First lady Melania Trump toured an intensive care unit at a Philadelphia hospital on Oct. 17, to learn about the care being given to newborns suffering from opiate withdrawal.
She was late for the visit after her first flight was forced to return to a Washington area military base because of smoke in the cabin. She took a different plane to make the trip.
Mrs. Trump also spoke briefly at a conference at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on newborns who were exposed to opioids while in the womb.
She began her remarks by saying “sorry for a little delay.”
She said there are a few things harder than seeing a newborn suffering, and that she wants to shine a light on the issue.
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Retired Vietnam Marine Receives Medal of Honor
Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley received the Congressional Medal of Honor at the White House on Oct. 17 for his bravery during the Vietnam War.
While serving as company gunnery sergeant, Canley fought off multiple enemy attacks as his company moved along a highway toward Hue City to relieve friendly forces.
On several occasions, despite being wounded himself, he crossed enemy fire to carry wounded Marines to safety, saving their lives.
He took command of his company after his commanding officer was severely wounded, and led them into Hue City, where they attacked multiple enemy-fortified positions.
He has received multiple awards and decorations, including a bronze star, a purple heart, and a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, among others.
Mega Millions jackpot soars to $900 million, second-highest
The Mega Millions jackpot is now up to $900 million.
Lottery officials raised the estimated prize on Oct. 17, less than a day after another drawing without a winner increased the prize to $868 million.
Officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the Mega Millions prize Tuesday night. The numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 and Mega Ball 9.
The next drawing will be Friday. The estimated jackpot for that drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
The largest lottery jackpot was a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in January 2016.
CDC Confirms Rare Polio-Like Virus Acute Flaccid Myelitis in 22 States
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 62 cases of a polio-like illness that causes weakness in the legs and arms. So far, it’s been reported in 22 states.
The agency is investigating 127 cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), according to Reuters on Oct. 17.
“We understand that people, particularly parents, are concerned about AFM,” said Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, according to the Washington Post.
Messonnier said that officials have not been able to find the cause of the illness.
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