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President signs proclamation restricting visas for uninsured
10/11/2019 9:37:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP)—President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation requiring immigrants to show they can afford health care before they can be granted visas. The proclamation was announced Friday. It says immigrants will be barred from entering the U.S. unless they are to be covered by health insurance within 30 days of entering or have enough financial resources to pay for any medical costs. It applies to people seeking visas abroad—not those in the U.S. already. It applies to spouses and parents of U.S. citizens, but not children. The Trump administration...

U.S. twin births, long on upswing, hit lowest level in decade
10/11/2019 9:36:13 AM

By Mike Stobbe   NEW YORK (AP)—Fewer U.S. families are seeing double, according to a government report that finds a drop in new twins. Twin births steadily increased for more than three decades, driven largely by older white moms undergoing fertility treatments. But the rate of twin births apparently peaked in 2014 and has fallen 4% since. Last year, the rate hit its lowest point in a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. The drop is modest, but health officials say it is good news. Pregnancy with more than one raises the...

Saint Anthony’s Church Fiesta is a special treat for everyone
10/10/2019 7:37:41 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—Saint Anthony's Catholic School in Oxnard was the place to be Oct. 6, as the location held its Annual Fiesta and Celebration that packed the school's playground.   The event was joyous, full of fun, sun, and lots of great food. Music played, people danced, ate, and enjoyed the trademark sense of community known at the school and church.   Deacon Henry Barajas led the event and was catching some shade and having a great time at the Fiesta.   "It's going well," he said....

Multicultural Festival celebrates many nations in Oxnard
10/10/2019 6:44:20 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard—Plaza Park was jumping with knowledge, Oct. 5, as the 24th Annual Multicultural Festival came off without a hitch and educated a lot of people about cultures throughout the world.   Attendees got the chance to enjoy great food, and they got to travel around the globe without leaving Oxnard.   Luly Lopez ran the city booth at the gazebo and was happy to be part of the fun at the 24th annual festival.   "It offers a variety of things for anyone visiting the City of...

Oakmont of River Park previews its new community for seniors
10/10/2019 6:16:10 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard— A new senior living community is on the way to Oxnard, as Oakmont at River Park is under construction and building a home that focuses on quality of life, health, friends, passion, and caregiving.   The new neighborhood is an 85-apartment assisted living and memory care facility that is luxury living with many services and amenities they will offer residents in 2020.   The community held a packed open-house Oct. 5 as prospective residents were stunned by its beauty and ambiance.   Having...

Council approves ERP purchase
10/10/2019 5:57:46 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard—The Oxnard City Council acted to move the city's computer system into the 21st century, Oct 1 and authorized a purchase from Tyler Technologies Incorporated for an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.   The system will cost no more than $9.118 million, which also includes implementation and contingency money for a five-year term. Future years' funding will be contingent on the council's budget approval.   The total cost of the project is $14,893,807.   The city...

Actor Forest Whitaker goes from crime boss to music man
10/4/2019 1:20:19 PM

By Lynn Elber   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Forest Whitaker plays a real-life crime boss in Epix's new drama series “Godfather of Harlem” with the commanding intensity expected from him. What's less expected is the movie musical he filmed in London this summer, a U-turn for the actor who started out a singer. “Jingle Jangle,” a Netflix movie set for a holiday 2020 release, and “Godfather of Harlem” highlight Whitaker's range and why he switched to acting—this despite the vocal talent that earned him a scholarship to the...

Saudi prince takes ‘responsibility’ for, then denies involvement in journalist's murder
10/4/2019 1:17:00 PM

NEW YORK (AP)—Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a television interview that he takes “full responsibility” for the grisly murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but denied allegations that he ordered it. “This was a heinous crime,” the 34-year-old crown prince told “60 Minutes” in an interview that aired Sunday. “But I take full responsibility as a leader in Saudi Arabia, especially since it was committed by individuals working for the Saudi government.” Asked if he ordered the murder of Khashoggi, who had...

From parade to pandemic: Museum looks at 1918's deadly flu
10/4/2019 1:15:03 PM

By Kristin DeGroot   PHILADELPHIA (AP)—On Sept. 28, 1918, in the waning days of World War I, over 200,000 people gathered along Broad Street in Philadelphia for a parade meant to raise funds for the war effort. Among the patriotic throngs cheering for troops and floats was an invisible threat, which would be more dangerous to soldiers and civilians than any foreign enemy: the influenza virus. Officials went ahead with the parade despite the discouragement of the city health department about the ever-spreading virus. Within 72 hours of the parade, all the hospital...

Update on lung illnesses and deaths associated with vaping in LA County
10/4/2019 1:13:33 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) continues to warn residents about the use of vaping and e-cigarette devices as potentially harmful to proper lung function and urges residents to STOP VAPING NOW. Nationally, there continue to be reports of people showing up in emergency departments with similar symptoms such as coughing, difficulty breathing, fever, and may have vomiting and diarrhea. Locally and nationally, the cause for this threat remains unknown. Los Angeles County Cases: As of September 26, 2019, there have been 16...