The White House(WASHINGTON) — President Obama calls it one of the world’s most pressing public health crises, and on Friday, his administration is announcing a long-awaited plan to tackle it, releasing the first ever White House strategy to counter superbugs and antibiotic resistance.

The 63-page national action plan released Friday outlines steps to strengthen surveillance and spur the development of new antibiotics and tests. The new guidelines would also put increased pressure on the agriculture industry to reduce its use of antibiotics on farm animals, though critics say the plan is weak on industry enforcement.

There are parts of the aggressive effort that the administration can act on now, but to get the whole job done, the president says he needs Congress to step up.

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The White House(WASHINGTON) — President Obama calls it one of the world’s most pressing public health crises, and on Friday, his administration is announcing a long-awaited plan to tackle it, releasing the first ever White House strategy to counter superbugs and antibiotic resistance.

The 63-page national action plan released Friday outlines steps to strengthen surveillance and spur the development of new antibiotics and tests. The new guidelines would also put increased pressure on the agriculture industry to reduce its use of antibiotics on farm animals, though critics say the plan is weak on industry enforcement.

There are parts of the aggressive effort that the administration can act on now, but to get the whole job done, the president says he needs Congress to step up.

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The White House(WASHINGTON) — President Obama calls it one of the world’s most pressing public health crises, and on Friday, his administration is announcing a long-awaited plan to tackle it, releasing the first ever White House strategy to counter superbugs and antibiotic resistance.

The 63-page national action plan released Friday outlines steps to strengthen surveillance and spur the development of new antibiotics and tests. The new guidelines would also put increased pressure on the agriculture industry to reduce its use of antibiotics on farm animals, though critics say the plan is weak on industry enforcement.

There are parts of the aggressive effort that the administration can act on now, but to get the whole job done, the president says he needs Congress to step up.

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Courtesy Leanne Lane(NEW YORK) — Five-year-old Seth Lane is taking the Internet by storm on Friday with his family’s viral campaign #WearYellowForSeth.

On March 11, Seth’s mom, Leanne, posted a video of her son on YouTube asking the world to don his favorite color on March 27 to raise awareness of severe combined immunodeficiency disorder (SCID), which he was diagnosed with at 5 months old.

“Basically, he was born with no immune system and has no way of fighting any form of infection,” she said. “The only ways those children can survive is having a bone marrow transplant. He had his first one when he was 7 months old, but it tried to fight his body and treat it like it was a virus or infection.”

Leanne Lane of Northamptonshire, England, told ABC News Seth must be kept in a sterile room to protect him from germs and bacteria.

In other words, he spends most of his time in a “bubble.”

“It’s before bone marrow transplants happen — that’s where the term ‘bubble boy’ comes from,” she said. “They need to stay in a bubble to have any chance of surviving until the bone marrow transplant. Even the common cold could lead to death because his body cannot deal with it, but if the transplant is successful, then he can be cured.”

Seth has spent most of his life in and out of hospitals. Although he started school at a normal age, most of his learning has also been inside of a ward.

But despite his health issues, Lane said Seth has been smiling throughout.

“He is the most loving, happy child,” she said. “It sounds ironic after what we’ve been talking about, that I’d just say that. He deals with everything extremely well.”

“When we went to the hospital, he said to me, ‘I’m not going home for a long time Mummy, am I?’ I said, ‘No, you’ve got a lot to do here’ and he comes to the conclusion that he’s just accepted it,” Lane continued.

In a bid to shed awareness on Seth’s condition, the Lanes have enlisted folks around the globe to join in wearing the happy hue and share it on the Web using the hashtag #WearYellowForSeth.

“Yellow is Seth’s absolute favorite color,” Lane said. “He loves anything yellow. If I put a yellow shirt on, he says, ‘Look, yellow!'”

“It perks him up when he’s feeling rubbish, really,” she said. “We said we’re going to hang them [photos] all up, but I think there’s going to be a lot more pictures than we thought. I think we’ll need a football stadium.”

Lane said that in addition to raising Seth’s spirits, she hopes the social campaign will bring attention to SCID.

“It’s about raising awareness about how a bone marrow transplant can literally save a life,” she said. “It’s not something a lot of people know about it. I didn’t know about it until Seth was diagnosed. If more children can get more matches because of this, even if one child can get a match, then that’s fantastic.”

