3
Jun

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Accused NSA Leaker Reality Winner

Winner’s lawyer says his client plans to plead not guilty during a court hearing later today. The 25-year-old National Security Agency contractor allegedly gave classified material to a news outlet.

31
May

Lisa Weil dating ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ co-star Charlie Weber

Lisa Weil’s representative confirmed the “Gilmore Girls” alum is seeing “How to Get Away with Murder” co-star Charlie Weber.

30
May

Don’t Let James Comey’s Hearing Distract You From Republicans’ Obamacare Repeal Efforts

In Washington, D.C., on Thursday, people lined up in droves as early as 4:15 a.m. to get a spot at former FBI Director James Comey?s highly anticipated Senate testimony. Bars across the country opened early to hold viewing parties, and networks are interrupting their popular soap operas to broadcast the hearing. The event has been dubbed ?Washington?s Super Bowl.?

So it?s safe to say we?ve all gone a little Comey Crazy.

What the former FBI chief is expected to say is important. It?s the most concrete evidence we have that President Donald Trump attempted to quash an investigation into his campaign?s ties to Russia. However, it?s unlikely that Comey will definitively say that Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice, and the possibility of another smoking gun seems like a pipe dreamAs HuffPost?s Sam Stein notes, Comey?s testimony alone will probably not spell the end of Trump.

Meanwhile, Republicans are well on their way to repealing the Affordable Care Act, putting millions of people at risk of losing their health insurance. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday took steps to fast-track their efforts, sidestepping the typical committee hearings in favor of closed-door meetings. And many Republicans are avoiding their own town hall meetings, where the subject is likely to come up. 

As progressive New York Times writer David Leonhardt notes, the Comey hearing has relieved some of the pressure Republicans faced in previous months against their health care plans. But it shouldn?t, he says.

?Even amid the Comey testimony, and all of the attention it deserves, don?t let health care be forgotten,? Leonhardt wrote this week. ?It?s too important.?

And as several Obamacare supporters have noted, it?s not too late to speak out:

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28
May

Parkour Runner’s Dizzying Mountain Descent Will Leave You Breathless

A parkour runner captured his dizzying descent down a Chinese mountain with a GoPro in his mouth.

Calen Chan, 19, deftly navigated drops ranging from 5-10 feet in height down the ridiculously steep Skyladder Parkour course on Tianmen Mountain with the action camera attached to a mouth mount at the end of May. 

?Obviously this was difficult,? Chan wrote on YouTube. ?And I physically couldn?t sprint down the entire path of deadly drops without slowing down, but I did my best!?

Since Chan shared the dramatic point-of-view video online Saturday, it?s garnered more than 420,000 views.

In a subsequent Facebook post, Chan revealed his knees ?surprisingly? didn?t hurt after he completed the course.

?Literally the only thing that was on fire was my quads, because it basically felt like doing 100 jump squats with a weighted vest,? he wrote. ?Other than the soreness, I sustained no injuries on this course whatsoever!?

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26
May

Warriors 118, Cavaliers 113 | Golden State leads series, 3-0: Late Surge Puts Warriors One Step From Postseason Perfection

Kevin Durant?s go-ahead 3-pointer gave Golden State the victory over the Cavaliers. If the Warriors win Friday, they will finish the playoffs with a 16-0 record.

24
May

Election 2017: What CAN’T you do in a polling station?

Millions of people will cast their vote on Thursday. But what can and can’t you do?

22
May

Baby Born Weighing 13.5 Pounds Takes Adorably Squishy Newborn Photos

Carleigh Corbitt was born before her due date, but looking at her newborn photos, you might find that hard to believe.

When Carleigh?s mom, Chrissy, gave birth to her on May 15, she weighed in at 13.5 pounds. The baby was born via C-section, almost a week before her May 20-21 due date. Chrissy and her husband, Larry, have three older children, who weighed about 9 to 10 pounds at birth. 

