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Ronan Farrow’s ‘Catch and Kill’ ‘motivated not by a pursuit of truth, but an axe to grind,’ NBC News president says in leaked memo

Embattled NBC News president Noah Oppenheim called Ronan Farrow’s book, “Catch and Kill,” an “effort to defame” the Peacock Network that is “clearly motivated not by a pursuit of truth, but an axe to grind” in a memo sent to employees Monday morning.

The lengthy memo obtained by Fox News rejects Farrow’s reporting that suggests NBC wasn’t truthful regarding knowledge of alleged sexual misconduct by former “Today” co-host Matt Lauer, and that the network refused to expose Harvey Weinstein as a sexual predator because he leveraged information regarding Lauer.

FULL TEXT: NBC NEWS PRESIDENT’S EMAIL TO STAFF ABOUT FARROW’S TELL-ALL

“Now that we’ve read Farrow’s book, it’s clear – his smear rests on the allegation that NBC’s management knew about and took steps to hide Matt Lauer’s misconduct before his firing in November of 2017.  Without that, he has no basis on which to rest his second conspiracy theory — that his Harvey Weinstein reporting was squashed to protect Lauer,” Oppenheim wrote to staffers.

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NBC News president Noah Oppenheim sent a memo to concerned staffers attempting to discredit Ronan Farrow on the eve of “Catch and Kill.”

Oppenheim and NBC News chairman Andy Lack have been accused of a “massive breach of journalistic integrity” by Farrow’s former NBC News producer Rich McHugh. Farrow has long claimed that NBC News stopped his reporting in an attempt to essentially cover for Weinstein. The situation has been a public relations nightmare for NBC and Oppenheim’s memo to staffers is the latest attempt to discredit “Catch and Kill” before its Tuesday release. The highly anticipated book details Farrow’s side of the story and the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter has already has caused NBC executives to release statements and hold staffer sit-downs prior to its official release on Tuesday.

“Farrow alleges there were employees who reported Lauer’s behavior prior to November of 2017 and were paid settlements to silence them.  Not only is this false, the so-called evidence Farrow uses in his book to support the charge collapses under the slightest scrutiny,” Oppenheim wrote.

A spokesperson for Farrow did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

NBC NEWS PRESIDENT MOCKED BY STAFFERS DURING FIERY MEETING ABOUT LAUER RAPE CLAIM

NBC News famously refused to hire an outside investigator to dig into who knew about Lauer’s behavior, instead allowing internal general counsel Kim Harris to conduct a review. The internal review eventually declared that NBC management was completely oblivious to alleged sexual misconduct that was happened under their noses. While the internal review was widely criticized, Oppenheim is again relying on Harris – this time to discredit Farrow’s book.

“Kim Harris and the NBCU Legal Team have reviewed both the book and the referenced agreements and I’d like to share their analysis. The only three examples we can find that Farrow alleges are Lauer-related before 2017, with even minimal detail, involve employees who by their own admission made no complaint to management, and whose departure agreements were unrelated to Lauer and completely routine,” Oppenheim told NBC staffers before detailing the three examples.

According to Oppenheim’s memo, Farrow said a woman named in the book disclosed her allegation to former NBC News anchor Ann Curry in 2010.

“Curry says she then told two executives – both of whom are no longer with the company – that Lauer ‘had a problem with women.’  By her own account, Curry relayed no specific complaint, nor did she say Lauer’s ‘problem’ regarded any specific workplace misconduct,” Oppenheim wrote.  “NBCU was able to speak with one of those former executives during the 2018 review and she denied having been told even this.”

LAUER’S OFFICE SEXCAPADES KNOWN TO MEDIA ELITES, WHO ROARED WITH LAUGHTER OVER LEWD JOKES AT 2008 ‘ROAST’

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Ronan Farrow plans to explain why NBC News passed on his Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting on Harvey Weinstein in an upcoming book.

Last week, Farrow appeared on “Good Morning America” and said that “there were multiple secret settlements and non-disclosures being struck with women at NBC News,” but Oppenheim’s memo combats this claim.

The NBC News president added, “at the time of the employee’s exit, three years later, she still had made no complaint about Lauer,” and that her severance was based on years of service, not designed to prevent misconduct claims.

Oppenheim then wrote that the “on-air personality” who Farrow reported received inappropriate messages from Lauer never complained to management and signed a standard confidentiality provision “designed to protect proprietary company information, not prevent an employee from reporting misconduct.”

