(AP) – Russia is sending a plane with medical supplies such as masks to help the U.S. fight the coronavirus pandemic. The plane will arrive today after President Trump accepted an offer earlier this week from Russian President Vladimir Putin to send personal protective equipment and other gear.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted a photo of its largest cargo aircraft filled with boxes of masks and equipment to “help save the lives of American citizens.”
Trump Administration officials say the U.S. will immediately put items to use that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
(SL) – Nick Cannon vowed to pick up the baton and continue the work that rapper Nipsey Hussle started and a year after his death, it looks to be complete.
Nipsey, real name Ermias Asghedom, was working on a documentary about natural healer Dr. Sebi when he was murdered and exactly one day from the one year anniversary of his death, it looks to be complete.
Conspiracy theories about who killed Nipsey started to spread shortly after his death. The police, the US government and pharmaceutical companies have all been accused of having something to do with the homicide. But, 29-year old, Eric Holder is set to stand trial this month for the crime. He maintains his innocence but faces a maximum of life in prison if found guilty.
Alfredo Bowman, better known as Dr. Sebi, was a self-proclaimed healer and herbalist. He was a self-educated who reportedly healed several people of AIDS, leukemia and among other illnesses. And his controversial health claims landed him inside New York’s Supreme Court after he was accused of illegally practicing medicine. Dr. Sebi, however won the case by producing over 70 cured patients with a wide variety of aliments that testified that his methods not only worked, but cured them completely.
(Washington, DC) – Lawmakers are pressing CDC Director Robert Redfield about the growing coronavirus threat.
During a House hearing, Connecticut Democrat Rosa DeLauro stressed that it is a real and growing crisis. She argued that the U.S. is behind the curve on the availability and distribution of coronavirus test kits. Redfield said health officials are working hard to push accurate tests out as quickly as possible. He cited a government “regulatory process” that had to be navigated.
Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole said a “deadly new disease is just a plane ride away.” He noted that there is a long road ahead with many unknowns.
New York Democrat Nita Lowey called the coronavirus crisis an emergency and criticized the Trump administration’s response.
Meantime, California Democrat Barbara Lee noted that store shelves have been stripped of hand sanitizer and said many people need it if they can’t get to a source of hot water and soap. Redfield said he could not address shortages in the consumer supply chain but he vowed to look into it.
The number of deaths in the United States from the coronavirus is topping 100. West Virginia reported its first case of the virus making the total number of cases in the U.S. is just over 58-hundred. A large majority are being reported in New York and Washington state. Cases have now been confirmed in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Illinois reported its first death today as a result of the virus, joining 18 total states. Nearly 85-percent of those who have died were older than 60 and about 45-percent were older than 80. Of the first 100 reported fatalities, many people appear to have had underlying health conditions including diabetes and kidney disease.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The director of the CDC says the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow. Doctor Robert Redfield told reporters the number has gone over 600 cases, but the increase was expected as time goes on.
Cases have been reported in at least 35 states and the District of Columbia. Redfield says they are keeping an eye on several community outbreaks.
He argued that despite the increase in cases, the risk of the illness to Americans remains low.
Five members of Congress are now isolated after being exposed to someone with coronavirus. And two of them spent time with President Trump.
Matt Gaetz of Florida was on Air Force One today and Doug Collins of Georgia shook Trump’s hand Friday. Both men decided to stay home out of caution.
Same goes for California Congresswoman Julia Brownley who also closed her DC office for the week. This comes after Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar went into self-quarantine yesterday.
(Washington, DC-AP) – CDC officials say a coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. appears inevitable. After closed briefings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill today, Dr. Nancy Messonnier spoke with news reporters and said it’s not a matter of if but when.
The U.S. has 53 confirmed cases, including 36 people evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan.
Meanwhile, Health Secretary Alex Azar is facing more heat over the growing coronavirus threat. During a House hearing, Azar defended the Trump administration’s request for two-point-five-billion-dollars in emergency funding to prepare for the coronavirus.
Democrats have called it too little, too late. New York Democrat Nita Lowey criticized the Trump administration for budget cuts in U.S. global health programs, including at the CDC. She called it disastrous.
Azar said the emergency funding request is flexible and stressed that more money could be requested later, if necessary. Meantime, Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole said the threat of a global pandemic is more serious than a major terrorist attack.
(AP) – Actress Alyssa Milano says she had two abortions in 1993. She revealed the personal details on the latest episode of her podcast “Sorry Not Sorry” as she railed against efforts to restrict reproductive choice.
Milano, who was in her early 20s back then, says she was taking birth control at the time but got pregnant anyway. She said she wasn’t ready to be a parent and was also taking medication linked to birth defects.
Milano is now raising two young children, a son and a daughter.
(AP) — Health officials are warning about an increase infections from a fecal parasite that can thrive in swimming pools.
The CDC says cryptosporidium, or more simply “crypto,” can cause severe diarrhea for weeks. It says crypto infections spike during the summer months because people swallow contaminated swimming pool water.
Unfortunately, the parasite has a high tolerance for chlorine and can live in a chlorinated pool for up to a week.
(AP) – It turns out smartphones may be linked to people growing horns. A Scientific Reports study found horn-like bone spurs on the bases of skulls of around 400 adults.
Bone spurs occur when inflammation damages the cartilage and the body tries to repair it by growing more bone.
The study resurfaced after BBC published an article last week on how modern life is transforming and changing with technology use. Researchers say extensive screen-time, bending the head down for extended periods of time and poor posture may be the cause for the physiological changes.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The Supreme Court is striking down part of an Indiana abortion law signed by then-Governor Mike Pence. Today, the High Court affirmed the lower court ruling that invalidated part of the law that prohibited abortion because of the gender, race or disability of the fetus, such as Down syndrome.
The Supreme Court did uphold a portion of the law that required the fetal remains from abortions be buried or cremated. Pence signed the bill into law three months before then-candidate Donald Trump selected him to be his running mate in 2016.
(AP and LA Times) — The producers of a new Amazon show aren’t going to be scouting filming locations in Georgia because of the state’s new anti-abortion law. Sister Pictures had planned to consider the Peach State for its upcoming show “The Power.”
That plan has changed since the state passed the “heartbeat bill,” a law that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
Several big names in Hollywood, including director Ron Howard and writer/producer David Simon, have called for boycotts until the law is repealed.
And the L.A Times Reports, the Kristen Wiig movie “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” will not shoot in Georgia, a production source confirmed Tuesday. HB 481, which was signed by Gov. Brian Kemp on May 7 and, barring a legal challenge, is set to go into effect Jan. 1.