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Ukrainian airplane shot down by mistake by Iranian anti-aircraft missile, Pentagon officials believe

The Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s international airport Wednesday was shot down by mistake by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile, Pentagon officials told Fox News.

The revelation comes as Ukrainian investigators reportedly are awaiting permission from Iranian authorities Thursday to examine the crash site and look for missile fragments. Iran has denied that a missile took down the Boeing 737 bound for Kiev, and its officials have blamed a technical malfunction for the aircraft’s demise.

“A strike by a missile, possibly a Tor missile system, is among the main (theories), as information has surfaced on the internet about elements of a missile being found near the site of the crash,” Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s Security Council, told Ukrainian media. He did not elaborate on where he saw the information.

President Trump, when asked Thursday about what could have happened to the Ukrainian International Airlines flight, said “someone could have made a mistake on the other side.”

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Rescue workers search the scene where an Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the Iranian capital of Tehran, on Wednesday. (AP)

UKRAINIAN PLANE CARRYING 176 CRASHES OUTSIDE OF TEHRAN

The Tor is a Russian-made missile system. Russia delivered 29 Tor-M1s to Iran in 2007 as part of a $700 million contract signed in December 2005. Iran has displayed the missiles in military parades as well.

Iran did not immediately respond to the Ukrainian remarks. However, Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi, the spokesman of the Iranian armed forces, denied a missile hit the airplane in comments reported Wednesday by the Fars news agency.

He dismissed the allegation as “psychological warfare” by foreign-based Iranian opposition groups.

Newsweek was the first to report that the plane was mistakenly shot down by missiles.

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Rescue workers recover the bodies of victims at the crash site. (AP)

The incident has similarities to the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine.

All 298 passengers and crew onboard flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed on July 17, 2014, when a missile shattered the Boeing 777 midair, sending debris and bodies raining down onto farms and fields of sunflowers. The jet in 2014 was shot down by a Soviet-made missile over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, about 25 miles from the Russian border, where fighting had been raging for months between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists.

Danilov also said other possible causes under consideration for Wednesday’s downing included a drone or another flying object crashing into the plane, a terrorist attack or an engine malfunction causing an explosion. However, no terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack and the plane was less than four years old.

The crash came just a few hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack against Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops amid a confrontation with Washington over it killing an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general in a drone strike last week.

US-IRAN TENSIONS: A TIMELINE OF INCIDENTS BETWEEN TWO LONGTIME RIVALS

An initial report prepared by Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization said Thursday that plane’s crew never made a radio call for help and was trying to turn back for the airport when it went down.

The Ukrainian International Airlines flight took off at 6:12 a.m. Wednesday, after nearly an hour’s delay at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport, the main airport for travelers in Iran. It gained altitude heading west, reaching nearly 8,000 feet, according to both the report and flight-tracking data.

Then something went wrong, though “no radio messages were received from the pilot regarding unusual situations,” the report said. In emergencies, pilots reach out to air-traffic controllers to warn them and to clear the runway for their arrival, though their first priority is to keep the aircraft flying.

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Eyewitnesses, including the crew of another flight passing above it, described seeing the plane engulfed in flames before crashing at 6:18 a.m., the report said. Flight-tracking data for the plane stopped before the crash, which occurred in the town of Shahedshahr to the northeast of the plane’s last reported position. That’s the wrong direction of the flight plan, the Associated Press says, bolstering the report’s claim that the pilots tried to turn the aircraft back to the airport.

The crash caused a massive explosion when the plane hit the ground, likely because the aircraft had been fully loaded with fuel for the flight to Kyiv, Ukraine.

But the report also confirmed that both of the “black boxes” that contain data and cockpit communications from the plane had been recovered, though they sustained damage and some parts of their memory was lost. It also said that investigators have initially ruled out laser or electromagnetic interference as causing the crash.

Oleksandr Zaporozhchenko, a mechanic with the Ukraine International Airlines in 2016-2018, said he knew one of the crew members of the plane and had never heard any complaints about the aircraft.

