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The Latest On Zika Virus: Texas Just Developed A Much-Needed Rapid Diagnostic Test

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The Zika virus, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is strongly suspected to be linked to a new wave of microcephaly cases in Brazil. Babies born with this birth defect have smaller heads and sometimes brains that aren't fully developed, which can result in life-long developmental problems.   

Zika is currently spreading through Central and South America and the Caribbean, and with the high volume of news about the virus, it's tough to stay up-to-date. Check out our full coverage, or read our daily recaps.

Here are four updates, opinions and developments to know about now: 

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Jose Ferrer Oscar Mystery: Statuette MIA, and the Academy Won’t Replace It – Hollywood Reporter

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According to the Academy, more than half of the statuettes given out over 87 years have gone missing one way or another. NCIS: Los Angeles co-star Miguel Ferrer found out the hard way about the replacement policy.

After his late father, Jose Ferrer, was named best actor in 1951 for Cyrano de Bergerac, the Puerto Rico-born star married vocalist Rosemary Clooney, had five kids with her, divorced her, remarried her, then again divorced — along the way becoming uncle to George Clooney and donating the Oscar to the University of Puerto Rico. "I never saw the thing, never laid eyes on it. It was not in the house [growing up]," says Miguel. "I have no idea why he had it there outside of the fact that he had great affection for the island and the people who live there."

Source: www.hollywoodreporter.com

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Your Tuesday Briefing

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• Afghan Army’s counterattack.

Afghan forces today began a campaign to retake Kunduz, a provincial capital in northern Afghanistan, from the Taliban. A U.S. military plane carried out an airstrike in support.

On Monday, the militant group conquered Kunduz, the first major city it has seized since 2001. About 10,000

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Puerto Rico Officials to Testify on Debt Crisis Before Senate Panel

Puerto Rican officials will appear before a skeptical United States Senate panel on Tuesday to explain why the island may need federal assistance by the end of the year and how lawmakers preoccupied with the federal debt might help without setting an unwelcome precedent.

Officials on the island recently warned that their government would, in effect, run out of cash in November, even though it owes big payments to creditors in December and early January.

Puerto Rico has not issued audited financial statements for the last two years, and some members of the Senate Finance Committee say that before the federal government commits funds to help tide it over its crisis, they need to know more about the federal money the island has already received and how it was used.

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Report: 64,000 people fled Puerto Rico last year amid crisis

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A record 64,000 Puerto Ricans left the island last year for the U.S. mainland, the highest number in the past decade, officials said Thursday.

The exodus represents a 31 percent increase from 2013, when some 49,000 people left, according to the island's Institute of Statistics.

The surge in departures comes as the U.S. territory of 3.5 million people struggles with a nearly decade-long economic slump. The island has a 12 percent unemployment rate, higher than any U.S. state, and has a labor participation rate of less than 40 percent, compared to 62 percent on the U.S. mainland.

Overall, more than 200,000 people are estimated to have left Puerto Rico between 2010 and 2014, the majority of them families and young educated workers, local demographer Raul Figueroa said in a phone interview.

"Migration is accelerating," he said. "The government has to take this issue seriously."

Puerto Rico's government has imposed new taxes, cut certain services and increased utility rates, among other things, to cut costs

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