Chicago teen undergoes heart-lung transplant surgery

“After the operation, when I was able to start walking around, it almost felt completely different because it was so much easier,” Kolman told CNN. “We were told the unfortunate news that his heart was worse than before and that he would need both a heart and lung transplant,” Ken told CNN. “In Spencer’s case, honestly, he was at death’s door,” Dr. Pirooz Eghtesady, cardiothoracic surgeon-in-chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, told CNN. On Nov. 29, the family received a call from the hospital’s transplant coordinator informing them of a match, and Kolman underwent a five-hour surgery. “The other day, he just walked a mile on the treadmill,” Ken told CNN.

February 20, 2017 20:51 UTC

Trump, a frequent critic of Obama’s golfing, played 18 holes Sunday with Rory McIlroy

President Trump and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played golf in Florida this month. McIlroy rode in the cart for all 18 holes with the president at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., according to No Laying Up, a golfing publication, which also quoted McIlroy saying that Trump “probably shot around 80. “As stated yesterday the President played golf,” Sanders said. According to No Laying Up, Trump and McIlroy were joined Sunday by Nick Mullen, a sports agent, and Rich Levine, a Trump friend. [Trump and Abe hit the fairways — largely out of public view — at a Trump golf club in Florida]As a candidate, Trump often criticized President Barack Obama for his frequent golfing, claiming that Obama played more often than professionals.

February 20, 2017 20:13 UTC

Trump selects Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser

President Trump on Monday tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a warrior-scholar deemed an expert in counter insurgency, to be the director of the White House's National Security Council. The 54-year-old McMaster replaces retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as the president’s national security adviser. “He’s highly respected in the military, and we're lucky to have him.”Trump also announced that Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg will remain as the NSC’s chief of staff. “This is a great team,” Trump said.

February 20, 2017 20:11 UTC

Air + Style Touches Down in LA - Shaun White's Snowboard and Music Festival In an Urban Setting

We have touched before in this column on the expanding variety of festivals on the calendar. Shaun White built an impressive career leveraging his snowboarding prowess. He has further expanded his brand with Air + Style, a touring festival that combines snowboarding and music. Notable acts with smaller fonts on the lineup include TV on the Radio, Chromeo, Atmosphere, XYLØ and RKCB. The Air + Style logistics have improved over the years.

February 20, 2017 20:11 UTC

‘The Great Wall’ Has Weak North American Opening

Backers’ hopes that “The Great Wall” would be the first global hit made in China fizzled this weekend as the big budget movie opened to a soft $21.7 million in the U.S. and Canada. 3 at the domestic box office over the Presidents Day weekend, behind “The Lego Batman Movie” and “Fifty Shades Darker,” both of which opened the prior week. Legendary Pictures, owned by China’s Dalian Wanda Group Co., and partners spent...

February 20, 2017 20:09 UTC

Trump taps Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser

President Trump named Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster his new national security adviser on Feb. 20. (Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post)President Trump announced Monday that he is naming Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn. “He is highly respected by everyone in the military, and we’re very honored to have him.”Retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who has been serving as acting national security adviser, will become the National Security Council chief of staff, Trump said.

February 20, 2017 20:06 UTC

Trump names H.R. McMaster, an Army strategist, as his new national security advisor

McMaster, left, will be President Trump's new national security advisor. President Trump named Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security advisor Monday, replacing Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign last week. McMaster, a career Army officer and strategist, is known as one of the military's most prominent intellectuals. Trump also said that John Bolton, the former ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, who also interviewed for the job, will serve the administration in an unspecified capacity.

February 20, 2017 20:02 UTC

Museums Celebrate The Black Women Artists History Has Overlooked

This well-deserved tribute to Lewis got us thinking about the other black women artists whose contributions to the history of art have been similarly overlooked or undervalued. Loïs Mailou Jones (1905–1998)Smithsonian American Art Museum Loïs Mailou Jones, "Initiation, Liberia," 1983, acrylic on canvas, 35 1/4 x 23 1/4 in. Shared courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Shared courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum and Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 1922, Prophet moved to Paris, in part frustrated by the racism rampant in the American art scene.