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“It is one the most reliable planes out there,” Zaporozhchenko told The Associated Press.

The plane was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries, including 82 Iranians, at least 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians, according to officials. Many of the passengers were believed to be international students attending universities in Canada; they were making their way back to Toronto by way of Kiev after visiting with family during the winter break.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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House Dem quickly reverses course after appearing to buck Pelosi on impeachment

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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wa., quickly changed course after telling CNN on Thursday that it was time for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to move to an impeachment trial in the Senate.

“At the end of the day, just like we control the House, Mitch McConnell controls the Senate,” Smith said, referring to the Senate’s majority leader.

“I think it was perfectly advisable for the speaker to leverage that, get a better deal. At this point, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen,” he said. “And yes, I think it is time to send the impeachment to the Senate and let Mitch McConnell be responsible for the fairness of the trial. He ultimately is.”

By 10:10 a.m. EST,, Smith had tweeted a retraction, saying that he “misspoke” and supported the speaker’s course of action.

PELOSI’S IMPEACHMENT DELAY OPENS CRACKS IN DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS

“I am concerned that Senator McConnell won’t have a fair trial and I am with the speaker that we should do everything we can to ensure he does,” he added.

“Ultimately, I do want the articles sent to the Senate for the very simple reason that I want the impeachment process to go forward.”

PRESSURE MOUNTS ON PELOSI TO TRANSMIT IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES, AS DEMS LOSE PATIENCE

Smith’s comments came weeks after the House Democrats approved impeachment articles against the President Trump. Pelosi has delayed sending the impeachment articles to the Senate, citing Senate Republicans’ close cooperation with the White House.

Her continual delay appeared to open cracks within the Democratic caucus.

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Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn., said she voted last month to impeach President Trump over urgent concerns about his conduct and argued that handing the case over to the Senate is the right thing to do.

“I trust the speaker’s judgment, but I voted on these articles when they were presented because I felt that we were at a point where it needed to happen,” said Hayes, a freshman member. “So personally, I’d like them to go forward.”

Across the Capitol, Senate Democrats began to question whether Pelosi’s delay strategy undermines their argument that Trump’s conduct warrants serious and urgent attention.

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“We are reaching a point where the articles of impeachment should be sent,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., told reporters Wednesday.

Other senators questioned what kind of leverage Pelosi has over the Senate. “I respect the fact that she is concerned about the fact about whether or not there will be a fair trial. But I do think it is time to get on with it,” Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., told Politico.

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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Chicago airports install ‘Cannabis Amnesty Boxes’ for passengers to dispose of marijuana before flights

Puff, puff, toss.

Two of Chicago’s airports, O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport, have installed “Cannabis Amnesty Boxes” for passengers to dispose of their recreational marijuana before boarding their flights.

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The boxes, which were installed last week to coincide with the Jan. 1 legalization of weed in the state, are located near TSA checkpoints.

Though TSA and police are not targeting passengers carrying marijuana – it is legal to have the substance in the state’s airports – it is still illegal to fly with any drug, as airspace is regulated by the federal government and the drug is still illegal under federal law.

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TSA does not actively search for “marijuana or cannabis-infused products” at security checkpoints, but the agents are “obligated to report the discovery of any drugs or substances that are illegal under federal law,” a spokesperson for the TSA told Fox News. Local police then determine what further action to take, if any.

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Chicago O’Hare International Airport installed the boxes last week after the state legalized recreational marijuana.  (iStock)

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The boxes are maintained by the Chicago Department of Aviation and the police, Chicago Tribune reported. Police officers will regularly empty the boxes and file reports for items found in the boxes, as well as dispose of surrendered materials inside.

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The two Chicago airports are not the first to install cannabis disposal boxes, as both McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and Colorado Springs Airport in Colorado have also installed amnesty boxes for passengers who need to surrender their marijuana before flights.

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle reveal new media relations policy in lieu of royal family’s current plan

Along with their bombshell announcement of stepping down as senior members of the royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced on Wednesday a brand new media relations policy they will launch later this year.

