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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Four more infants have been born with birth defects related to the Zika virus in New York City, the city’s Health Department announced Wednesday.

The four cases occurred after a previous reported case in July, where an infant was born with Zika-related microcephaly, characterized by an abnormally small head or brain, often leading to significant developmental problems.

These four infants were born with “congenital Zika virus syndrome,” which encompasses variety of birth defects, including microcephaly, brain and eye abnormalities, shortened or hardened muscles and tendons and neurologic impairment, according to the health department.

In addition to these five cases where infants were born with health problems related to the Zika virus, eight other infants tested positive for the virus but have shown no symptoms of impairment or birth defects related to the virus, the health department said. Health officials said they will continue to monitor the children for at least a year to see if and how their symptoms progress as they get older.

In total, more than 200 infants have been born to women with a Zika virus infection in New York City, according to the health department.

“Today’s news is a reminder that Zika continues to be a threat to pregnant women and their babies,” New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said in a statement Wednesday.

“As we enter the holiday season, we urge all pregnant women in New York City, those who might become pregnant, and their male sexual partners not to visit places where there is active Zika virus transmission,” Bassett added. “We are closely following all babies born to mothers who test positive for Zika infection and will connect parents to available services to improve their child’s quality of life.”

As of Dec. 2, at least 8,000 people in New York City have been tested for the Zika virus with 962 people testing positive, according to the health department, which also noted that of those who tested positive, 325 were pregnant women. All of the Zika infections reported in New York City were acquired while traveling to areas where the virus was more prevalent, except in six cases that were spread through sexual contact, the agency said.

A Zika infection in adults often includes mild symptoms, including fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 1 in 5 people infected with the virus shows symptoms. Severe complications from Zika that require hospitalization are rare, and most people are over the worst of the symptoms after a week, according to the CDC.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — A month after the election, the nation remains divided over President-elect Donald Trump, a new poll shows.

Trump’s favorability rating sits at 50 percent, according to a national Bloomberg poll out Wednesday.

Just 37 percent of Americans polled believe the country is heading in the right direction, while 49 percent feel that the country is heading in the wrong direction. The poll, conducted from Dec. 2-5, also shows that 55 percent are more optimistic about a Trump presidency from his actions and statements since Election Day, while 35 percent are more pessimistic about the prospect of Trump in the White House.

And, according to the Bloomberg poll, 51 percent are very or mostly confident that Trump will put America’s interests ahead of his business as he meets with foreign leaders. Last week, Trump tweeted he’ll cut ties to his business “in total” to focus on running the country.

“While I am not mandated to do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses,” Trump wrote on Twitter. Trump also announced that he will hold a “major news conference” with his children, who are involved with his businesses, on Dec. 15.

In addition, the Bloomberg poll shows that a majority of Americans — 67 percent — believe Trump needs to choose between being president or a businessman, yet 69 percent believe it “goes too far” if Trump sells off his businesses in order to avoid conflicts of interest.

Seventy-nine percent hope Trump drops the combative tone he displayed on the campaign trail once he’s in office come January, the poll shows.

An overwhelming 73 percent are fine with Trump adjusting a few of campaign promises, including appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s private email server, banning Muslims from entering the U.S., and repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, according to the poll. Just 20 percent view Trump’s reconsideration of these issues as broken promises.

Sixty-nine percent, however, believe Trump will deliver on his campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. Trump has recently said he’d like to keep parts of Obamacare in place, such as protecting patients with pre-existing conditions and allowing kids to remain on their parents’ plans until they’re 26.

But when it comes to two of Trump’s key campaign promises related to immigration, more than half of Americans don’t think he’ll accomplish it, the poll shows. Fifty-seven percent don’t expect millions of undocumented immigrants to be deported and 65 percent don’t expect a wall to be built on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points.

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Marvel – 2016(LOS ANGELES) — The sneak peek of Spider-Man: Homecoming that was seen over the weekend by fans at Brazil Comic Con is coming closer to home: the footage will be shown on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night.

A tiny sneak peek of the footage landed online Wednesday morning. In the clip, some of it shot from Peter Parker’s perspective, actor/director Jon Favreau, again playing Tony Stark’s bodyguard Happy Hogan, looks into the camera and asks Tom Holland’s Spider-Man what he’s wearing.

He then asks if he’s seen the goodies that were left for him by Iron Man’s alter ego. “Where’s the case? Didn’t you see the case?!”

Parker then walks up to a silver suitcase, on which is perched a note. “A minor upgrade from Tony Stark,” Holland reads aloud, before Spidey is seen leaping off the tip of the Washington Monument and over a in-flight helicopter, thanks to web wings under his arms.