The third point that Oppenheim disputes is that, according to the book, a “senior member of the Today show team” departed in 2017 with a seven figure payout.

MATT LAUER BREAKS SILENCE ON RAPE ACCUSATION: READ HIS LETTER HERE

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 In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, file photo, Harvey Weinstein, center, leaves New York Supreme Court in New York. Weinstein’s sexual assault trial in New York City is being delayed until June 3, 2019.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

“Our records indicate only one exit that matches this description and we can state unequivocally that no claims related to Lauer or sexual harassment of any kind were raised in that process. Farrow says this person ‘mentioned Lauer and sexual harassment’ to a ‘senior vice president’ but offers no details on who, when, or what exactly she said,” Oppenheim wrote. “She signed a completely standard separation agreement, including a routine confidentiality provision that was in her original employment contract. Once again, in no way was it designed to prevent her from reporting misconduct. Her severance was commensurate with her salary.”

Oppenheim, who many industry insiders feel will take the fall for the situation if NBC’s parent company decides to take action amid an onslaught of embarrassing headlines, wrote that Farrow’s book “is built on a series of distortions, confused timelines, and outright inaccuracies.”

“I feel absolutely terrible that these three employees were subjected to Matt Lauer’s horrific behavior, but the facts do not support Farrow’s allegation of a ‘cover-up,’ and he offers no further evidence,” Oppenheim wrote. “There is no evidence of any reports of Lauer’s misconduct before his firing, no settlements, no ‘hush money’ – no way we have found that NBC’s current leadership could have been aware of his misdeeds in the past.”

Oppenheim then appeared to blame past NBC leadership for much of the ongoing public relations debacle.

CNN BOSS JEFF ZUCKER ESCAPES QUESTIONS ABOUT OLD COLLEAGUE MATT LAUER

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“We can all agree those misdeeds should have come to light sooner, and that we should have had a culture in which anyone who knew about his abuse would have felt comfortable telling management. And if anyone on any past management team knew, they should have taken action. But we cannot undo mistakes that may have been made by people who have long since left the company,” Oppenheim wrote.

Current CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker was the executive producer of “Today” when Lauer was hired in 1994 and had oversight of the morning show anchor while in various roles until leaving NBC in 2010. Zucker has denied knowledge of Lauer’s alleged misconduct.

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“We can make sure the culture today ensures this can never happen again,” Oppenheim wrote. “And that is what we have tried to do, each and every day since the moment Matt’s offenses first came to light.”

Oppenheim added that, “Farrow takes the first false allegation – that we knew about Lauer’s offenses – and uses it to sustain another, that we obstructed his reporting on Harvey Weinstein,” and then listed a series of fact-checks related to “Catch and Kill.”

Oppenheim also included an NBC News “fact sheet” that details the network’s side of the story.

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Ex-Trump Aide Fiona Hill to Testify on Pressure to Oust Ambassador to Ukraine

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WASHINGTON — Fiona Hill, President Trump’s former top Russia and Europe adviser, headed to Capitol Hill on Monday morning where she is prepared to testify that she and other officials objected strenuously to the removal of the ambassador to Ukraine, only to be disregarded.

Ms. Hill, who stepped down from the White House’s National Security Council staff over the summer, viewed the recall of Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch from Kiev as an egregious abuse of the system by allies of Mr. Trump who were seeking to remove a perceived obstacle, according to a person familiar with Ms. Hill’s account.

The removal of Ms. Yovanovitch has emerged as a key episode in the narrative under examination by the House as part of its impeachment inquiry against Mr. Trump. A career diplomat, Ms. Yovanovitch was targeted by Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, and other allies who were seeking to press Ukraine to investigate Mr. Trump’s Democratic rivals.

Ms. Hill will be the first person who worked in the White House to be deposed by House investigators and is appearing despite the White House declaration last week that it would refuse to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry or allow its staff to do so. The White House has not attempted to stop Ms. Hill from testifying, according to the person familiar with her account, but White House lawyers have exchanged letters with Ms. Hill’s lawyer about precedents regarding the confidentiality of presidential communications.

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Sensitive to those restraints, Ms. Hill may limit answers regarding direct interactions with the president, the person said. But her testimony is being highly anticipated, in part because she has a long history as a skeptic of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia who nonetheless worked for two years for Mr. Trump, who has made friendship with Mr. Putin a high priority.

