Otto Warmbier, the American college student who was medically evacuated from North Korea after being jailed for 17 months, has suffered extensive loss of brain tissue and is in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness," doctors said Thursday. Daniel Kanter, medical director of the neuroscience intensive care unit at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said the 22-year-old's brain injury appeared consistent with the damage caused by lack of blood flow during cardiopulmonary arrest. Warmbier's father, Fred Warmbier, said the North Korean government had "brutalized and terrorized" his son, and he praised President Trump for bringing his son home. North Korea says Otto Warmbier contracted botulism after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor last March for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster.
Source: The New York Times
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) remained in critical condition overnight after he and four others were wounded by a gunman who opened fire on lawmakers and staffers practicing in Alexandria, Virginia, for a charity baseball game on Wednesday. Police identified the attacker as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old unemployed home inspector from southern Illinois who was angry about the election of President Trump. Hodgkinson was killed in a shootout with members of a Capitol Police detail assigned to protect Scalise because of his leadership position. Two members of Scalise's security detail, agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner, were injured, as were congressional aide Zachary Barth and lobbyist Matt Mika. Hodgkinson had made anti-Trump posts to his Facebook page and accused Republicans of supporting policies that favored the wealthy over the poor. He had been living in his van near Washington, D.C., for several months.
Source: The Hill, The Washington Post
Actor Adam West, best known for his eponymous role in the iconic 1960s Batman series, died Friday night after a brief battle with leukemia, his family confirmed Saturday. He was 88. Best remembered for his work in the campy Batman show, West struggled to break away from the character later in his career. In recent years, he turned to voiceover work. West is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marcelle, as well as six children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. "He was and always will be our hero," said a statement from the family.
Source: Variety, The Week
Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats told associates in March that President Trump had asked him to urge then-FBI Director James Comey to back off the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian officials, according to a report in The Washington Post. Trump reportedly asked Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo to stay behind after a March 22 White House meeting ended, and complained to them about Comey's handling of the investigation into Russia's alleged attempts to influence last year's presidential election. The meeting occurred two days after Comey told a congressional panel that the FBI was looking into whether any Trump associates had colluded with Russian officials. Flynn was a focus of that part of the investigation. Coats discussed the meeting with other officials and decided that intervening with Comey would be inappropriate, according to officials familiar with the matter.
Source: The Washington Post
Highlighting this story, by pointing out the meeting took place on March 22nd, may seem like a stretch, to some; I even debated about posting it, but I couldn't help to wonder why the story specifically mentioned March 22. Why not, "in March", or "after a meeting in March", or "shortly after he was confirmed by the Senate, in March"? It just seemed odd to me that they would be so specific.
A gunman stormed a Manila casino early Friday and set fire to gambling tables, filling the crowded gambling area with smoke that killed at least 36 people. The alleged attacker took $2 million in casino chips and fled to an adjoining hotel, where he reportedly forced his way into a room and killed himself. President Trump referred to the incident as a terrorist attack, but authorities in the Philippines said the attack on the Resorts World Manila complex appeared to be a robbery, with no link to an uprising by Islamist militants in the southern city of Marawi. National police chief Ronald dela Rosa said the gunman "would have shot all the people gambling" if he had been a terrorist, but none of the victims had been shot. "Either he lost in the casino and wanted to recoup his losses or he went totally nuts," said Metropolitan Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde.
Source: The Associated Press
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