Because of taking antibiotics for years, Seth must have his gallbladder removed sometime next week, his mother said. If all goes well, Seth is scheduled to start chemotherapy in five weeks, then have his second bone marrow transplant eight days later. His father will be his donor.

The Lane family added that they are not looking for any donations. They just want people to share photos of their wearing yellow for Seth on Friday.

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Courtesy Leanne Lane(NEW YORK) — Five-year-old Seth Lane is taking the Internet by storm on Friday with his family’s viral campaign #WearYellowForSeth.

On March 11, Seth’s mom, Leanne, posted a video of her son on YouTube asking the world to don his favorite color on March 27 to raise awareness of severe combined immunodeficiency disorder (SCID), which he was diagnosed with at 5 months old.

“Basically, he was born with no immune system and has no way of fighting any form of infection,” she said. “The only ways those children can survive is having a bone marrow transplant. He had his first one when he was 7 months old, but it tried to fight his body and treat it like it was a virus or infection.”

Leanne Lane of Northamptonshire, England, told ABC News Seth must be kept in a sterile room to protect him from germs and bacteria.

In other words, he spends most of his time in a “bubble.”

“It’s before bone marrow transplants happen — that’s where the term ‘bubble boy’ comes from,” she said. “They need to stay in a bubble to have any chance of surviving until the bone marrow transplant. Even the common cold could lead to death because his body cannot deal with it, but if the transplant is successful, then he can be cured.”

Seth has spent most of his life in and out of hospitals. Although he started school at a normal age, most of his learning has also been inside of a ward.

But despite his health issues, Lane said Seth has been smiling throughout.

“He is the most loving, happy child,” she said. “It sounds ironic after what we’ve been talking about, that I’d just say that. He deals with everything extremely well.”

“When we went to the hospital, he said to me, ‘I’m not going home for a long time Mummy, am I?’ I said, ‘No, you’ve got a lot to do here’ and he comes to the conclusion that he’s just accepted it,” Lane continued.

In a bid to shed awareness on Seth’s condition, the Lanes have enlisted folks around the globe to join in wearing the happy hue and share it on the Web using the hashtag #WearYellowForSeth.

“Yellow is Seth’s absolute favorite color,” Lane said. “He loves anything yellow. If I put a yellow shirt on, he says, ‘Look, yellow!'”

“It perks him up when he’s feeling rubbish, really,” she said. “We said we’re going to hang them [photos] all up, but I think there’s going to be a lot more pictures than we thought. I think we’ll need a football stadium.”

Lane said that in addition to raising Seth’s spirits, she hopes the social campaign will bring attention to SCID.

“It’s about raising awareness about how a bone marrow transplant can literally save a life,” she said. “It’s not something a lot of people know about it. I didn’t know about it until Seth was diagnosed. If more children can get more matches because of this, even if one child can get a match, then that’s fantastic.”

Because of taking antibiotics for years, Seth must have his gallbladder removed sometime next week, his mother said. If all goes well, Seth is scheduled to start chemotherapy in five weeks, then have his second bone marrow transplant eight days later. His father will be his donor.

The Lane family added that they are not looking for any donations. They just want people to share photos of their wearing yellow for Seth on Friday.

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Courtesy Leanne Lane(NEW YORK) — Five-year-old Seth Lane is taking the Internet by storm on Friday with his family’s viral campaign #WearYellowForSeth.

On March 11, Seth’s mom, Leanne, posted a video of her son on YouTube asking the world to don his favorite color on March 27 to raise awareness of severe combined immunodeficiency disorder (SCID), which he was diagnosed with at 5 months old.

“Basically, he was born with no immune system and has no way of fighting any form of infection,” she said. “The only ways those children can survive is having a bone marrow transplant. He had his first one when he was 7 months old, but it tried to fight his body and treat it like it was a virus or infection.”

Leanne Lane of Northamptonshire, England, told ABC News Seth must be kept in a sterile room to protect him from germs and bacteria.

In other words, he spends most of his time in a “bubble.”

“It’s before bone marrow transplants happen — that’s where the term ‘bubble boy’ comes from,” she said. “They need to stay in a bubble to have any chance of surviving until the bone marrow transplant. Even the common cold could lead to death because his body cannot deal with it, but if the transplant is successful, then he can be cured.”