February 20, 2017 19:52 UTC

'La La Land' Has Hollywood Singing A Different Tune About Musicals

But “La La Land” has changed all that, tapping into a desire for escapism and sending Hollywood scrambling to dust off its dancing shoes. “The miraculous thing about ‘La La Land’ is that it’s anti-cool ― shamelessly and joyously old-fashioned. It took director Chazelle, 32, six years to get “La La Land” off the ground, fusing a 1950s musical sensibility with a contemporary love story. Movie musicals have often been associated with large budgets, big casts and long rehearsals for singers, musicians and dancers. “La La Land” however cost a modest $30 million to make and has taken $300 million global box office.

February 20, 2017 19:41 UTC

Frances Bean Cobain Remembers Her Dad On What Would've Been His 50th Birthday

Kurt Cobain will forever be sketched in our minds as the 20-something Nirvana frontman who pioneered the ‘90s grunge era. It’s hard to imagine what Cobain, who died at age 27 in 1994, would have looked like today ― Feb. 20, 2017 ― on what would have been his 50th birthday. Many tributes poured in across social media on Monday to honor the late singer, but one in particular stood out. His 24-year-old daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, wrote a heartfelt handwritten note and posted it on Instagram.

February 20, 2017 19:41 UTC

Donald Trump's Secrets and Hypocrisy ... About Golf

ADVERTISEMENTBefore Donald Trump became president, he sent several dozen tweets criticizing then-President Barack Obama for playing golf. “I just want to stay in [the] White House [and] work my ass off,” he told reporters in February 2016. Late Sunday afternoon, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a top White House press aide, told reporters Trump had played “a couple of holes” Saturday and Sunday. But Trump has already spent eight of his first 31 days in office in Florida ― nearly all of it at his golf clubs. Boxer Oscar De La Hoya, actors Anthony Anderson and Samuel L. Jackson, and many others have accused Trump of cheating at golf.

February 20, 2017 19:30 UTC

Saudi favors New York for Aramco IPO, also considers Toronto, London: WSJ

FILE PHOTO: A Saudi Aramco employee sits near the Saudi Aramco stand at the Middle East Petrotech 2016 in Manama, Bahrain, September 27, 2016. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/File PhotoSaudi Arabia is favoring New York to list state oil giant Saudi Aramco IPO-ARMO.SE, while also considering London and Toronto for the prospect of floating the firm, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. listing is the centerpiece of a Saudi Arabian government plan to transform the kingdom by enticing investment and diversifying the economy away from a reliance on oil. Saudi officials expect the IPO to value Aramco at a minimum of $2 trillion. Saudi Arabian Oil Co, known as Saudi Aramco, was not immediately available for comment.

February 20, 2017 19:21 UTC

Study: Venezuelans lost 19 lbs. on average over past year due to lack of food

In a new sign that Venezuela’s financial crisis is morphing dangerously into a humanitarian one, a new nationwide survey shows that in the past year nearly 75 percent of the population lost an average of 19 pounds for lack of food. The 2016 Living Conditions Survey (Encovi, for its name in Spanish), conducted among 6,500 families, also found that as many as 32.5 percent eat only once or twice a day — the figure was 11.3 just a year ago. Previously Venezuelans consumed primarily rice, breads and pastas; now it’s tubers,” said Maritza Landaeta, a researcher with the Venezuelan Health Observatory, as quoted by Linares added he recently found on the street the remains of a dog that had been skinned and dismembered. The lack of food has even earned a nickname: “The Maduro Diet.”

February 20, 2017 19:20 UTC

Officer responding to car crash is shot dead; 2nd officer wounded

A police officer responding to a car crash was killed Monday outside Los Angeles, and a second officer was wounded, according to investigators. They "think they’re there to help, next thing they know they have this guy shooting at them," Lt. John Corina said. The suspect then got out of his car and asked one of the people he hit to help push his car, he added. A silver car in front of the SUV had front end damage and a weapon visible on top of its trunk. Los Angeles County Fire Dispatch Supervisor Art Marrujo said the suspect was treated for gunshot wounds.

February 20, 2017 19:20 UTC

Texans Shouldn't Use Chilean Flag Emoji To Talk About Their State, Lawmaker Says

An emoji representing the nation of Chile is getting a chilly reception from at least one Texas lawmaker. Last week, state Rep. Tom Oliverson (R) filed a resolution asking people to think more carefully about their use of the Chilean flag emoji, according to Reuters. As you will notice in the photos below, the Texas state flag, on top, is fairly similar to the Chilean flag, on the bottom. But close only counts in horseshoes, not in emojis.

February 20, 2017 19:18 UTC

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