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AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Cleveland 2 Baltimore 1 Final N-Y Yankees 14 Minnesota 1 Final Oakland 9 Texas 4 Final L-A Angels 2 Houston 0 Final Chi White Sox 10 Seattle 4 ------ NATIONAL LEAGUE Final Cincinnati 10 Atlanta 4 Final San Diego 13 Colorado 5 Final L-A Dodgers 2 Miami 1 Final San Francisco 4 Washington 2 ------ NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Final Houston 119 Minnesota 100 Final Utah 113 Oklahoma City 96 ------ NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Final Toronto 3 Boston 1 Final Washington 6 Columbus 3
(WASHINGTON) -- A last-minute switch to "yes" by Kentucky Republican Rand Paul gave CIA Director Mike Pompeo enough votes to get a favorable recommendation from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Monday, letting him avoid becoming the first secretary of state nominee in the nation's history to be rejected in committee.
The committee split along party lines 11-9 -- with Democrat Chris Coons switching his "no" vote to "present."
That resolved a last-minute snag that developed when Republican Johnny Isakson was delayed giving the eulogy at his best friend's funeral. But in a rare show of bipartisanship, Coons switched his vote to "present" allowing the vote to proceed.
Earlier, Paul explained his vote switch in a statement just before the vote took place.
“I just finished speaking to President Trump, after speaking to him several times today. I also met with and spoke to Director Pompeo," Paul said.
“After calling continuously for weeks for Director Pompeo to support President Trump’s belief that the Iraq war was a mistake, and that it is time to leave Afghanistan, today I received confirmation that Director Pompeo agrees with President Trump. “President Trump believes that Iraq was a mistake, that regime change has destabilized the region, and that we must end our involvement with Afghanistan," Paul's statement continued.
“Having received assurances from President Trump and Director Pompeo that he agrees with the President on these important issues, I have decided to support his nomination to be our next Secretary of State,” he said.
Until Monday afternoon Paul said he would vote "no" over objections to Pompeo’s foreign policy stances.
At just about the same time as Paul announced he'd vote "yes," Trump, taking part in a tree planting ceremony with French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters, "I heard Rand Paul went yes.. he’s a good man. I said he’d never let us down. He’s a good man."
Never before has a secretary of state nominee received an unfavorable recommendation from the Foreign Relations Committee, according to information provided by the Senate Historical Office.
“We have found no case of a Secretary of State nominee receiving other than a favorable report by the Committee on Foreign Relations,” the Historical Office confirmed in an e-mail.
Pompeo, who is still facing unprecedented opposition to his becoming the nation's top diplomat, will get a vote before the full Senate as soon as this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday.
But with many Democrats who just last year voted to confirm him as CIA director now publicly opposing him as the next secretary of state, Pompeo’s confirmation, while now likely, is much closer than his predecessors.
Even with Paul changing his vote, with GOP Sen. John McCain battling brain cancer at home in Arizona, Republicans need help from Democrats to push Pompeo’s confirmation through the full Senate.
Three Democrats up for re-election this year from states Trump handily won in the 2016 presidential election -- Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana -- have announced they will support Pompeo.
As long as more Republicans don't defect, and with at least three Democrats now on board, Pompeo could become the next head of the State Department.
It is very unusual for a secretary of state nominee to face such opposition.
Past secretaries of state, including Condoleezza Rice, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton have breezed through their respective confirmations.
“I realize we’re in an atmosphere now where that is just not going to be the case,” Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee said last week on the Senate floor. “I realize my Democratic friends in many cases feel like that in supporting Pompeo, it's a proxy for support of the Trump administration policies, which many of them abhor. I understand that.”
“I hope that the members on the other side of the aisle that have not yet said how they are going to vote will think about the circumstances that we’re in today and feel like that they can support a highly qualified Secretary of State,” Corker went on.
The White House applauded the committee approval late Monday and said they "look forward to the full Senate confirming him in the coming days."
"With Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo's favorable report from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the American people are one step closer to having their top diplomat in place at a critical time in our history," the White House said in its statement. "Under President Donald J. Trump's leadership, the United States is on a path toward a safer, more prosperous future."