“This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!” a winded Peter Parker explains in selfie mode.

Spider-Man: Homecoming — which also stars Zendaya, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Oscar winner Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, and Oscar winner Michael Keaton as the baddie The Vulture — opens July 17, 2017.

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Lucasfilm – 2016(NEW YORK) — For Ben Mendelsohn, playing a villain in the new Star Wars film Rogue One was a career highlight. “Look, it’s an incredible honor,” he told ABC Radio. “I mean, I’m a fanboy of [Star Wars] first. I saw the first film when it came out.”

It’s safe to say the accomplished Australian actor would be lining up at the theater to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story this month if he wasn’t playing the evil Director Orson Krennic, the guy who designed the planet-smashing Death Star.

On that note, Mendelsohn says Krennic certainly has a leg-up on the baddie meter compared to Darth Vader, who appears in the new movie.

The actor joked,. “The guy I play is…the builder of the Death Star. So, yeah Darth Vader’s pretty good, but he’s no match for ‘the awesome power’ of the Death Star.”

But Mendelsohn also admits that appearing onscreen alongside Vader is somewhat intimidating for aStar Wars fan.

“He is a towering figure, so it does take a few times for sort of the jitteriness to go down.”

Joking aside, the actor said of getting tapped for the role, “It’s just an incredible honor, and it’s very, very exciting.”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters Dec. 16.

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Wesley Hitt/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — A friend of slain New Orleans Saints star Will Smith — and witness to his fatal shooting — took the stand Wednesday at the trial of his alleged killer, Cardell Hayes. She said Hayes did not seem to show remorse.

“Mr. Hayes was walking toward Will with a gun pointing at him. And I heard shots fired,” Rebecca Dooley, who was in the car with the Smiths the night of the shooting, said on the stand Wednesday morning.

After the shooting, Hayes appeared to have “no remorse,” Dooley said.

Smith, 34, was killed in an apparent road-rage shooting in New Orleans on April 9 of this year. Smith’s wife, Racquel Smith, was wounded.

Hayes, a former semi-professional football player, was charged with second-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty.

Hayes is also charged with attempted second-degree murder for allegedly shooting and injuring Smith’s wife in the incident.

Dooley said on the stand that she and her husband, Richard Hernandez, were in the SUV with the Smiths. Will Smith was driving and Hernandez was next to him, according to her testimony, which ABC affiliate WGNO-TV in New Orleans reported as follows:

She testified that an orange Hummer in front of them slammed on its brakes and then Will Smith slammed on his in response.

“There was no impact,” Dooley said.

They continued driving and she noticed headlights approaching the SUV very quickly. She said she saw the Hummer following them.

Dooley said an impact followed, during which the SUV glass shattered.

She testified that she and Racquel Smith got out of the car and saw Will Smith and Hayes arguing over who was responsible for the collision. “They both seemed angry,” she said.

Racquel Smith got in between Will Smith and Hayes and tried to diffuse the situation, Dooley continued in her testimony.

After that, Dooley said she saw Hayes walking towards Will Smith with a gun.

She cried on the stand describing the aftermath of the shooting:

Will Smith fell into the car, not moving, after he was shot, she said.

Dooley testified that then Hayes said over the ex-NFL star’s body, “Look at you now, you were showing off.”

She said that she and her husband took shelter behind some bushes and she heard Hayes say, “Where’s that white boy at?”

Dooley said she pleaded with her husband not to go over there.

Hayes’ attorney, John Fuller, has said in the past that Hayes felt threatened and was the victim of a hit-and-run just moments before he crashed into Smith’s car. He said Hayes was chasing them to get license plate numbers and that Hayes had called 911 to report the hit-and-run before the accident with Smith.

On Tuesday, Smith’s widow, Racquel Smith, testified and broke down on the witness stand saying “my worst nightmare happened for no reason.”

“I don’t want sympathy, I want justice,” she said on the stand. “He is not here today, so I am his voice.”

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and former Saints player Steve Gleason were also among those gathered at the courthouse Tuesday to lend support on the first day of the trial.

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iStock/Thinkstock(AMERICUS, Ga.) — One police officer is dead and another officer is in critical condition after a shooting near Georgia Southwestern State University Wednesday.

The officers — one with the local police department and one with the school — were called to a domestic dispute off campus at 9:30 a.m. when they encountered the suspect, said Americus Police Chief Mark Scott. Both officers were shot on the scene.

The officer who died is with the Americus Police Department, police said. A Georgia Southwestern State University public safety officer was in critical condition.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Residents in North Dakota are still digging themselves out of their homes after a severe blizzard swept through the state earlier this week.

