Government rushes virus gene-mapping as mutations spread
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WASHINGTON – The U.S. is scrambling to expand DNA mapping of coronavirus samples taken from patients to identify potentially deadlier mutations that are starting to spread around the country. The U.S. now maps only the genetic makeup of a minuscule fraction of positive virus samples, a situation some experts liken to flying blind. Baldwin says the U.S. should be analyzing at least 15% of positive virus samples. “Genomic sequencing testing is how we will spot variants early before they spread,” said White House COVID response coordinator Jeff Zients. The CDC will have to set standards for state health officials and academic research institutions to fully share the information they glean from analyzing virus samples.
Prosecutors: Man's hatred was behind Minnesota mosque attack
Several men were gathered at Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center for early morning prayers on Aug. 5, 2017, when a pipe bomb was thrown through the window of an imam’s office. Prosecutors said Hari — the leader of an anti-government group called the White Rabbits — came up with the plan for the attack. Hari's attorney, James Becker, told jurors that prosecutors have no meaningful forensic evidence that points to Hari's involvement in the attack. Ethen also described the fear that permeated the community that worships at the mosque, and said the attack led many to stop worshipping there. “The detonation of that bomb shattered the Dar Al-Farooq community,” Ethen said.
TV doctors Oz and Phil explaining controversial Fox comments
FILE - This Dec. 4, 2019 file photo shows Dr. Mehmet Oz at the 14th annual L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Gala in New York. Oz says he misspoke during a Fox News Channel appearance this week where he said reopening schools was a very appetizing opportunity despite the coronavirus epidemic. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Two television doctors — Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil — are finding themselves trying to explain comments they made about coronavirus restrictions during appearances on Fox News Channel this week. Oz, in a Twitter post late Thursday, said that he recognized his comments had confused and upset people, and that was never his intention. While not a staff member at Fox News, Oz has made frequent appearances on the network since the beginning of the outbreak.
Parents Say Aniah Blanchard's Kidnapping 'Seems Like It Was Planned'
The parents of missing Alabama teen Aniah Blanchard believe someone who knew their daughter helped plan her kidnapping, they told television's "Dr. Mom Angela Harris and stepdad UFC heavyweight Walt Harris made an appearance on the popular talk show that broadcast Thursday. "It was a setup, it was someone who knew Aniah, and someone who knew her well," Harris told Dr. Phil McGraw. Harris also said authorities are investigating a lead that a friend of Blanchard's may have been involved in her disappearance. Aniah Blanchard Case: What to Know About the Missing Stepdaughter of UFC Heavyweight Walt HarrisBlood Found in Aniah Blanchard's SUV Indicated 'Life-Threatening Injury': Report'Dangerous' Suspect Arrested in Aniah Blanchard Disappearance, Alabama Teen Still Missing
Ukrainian Orphan Tells Dr. Phil She Is Not a Woman Masquerading as a Child
Ukranian orphan Natalia Grace Barnett , whose former adoptive parents say is a grown woman posing as a child, is now defending herself in public, telling Dr. Phil the allegations are false. Natalia was adopted in 2000 by an Indiana couple who say they were told she was 6 years old. But the couple claimed earlier this year that she is really a 30-year-old woman and a "sociopath" who threatened to kill them. Speaking publicly for the first time, a teary Barnett told syndicated talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw in an interview that aired Thursday that those accusations aren't "true at all." Appearing with Antwon and Cynthia Mans, with whom she is now living, Barnett said her former adoptive parents are mistaken.
Dr. Phil on Mark Castellano: "The interview's a lie"
Dr. Phil on Mark Castellano: "The interview's a lie" It was TV's Dr. Phil McGraw -- not Houston police - who would first interrogate Mark Castellano about Michelle Warner's mysterious disappearance. Correspondent Tracy Smith traveled Los Angeles to get McGraw's psychological breakdown of the suspected killer.cbsnews.com