She will not offer an opening statement as did Ms. Yovanovitch and Kurt D. Volker, the former special envoy for Ukraine, when they were interviewed by House investigators. The interview will take place behind closed doors but parts or all of it may be made public later. Unlike Mr. Volker, she has no documents, emails or text messages to turn over because she left them behind when she stepped down.

Her interview will kick off another week of investigation by the House. George P. Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state who deals with the region, is scheduled to testify on Tuesday. Gordon D. Sondland, the Trump donor turned ambassador to the European Union who inserted himself into the Ukraine portfolio, is due to testify on Thursday.

Ms. Hill is a widely respected British-born former Brookings Institution scholar and intelligence officer. She is the author, with Clifford Gaddy, of “Mr. Putin,” a critical biography of the Russian leader, and she served as senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs on the National Security Council staff from 2017 until last summer.

She turned over her duties to her successor on July 15 and left on July 19, just days before the July 25 telephone call in which Mr. Trump pressed President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to investigate conspiracy theories about Ukrainian help to Democrats in the 2016 election and supposed corruption by former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Ms. Hill is prepared to testify that she opposed the idea of the phone call because she did not understand its purpose. While it was described as a congratulatory call following parliamentary elections in Ukraine, Mr. Trump had already made a congratulatory call to Mr. Zelensky in April following his own election.

Ms. Hill will testify that while she was the president’s top adviser on Russia and Ukraine, she was cut out of the loop as Mr. Giuliani and others ran a shadow diplomacy intended to benefit Mr. Trump’s political position, according to the person informed about her account. She was not told, the person said, that Mr. Trump would use the call to press for an investigation into Mr. Biden.

Her testimony will not establish a quid pro quo between Mr. Trump’s pressure for investigations and his decision to withhold $391 million in American assistance to Ukraine, the person said. But she will confirm that the administration leveraged a coveted White House invitation for Mr. Zelensky to a commitment to investigate corruption, which was seen as code for investigating Democrats.

Ms. Hill took her objections to the treatment of Ms. Yovanovitch, who was targeted by Mr. Giuliani and conservative media outlets, to John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, as well as others. Mr. Bolton shared her concerns, according to the person, and was upset at Mr. Giuliani’s activities, which she viewed as essentially co-opting American foreign policy toward Ukraine.

Ms. Yovanovitch, a 33-year veteran of the foreign service who served under Republican and Democratic administrations, including three times as an ambassador, told House investigators last week that she was abruptly told to get “on the next plane” home last spring, ending her tour in Ukraine.

While the deputy secretary of state told her she had “done nothing wrong,” her removal, she testified, appeared to be based “on unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives,” a reference to Mr. Giuliani and some of his associates.

Two associates of Mr. Giuliani were arrested on Thursday on campaign finance charges connected to their efforts to push Ms. Yovanovitch out. They raised money for Pete Sessions, then a Republican member of Congress from Texas, and Mr. Sessions then pressed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to fire Ms. Yovanovitch for privately expressing “disdain” for the Trump administration. Ms. Yovanovitch denied ever expressing that sentiment.

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Fact check: Trump says again that Americans need ID to buy groceries. They still don’t

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Nephew, 8, was in room when Fort Worth police shot woman in her home while the two played video games

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The officer who shot the 28-year-old woman was identified by police only as a white male who has been on the force for about 18 months. USA TODAY

An 8-year-old boy was in the room when his aunt was fatally shot while playing video games in her home by a Fort Worth officer who never announced that he was a police officer, authorities and the family confirmed.

Investigators were scheduled Monday to interview the officer who shot Atatiana “Tay” Jefferson, 28, early Saturday morning, police Lt. Brandon O’Neil said. Police also released audio of a neighbor’s calm call to a non-emergency phone number that sent police to the home.

Jefferson, who was black, worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative. The officer, who is white, has served on the force for 18 months, police said. The shooting took place less than two weeks after former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was convicted of murdering Botham Jean, a black man shot in 2018 as he ate ice cream in his home.

S. Lee Merritt, a lawyer for Jefferson’s family, said the victim’s nephew told him the duo had been up late playing “Halo” – with the doors open to enjoy the cool fall breeze – when they heard noise outside her bedroom window.

“They looked at each other and listened more intently when they heard it again,” Merritt said in a social media post. “Someone was outside.”

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Merritt said the nephew described how his aunt went to the window to see who was there.

