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Why Minnesota's Measles Outbreak Could Get Even Worse

Somali-Americans avoiding vaccines due to unfounded fears of autism

(Newser) - The Minnesota Department of Health has identified 34 cases so far in a measles outbreak, with a University of Minnesota infectious disease expert worried it's leading to a "gas-and-match situation" that will result in more cases and possibly even deaths, NPR reports. What health officials are worried may... More »

Autism Rates Soar in US' Biggest Somali Community

Minneapolis rates far above national average

(Newser) - A health puzzle in Minneapolis: Autism rates in the city are way above the national average, especially in the city's Somali-American community, which is the nation's biggest. Autism spectrum disorders affect around one in 88 American children, but the rate in Minneapolis is one in 48 overall, rising... More »

Ore. Terror Suspect Indicted

Mohamed Osman Mohamud due in court today

(Newser) - A federal grand jury has indicted a Somali-American man in an alleged plot to blow up a car bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore. The indictment filed today charges 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Mohamud was due in... More »

Minneapolis Terror Recruiters Charged

Gang accused of wooing US-Somalis for 'fun, friendship'

(Newser) - Join a terror group and have fun, make friends and see the world. That's the pitch federal authorities say a Minnesota terror gang used to recruit fellow Somali-Americans to fight overseas, according to new charges against 8 men. A total of 14 people have now been targeted in the probe... More »

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