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They Thought He Was a Goner. Then a Priest Spoke

Maine teen expected to recover after BB lodged in brain

(Newser) - When Charlie Quimby arrived at a Maine hospital Sunday with a small metal ball buried in his brain, the outlook was so grave that a priest read his last rites before two hours were up. Then Quimby sat up and said hello. "I'm telling you, it was right... More »

After Parents Sign Organ Donor Papers, 13-Year-Old Recovers

Alabama's Trenton McKinley suffered brain trauma in freak accident

(Newser) - Things were looking so dire for 13-year-old Trenton McKinley of Mobile, Ala., that his parents signed the papers to donate his organs to five other kids. But a day before doctors were to take him off life support, Trenton began showing signs of recovery from a traumatic brain injury, reports... More »

A New Development in Ex-Spy Poisoning: 3 Dead Pets

Cat, 2 guinea pigs found on Sergei Skripal's property, though Skripal himself is improving

(Newser) - First good news on Yulia Skripal ; now an optimistic outlook for her dad. Doctors at the UK hospital where Sergei Skripal has been convalescing since his March 4 poisoning report the 66-year-old ex-Russian spy is "responding well to treatment, improving rapidly, and is no longer in a critical condition,... More »

After 73 Years, Remains of WWII Soldiers May Come Home

Divers retrieved possible human remains from a sunken WWII bomber

(Newser) - The bodies of three soldiers who were never recovered from a sunken WWII aircraft may finally get their homecoming. LiveScience reports that possible human remains were recovered from a B-24 bomber nicknamed the Tulsamerican that crashed off the coast of Croatia toward the end of the war, some 73 years... More »

What McCain's Recovery Could Mean for Health Care Bill

Speculation flying on how senator's absence after surgery could affect ObamaCare repeal

(Newser) - Despite the hopes of Senate Republicans that John McCain would be back in Washington sooner rather than later following his surgery last week, some doctors are warning that recovery could take much longer than the week or so originally anticipated, the New York Times reports. On Friday, the longtime Arizona... More »

After Crash, Woman Held Boy's Head Straight. It Saved Him

Family says Killian will make a full recovery from internal decapitation

(Newser) - A 4-year-old boy might not have survived a horrific car accident if two Good Samaritans had not happened upon the scene, reports Boise station KBOI . The accident occurred when Brandy Gonzalez was driving from Nevada to Idaho with son Killian on May 22, and their car smashed into another after... More »

Last US Ebola Patient Free of the Disease

Craig Spencer will be released from NYC hospital tomorrow

(Newser) - An emergency room doctor who had Ebola has recovered and is scheduled to be released from the hospital tomorrow, health officials say—which means "there is no more Ebola in the United States," New York reports. Craig Spencer "has been declared free of the virus," the... More »

Girl Missing 9 Months Had 'Horrific' Experience: Lawyer

Abigail Hernandez's family releases statement

(Newser) - The survival of Abigail Hernandez through a "horrific" nine-month abduction is being called a miracle by her family. "For many months, she suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence," one of her lawyers says in a new statement on behalf of the family. "Through her faith, fortitude,... More »

400 Toil to Raise Costa Concordia

Officials call recovery biggest ever attempted

(Newser) - It's been almost exactly a year since 32 people died when the Costa Concordia rolled over off the west coast of Italy, and a 400-person team of salvagers is at last ready to undertake what is being called "the largest and most complex [marine] recovery ever attempted,"... More »

Recession Worse Than Thought; GDP Growth Weak

Economy grew just 1.3% over past three months

(Newser) - We already knew the Great Recession was the worst in decades, but in fact we were even worse off than we thought, new figures show. The economy shrank 5.1% over the course of the recession, from 2007 to 2009—1 percentage point worse than the earlier estimate of 4.... More »

The Truth About Giffords' Recovery

Her progress needs to be viewed in relative terms

(Newser) - It all sounds remarkable: Friends and colleagues have told the media about their "lengthy" conversations with Gabrielle Giffords, who is "running a campaign from the hospital." Indeed, she is getting better—but her progress might not be as speedy or extensive as those comments suggest. When you... More »

Stroke Victims' New Hope: A Deep Chill

Hypothermia prompts 'hibernation' that aids doctors

(Newser) - Last year, surgeons eyed induced hypothermia to treat trauma ; now, experts think a deep chill could help stroke patients recover, the Daily Mail reports. Doctors throughout 20 European countries think inducing hypothermia could cut stroke victims’ brain damage; they’re now seeking funding for testing. “Hypothermia might improve the... More »

Giffords to Leave Hospital Friday

Her mother sends exuberant email

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords will be released from the hospital on Friday, heading instead to the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Politico reports. The center specializes in brain injury recovery. Giffords’ mother sent out an excited email today, telling friends that Giffords was recovering so well... More »

Doctor: Giffords Breathing on Her Own

Another puts her chance of survival at 100%

(Newser) - One of Gabrielle Giffords’ doctors has given a stunningly optimistic prognosis on her survival. “I’m going to get into a lot of trouble for this, but her prognosis for survival is 100%, as far as it being short term,” Peter Rhee, the chief of trauma at the... More »

Bernanke Ready to Spend More to Prop Up Economy

Don't worry about inflation, he adds

(Newser) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is such a fan of the decision to buy $600 billion in Treasury securities to prop up the economy that the Fed is prepared to spend even more. Added economic stimulus might still be needed because the current recovery is weak, Bernanke warned in an... More »

Secret to Recovery: Optimism

Obama, Boehner must promote American confidence

(Newser) - There’s a big economic problem that’s been keeping a low profile: American confidence, writes David Smick in the Washington Post . “Between $2.5 trillion and $4 trillion of private capital is waiting on the sidelines to ‘reliquify’ a new era of American confidence and innovation,”... More »

Government Isn't Bigger

Obama hasn't expanded spending—and that's too bad

(Newser) - The Obama presidency has mobilized hundreds of thousands of conservatives to clamor against the "big expansion of government spending," but said expansion simply didn't happen—and that's the problem, writes Paul Krugman for the New York Times . The president hasn't created new benefits for the poor, large new... More »

'Inflation Hawks' Will Kill Our Recovery

Beware the 'tight-money people' who fear short-term spending

(Newser) - Paul Krugman assesses the economic mess in Greece and sees "no good answers" for them but an important lesson for America. Namely, "steer clear of deflation," a horrible process that Greece must now endure because it's stuck with the euro. We don't have that problem, so let's... More »

Greenspan: We Did 'the Best We Could'

Former Fed chief takes heat on Capitol Hill

(Newser) - Alan Greenspan is taking more heat on Capitol Hill today as a three-day series of hearings begins on the economic meltdown. “What we tried to do was the best we could with the data that we had,” the former Fed chief told the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. “... More »

Employers Add Jobs in March

Increase of 162K keeps unemployment rate at 9.7%

(Newser) - The Labor Department delivered expected good news on the jobs front this morning: Employers added 162,000 jobs in March, the biggest monthly increase in 3 years. The gain, however, wasn't big enough to change the unemployment rate, which remained at 9.7% for the third straight month. More »

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