Seth has spent most of his life in and out of hospitals. Although he started school at a normal age, most of his learning has also been inside of a ward.

But despite his health issues, Lane said Seth has been smiling throughout.

“He is the most loving, happy child,” she said. “It sounds ironic after what we’ve been talking about, that I’d just say that. He deals with everything extremely well.”

“When we went to the hospital, he said to me, ‘I’m not going home for a long time Mummy, am I?’ I said, ‘No, you’ve got a lot to do here’ and he comes to the conclusion that he’s just accepted it,” Lane continued.

In a bid to shed awareness on Seth’s condition, the Lanes have enlisted folks around the globe to join in wearing the happy hue and share it on the Web using the hashtag #WearYellowForSeth.

“Yellow is Seth’s absolute favorite color,” Lane said. “He loves anything yellow. If I put a yellow shirt on, he says, ‘Look, yellow!'”

“It perks him up when he’s feeling rubbish, really,” she said. “We said we’re going to hang them [photos] all up, but I think there’s going to be a lot more pictures than we thought. I think we’ll need a football stadium.”

Lane said that in addition to raising Seth’s spirits, she hopes the social campaign will bring attention to SCID.

“It’s about raising awareness about how a bone marrow transplant can literally save a life,” she said. “It’s not something a lot of people know about it. I didn’t know about it until Seth was diagnosed. If more children can get more matches because of this, even if one child can get a match, then that’s fantastic.”

Because of taking antibiotics for years, Seth must have his gallbladder removed sometime next week, his mother said. If all goes well, Seth is scheduled to start chemotherapy in five weeks, then have his second bone marrow transplant eight days later. His father will be his donor.

The Lane family added that they are not looking for any donations. They just want people to share photos of their wearing yellow for Seth on Friday.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BOGOTA, Colombia) — Many say you can see the face of Jesus in nature, but locals in a small town in Colombia are claiming that literally.

Both the faithful and opportunistic are flocking to see what they claim is an image of Jesus’ face in a hillside in the town of San Francisco in the Colombian province of Putumayo, according to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.

The site is in southern Colombia, close to the border with Ecuador.

The formation was discovered after a small landslide in the ravine.

“If you believe in Jesus you will see your image,” Ximena Rosero Arango, a visitor to the site, told El Tiempo, according to a translation by Discovery.com.

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Adam Berry/Getty Images(DUESSELDORF, Germany) — There are indications that the co-pilot of the Germanwings aircraft that crashed into the French Alps Tuesday hid an illness from his employers, German prosecutors said in a statement Friday morning.

In addition, a search of the home of the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, yielded no suicide note, and there is no evidence that political or religious factors were involved in the crash, said the prosecutors in the western city of Duesseldorf, where Lubitz lived.

The Germanwings plane crashed Tuesday in the Alps in southern France with 150 people on board, including two babies, the airline said. French President Francois Hollande said there were “apparently no survivors.”

Brice Robin, public prosecutor of Marseille, said in a news conference Thursday that Lubitz appeared to want to “destroy the plane,” purposely locked the captain out of the airbus’ cockpit and accelerated the descent manually.

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WABC-T(NEW YORK) — Two people were unaccounted for after a building explosion led to a seven-alarm fire in New York City, according to a New York Police Department official.

The NYPD official identified one of those unaccounted for as Nicholas Figueroa, 23. No information on the second person was immediately available.

Four people were in critical condition and at least 15 others were injured after the fire in Manhattan’s East Village Thursday afternoon.

Figueroa’s father, Nick Figueroa, told ABC News his son went to lunch in a restaurant at the bottom of the building that caught fire. He said he has had no contact with his son since the explosion and that investigators began searching for his son Thursday evening.

Neal Figueroa, Nicholas’ brother, told ABC affiliate WABC-TV Friday morning outside the Harlem apartment he shares with his brother that the family knows Nicholas Figueroa was at the Sushi Park restaurant because he has a pending charge for $13.04 at the establishment. The family last heard from him just before 2 p.m. ET, he said.

“Right now, we’re just worried,” he said.

Neal Figueroa said his brother was on a second date with a female co-worker that he hadn’t yet met, but who he believed was in the hospital with numerous injuries following the explosion.

The family found out Nicholas Figueroa was missing when he didn’t show up to work at Bowlmor Lanes at Chelsea Piers, he said. He was expected at 5 p.m. ET.

