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Legionnaires’ linked to water

An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease over the past 18 months has killed 10 people in Michigan, where officials are dealing with a major health crisis over lead-contaminated water. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday said that the outbreak dates back to June 2014 and it has not ruled out a link to the toxic tapped water in the city of Flint. “The state of Michigan is treating this situation with the same urgency and transparency as the lead response in the city of Flint,” the department said in a statement on the spike in Legionnaires’. Officials said that since there have been 87 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, a severe type of pneumonia caused by bacteria, resulting in 10 deaths. The illnesses occurred in Genesee County, where Flint is located. Officials said that nearly half the people with the disease were exposed to water in Flint.


Pigs tumble onto road

Dozens of pigs tumbled out of a truck that overturned on a motorway near the western city of Poitiers on Wednesday, but showed little appetite for their sudden freedom. “Most of the animals stayed near the vehicle,” road safety official Captain Jean Chevassu said. “Two or three pigs ... strayed further. It wasn’t too hard to recover them.” The driver of the tractor-trailer lost control, leaving the vehicle lying across the two-lane road and shutting it for most of the day. The impact tore a hole in the roof of the truck, through which most of the about 180 pigs emerged onto the road and into the surrounding forest. Twenty-six pigs died at the scene, while another 13 with severe injuries were put down.


Chilean wins Pritzker Prize

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena won this year’s Pritzker Prize on Wednesday, earning praise for “powerful” designs that address key social and economic challenges of the 21st century. “Innovative and inspiring, he shows how architecture at its best can improve people’s lives,” said Tom Pritzker, chairman of The Hyatt Foundation, which awards the prize. Aravena, 48, who is based in Santiago, is to receive the US$100,000 award and bronze medallion at a ceremony at UN headquarters in New York on April 4. The Pritzker jury highlighted Aravena’s work at ELEMENTAL, a Santiago architectural group that focuses on projects of public interest and social impact. It has produced more than 2,500 units of affordable housing, including an innovative “half a good house” that allows residents to complete the work themselves, thereby incrementally raising their living standards.


Lawmakers defuse dispute

Three opposition lawmakers on Wednesday gave up their seats to try to defuse an acrimonious power dispute between President Nicolas Maduro’s government and the new opposition-led National Assembly. The Supreme Court had barred the three — plus a pro-government legislator — from office pending a probe into alleged vote cheating in their jungle state, Amazonas. However, the opposition, which won control of the legislature in last month’s elections for the first time in 17 years, defiantly swore the three in anyway. However, in a reluctant U-turn cheered by lawmakers as a “victory for the people,” the opposition majority on Wednesday approved a letter from the three asking to leave the legislature pending resolution of the election dispute.

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