On their official website, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex essentially put down the royal family’s current media plan in place, stressing that its current “Royal Rota” system has led to inaccuracies about their lives.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced a new media relations policy they plan to launch in the spring of 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

To change that, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex informed the public that their new plan will “enhance access” while also allowing them to “share information more freely with members of the public.”

According to the website, Harry and Meghan’s new media policy will go into effect in the spring of 2020. The new approach will be “phased,” the website explains, and will allow the pair to “engage with grassroots media organizations and young, up-and-coming journalists.”

Additionally, Harry and Meghan’s website hints that the royals will be especially choosy when it comes to media outlets they will offer exclusive access to. Their website explains the current Royal Rota system gives British media representatives from a total of seven outlets the opportunity to “exclusively cover an event, on the understanding that they will share factual material obtained with other members of their sector who request it.”

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The new policy will only affect the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their son, Archie. (Toby Melville – Pool/Getty Images)

However, the current system has obviously disappointed Harry and Meghan, who are suing multiple British outlets included in the Royal Rota.

“Britain’s Royal Correspondents are regarded internationally as credible sources of both the work of members of The Royal Family as well as of their private lives,” Harry and Meghan’s website states. “This misconception propels coverage that is often carried by other outlets around the world, amplifying frequent misreporting.”

The couple also complained that reporters are “often edited or rewritten by media editorial teams to present false impressions.”

BUCKINGHAM PALACE RESPONDS TO MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY’S EXIT: ‘THESE ARE COMPLICATED ISSUES’

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The Queen was noticeably blindsided by Harry and Meghan’s statement. The palace responded shortly after in a statement to Fox News claiming their decision is at an “early stage.” (Getty)

So what will Harry and Meghan’s personal media policy look like? For starters, the couple defined themselves as people who believe in a “free, strong and open media industry, which upholds accuracy and fosters inclusivity, diversity and tolerance.”

The policy will still allow the couple to keep their social media pages and the two said they plan to “share more” with the public “directly,” their website states.

The couple also shared their opposition to the current plan’s method of releasing never-before-seen photos to the public, which will be changed.

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“The current structure makes it challenging for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to personally share moments in their lives directly with members of the public (via social media for example), without first going through the filer of the Royal Rota.”

While Buckingham Palace was essentially blindsided by the news, — the palace released a statement to Fox News downplaying the couple’s decision on Wednesday — Harry and Meghan made it clear their new media policy affects only themselves and their son Archie.

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By 2-to-1 Margin, Voters Say Soleimani Strike Made U.S. ‘Less Safe’

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People Are Obsessed With This Story About Harry Styles Watching A Dog

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Harry Styles fans are newly obsessed with a story about him volunteering to watch a stranger’s dog.

On Wednesday, a correspondent for Reuters responded to a viral Twitter thread that asked users: “What’s ya most awkward or interesting celebrity interaction you have had?”

The correspondent, Rory Carroll, said that the Harry Styles of One Direction offered to watch his dog, Oscar, while he picked up his takeout order at a restaurant.

“Harry Styles saw my predicament, tapped me on the shoulder and said he could watch Oscar while I went in. What a guy,” wrote Carroll.

Carroll also followed up the tweet with more specificity, telling excited fans in the replies the time, date, and location of the interaction.

Fans couldn’t help but fawn over the “Watermelon Sugar” singer’s kindness, his willingness to have his photograph taken, and that Carroll had kept the story to himself for so long.

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Australia wildfires force evacuations ahead of ‘dangerous, dynamic’ forecast; PM has another gaffe

A new set of evacuations was ordered Thursday in parts of Australia as hot and windy temperatures are forecast to bring “dangerous, dynamic” conditions that may further fuel fast-spreading wildfires as the country’s leader had yet another embarrassing moment when visiting a community impacted by the blazes.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service urged the communities of Nowra, Narooma and Batemans Bay, located south of Sydney, to evacuate over fears that northwesterly winds were likely to once again drive blazes toward the coast. In neighboring Victoria state, fire-threatened populations were urged to act quickly on evacuation warnings.

