A nasty flu season is in full swing across the United States, with a sharp increase in the number of older people and young children getting hospitalized, federal health officials said Friday, Jan. 12. The latest weekly data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show influenza has spread across the country. "Flu is everywhere in the United States right now. There's lots of flu in lots of places," said Daniel Jernigan, director of CDC's influenza division.
The first days of 2018 have been a bleak reminder of how tough it is to develop drugs for some of the world's most frightening diseases, which rob people of their memories, abilities and personalities.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump acknowledged Friday that he used "tough" language during a meeting on efforts toward a bipartisan immigration deal but appeared to deny using the term "shithole" to refer to some countries. "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
PHILADELPHIA - The first big cheer at Lincoln Financial Field occurred when the Philadelphia Eagles ran onto the field. The second roar came during "The Star-Spangled Banner" - when an actual eagle swooped around the stadium. The feathered one was a bald eagle named Challenger, and he is a big deal. The 28-year-old rescue bird is trained to free-fly to the national anthem, a feat he has performed at more than 350 public events over the past two decades.
LONDON - Many Londoners on Friday offered their own reasons for President Donald Trump canceling a possible trip to the British capital: He was nervous about the expected protests that could greet him. "It seems he's finally got the message," wrote London's mayor, Sadiq Khan.
The Federal Communications Commission paused its review of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.'s proposed purchase of Tribune Media Co. to give time for the companies to arrange for the sale of some TV stations to bring the $3.9 billion deal in line with broadcast ownership limits.
A key Democratic senator who was at the Oval Office meeting on immigration said President Donald Trump's denial that he called Haiti and African nations "shithole countries" is "not true" and that Trump made the "vile and racist" comments. "He said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist," Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who was at the meeting, told reporters Friday morning. "I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that oval office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday."
Francisco Merlos is still haunted by the image of Geneva Gomez's lifeless body covered in blood - his ex-girlfriend's arms spread out as though she had been crucified, with a large crucifix on her chest, according to court documents. In 2016 he had come to the North McKinley Avenue house in Oklahoma City to try to win her back two days after they broke up. Gomez's mother, Juanita, answered the door and let him in. Moments later, he saw the body.
WASHINGTON - Immigration talks on Capitol Hill foundered Thursday after the White House and some GOP lawmakers rejected a tentative deal from a bipartisan Senate group - and President Donald Trump made incendiary remarks about people from developing countries.
Walmart, the largest U.S. private employer, with more than 1 million workers, said Thursday it plans to raise starting wages from $9 to $11 an hour and hand out employee bonuses ranging from $200 to $1,000, becoming the latest company to give a least some of the credit for new worker benefits to the recently passed tax plan. But economists and professors cast doubt on whether tax policy changes were the driving force behind the move by the retailing giant, which for years has stood as a lightning rod for criticism over low worker pay.