Authorities in Minot, North Dakota, issued a travel advisory to community members because of the treacherous weather conditions. The Minot International Airport reopened Wednesday morning after closing for nearly 12 hours because of snow and strong winds, the airport’s director Rick Feltner told ABC News.

Videos of the airport’s runway conditions were posted on Facebook.

“We had a blizzard warning in effect starting Sunday night … and this was on top of about 17 inches of snow we got last week. While the storm didn’t produce a great deal of new snow, the temperatures plummeted and the wind picked up 30-35 miles per hour. In those conditions, visibility is greatly reduced,” said Feltner.

“It was an unusual situation for us to close the airport. We’re usually pretty good at keeping things open here but it was more than we could keep up with this time,” he added.

Roommates Lauren Otradovec and Natasha Harvey live 20 miles north of Minot in Glenburn. On Tuesday morning, they opened the front door to their house to find a second door … of snow.

“I honestly felt claustrophobic. I didn’t want to feel like there was no way out,” Harvey told ABC News. So she attempted to shovel her way out.

“We shoveled our side door and within an hour all the snow had blown back in. We’re at the same point today,” she added.

“There are hardly any trees here and we live in a really small town so the wind is pushing everything to our direction. The first layer on our house is pretty much ice and the snow that keeps blowing is just freezing to that,” she explained.

Harvey hasn’t been able to make it to work for the past two days. “I’m used to this weather but this is crazy,” Harvey said.

The National Weather Service’s wind chill advisory is in effect for most of western North Dakota. The temperature in some areas is expected to feel like 30 degrees below zero with the wind chill.

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ABC News(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The rigorous search for bodies in the rubble of a fatal warehouse fire in Oakland, California, concluded Wednesday, with the death toll remaining at 36, police said.

Authorities will begin reopening the street on which the charred structure is located around 3:30 p.m. local time, according to the Oakland Police Department.

Officials found 36 victims inside the large warehouse and most were in their 20s and 30s. So far, 35 of them have been identified and 30 families have been notified. A 17-year-old’s name will not be released, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Bureau.

Although crews have finished their search for victims, investigators are still working to find the cause of the horrific blaze that broke out on Dec. 2. An official briefed on the investigation told ABC News that a refrigerator is being eyed as the “possible” point of origin.

Investigators are also working to determine if there was criminal liability for the fire and, if so, who was responsible, according to Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.

As many as 100 people were at the warehouse for a concert party when what authorities described as an “electrical fire” broke out just before midnight on Nov. 2. The venue, known as the “Ghost Ship,” ultimately became a grave for dozens of the young party-goers.

The Oakland Fire Department first responded to reports of a structure fire at the warehouse on 31st Avenue in the East Bay area at around 11:32 p.m. Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said the warehouse appeared to function as a residential building that hosted a makeshift artists’ studio, as well as parties like the one that took place that night. Most of the bodies were found on the second floor, which was accessible by a makeshift stairwell assembled with various materials, according to Reed.

Darin Ranelletti, the interim director of the city’s planning and building department, told reporters that the party at the Ghost Ship required a permit, which he said was not obtained. The property is under investigation to determine whether it was used to house people illegally, Ranelletti said.

The power went out inside the building when the fire started and the flames blocked the building’s only exit, making it difficult for people inside to escape, an official briefed on the ongoing investigation told ABC News.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said some of those trapped upstairs had just enough time to send final text messages to loved ones. Some of these messages read “I’m going to die” and “I love you,” Kelly said.

Survivors of the inferno who spoke to ABC News recalled waking up to “smoke and an entire wall of fire” that was so powerful it opened a window, letting in oxygen that apparently intensified the flames.

The Ghost Ship is purportedly run by a married couple, Derick Ion Almena and Micah Allison, but the building is owned by Chor Nar Siu Ng, a woman who appeared to have little involvement with its use for artists’ studios and as a performance space for musicians.

“They’re my children. They’re my friends. They’re my family. They’re my loves. They’re my future. What else do I have to say?” Almena told ABC affiliate KGO on Sunday.

Almena also appeared to address the fire in a Facebook post early Saturday morning by saying that what he worked for was destroyed, but he failed to elaborate on what work he put into the warehouse prior to the tragedy.

“Confirmed. Everything I worked so hard for is gone. Blessed that my children and Micah were at a hotel safe and sound … it’s as if I have awoken from a dream filled with opulence and hope … to be standing now in poverty of self worth,” Almena wrote.

On Tuesday night, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf declared a local state of emergency to facilitate state and federal aid. City officials also released records on the building’s reported complaints.

