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Trump said to be improving but next 48 hours ‘critical’

Trump said to be improving but next 48 hours ‘critical’

Health
BETHESDA, Md. -- President Donald Trump faces a “critical” next two days in his fight against COVID-19 at a military hospital, his chief of staff said Saturday, also revealing that Trump went through a “very concerning” period on Friday while officials were giving calm, upbeat reports."We're still not on a clear path yet to a full recovery, said chief of staff Mark Meadows outside the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.His comments were in sharp contrast to the rosy assessment offered moments earlier by Trump's doctors, who took pains not to reveal the president had received supplemental oxygen at the White House before being flown by helicopter to the hospital.The changing, and at times contradictory accounts, created a clear credibility problem for the White House at a crucial ...
World’s oldest living man, who said secret was to smile, dies at 112

World’s oldest living man, who said secret was to smile, dies at 112

World
Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Guinness World Records oldest living man, who said the secret to a long life was smiling, has died at 112. Chitetsu Watanabe of Niigata, Japan died Sunday, Guinness World Records and the funeral home handling his services confirmed Tuesday. On Feb. 12, Guinness World Records presented him a certificate as the world's oldest living man at age of 112 years, 344 days. Watanabe said the secret to a long life was to "not get angry and keep a smile on your face." Japan's nationally circulated newspaper Mainichi reported that he died of old age. His eldest son's 81-year-old wife Yoko, said he became unable to eat after celebrating his Guinness World Record, and was put on intravenous drip. He also developed a fever and difficulty breathing a couple days before his death. Watan...
Athletics’ Tony Kemp on taking part in Astros’ sign-stealing system: ‘I said no’

Athletics’ Tony Kemp on taking part in Astros’ sign-stealing system: ‘I said no’

Sports
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Former Houston Astros utility player Tony Kemp, who was called up by the organization in September 2017, said he declined to take part in the club's illegal sign-stealing scheme. "I was up and down [between the big leagues and minors] in 2017," Kemp told reporters Friday. "Once I got there in September, the system was already in place. I just tried to keep my head down and play hard and not really concern myself with it." Kemp spent most of that 2017 season at the Triple-A level, appearing in only 17 games with the Astros. The 28-year-old utilityman said he was asked by teammates whether he wanted to be a part of the Astros' system, but he made it clear that he wanted no involvement. He said he didn't feel further pressure to participate. "It was out of my hands at that ...
Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said dies at 79

Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said dies at 79

World
Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Qaboos bin Said al-Said, the sultan of Oman for nearly 50 years, died Friday, state-run media reported. He was 79. He had been in Belgium to receive treatment for a medical condition the BBC said was suspected to be cancer. He returned to Oman before the new year so he could die in his home country. Officials in Oman declared a three-day period of mourning. Sultan Qaboos, who was unmarried, left no legal heirs. The BBC reported the Royal Family Council must choose a new leader within three days of Qaboos' death. Oman's sultan also holds the positions of prime minister, supreme commander of the armed forces, and minister of defense, finance and foreign affairs. Qaboos took over control of Oman in a peaceful coup in 1970 after disagreements over his father's leadership. Be...
Nasa said to be investigating first allegation of a crime in space

Nasa said to be investigating first allegation of a crime in space

Science
Nasa is reported to be investigating a claim that an astronaut accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse from the International Space Station, in what may be the first allegation of a crime committed in space.Anne McClain acknowledges accessing the account from the ISS but denies any wrongdoing, the New York Times reports.Her estranged spouse, Summer Worden, reportedly filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.Ms McClain has since returned to Earth.The astronaut told the New York Times through a lawyer that she was merely making sure that the family's finances were in order and there was enough money to pay bills and care for Ms Worden's son - who they had been raising together prior to the split."She strenuousl...