“Suddenly a man’s voice was screaming something he couldn’t make out, and then ‘bang,'” Merritt said. Jefferson fell to the floor. Merritt said he didn’t ask the child what he saw next because he didn’t want him “to have to relive that” with him.

“I’m hurt. I’m angry. I’m a little afraid when I’m honest,” Merritt said. “I hate this happened to (the nephew). I hate it happened to Tay and her beautiful family. This has to stop now. Enough.”

O’Neil said neighbor James Smith called police at 2:23 a.m. Saturday morning, telling the dispatcher it was “not normal” for his neighbors to have the doors open and lights on at that hour.

Two officers arrived six minutes later. They did not park in front of the house, O’Neil said. Body camera video released by police shows officers, armed with guns and flashlights, circling the home. An officer stops at a window.

The video ends with an officer shouting, “Put your hands up, show me your hands” before the sound of one gunshot. Jefferson was killed with a bullet fired through her bedroom window.

O’Neil confirmed what the video appeared to show – that the officer never identified himself as police. Authorities have released a photo of a gun found at the home, but O’Neil declined to explain what if any role the gun had in the shooting.

“What the officer observed and why he did not announce ‘police’ will be addressed as the investigation continues,” O’Neil said, adding that Jefferson’s nephew was in the room.

A vigil in Jefferson’s honor Sunday night drew hundreds of friends, family members, supporters and Mayor Betsy Price – who left when the vigil began morphing into a protest.

“As if killing this gentle sister wasn’t enough, I ask myself what would have happened if (the nephew) was the one to look out the window,” Merritt said on social media. “Why is this a reality at all for either of them? I am truly heartbroken by this. We must have justice quickly. It cannot wait.”

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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2-based Infantry Squad Vehicle looks to enlist in US Army

General Motors has landed a $1 million contract to build two midsize trucks for the U.S. Army. But they’re pretty cool trucks.

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The automaker’s recently established GM Defense subsidiary has unveiled a Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup-based Infantry Squad Vehicle that is being considered for acquisition by the military branch. The trucks trade their pickup profiles for an open-top nine-passenger troop-toting configuration, with three rows of seating plus two side-facing seats in the rear. They’re all equipped with four-point harnesses and the truck provides easy access since there are no doors, just a roll cage that offers attachments for gear. It can also be used to strap the truck under a UH-60 helicopter for a lift, unless you’d rather park it in a Ch-47 Chinook, where it fits just fine.

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GM says the vehicle shares 70 percent of its parts with the Colorado ZR2, including a suspension that features unique Multimatic DSSV shocks that were originally developed for racing and sports cars. Their advanced design allows for high-speed running as well as high-jumping.

And while the ZR2 is available with a gasoline V6, the test trucks use its optional 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, which is rated at 186 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

“Our ISV entry is a fully-integrated platform that leverages decades of GM’s engineering, manufacturing and quality expertise at scale to provide the most cost-efficient, reliable and effective answer possible to meet and exceed the Army’s demanding requirements,” GM Defense President David Albritton said about the proposal.

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GM President Mark Reuss added in a promotional video that “it makes me so proud as an American to be able to prepare something like this that keeps our troops safe and keeps them on the leading and cutting edge of technology.”

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Testing of the trucks will begin in November at the Army’s Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland, where they will be competing against submissions from the teams of Oshkosh/Flyer Defense and SAIC/Polaris for a contract to be awarded in March to build 651 vehicles through 2024.

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Macabre Video of Fake Trump Shooting Media and Critics Is Shown at His Resort

WASHINGTON — A video depicting a macabre scene of a fake President Trump shooting, stabbing and brutally assaulting members of the news media and his political opponents was shown at a conference for his supporters at his Miami resort last week, according to footage obtained by The New York Times.

Several of Mr. Trump’s top surrogates — including his son Donald Trump Jr., his former spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis — were scheduled to speak at the three-day conference, which was held by a pro-Trump group, American Priority, at Trump National Doral Miami. Ms. Sanders and a person close to Mr. Trump’s son said on Sunday that they did not see the video at the conference.

Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary, said on Twitter Monday that while Mr. Trump has not seen the video, “based upon everything he has heard, he strongly condemns” it.