The most recent city record on the property is dated just days before the deadly fire. The Nov. 14 notice shows an “investigation pending” for “illegal interior building structure,” an apparent reference to the illegal living spaces constructed inside the warehouse. A day prior to that, the building’s owner was notified of a code violation. The records say “a ton of garbage [is] piling up on the property,” including “hazardous” trash.

Oakland police said that they have responded to numerous calls about the warehouse in the past, but it is unclear how many. It is also unknown whether authorities will hold Almena, Allison or Ng accountable for the deaths in the fire.

The last permitted use of the building was as a warehouse, according to a press release from the City of Oakland. The city said it received complaints of blight and unpermitted interior construction at the building this year on Nov. 13. Days later, a city building inspector visited the property on Nov. 17 and verified the blight complaint, but could not gain access to the building to confirm the other complaint regarding unpermitted construction.

The investigation is ongoing, the city said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Temperatures are expected to plummet this week in multiple states across the country, with heavy snow storms expected to hit many areas, including the plains and Great Lakes regions.

In North Dakota, a blizzard has already blanketed much of the state in multiple inches of snow. Winter weather that can leave cars stranded and driveways blocked with snow isn’t just a nuisance but also a potential danger to those spending a lot of time outdoors.

Here are a few health tips to keep in mind this winter season:

Frostbite Can Appear Within Minutes

Cold temperatures and icy wind means an increased risk of frostbite. Dr. Edmundo Mandac, director of emergency medicine clinical operations at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Ohio, said in an earlier interview that it might “take only a minute or two” for people to develop frostbite symptoms in below-freezing temperatures.

“If you’re outside and you start feeling your fingers get a little bit tingly or painful, you shouldn’t ignore those signs,” Mandac said. “Go in an rewarm yourself.”

Even after you’ve warmed up after a hot cup of tea, Mandac said it still may not be safe to go outside since tissue is “more susceptible” to frostbite on a second trip outdoors.

Shoveling Snow Can Be Hard on Your Heart

Shoveling snow is often a necessary chore during a blizzard, but this is one chore you might want to avoid until the weather warms up a bit. The American Heart Association explains that cold weather and the strain of shoveling snow has been associated with an increased risk of heart attacks.

Cold temperatures put extra strain on the body, which can be a recipe for disaster, Mandac noted.

“You’re trying to warm up — trying to shiver — and throw in physical activity and most people are not in good physical shape,” he told ABC News.

Anyone who doesn’t feel up to shoveling snow physically should not try to push themselves, Mandac said.

“If you’re not sure about your health … don’t try to shovel snow,” he said.

Avoid Alcohol

Anyone who thinks that a quick sip of alcohol will take away the chill should think again. The American Heart Association says having a sip of whisky or other liquor before going to shovel snow could be more dangerous since the alcohol can cause a person “to underestimate the extra strain their body is under in the cold.”

Alcohol, along with some other medications, affect how the body regulates temperature, Mandac pointed out. As a result, it might make a person more susceptible to the cold weather.

Be Aware of Hypothermia Risk and Check on Elderly Family Members

Mandac said he has seen people arrive in his emergency room suffering from severe hypothermia, with body temperatures below 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

“We really start seeing problems,” with hypothermic patients, Mandac said. “They’re not thinking right. They might be in a coma. It really involves a lot of rewarming process to save them.”

While some patients may have been stranded in the outdoors, others patients have become hypothermic even while in their homes, he said.

“Older people, who either because it’s not warm enough for them at home or they have medications they take and can’t tell what the temperature is, they can become hypothermic even inside the house,” Mandac said.

As people age, it’s harder for their bodies to regulate temperature, he noted. If the power goes out or the heat doesn’t come on, it can have dangerous consequences for elderly people.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also gives advice on how to heat the home safely. The CDC advice includes keeping space heaters at least three feet from anything that can catch fire, not using an extension cord for a space heater and keeping a carbon monoxide detector around.

The CDC also advises against using generators, grills or camp stoves as a heat source because they can generate deadly carbon monoxide gas.

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DigitalVision/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

About 1 in 10 babies are born preterm, or before completing the normal 37 to 40 weeks of pregnancy. These babies miss out on the important growth and development that happens in these final weeks.

Babies who survive can have short-term and long-term health issues, such as vision problems and intellectual impairment, so here are some things you can do:

  • Make sure you keep all your prenatal appointments. This gives your provider a chance to screen for infection or preterm contractions.
  • Commit to be fit before and during your pregnancy. Exercise is good for mom and baby and is recommended for all average risk pregnancies.
  • Listen to your body. If you’re pregnant and have any cramps, bleeding or leaking fluid, call your obstetrician or midwife immediately.

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