Neal Figueroa said the family has tried to locate Nicholas Figueroa through police, investigators and 311.

Neal Figueroa told WABC-TV he was confident in his brother, referring to his brother as “Superman.”

“I know he’s strong enough to get out of this,” he said.

It was unclear how many people were inside the building when the fire occurred, according to the New York City Fire Department. The incident took place in a bustling area with many restaurants and pedestrians, blocks away from New York University.

FDNY confirmed that three buildings collapsed as a result of the fire and that firefighters were still putting water on some pockets of fire Friday morning. As of 4:30 a.m. ET, firefighters had not started to go through the rubble.

“Preliminary evidence suggests a gas-related explosion,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, adding that the investigation is ongoing. He said the incident “appears to have been caused by plumbing and gas work that occurred in 121 2nd Avenue.”

The four people in critical condition include two individuals with burns to their airways and another person who was unconscious following the event, according to FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

Of the about 250 firefighters who responded to the blaze, four were transported to area hospitals, where one was in fair condition, said the fire department. The conditions of the other firefighters weren’t immediately released.

Around 3:17 p.m., witnesses reported what sounded like an explosion at Sushi Park restaurant at 121 2nd Avenue, which is at the bottom of a five-story, pre-war building that houses a handful of residential units.

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WABC-TV(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) — The $1.6 million “dream house” a New Jersey man had built for his wife 10 years ago has become a never-ending nightmare for him.

When the house in Florham Park, New Jersey, was completed in 2007, Humayun Akhtar, 66, discovered the home’s interior and exterior had cracks and that the house was “sliding down the hill it was built on,” he told ABC News Thursday.

The house is “unrepaired and uninhabitable,” according to court findings, which added the soil the home was built on was “of insufficient load-bearing capacity to hold the building.”

A reporter from ABC News station WABC-TV in New York visited Akhtar’s home Wednesday and put a marble on the floor, which rolled in the direction of the hill’s slope without being pushed.

WABC-TVAkhtar said he’s never spent a day in the house, but he’s had to pay its mortgage in addition to the mortgage of the Livingston, New Jersey, house his family has been residing in.

Joseph Natale, who owned JDN Florham Park, the entity developing Akhtar’s home, told ABC News Thursday that he and the main builder, Robert Deluca, asked Akhtar multiple times to let them fix the problems with the house, but he wouldn’t let them.

“We also tried to settle with Akhtar on numerous occasions,” Natale said, “but he would not hear about fixing the house and wanted nothing to do with those things.”

Deluca added that he built nine other homes in the development, including one for himself, and none were found to have any problems.

WABC-TVAkhtar said he didn’t want the builders to do anything more to the house because he was concerned they would just conceal the problems rather than fix them.

“I didn’t want them to just do some Band-Aid patch,” Akhtar said.

Akhtar sued JDN FP, Natale, Deluca and Deluca’s contracting company, Deltrus LLC, in 2008, alleging consumer fraud for building the home without determining that the soil was strong enough to bear the house.

The trial was delayed for three-and-a-half years because the defendants repeatedly failed to post security bonds the court ordered, Akhtar’s lawyer, Jay Rice, told ABC News Thursday.

In 2011, a judge suppressed the defendants’ answers because of the violations and ruled JDN FP, Natale and Deluca violated the Consumer Fraud Act and owed Akhtar $7.4 million in damages, Rice said.

WABC-TVHowever, a New Jersey appellate court reversed the verdict last month, stating that Natale and Deluca had been given an inadequate opportunity to defend themselves, and a new trial with a jury will decide the case, Natale’s lawyer, David Stanziale, told ABC News Thursday.

Akhtar’s lawyer said they are trying to appeal the appellate court’s decision, adding he and Akhtar would apply to bring the case to the New Jersey Supreme Court Thursday.

While Akhtar said he believes he’s the “innocent victim” of people trying to defraud him, Natale and Deluca said this isn’t the case and that they wish Akhtar allowed them to fix the problem years ago.

Meanwhile, the Akhtars’ dream home is going into foreclosure, Akhtar’s lawyer said.

“This whole thing has destroyed my life,” Akhtar said. “I bought the house as a dream house for wife, and now we have nothing, and it’s taken a toll on me emotionally and financially.”

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