The video, which includes the logo for Mr. Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, comprises a series of internet memes. The most violent clip shows Mr. Trump’s head superimposed on the body of a man opening fire inside the “Church of Fake News” on parishioners who have the faces of his critics or the logos of media organizations superimposed on their bodies. It appears to be an edited scene of a church massacre from the 2014 dark comedy film “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”

The disclosure that the video was played shows how Mr. Trump’s anti-media language has influenced his supporters and bled into their own propaganda. Mr. Trump has made attacks on the news media a mainstay of his presidency, and he tweeted a similar — but far less violent video — in 2017. In recent weeks as he has confronted impeachment proceedings, he has ramped up his attacks on the news media, repeatedly calling it the “enemy of the people.”

A person who attended the conference last week took a video of the clip on his phone and had an intermediary send it to a reporter for The Times. Parts of the video were posted on YouTube in 2018 by a user with a history of creating pro-Trump mash-ups.

The organizer of the event said in a statement on Sunday that the clip had been played at the conference, saying it was part of a “meme exhibit.” He denounced the video and said his organization was looking into how it was shown at the event.

“Content was submitted by third parties and was not associated with or endorsed by the conference in any official capacity,” said the organizer, Alex Phillips. “American Priority rejects all political violence and aims to promote a healthy dialogue about the preservation of free speech. This matter is under review.”

Organizers declined to say exactly where at Mr. Trump’s resort the video was shown.

A person close to Mr. Trump’s son said he was unaware that the video had been played at the conference. Ms. Sanders said she was unaware of the video’s existence until a Times reporter contacted her.

“I was there to speak at a prayer breakfast, where I spoke about unity and bringing the country together,” Ms. Sanders said. “I wasn’t aware of any video, nor do I support violence of any kind against anyone.”

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A scene from a video depicting a fake President Trump massacring the news media and his critics that was shown at a conference for his supporters at Trump National Doral Miami last week.

A spokesman for Mr. Trump’s campaign said he knew nothing about the video.

“That video was not produced by the campaign, and we do not condone violence,” said Tim Murtaugh, the spokesman.

A DeSantis spokeswoman did not respond to an email seeking comment.

The video depicts a scene inside the “Church of Fake News,” where parishioners rise as Mr. Trump — dressed in a black pinstripe suit and tie — walks down the aisle. Many parishioners’ faces have been replaced with the logos of news media organizations, including PBS, NPR, Politico, The Washington Post and NBC.

Mr. Trump stops in the middle of the church, pulls a gun out of his suit jacket pocket and begins a graphic rampage. As the parishioners try to flee, the president fires at them. He shoots Black Lives Matter in the head, and also shoots Vice News.

Some of those in the church try to apprehend Mr. Trump. He fends them off and makes his way toward the altar, knocking over several pews. He wrestles a parishioner with a Vice News logo as a face to the ground and then shoots the person at point blank range. In the background, the former F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, is seen trying to get away.

From there, Mr. Trump attacks a range of his critics. He strikes the late Arizona senator John McCain in the back of the neck. He hits the television personality Rosie O’Donnell in the face and then stabs her in the head. He strikes Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California. He lights the head of Senator Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential rival, on fire.

He takes Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, hostage before throwing him to the ground. Then he strikes former President Barack Obama in the back and throws him against a wall.

Others shown in the video include Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; former President Bill Clinton; the film producer Harvey Weinstein; and Representative Adam B. Schiff, the California Democrat who as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is overseeing an impeachment inquiry of Mr. Trump.

The clip ends with Mr. Trump putting a stake into the head of a person with a CNN logo for a face. Mr. Trump then stands on the altar, admiring his rampage, and smiles.

The video is similar in style to one Mr. Trump tweeted in July 2017, in which he is shown at a wrestling match body slamming CNN’s logo and beating it up. The president was roundly criticized for encouraging violence against journalists by posting that clip, but his supporters enjoyed it, and helped make the tweet viral.

Throughout his 2016 campaign and presidency, Mr. Trump has sought to demonize the news media, partly out of frustration about the coverage of his administration and partly because he likes to have an opponent to target. Mr. Trump has also sought to undermine confidence in the mainstream media, some of his advisers acknowledge privately, to make people doubt the accuracy of less favorable accounts of what goes on in his administration.

The president said at a rally on Friday that there was an “unholy alliance of corrupt Democrat politicians, deep-state bureaucrats and the fake news media.”

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Glioblastoma patient’s tumor no longer measurable thanks to promising clinical trial

At 30, Amanda Johnson learned that she had about 16 months to live after her on-again-off-again headaches lead to a glioblastoma diagnosis. In fact, the tumor in her brain was so large that it was threatening even the short time frame that she was given.