“If you can get out, you should get out,” Andrew Crisp, Victoria’s emergency management commissioner, told reporters. “Because tomorrow is going to be a dangerous and dynamic day.”

AUSTRALIA’S SEVERE DROUGHT LEAVES UP TO 10,000 FERAL CAMELS AT RISK OF BEING SHOT

Temperatures in the area that may be threatened by wind change are expected to reach more than 110 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday, and conditions remained tinder dry.

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Cattle graze in a field as smoke rises from burning fires on mountains near Moruya, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

The fires, fueled by drought and the country’s hottest and driest year on record, have been raging since September, months earlier than is typical for Australia’s annual wildfire season. So far, the blazes have killed 26 people, destroyed 2,000 homes and scorched an area of about 25.5 million acres, roughly the size of South Korea.

In the New South Wales state, 132 fires were still burning as of early Friday, around 55 of which were uncontrolled.

“We can’t guarantee your safety and we don’t want to be putting emergency services — whether it be volunteers or paid staff — we do not want to put them in harm’s way because people didn’t follow advice that was given,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters.

As the blazes have raged across parts of the country, vacationers in places such as the coastal town of Mallacoota have been forced to retreat to beaches and into the ocean in recent weeks as destructive fires and choking smoke have encroached on the tourist towns.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has come under withering criticism both at home and abroad for what many perceive as his slow response to the crisis by downplaying the need for his government to address climate change, found himself again on defense Thursday after visiting a community ravaged by the flames.

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During a visit to the fire-ravaged Kangaroo Island on Thursday, Morrison had an awkward exchange with locals. In a video of his visit to the island, where an outback safari operator and his son were killed in the blazes, Morrison was seen telling locals: “Thankfully, we’ve had no loss of life.”

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This is a Terra satellite image of Kangaroo Island on Jan. 7, 2020. (NASA Worldview)

After he was corrected, he continued: “Yes, two, that’s quite right. I was thinking about firefighters, firstly.”

It was the latest in a string of gaffes for Morrison, who created a public uproar when he took a family vacation to Hawaii in the middle of the disaster. He has tried to strike a more compassionate image since, and earlier this week promised the government would commit an extra 2 billion Australian dollars ($1.4 billion) toward the fire recovery effort.

“Tomorrow’s going to be a very difficult day in the eastern states,” Morrison said during a news conference on Thursday. “Once again, I express my sincere condolences and sympathies to the families of all of those who have lost loved ones during the course of this terrible disaster. We will continue to remember them, but also their families in particular in what they need, in supporting them.”

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On Tuesday, the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho said at least 100 firefighters from the U.S. will join 159 already in the Australia battling wildfires. It’s the largest ever deployment of U.S. firefighters abroad.

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A sign is displayed beside a burned-out house near Mogo, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, thanking “firies” a colloquial term for firefighters. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Officials are working to send the additional firefighters to Australia quickly so they can assume wildfire management and aviation management roles. The most recent contingent of firefighters dispatched to Australia included crews that fight fires on the ground, based in the U.S. Forest Service’s Angeles National Forest in California.

Center spokeswoman Carrie Bilbao told the Associated Press the next group will also include more ground crews and that they are receiving training about poisonous snakes and insects they might encounter while fighting wildfires in Australia.

“They’re there to work with Australia in any capacity needed,” Bilbao said.

Rob Rogers, deputy commissioner for NSW Rural Fire Service, told former “Fox & Friends Weekend” host Anna Kooiman, who now works for Australia’s Network Ten, that American firefighters have been “an enormous help” for strained crews in Australia.

“They’ve been enormously welcome and they’ve fitted in really well with our teams here,” Rogers said Thursday on “Fox & Friends.” “They’ve been very popular.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Nearly 500 Seattle students without updated vaccinations barred from class: officials

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Nearly 500 students in Seattle were barred from class on Wednesday over outdated vaccination records, according to a Seattle Public School official.

Speaking to The Seattle Times, district superintendent Denise Huneau said as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, the first day of school following winter break, an estimated 565 students in the district did not have the correct vaccination records in order to attend class. That number dropped to 476 by the late afternoon.