?When the pediatrician showed her to me across the curtain, I was like, ?Oh, my gosh, she?s huge,?? Chrissy told Inside Edition. ?I couldn?t believe it. It was like I delivered a toddler.? 

News of Carleigh?s birth weight reached local and national media outlets.

To celebrate Carleigh?s arrival, the Corbitts organized a newborn photo shoot with Debbye Benson of Sweet Smiles Photography

?I?m so happy I was able to meet and hold this mini celebrity ? she was such a perfect model during our session ? so gorgeous and squishy!? the photographer posted on her Facebook page. ?Her parents are so proud of her ? we will be bringing the whole family in for portraits this week.?

The Corbitts live in Keystone Heights, Florida. Larry told ABC News this pregnancy was difficult for Chrissy, as she is anemic and had to receive blood transfusions due to her low iron levels. 

?But they?re both doing great now,? he added. ?My wife is a trooper for everything she?s gone through.?

As for now, they?re just working on getting clothes and diapers that fit Carleigh, as they had to donate most of the newborn-size items they bought before her birth. Larry told Inside Edition that at just 3 weeks old, she is already wearing baby clothes meant for 9-month-olds. 

Larry and Chrissy are taking their daughter?s viral fame in stride and loving every minute with Carleigh.

?She?s just filled with rolls. She?s just a big squishy baby. She?s so adorable,? Chrissy told ABC News. ?I had no idea she was going to be so popular. It?s been a great experience and I can?t wait to look back on this and share it with her to show her she became a celebrity overnight.?

Keep scrolling to see more adorable photos of baby Carleigh. 

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19
May

WHO Ranks Antibiotics In A Bid To Counter Drug Resistance

The World Health Organization published a new classification of antibiotics on Tuesday that aims to fight drug resistance, with penicillin-type drugs recommended as the first line of defense and others only for use when absolutely necessary.

The new ?essential medicines list? includes 39 antibiotics for 21 common syndromes, categorized into three groups: ?Access?, ?Watch? and ?Reserve?.

Drugs on the ?Access? list have lower resistance potential and include the widely-used amoxicillin.

The ?Watch? list includes ciprofloxacin, which is commonly prescribed for cystitis and strep throat but ?not that effective?, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation Marie-Paule Kieny told reporters.

Its use should be ?dramatically reduced?, the WHO said.

?We think that the political will is there but this needs to be followed by strong policies,? Kieny said.

In the ?Reserve? category antibiotics such as colistin should be seen as a last resort. That prompts questions about how producers of such antibiotics could make money, said Suzanne Hill, WHO?s Director of Essential Medicines and Health Products.

?What we need to do is stop paying for antibiotics based on how many times they are prescribed, to discourage use. We don?t want colistin used very frequently. In fact we don?t want it used at all,? Hill said.

?What we need to do as a global community is work out how we pay the company not to market colistin and not to promote it and to keep it in reserve.?

The WHO classification takes into account the use of antibiotics for animal health use, and was developed together with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Organisation for Animal Health.

Other changes to the list included the addition of two oral cancer treatments, a new pill for hepatitis C that combines two medicines, a more effective treatment for HIV, and new paediatric formulations of medicines for tuberculosis.

But the WHO also said Roche?s well-known flu drug oseltamivir, marketed as Tamiflu, may be removed from the list unless new information supports its use in seasonal and pandemic influenza outbreaks.

?There is an updated data set compared to when the committee evaluated this product last, and what that suggests is that the size of the effect of oseltamivir in the context of pandemic influenza is less than previously thought,? Hill said.

But oseltamivir was the only listed antiviral, and was still useful for pregnant women and patients with complications, so the drug should be restricted to the most critical patients, she added.

 

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Greg Mahlich)

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17
May

Musician hits single piano key world-record 824 times in one minute

A Portuguese-American displayed his athletic prowess by pressing a single piano key more then 800 times in a minute.

16
May

Antidepressants safe for baby during pregnancy, researchers say

Expectant mothers, if you’re taking an antidepressant it won’t make your newborn cranky or at higher risk for other problems, researchers report.