Last year, Pompeo had little trouble clinching the confirmation to be the director of the CIA. He received a favorable recommendation from the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence, and he was confirmed by the full Senate in a 66-32 vote.
The votes against Rex Tillerson, 56-43, made Senate history when he was confirmed as secretary of state last year.
Tyler Golden/NBC / 2018 NBCUniversal MediaThe Voice was live on Monday, with the top 12 artists competing for America’s vote, advised by their coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson. One artist will be sent home on Tuesday, based on America’s vote.
On Monday, each artist took the stage with a song that had a special meaning for them.
Here are the highlights of Monday night's show:
Team Adam’s Rayshun LeMarr kicked things off with his version of “When Love Takes Over,” by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland, explaining that like love, something takes over when he’s on stage that he can’t control. Adam told Rayshun afterwards, “In that moment, you became the frontrunner, because you’re the best performer in this group.”
Kaleb Lee, representing Team Kelly, chose Lonestar’s “Amazed,” for his performance, -- admitting that he originally chose it because he incorrectly thought it was his wedding song. However, the song still reminds him of his wife because it reminds him how “awesome” his wife is. Kelly acknowledged that Kaleb’s performance was a little “pitchy” at times, but blamed it on his emotional connection to the song getting the better of him. But that, she added, only made the performance more endearing.
Team Alicia’s Jackie Foster chose Brittney Spears’ “Toxic” because she has a thing for “bad boys.” Alicia, who during rehearsals described Jackie’s style as “somewhere between P!nk and No Doubt,” declared after the performance that Foster showed America who she really is, adding that her artist “nailed it.”
Spensha Baker, Team Blake’s country/soul artist, picked an emotional song from one of her favorite artists, Trisha Yearwood, “Down on My Knees.” The performance drew a standing ovation from all four coaches, including Blake, who noted that Spensha has finally learned how to control her nerves, allowing the full depth of her voice to come through.
Christiana Danielle, from Alicia’s team, also credited a toxic relationship for her song choice, “Say Something,” by A Great Big World. Keys said afterwards, “There’s not another person -- not just on this stage, but in this world” who sounds like Christiana.
Team Kelly’s soul singer D.R. King put his spin on Dido’s “White Flag,” Clarkson praised D.R. for making everything he sings sound effortless, urging America to send him on to the next round.
Sharane Calister, representing Team Adam, chose Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood,” explaining that, like the character in the song, she’s a survivor. Afterwards, Adam praised Sharane for her ability to take listeners on a journey with her.
Next up, country rocker Pryor Baird, representing Team Blake, tackled “Pickin’ Wildflowers,” by Keith Anderson, recalling that growing up in his tiny hometown of Orcutt, California, he’s picked a few wildflowers in his day. Blake joked afterwards, “Pryor is to a song like bulldozer is to trees,” explaining that he turns every song his sings into something completely different.
Brynn Cartelli, Team Kelly’s powerhouse 15-year-old powerhouse, delivered Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain,” explaining that her mother taught it to her when she was little. During rehearsals, Clarkson advised the teen to “tell the story, rather than making sure all the riffs are there.” Kelly said she was amazed that Brynn has “the craziest, eclectic taste in music” and manages to “nail all of it.”
When Adam Levine saved country singer Jackie Verna last week, he said he heard a song and pictured her singing it. On Monday, he revealed it was Avril Lavigne’s pop hit, “I’m with You.” Following the performance, Adam told Verna he was impressed by the way she was challenged with tackling a tough song and rose to the occasion.
Sanford, Carolina, native Britton Buchanan picked John Mellencamp’s “Small Town,” telling his coach Alicia during rehearsals that he’s lived every line of the song. Afterwards, Keys told the 18-year-old that his “destiny” was to perform on The Voice stage.
Team Blake’s Kyla Jade has a long history with her pick, Jennifer Hudson’s “One Night Only,” performing it night after night as a backup singer for the season-13 Voice coach. This time, however, she was front and center. After the performance, Blake, on behalf of himself and JHud, welcomed Kyla to the front of the stage.
