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New AIDS study debunks HIV ‘Patient Zero’ theory

The story of how “Patient Zero” and AIDS arrived in New York in 1979 and triggered the epidemic in North America has been told so many times in so many different ways that for many people it’s become an accepted truth of our modern history. It’s a compelling narrative, but it’s not quite right.

Earthquakes rock central Italy; no deaths reported

A pair of “apocalyptic” aftershocks shook central Italy on Wednesday, crumbling buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people.