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News of John McCain?s illness broke during meeting to save GOP health care plan
Republican senators attempting to save their stalled effort to repeal and replace Obamacare in a late-night meeting Wednesday were interrupted with news of Sen. John McCain?s brain cancer diagnosis. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., told reporters that the senators learned of McCain?s brain cancer diagnosis during the meeting and asked Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., to say a prayer for McCain. ?It was very emotional, almost kind of stunned disbelief for a minute, then we asked James Lankford to lead us in prayer,? Hoeven said.
Minneapolis police officer has yet to talk to investigators
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ? Four days after a Minneapolis police officer fatally shot a woman who had called 911 to report a possible rape, the officer has yet to talk with investigators, and his attorney has given no indication he ever will.
Australian prime minister demands answers on Minneapolis police shooting
(Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis police officer over the weekend "shocking" and "inexplicable" and said his diplomats were seeking answers from U.S. authorities. A Minneapolis police officer shot Justine Damond, who was originally from Sydney, around midnight Saturday while responding to an emergency call she had placed about a possible assault behind her house in a quiet residential neighborhood. Turnbull said he and the Australian consul-general in Chicago were "seeking answers," in a television interview on Wednesday morning in Australia (Tuesday evening in the U.S.).
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Russia says ready to retaliate after U.S. talks end without deal
Russia said on Tuesday that it reserved the right to retaliate against the United States after a meeting in Washington ended without an agreement to return Russian diplomatic property the U.S. had seized.
Elon Musk reveals what his tunnel under LA has to do with Mars
There?s been a significant amount of mystery and speculation around Elon Musk?s Boring Company?his effort to bore tunnels under LA to bypass traffic?and its possible connection to SpaceX. On Wednesday, Musk removed some of that mystery. SEE ALSO: What mysterious plan does Elon Musk have for X.com? Appearing as a guest at the International Space Station Research and Development (ISSR&D) Conference in Washington, D.C., Musk spent most of his time talking about the most recent SpaceX missions and his thoughts about international space travel efforts. But during the Q&A session, one audience member asked what we've all been wondering: Is the Boring Company really just practice for building tunnels on Mars? "I do think getting good at digging tunnels could be really helpful for Mars," said Musk. "It would be a different optimization for a Mars boring machine versus an Earth boring machine. For sure there's going to be a lot of icing mining on Mars, and mining in general to get raw materials." Yes, of course, we'd need to use boring machines to help us find resources and mine ice. Sounds reasonable. But enough of the coy, self-effacing routine, what about those amazing cities on the covers of the science fiction novels we all know you read as a child? "And then, along the way, building underground habitats where you could get radiation shielding? you could build an entire city underground if you wanted to," said Musk. "People are still going to want to go to the surface from time to time, but you can build a tremendous amount underground with the right boring technology on Mars. So I do think there is some overlap in that technology development arena." Musk wouldn't go as far as saying that the primary ( secret?) intent of the Boring Company was to test Mars colony-building techniques, rather than merely defeating Earth traffic, but with these statements, he came pretty close. Along those lines, another attendee asked Musk about the oft-mentioned potential risks to the human body related to space travel on the way to Mars (radiation damage, etc.). To his credit, in answering, he remained upfront about the risks associated with his dream of putting humans on Mars. "Going to Mars is not for the faint of heart," said Musk. "It's risky, dangerous, uncomfortable, and you might die. Now, do you wont to go? For some the answer will be: Hell no. For some, it will be: Hell yes." That answer drew laughter from the audience, but it's a real concern that he's not attempting to diminish. However, looking decades forward, Musk doesn't think the issue of radiation will stop humans from traveling into space on a routine basis. "I don't think you'll get irradiated to death," said Musk. "With some moderate shielding we can cut down on a large percent of incremental radiation, so the marginal risk of cancer isn't something that's going to be a show stopper." That said, Musk warned, again, "If safety is your top goal, I wouldn't go to Mars." WATCH: Elon Musk's vision for traffic-skipping underground tunnels looks pretty incredible WATCH: Elon Musk's vision for traffic-skipping underground tunnels looks pretty incredible
Charlie Gard doctors remain 'unconvinced' after flying visit by US neurosurgeon who said he could treat him
The British doctors caring for Charlie Gard are understood to remain unconvinced by an American neurosurgeon who claimed he could treat the little boy. Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) staff spent five and half hours on Tuesday locked in discussions with Dr Michio Hirano, a US specialist who flew back to the US on Tuesday night. Charlie?s mother Connie Yates was also present at the meeting to determine the best course of action for her 11-month-old son. Dr Hirano had flown to London on Monday to examine the boy and assess brain scans carried out at the weekend. Timeline: Charlie Gard's parents' battle 02:17 Dr Hirano had said his experimental therapy could help treat Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic disease. GOSH believes that Charlie has suffered irreversible brain damage and that life support should be withdrawn but his parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard, from Bedfont in west London, argue he should be transferred to a New York hospital for treatment from Dr Hirano. A High Court has already ruled that Charlie be allowed to ?die with dignity? but agreed to further examination after hearing Dr Hirano?s therapy could significantly improve his quality of life. Dr Michio Hirano Miss Yates, 31, thanked Dr Hirano and another specialist, who cannot be named, for flying in to see her child. She said: ?Our gorgeous baby boy is still stable. We are at his bedside and feel satisfied he is not suffering or in any pain. As Charlie?s loving parents we are doing the right thing for our son in exploring all treatment options.? She said that Dr Hirano had requested a new MRI scan and a 30-minute EEG scan but that ?GOSH preferred a longer EEG which the judge ordered?. Miss Yates added: ?Our son has now undergone the scans. We have facilitated the experts in every possible way. Charlie will be having some more tests shortly.? It is not clear what those tests are. Connie Yates and Chris Gard with baby Charlie Great Ormond Street has declined to comment on the discussions with Dr Hirano while the court case is ongoing. But it is understood the hospital failed to be persuaded by claims he had made in the High Court last week that he could help Charlie and that he had seen no evidence of irreversible brain damage. The hospital is understood to be sticking by its position statement issued last Thursday. In that statement, the hospital said: ?It has been and remains the unanimous view of all those caring for charlie at Great Ormond Street that withdrawal of ventilation and palliative care are all that the hospital can offer him consistent with his welfare. "That is because in the view of his treating team and all those from whom GOSH obtained second opinions, he has no quality of life and no real prospect of any quality of life.? The case will come back to the High Court on Friday with further hearings expected next week that will finally decide the fate of Charlie,who suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome. His doctors say he is blind, deaf, unable to move and badly brain damaged, with no hope of recovery. The case has become a cause celebre with interventions from Donald trump and the Vatican in support of Charlie?s parents. The Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court have both uphold the decision of Mr Justice Francis in the High Court that Charlie?s life support be withdrawn.
The White House and Mitch McConnell?s office tell very different stories about the failure of the health care bill
As the dust settled following Monday night?s collapse of the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare, a flurry of finger-pointing and competing narratives emerged with both the White House and the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell trying to minimize their own roles in the debacle. Some White House staffers threw McConnell under the proverbial bus, suggesting that the majority leader rushed the vote and limited President Trump?s involvement. McConnell?s allies denied he sought to dictate the process or have the president take a back seat.