The Voice returns Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Monroe County BOCC/Facebook(MONROE COUNTY, Fla.) When Jen Shockley Brack saw a baby deer running for its life, she jumped into the flames to save the endangered Key deer fawn.
“I wasn’t scared. I saw his big eyes and he was so scared and trembling, I just had to get him,” Shockley Brack told ABC News.
The Monroe County Fire Rescue firefighter saw the young spotted fawn while responding to the Big Pine Key brush fire in the Florida Keys. It's the beginning of the wildfire season in the area, and the fire was moving rapidly after starting Sunday afternoon.
Shockley Brack, who’s been working with the Monroe County Fire Rescue for three and a half years, and her team were holding the fire line to protect exposures in the area Sunday.
“I saw this little guy run out and he was terrified,” Shockley Brack said. “He was scared to death and his little legs were shaking.”
She told her coworker she was going in after him because the area where the fawn ran was fully engulfed. When she got to the fawn, he laid down and looked up at her.
“I think he knew I was there to help him,” she said.
Shockely Brack scooped up the fawn in her arms, singeing her eyelashes a little as she reached into the burning bush where the fawn hid.
While it is not uncommon to find Key deer near fires, they have adapted to stay safe in instances of fire. This was a unique situation because the fawn was found without its mother.
Rescue workers brought the fawn to a truck, giving him oxygen, water and wrapping him in a sheet while the fire was brought under control. The young deer was unharmed and, in accordance with the Key Deer Refuge Policy, was released back into the wild.
Shockley Brack said the fire was particularly bad because of the devestation caused by Hurricane Irma last summer. She said the hurricane knocked down a lot of trees, providing more fuel for the fire. Wildfires are natural to the ecosystem in the Florida Keys, but this one was particularly large.
The fire burned 100 acres and took one residence. But the property loss could have been much worse if the crews hadn't responded as quickly and effectively as they did, she explained.
Shockley Brack and her team evacuated residents’ pet dogs and cats, including a Mastiff and Saint Bernard.
Since it’s a small area, she said, she thinks the fawn will easily be able to meet back up with the rest of the herd.
“Hopefully that little guy is out there," she said, "and doing OK."
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Seniors recovering from trauma after being admitted to hospitals may be more likely to have falls when taking prescribed opioids, according to a new study.
While opioids are commonly used to manage acute pain, they can have harmful side effects, particularly for seniors. In this study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, those who had filled an opioid prescription within two weeks preceding their injuries were 2.4 times more likely to have suffered a fall.
The study looked at a decade of hospital records, between 2004 and 2014, for almost 68,000 people older than 65 in Quebec, Canada, who were admitted to the hospital after a trauma -- a catch-all term that generally includes falls, car accidents and penetrating injuries.
Falls were the most common type of trauma in this patient population. The average age of the patients was about 81 years old and the majority, 69 percent, were women.
Opioids help the brain manage pain, but can lead to drowsiness and dizziness in some people, the authors said. This combination of symptoms, they added, may affect balance and make falls more likely, particularly in older people.
The authors attempted to rule-out other common causes of falls like alcoholism, weakness, recent cancer diagnosis, and use of other medications that cause abnormal balance.
While this study cannot clearly state that opioid use causes falls, the authors argue that there is a clear link between the two in people over the age of 65.
One other concerning finding of this study: Patients with recent opioid use had a slightly increased risk of in-hospital death. While the study did not find a specific reason, the authors suggest that opioid use could be an overall marker of fragility and poor health in an older population.
Opioids are potent narcotics that have the power to effectively treat severe pain when used appropriately. But doctors and patients alike should remain aware of their side effects and be particularly careful with their use, especially for seniors.
This article was written by Dr. Laura Shopp for ABC News.
Karwai Tang/WireImage via Getty Images(LONDON) -- When Prince William and Princess Kate’s newborn made his debut outside a London hospital, he did so in a shawl steeped in royal history.
The baby, whose name has not yet been announced, was swaddled in a shawl made by G.H. Hurt & Son, a Nottingham, England-based maker of lace knitwear that was founded in 1912.
The company has a “long-standing connection with The Royal Family,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.
