7am – 7pm WHERE: The Red Cross Tulsa Blood Donation Center - on E. 11th Street just west of 169. – The KRMG Morning and Evening News will be broadcasting live on location both days. Come on by and say hi while you give the give of life. (We also have a 2nd location to donate at, which is at the Woodland Hills Mall from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m) GIVEAWAYS: All those coming to donate during the Tulsa Holiday Blood Drive will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.INFO: Find all the info on KRMG.com and the KRMG App. MORE DETAILED INFO: Appointments for the Tulsa Holiday Blood Drive can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by donating blood or platelets now. Blood and platelet donations decline as people get busy with holiday activities and travel  Patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood or platelets. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations every day to help ensure patients get the treatment they need.  During the season of giving, give the most important gift – more life.  The Red Cross is grateful to those who stepped up to give blood or platelets this year following historic disasters and heartbreaking tragedies. Yet, few people realize that donations are a year-round necessity to respond to everyday patient emergencies. It’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives during an emergency.  Donated blood is also essential for cancer treatments, childbirth complications and other crucial surgeries.  Volunteer donors are the only source of blood and platelets for those in need of transfusions.  New and repeat donors are encouraged to give to help ensure blood is available whenever and wherever needed. 
WHAT: 10th Annual Tulsa Holiday Blood Drive with the American Red Cross, KRMG and FOX23. (Area residents have the opportunity to give more life while helping boost the blood supply prior to the holidays)  WHEN: Wednesday, December 20th and Thursday, December 21st from 7am – 7pm WHERE: The Red Cross Tulsa Blood Donation Center - on E. 11th Street just west of 169. – The KRMG Morning and Evening News will be broadcasting live on location both days. Come on by and say hi while you give the give of life. (We also have a 2nd location to donate at, which is at the Woodland Hills Mall from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m) GIVEAWAYS: All those coming to donate during the Tulsa Holiday Blood Drive will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.INFO: Find all the info on KRMG.com and the KRMG App. MORE DETAILED INFO: Appointments for the Tulsa Holiday Blood Drive can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by donating blood or platelets now. Blood and platelet donations decline as people get busy with holiday activities and travel  Patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood or platelets. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations every day to help ensure patients get the treatment they need.  During the season of giving, give the most important gift – more life.  The Red Cross is grateful to those who stepped up to give blood or platelets this year following historic disasters and heartbreaking tragedies. Yet, few people realize that donations are a year-round necessity to respond to everyday patient emergencies. It’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives during an emergency.  Donated blood is also essential for cancer treatments, childbirth complications and other crucial surgeries.  Volunteer donors are the only source of blood and platelets for those in need of transfusions.  New and repeat donors are encouraged to give to help ensure blood is available whenever and wherever needed. 
Doug Jones spins upset over Roy Moore in US Senate race in Alabama

Democrats in Alabama and Washington, D.C. celebrated an upset on Tuesday night, as Doug Jones won a narrow victory for U.S. Senate over controversial Republican nominee Roy Moore, giving Democrats their first big election victory since Donald Trump became President, and cutting the GOP majority in the Senate to a narrow one seat advantage.

“Congratulations Senator-elect Doug Jones!” said Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) on Twitter. “I look forward to working with you.”

A big turnout by African-American voters seemed to be one key to the Jones victory in the Yellowhammer State, along with a lower than expected turnout in [More]