WASHINGTON, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator John McCain has chosen to discontinue medical treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer, his family said in a statement on Friday, a year after the Vietnam War hero announced his prognosis."John has surpassed expectations for his survival," the family said, adding that the disease's progression and McCain's age, 81, have led him to stop treatment for the "aggressive glioblastoma.""With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment," the family said.McCain, who represented Arizona in the Senate and House of Representatives for 35 years, had said the cancer was discovered in July 2017 and he has not been at the U.S. Capitol this year. He also had surgery for an intestinal infection in April.McCain has had a reputation for speaking his mind, which led to a running feud with President Donald Trump that grew heated in 2015 when McCain said Trump's candidacy had "fired … [Read more...] about Report: Senator McCain has chosen to discontinue medical treatment
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A 23-year-old motorist missing for a week was found alive Friday night at the bottom of a cliff near Big Sur in California.Angela Hernandez was located by a couple walking in the area, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office. They called 911 and she was transported by ambulance to a waiting helicopter and then a hospital.Rescuers found her white Jeep Patriot over the cliff with Hernandez just below the car, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Investigators are unsure when her car went over the cliff, according to the Chronicle, but believe the vehicle was there for days.She was found about 200 feet down, according to ABC News.Hernandez, traveling from Oregon, had been reported missing on July 6 when she did not show up at a family member's home in California. She had told relatives in a text message that she was getting tired and decided to stop in Half Moon Bay. It would have taken her about six hours to get from Half Moon Bay to Lancaster, according to authorities.Her … [Read more...] about Oregon woman found alive days after her car plunges off 200-foot cliff near Big Sur
More Americans say Barack Obama was among the best presidents they have seen in their lifetimes than say the same about other U.S. commanders in chief.According to a Pew Research Center survey, 44 percent of Americans think Obama was the best or the second-best president of their lifetimes. The warm regard for the 44th president stands in stark contrast to a 2011 Pew Research Center survey that found only 20 percent of respondents thought he was the best or second best president of their lifetimes. Former President Bill Clinton topped the list at the time at 49 percent.Currently, about 33 percent say Clinton was the best or second best, and 32 percent say President Ronald Reagan was the best or second best.Not quite halfway through his first term in office, 19 percent of respondents say current President Donald Trump is the best or second best president of their lifetimes – similar to the total Obama drew in the Pew survey conducted during his first term.Twelve percent list … [Read more...] about Poll: Majority of Americans name Obama the best president in their lifetime
President Trump announced Tuesday night that Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appellate court judge based in Washington, D.C., is his pick to replace outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy — a nominee who, if confirmed, will cement a conservative majority on the nation’s highest court.Trump made the announcement from the East Room of the White House.Kavanaugh worked closely with independent counsel Ken Starr during Starr’s Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton. As documented in the latest episode of the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery,” Kavanaugh debunked the conspiracy theories that the Clintons were responsible for former aide Vince Foster’s death before becoming the primary author of the report laying out the case for Clinton’s impeachment. Kavanaugh was concerned with the more explicit sexual details of the report and attempted to redact them just before its publication.One of the possible grounds for … [Read more...] about Trump announces his pick to replace Justice Kennedy on Supreme Court
A federal judge ruled Tuesday against the Trump administration's decision to end a program protecting some young immigrants from deportation, calling the Department of Homeland Security's rationale against the program "arbitrary and capricious."U.S. District Judge John D. Bates in Washington wrote that the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, "was unlawful and must be set aside."Bates wrote that DHS' decision "was predicated primarily on its legal judgment that the program was unlawful. That legal judgment was virtually unexplained, however, and so it cannot support the agency's decision."Bates gave DHS 90 days to "better explain its view that DACA is unlawful." If the department cannot come up with a better explanation, he wrote, it "must accept and process new as well as renewal DACA applications."DACA allowed immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, known as Dreamers, to stay and work legally under renewable permits. … [Read more...] about Judge’s ruling: Trump decision to end ‘Dreamers’ program is illegal. What happens next?