1,400 SEATTLE STUDENTS WITHOUT UPDATED VACCINATIONS COULD BE BANNED FROM CLASS: REPORT

Those without the proper paperwork were required to stay in a room with staff members until their parents or guardians could come and pick them up. Any missed days over outdated immunizations records will be counted as unexcused absences, the district previously said, noting they will be marked as excused only after updated records are submitted.

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The Seattle Public School District is comprised of 50,000 students and 104 schools. Overall, less than 1 percent of school district students were barred from class.

The requirements are in light of a recent Washington State law that does away with any personal and/or philosophical exemptions to the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. The legislation, which went into effect over the summer, “also requires that students are fully vaccinated, be in the process of completing immunizations or have a signed Certificate of Exemption (religious or medical exemption) in order to attend school,” according to the district.

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N.Y. Bar Association Tells Congress Investigate AG Barr for Bias

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How to avoid tick-borne illnesses

Ticks can be infected with bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Some of the most common tick-borne diseases in the United States include Lyme disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Lyme disease causes fever, headache, fatigue and a skin rash, and if left untreated, can spread to a person’s joints, heart, and nervous system. Of particular concern is Powassan disease, which is reportedly on the rise. Marked by fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures and memory loss, this tick-borne illness may cause long-term neurological damage, according to the CDC.

1. Stay the course

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Don’t go bushwhacking or run off into the brushes. (iStock)

“Avoid heavily wooded areas and shrubbery as these are more likely to harbor ticks,” says infectious disease specialist Sunil Sood, MBBS, chairman of pediatrics at Northwell Health’s Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, NY.

In other words, don’t go bushwhacking or run off into the brushes.

“Ticks climb onto blades of grass and brush on the side of trails, so walk in the center of a trail and try not to brush up against grass and make sure to avoid leaf litter too,” adds Sunjya Schweig, MD, member of the board of adviser for the Bay Area Lyme Foundation and the CEO and co-director of the California Center for Functional Medicine in Berkeley, Calif. “Ticks also like to congregate under logs or trees, so don’t take a break by sitting under an oak tree or on a log.”

Curious to learn more? Check out the world from a tick’s perspective.

2. Ask around

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Ask a ranger or another official about the tick situation.  (iStock)

If you are planning to hike or spend time in a park or recreational area, ask a forest ranger or another official about the current tick situation, says tick expert John Abbott, PhD, director of museum research and collections at the University of Alabama Museums in Tuscaloosa.

3. Use insect repellant 

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“DEET (chemical name, N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is very safe if you are older than 2 months,” Dr. Sood says. “Choose and use products with 25 to 50 percent DEET which should provide up to six hours of prevention.”

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Products containing DEET include Off!, Cutter, Sawyer, and Ultrathon.

“Children should not touch repellent. Adults should apply it to their hands and gently spread it over the child’s exposed skin,” he says. Find out everything you need to know about insect repellants.

4. Dress the part

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“Wear closed, tight shoes and long pants. You want clothing between you and the environment,” Abbott says.

Some clothing is already insecticide-treated including those sold at Insectshield. Another option is permethrin, Sood adds.

“Apply it to clothing including hats, shorts, socks, and sneakers as well as outdoor furniture such as patios and tents–but not skin,” he says. “Soak the items well and let it dry overnight and use DEET on exposed skin—these combined measures are probably the best tick prevention out there.”

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Another tip: If you wear light-colored clothing, you will be better able to spot any ticks and brush them off before they make it to your skin, says Marc Alabanza, program director at GroundSea Fitness in Great Barrington, MA.

5. Head for the dryer when you get home

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Putting clothes in the high heat atmosphere for a period of time will kill any ticks that have attached themselves to the items.  (iStock)

“Take off all of your clothing and socks and place them in the dryer on its highest setting for 20 minutes after coming in from a hike or time in a park,” Schweig says. This will kill any ticks including those that carry Lyme disease that may have attached themselves to your clothing or socks, he says.

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