Polar Vortex claims lives in the Midwest
At least eight people have died in the Midwest as the deadly Polar Vortex continues, according to BBC News. Among the victims was a University of Iowa student, Gerla Belz, found dead outside of a college building. Others have succumbed to outside exposure or weather-related car accidents. Hospitals are also treating the influx of patients with frostbite. The Midwest and Great Lakes have experienced windchill temperatures as low as -63F, which can cause frostbite in under five minutes.
U.S. to move ahead with oil leases
Despite criticism from the Democratic congress members, tribal leaders and environmentalists, the Federal Bureau of Land Management will continue ahead with oil leases near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico, according to NBC News. More than 50 parcels of land will be available for bidding in New Mexico and Oklahoma, near several sites that locals are claiming are sacred sites.
Almost half of U.S. adults have cardiovascular disease
According to The American Heart Association, nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have a condition such as coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke or high blood pressure, as reported by CNN. Approximately 121.5 million adults, or 48 percent, have cardiovascular disease, but if high blood pressure were excluded, the prevalence of disease is 9 percent, which is actually a decline from 11.5 percent in 2015.
Participating AMC theatres screening “Black Panther” for free
The Walt Disney Company announced that select AMCs will screen the award-winning “Black Panther” free of charge in honor of Black History Month. Local participating theaters include AMC Coral Ridge 10 in Ft. Lauderdale and AMC Tamiami 18 in Miami.