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Amanda Johnson, pictured with dad Larry, started getting headaches, which was out of the norm for her.  (Courtesy of Johnson Family.)

“I asked the doctor what would have been the prognosis if he hadn’t done the surgery and he said the tumor was so large that he presumed she would not have survived the weekend if we hadn’t gotten her into the hospital where they could do the surgery,” Larry Johnson, Amanda’s father, told Fox News.

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Larry said he and his wife soon learned the grim prognosis that comes with a glioblastoma diagnosis, and once they heard the word “hopeless” being tossed around, they threw themselves into learning everything they could about the cancer and what they could do to help their daughter.

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Johnson underwent immediate surgery to remove as much of the tumor as doctors could, and then her parents started searching for treatments that would offer more than her estimated prognosis. (Courtesy of Johnson Family)

Glioblastomas are invasive, aggressive brain tumors that typically cause a rapid progression of symptoms in patients and account for 15 percent of all primary brain tumors. Increased pressure in the brain may cause patients to experience nausea, vomiting and headaches as well as weakness or sensory issues, balance difficulties or memory issues. Patients may also experience seizures, according to the American Brain Tumor Association.

In their search for help, the Johnsons connected with UCI Health neuro-oncologist Dr. Daniela Bota, who is currently leading a clinical trial for 700 newly diagnosed glioblastoma patients.

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Bota enrolled Johnson in one of the very last available spots in the trial, which is for patients over 18 who haven’t already tried another therapy, and uses a traditional combination of chemotherapy and radiation, as well as an experimental drug therapy called Marizomib. For nearly two years, Johnson has received the infusions three times a month, and at this point, her tumor is so small that it is no longer measurable.

“I’m getting back into writing again,” Johnson, now 32, told Fox News. “I’ve been working really hard – it’s been hard to get into this third [novel] but I’m getting ideas again – I feel more alive.”

Bota said the experimental drug crosses into the brain barrier, which is something traditional cancer treatments have been previously unable to do.

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Dr. Bota, pictured with Johnson, said the experimental therapy crosses the brain barrier, which other cancer drugs have been unable to do. (UCI Health)

“A lot of drugs we use for cancers like breast or lung are not effective on brain cancer because they cannot cross the brain barrier,” Bota said. “Marizomib can target the cells in the tumor that are responsible for the tumor growth – the stem cells – they are resistant to classic chemotherapy and radiation but it’s exceptionally sensitive to Marizomib.”

Bota said the trial is designed for patients to enroll for a year, and then decide for how long they would like to continue on with the infusions. Stopping treatment runs the risk of recurrence, which is something Johnson and her parents are acutely aware of.

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“Amanda is a smart girl, but I don’t think she’s come to realize how important her survival is to other people and families who are going to find themselves in a similar situation,” Larry Johnson said. “The breakthroughs that seem to be taking place in regards to glioblastoma is so remarkable. We’re happy to have her and we’re happy to help anybody who would find themselves in a similar predicament. Words cannot describe how happy we are.”

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Death Toll Climbs After Typhoon Hits Japan

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Typhoon Hagibis left overturned cars and mud-slicked streets in Hoyasu, Japan. Rescue crews are still combing through areas that flooded after extreme rain caused rivers to break through levees.

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Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan over the weekend, dropping more than 35 inches of rain in some places and causing catastrophic flooding in communities in the region around Tokyo, as well as further inland.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK reports that the death toll from the storm is now at more than 50 people. That number could rise as the water continues to recede from residential areas, some of which flooded up to the roofs of houses after the storm caused rivers to jump their banks, breaking through levees and sending muddy water rushing into neighborhoods.

Nagano city in central Japan flooded after an embankment along the Chikuma river collapsed, NPR’s Anthony Kuhn reports, and tens of thousands of military personnel were deployed to help rescue people who have been trapped by mud and water by raft and helicopter.

The typhoon is the most powerful to hit Japan since a record-setting storm that killed hundreds of people there in 1958.

The storm also knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes, according to Reuters, and tens of thousands of households still did not have power on Monday.

Officials are warning that landslide risk is still high days after the storm made landfall. Saturated soil is unstable, and many of the hardest-hit areas are mountainous. At least one deadly landslide was reported by NHK outside Tokyo.

The mud from river flooding, and the ongoing threat of further mudslides, will make cleaning up from the storm a slog for residents who must hose down homes and businesses in order to assess the damage.