The newborn’s father, Prince William, and siblings, Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, who turns 3 next week, all had shawls made by G.H. Hurt & Son when they were babies, according to Kensington Palace.
The style of shawl seen on William and Kate’s third child was not revealed by Kensington Palace.
The company has a collection of around one dozen baby shawls on its website, ranging in price from $50 to as much as $170.
George wore a shawl by G.H. Hurt & Son when he made his debut outside St. Mary’s Hospital after his birth in July 2013.
The company said in a statement at the time that George wore its Super-fine Merino Wool Christening Shawl, which retails now for around $75.
Charlotte was also wrapped in a shawl made by the company when she left St. Mary’s Hospital with William and Kate in May 2015.
The princess wore a G.H. Hurt & Son Elegant Soft Wool Baby Shawl, which now retails for around $100, according to the company.
ABC News(DETROIT) -- Drivers in Detroit got to see a rare phenomenon this winter: Corvettes trudging through the snowy and wet city streets alongside SUVs and trucks. The engineers behind the new ZR1 -- billed as the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever built -- were required to drive the 755 horsepower sports car to and from the office every day, on the weekend and wherever they needed to go. The idea was to demonstrate that the car was as easy to handle on the road as it was on the track.
“It was a riot to drive in the winter,” Tadge Juechter, executive chief engineer of Corvette, told reporters last week in Atlanta who assembled in the Peach State to get a first look at the ZR1. “No one got stuck at all.”
Engineers proudly showed off photos of the ZR1 buried under heaps of snow, regaling this reporter with stories of how the rear-wheel-drive car perfectly maneuvered in the treacherous weather conditions. (Yes, these cars were equipped with snow tires).
The $120,000 ZR1 can conquer winter. It performs in all seasons and moonlights as a daily driver. It sets production-car lap records on professional racetracks. And “you can teach a 16-year-old how to drive a stick on this car. It’s a piece of cake,” Juechter noted.
Yet Corvette, the longest-running nameplate in automobile history, still feels that it has to prove itself after 65 years.
“There was a little bit of a stigma around the Corvette that maybe it was not as sophisticated, maybe a little cruder than some of the imported cars,” Juechter told ABC News. “Even though we advanced the car quite a bit and have gotten a lot of credit globally for how sophisticated the car is, the impression, especially on the coasts and in urban areas, really hadn’t caught up with the car.”
Jerry Burton, a Corvette historian who has written three books on the brand, said the Corvette, a sports car “cobbled together” by Chevrolet in 1953, had become a “symbol of American ingenuity” over the years. It may not have the same pedigree as a Lamborghini or a Ferrari but the Corvette can still compete with these cars, he told ABC News.
“Corvettes had developed bad baggage in the 1970s. People thought of gold chains and divorced men and it was very uncool to be in a Corvette back then,” he explained. “Today, the car is very sophisticated. Even the most begrudging car enthusiast will respect the Corvette. It has shown itself to be a better car.”
Terry Popkin, a master ambassador to the National Corvette Museum and the Corvette Club of America, has driven a Corvette every day for the last 54 years, including a 1991 ZR1.
Early Corvettes “were by no means refined,” he admitted. “The car would sometimes leak, it was noisy. The door hatches would break.”
That changed by 1984, when the handling improved remarkably and the Corvette “really came into its own,” he said. In the early 1990s the ZR1 was crowned “King of the Hill” for being the fastest production car in the world and breaking every “standing endurance speed record,” he said.
Corvettes “are the best bang for the buck,” Popkin added. “It’s an amazingly fast supercar that rides like a Cadillac.”
Few gear heads will question the ZR1’s scary fast acceleration – zero to 60 mph in 2.85 seconds – and power. Corvette claims the ZR1’s top speed is 212 mph (208 mph for the convertible version) and delivers 715 lb-ft of torque thanks to its hand-built LT5 small block Gen 5 6.2L supercharged V8 engine. I never got to truly experience that speed with the ZR1, but that was intentional. Corvette engineers repeatedly warned journalists to take it easy on Road Atlanta, one of the most challenging and tricky racetracks in the world and one where some have died testing their limits.
