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Mosquitoes can carry viruses including dengue, malaria, chikungunya and Zika. They are a growing public health threat abroad and in the United States. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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The U.S. is unprepared for the growing threat of mosquito- and tick-borne viruses

Experts warn that new tropical viruses are headed for the U.S. – and the country should take active measures to fend them off.

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Mosquitoes can carry viruses including dengue, malaria, chikungunya and Zika. They are a growing public health threat abroad and in the United States. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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The U.S. is unprepared for the growing threat of mosquito- and tick-borne viruses

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Comic strip Snoopy first started rocking a puffer jacket in the 1980s. A plush version of the bundled-up beagle is flying off the shelves in 2023. ©Peanuts Worldwide LLC hide caption

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Gen Z is suddenly obsessed with Snoopy — and not just because he's cute

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Sharon Hertzman, right, hugs her son, Omer Avigdori, as they reunite at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel, in November. Hertzman and her daughter, Noam Avigdori, were kidnapped by Hamas on Oct. 7 and released last month. Haim Zach/Government Press Office of Israel/AP hide caption

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Middle East crisis — explained

The accounts of freed Israeli hostages add pressure to save those still in captivity

6 min

The accounts of freed Israeli hostages add pressure to save those still in captivity

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Clockwise, from top left: former N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and former President Donald Trump. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images; Eduardo Munoz Alvarez-Pool/Getty Images; Jim Vondruska/Getty Images; Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images; Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Tracking the issues in the 2024 election

Where the Republican presidential candidates stand on immigration

4 min

Where the Republican presidential candidates stand on immigration

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