The ultimate cost of the storm won’t be clear for weeks or months. But overall global costs from hurricane and typhoon damage have ballooned in recent years, driven by a combination of more frequent and severe storms, rising seas and global development along vulnerable coastlines.

In 2017, Atlantic hurricanes caused $230 billion in damage, mostly in the United States. Last year, typhoons in the Pacific caused record amounts of damage in Asian countries, topping $30 billion, according to the global reinsurance giant Munich Re.

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Panera worker allegedly fired after viral TikTok clip ‘exposing’ frozen mac and cheese

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A viral video shared to social media app TikTok jokingly labeled “exposing Panera” might have cost a woman her job – and unleashed a fury of criticism about how much of Panera Bread’s “clean” food is actually frozen. 

The clip, which has since amassed over 6 million views and nearly a million likes, shows a Panera Bread worker placing a frozen bag that contains the company’s macaroni and cheese into a vat of boiling water, set to a man hysterically cackling.

The employee cuts open the bag, places its insides into the bowl, and ends the video with a grinning thumbs-up. 

The response to the video on TikTok was mixed: One called Panera “glorified hospital food,” while others joked that they’ll still eat it even if it originated from frozen packaging. (One commenter said: “alright but it’s GOOD hospital food.”)

Panera spokeswoman Jessica Hesselschwerdt confirmed to USA TODAY that Panera does indeed freeze its soups and mac and cheese “to avoid using certain preservatives that do not meet our clean standards.” 

“We want to make sure that if you’re in Massachusetts or California or in any one of our 2,100 locations that you get that same awesome experience,” she told USA TODAY. “This is how we are efficient and how we make it consistent. We want that experience to be great, and that’s the best way to do it.”

Once the video went viral, she posted multiple videos to quell the backlash: In one, she defends Panera’s practice of re-heating frozen food: “There’s not a reason not to eat it,” she said. “Most stores have frozen food … and you’ll still eat it.” 

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In another, she tearfully apologized: “I like my job, I’m really not trying to get fired.”

On Friday, the poster confirmed on Twitter that “she lost (her) job for this video.” She explained in another follow-up TikTok video that “I was told we had to part ways” due to the original clip going viral beyond any measure.

Hesselschwerdt did not comment on whether the woman was fired by the company, stating that Panera does “not discuss personnel matters.”

The worker did not immediately respond to requests for comment from USA TODAY.

Panera ranked in the Top 10 earlier this year as one of the top 10 U.S. chains, outpacing Pizza Hut for the No. 10 position.

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Alabama Amber Alert: Police detain man for questioning after 3-year-old taken from birthday party

A person of interest was taken into custody Sunday night in the case of a 3-year-old Alabama girl believed to have been abducted from a birthday party this weekend – but the child’s whereabouts remain a mystery.

Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney was last seen Saturday at her home in Avondale, where witnesses say she was “picked up at a birthday party by an unknown male/female in a dark SUV,” according to an Amber Alert. Investigators later released surveillance photos of a vehicle and an unidentified man before announcing Sunday night that both had been found – and the individual was being held for questioning, FOX10 reported.

“I feel a little better that they got him but the search goes on because Cupcake still isn’t home,” the girl’s father, Dominic McKinney, told AL.com. “We’re still not stopping. I feel better that they caught him, I do, but until I see that baby, they can catch him all day.”

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Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney was last seen Saturday in Avondale.(Alabama Law Enforcement Agency)

The SUV seen in the surveillance photos was found parked at a condominium complex about 10 miles away from McKinney’s home. Residents living there told AL.com they called 911 after they identified the car and determined the man in the photos was their neighbor.

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“An abduction like this, a child just being taken off the street, is in no way common to the city of Birmingham,’’ Birmingham police Deputy Chief Scott Praytor told AL.com. “We’re trying to make sure we get this child back to her family.”

He said police are treating the disappearance as an abduction by a stranger, but haven’t ruled out other possibilities.

McKinney is described as having brown hair and brown eyes, measuring 3-feet tall and weighing 60 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink Minnie Mouse shirt.

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Dominic McKinney also says his daughter is sweet and lovable — and “ain’t the girl that’s going to get in the car with just anybody.”

“We have a family that is very upset, friends that are very upset, a community that is very upset right now,’’ Praytor told AL.com. “We will remain on this case until we find Kamille.”

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