“755 hp will kill you,” Popkin, who has trained with pro drivers, cautioned. “Don’t stab the throttle, never look at the current curve. Come into the turn slower than you think you might.”
Juechter said it takes the ZR1 eight seconds to slow down from 212 mph. I hit a max speed of 139 mph and experienced 167 mph with Alex MacDonald, Chevrolet’s vehicle performance manager.
The ZR1 certainly lived up to its reputation. It expertly hugged the curves, blasted off like a rocket ship when the throttle was squeezed and never hesitated when the brakes were tapped. I yearned for more each time I unbuckled the seat belt.
The ZR1 was hardwired to go fast even off the track. At one point I caught myself going 80 mph in a 40 mph speed zone just as a Georgia cop car passed by. The Corvette gods must have been watching from above that day.
“This is a pure track machine for some people,” Juechter said. “Or it could be fully loaded with all the luxury appointments. The ZR1 doesn’t demand a lot from you. It’s not a high-strung car.”
It is, however, the first time one has been made in automatic. There’s more carbon fiber on this model than any other previous Corvette. The iconic Corvette sound got its own makeover too.
“We really wanted to take this one over the top,” Charlie Rusher, the lead noise and vibration engineer on the ZR1, told ABC News. “We have new acceleration sounds in the ZR1, like patented muffler technology inside the rear of the car, making it sound more aggressive and very race-car like. You can’t have performance without sound, and keeping the balance between performance and acoustics is very important.”
The hardest part for Juechter and his team may be getting young people to buy it. The average age of a Corvette buyer is 59 and 90 percent of buyers are men.
Harlan Charles, marketing manager for Chevrolet Performance Cars, said cutting-edge technology, superior materials and “loads” of customization were put in place to appeal to a younger demographic. Fewer than 2,000 ZR1s will be produced worldwide this year compared to the 40,000 Corvette Stingrays, Grand Sports and Z06 models that are sold annually.
“We want to compete with any car,” he told ABC News. “With the seventh generation Corvette, we have a new buyer that traditionally bought German cars.”
Gone are the classic four-round taillights in the ZR1. The adventurous design “pissed off” some longtime Corvette customers, Juechter said.
“The design language of the car got more expressive and we realized we had to make it very different,” he said. “We want to keep pushing because our customers are getting older and we really want to get more young people interested in the car. It takes 20 years, a generation, to really change one’s impression, so you imprint on people when they’re young. We really want to impress the youth of today and then 20 years from now when they can afford it, they can buy their dream car and it’s going to be a Corvette.”
Chris Harris, co-host of the BBC’s “Top Gear,” assigns the lack of interest to the ubiquity of Corvettes.
“This is a higher volume car and one that’s more ordinary,” he told ABC News. “More of them means less special. And it has a slightly cheaper feeling. You can’t make a really expensive seat covering in the finest Italian leather cheaply.”
But Harris, who has yet to get behind the wheel of the latest ZR1, said Corvette celebrates its “everyday price point.”
“Corvette isn’t ashamed of this. They’re giving you the performance of a $400,000 sports car for $100,000. I am very impressed with what Corvette has done with the ZR1. I don’t understand how they can make a profit on the vehicle,” he said.
Fred Gallasch, a former researcher with General Motors and inductee in the Corvette Hall of Fame, said all carmakers are being challenged to attract young buyers.
The Corvette tends to be the second car for most people and “buyers in their 20s and early 30s probably can’t afford a Corvette as a second car. The real question for all manufacturers is to what extent our current young generation is interested in cars,” he told ABC News.
Harris said car enthusiasts must enjoy the ZR1 and other supercars now because “this may be the last time we’re seeing these vehicles.”
Changes are coming rapidly in transportation and automakers are eager to show what they can do with the internal combustion engine before that’s no longer in vogue, he pointed out.
“If you told me 10 years ago we’d have cars with 700 hp, I wouldn’t have believed you,” he said. “There’s a narrow window to do these cars.”
For now, Juechter is focused on getting the ZR1 to customers who pre-ordered the vehicle months ago. Then the design and engineering process begins again.
“When we brought out the Z06 so many people said how are you going to top this?” he said. “But that’s our job. We live four years in the future.”