Sign1News 10.31.19 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL).

Sign1News 10.31.19 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL).


Hello everyone. Welcome to Sign1News. I’m Crystal Cousineau. Here are your top stories for today. It’s that time of the year again…Halloween! Candy, costumes and trick-or-treating are
all the ingredients needed for a wonderful Halloween. But for some kids, especially those on the
autism spectrum or with a sensory processing disorder, the sights, sounds and social interaction
can be too much. So we have some tips from Kaylene George,
of AutisticMama.com, on simple things parents can do to make sure the child doesn’t miss
out. The first tip is to get your child a comfortable
costume. Itchy costumes can be uncomfortable for children,
so George suggests looking out-of-the box for costumes like pajamas. The second tip is to practice trick-or-treating
with your child beforehand so it’s not shocking. The third tip is to use signs or notecards
to aid in communication if your child is non-verbal. The fourth tip is to seek out sensory-friendly
events in your area. And if you’re hosting an event or passing
out candy this Halloween, there are simple things you can do to be more inclusive. First, don’t demand eye contact or a verbal
“trick-or-treat.” Next, try offering non-food items like stickers
instead of candy. Third, if you’re hosting an event for children,
offer a small quiet place where kids can go to take a break from the stimulation. And lastly and most importantly just be accepting. Fires across California continue to rage. On Thursday sometime after midnight a wildfire
called the Hillside Fire broke out into part of San Bernardino, California. The wildfire engulfed a few homes overnight
and quickly consumed about 200 acres. Officials are urging 1,000 people to stay
away as the battle continues Thursday morning. Some areas are expected to have winds stronger
than 50 mph, leaving over 17 million people in Southern California under red flag warnings. Also on early Thursday morning, another wildfire
called the 46 Fire broke out in Jurupa Valley and forced mandatory evacuations. In Northern California, officials are optimistic,
saying they’ve made progress towards containing the week-old Kincade Fire. Officials say there is still a risk of the
fire spreading but it has not gotten significantly larger over the last several days. They also say they are not expecting heavy
wind conditions for the next several days. There are at least more than 10 active wildfires
across the state. On Thursday the House passed a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Thursday’s vote was 232-to-196 and sets out
how lawmakers will move the inquiry into its next phase. It was the first time the full House chamber
took a vote related to the matter. The resolution only details the process of
the inquiry which will include public hearings, likely beginning before Thanksgiving. At issue is a whistleblower complaint alleging
that Trump tried to pressure Ukraine into investigating former vice president and presidential
candidate Joe Biden and his son. Diplomats have testified about the July phone
call and whether Trump intended to use military aid for the country as leverage for an investigation. President Trump denies any wrongdoing in that
controversial call with Ukraine’s leader which is at the center of the inquiry. Earlier this month, Australian police arrested
three men for allegedly smuggling $200 million dollars of meth inside of Sriracha bottles. And on Thursday a fourth suspect was arrested. Sriracha is a popular type of hot sauce. The four men were allegedly trying to sneak
the meth into Australia. The bottles were sent in boxes from the United
States to Australia on a freight. Police say the four men were key members of
the network but are still investigating to find other people who may be linked to the
crime. It’s not the first time smugglers have tried
to sneak drugs in surprising objects. In the past, Australian police have seized
drugs hidden in snow globes and in stereo speakers. Earlier this month we reported on Johnson
and Johnson voluntarily recalling some of its baby powder. The recall was in response to the FDA discovering
low levels of asbestos in one baby powder bottle. On Tuesday Johnson and Johnson said that it
did not find asbestos after multiple tests. Johnson and Johnson said third-party labs
tested the same bottle the FDA tested and samples from the recalled bottles. There’s no response from the FDA yet. But the FDA said earlier that it stood by
its testing. For years there has been controversy as to
whether there is a link between asbestos in talc and cancer. The company has lost several multi-million
dollar court cases in cancer lawsuits. NASA is getting into the Halloween spirit. On Wednesday the space agency released an
image of a massive nebula that looks like a jack-o’-lantern. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope captured the
image. Researchers call the area “Jack-o’-lantern
Nebula.” The space pumpkin was carved up by a star. In the nebula, the star’s radiation pushed
dust and gas outward, creating gaps that look like a scary pumpkin carving. The Jack-o’-lantern Nebula is on the edge
of the Milky Way. NASA also included a pumpkin outline, so you
can better spot the jack-o’-lantern. And those are your top stories for today. I’m Crystal Cousineau. Thank you for watching Sign1News. Remember to follow us on all of our social
media platforms and be sure to download our app too. Sign1News. Your life. Your language.

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