David Ortiz undergoes second surgery in Boston after Dominican Republic shooting

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Maddie Meyer/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Retired Red Sox icon David Ortiz underwent a second surgery at a Boston hospital for injuries suffered when he was shot in the back Sunday night at a bar in the Dominican Republic in what appeared to be a targeted ambush attack, the former baseball player’s wife said in a statement Tuesday.

“David arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital last night and underwent a successful second surgery. He is stable, awake, and resting comfortably this morning in the ICU where he is expected to remain for the next several days,” Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany Ortiz, said in a statement.

Ortiz, 43, had been airlifted to Boston Monday night on a medical air ambulance chartered by the Red Sox. He first underwent surgery at a hospital in the Dominican Republic, where “Big Papi” was born and raised.

Tiffany Ortiz thanked the Red Sox owner, John Henry, and his wife, Linda, and the team’s management for rallying around her husband. She also expressed appreciation to Dr. Larry Ronan and his staff at Massachusetts General for caring for Ortiz.

“Lastly, I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love that we have received during this incredible difficult time,” her statement reads. “We ask for privacy as David works towards recovery.”

Shortly after he was shot, Ortiz was taken to Abel Gonzalez Center for Advanced Medicine in Santo Domingo, where he underwent his first surgery. Ortiz’s father told reporters the bullet entered his son’s back and exited through his abdomen.

Dr. Abel Gonzalez, who performed the surgery, said part of Ortiz’s intestines and liver were removed.

The shooting unfolded Sunday night at the Dial Bar and Lounge, a nightclub in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic.

Security camera footage acquired by ABC News shows the gunman coming up behind Ortiz and opening fire at close range. The footage shows people scattering after gunfire erupted and Ortiz, who had been sitting at the outdoor bar, appear to grab his side and then collapse.

A man who allegedly confessed to playing a role in the shooting was identified by police as 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia.

Garcia reportedly confessed to being involved in the shooting, according to Frank Félix Duran, a spokesman for the Dominican Republic National Police. Duran declined to elaborate on what the suspect told the police, or if he was the man seen in the video pulling the trigger.

Police are searching for a second suspect.

Garcia apparently tried to flee the nightclub after the shooting, but onlookers immediately stopped and attacked him before he was turned over to police and taken to a hospital for treatment. He was released into police custody and has yet to be charged in connection with the shooting.

On Monday night at Boston’s Fenway Park, the Red Sox and the team’s fans made it clear that their beloved “Big Papi” was in their thoughts and prayers.

Prior to the start of the Red Sox game, a moment of reflection was held for Ortiz, a 10-time All-Star and a member of three Red Sox World Series championship teams. A message reading “We send our love to David Ortiz” was flashed on one of the ballpark’s scoreboards.

Fans held up letters spelling out Ortiz’s name, and many showed up at the game wearing his No. 34 jersey.

“They talk about superheroes without capes and he’s a superhero without a cape,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who a former teammate of Ortiz’s in Boston, said during a pregame news conference.

Another one of Ortiz’s former Red Sox teammates, Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, who also hails from the Dominican Republic, broke down in tears while talking about Ortiz on Monday night during a broadcast on the MLB Network.

“I don’t have enough words to describe who David is, what David means to baseball,” Martinez said on air. “But I’m so disappointed to know that someone like David, who saved so many lives, can have someone after his life. And I’m sorry. I’m sorry. But it hurts me. It hurts me.

“I just can’t take it,” Martinez added. “I’m here sitting with you guys and I’m trying to have fun, but my heart is with David, with his family, with everybody that cares about David. Because just one coward out there that wanted to do that to someone that didn’t deserve it.”

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Measles epidemic declared in Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo

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Hailshadow/iStock(LONDON) — A measles epidemic has been declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country struggling to contain the world’s second-largest and second-deadliest Ebola outbreak.

The Congolese health ministry said it has recorded 87,000 suspected cases of measles since the start of the year and laboratory tests so far have confirmed 677 of those cases in 23 of the nation’s 26 provinces.

The newly-declared measles epidemic is believed to have already claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people, according to the ministry.

“Since the beginning of 2019, we have seen an increase in the number of suspected cases of measles,” the Congolese health minister, Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, said in a statement Monday night, officially declaring the epidemic. “This situation is all the more worrying because it represents an increase of more than 700 percent, compared to the epidemiological situation for the same period in 2018.”

The Congolese health ministry said it recorded 65,098 suspected cases of measles for 2018, of which 2,908 cases were investigated and 961 were confirmed.

Measles is an airborne virus that easily spreads through coughing and sneezing. It causes fever, runny nose, coughing, red eyes and sore throat, followed by a rash. An infected person will start being contagious four days before a rash appears and will stop being contagious four days after rash onset, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The potentially-fatal disease is preventable by the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.

In 2012, the Democratic Republic of the Congo launched a plan to stamp out measles by 2020. Routine immunization activities have intensified in recent years and mass vaccination campaigns have been organized in some provinces.

Yet, the health minister said “enormous challenges remain” in some provinces where children have difficulty attaining immunization services due to insecurity in the region, inaccessibility to vaccination sites, high population movement and vaccine resistance.

“More effective measures are needed to control this epidemic,” Kalenga said.

More than 2.2 million children between the ages of 6 to 59 months were vaccinated against measles over a period of four days in April, and another mass vaccination campaign targeting over 1.4 million children will be launched “in the coming days,” according to Kalenga.

“Vaccination is the only public health intervention that can end the measles epidemic,” he added. “In order to definitely interrupt the transmission chain of measles, at least 95 percent of the population must be immunized.”

International humanitarian aid organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) warned in a statement Monday that the measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo could become “the deadliest of this decade” without “massive and immediate mobilization.”

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is roughly the size of continental Western Europe and has a population of 81 million, is also grappling with a growing Ebola outbreak.

A total of 2,062 people have reported symptoms of hemorrhagic fever in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s northeastern provinces of North Kivu and Ituri since Aug. 1, 2018. Among those cases, 1,968 have tested positive for Ebola virus disease, which causes an often-fatal type of hemorrhagic fever, according to Monday night’s bulletin from the country’s health ministry.

A third of those who have fallen ill are children, which is a higher proportion than in previous Ebola epidemics, according to the World Health Organization, the global health arm of the United Nations.

The current outbreak has a case fatality rate of about 67 percent. There have been 1,390 deaths so far, including 1,296 people who died from confirmed cases of Ebola. The other deaths are from probable cases, according to the Congolese health ministry.

This is the 10th outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the most severe seen in the Central African nation since 1976, when scientists first identified the virus near the eponymous Ebola River. It’s also one of the worst outbreaks ever, second only to the 2014-2016 epidemic in multiple West African countries that infected 28,652 people and killed 11,325, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So far, no cases have spread beyond the two affected provinces nor across international borders. But the risk of national and regional spread remains “very high,” according to the WHO.

North Kivu and Ituri, the provinces where people have been infected, are rife with conflict and displacement, and the local population has never faced an Ebola outbreak before. This is the first Ebola outbreak in history to occur in an active war zone.

An experimental Ebola vaccine developed by American pharmaceutical company Merck has helped keep the virus confined to the two provinces so far. Since Aug. 8, more than 131,000 people have been vaccinated against Ebola in the outbreak zone, according to the Congolese health ministry.

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After pleading guilty in college scam, Felicity Huffman all smiles at daughter’s high school graduation

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Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Felicity Huffman and husband William H. Macy were proud parents on Monday, celebrating the high school graduation of her daughter Sofia Grace — weeks after Huffman pleaded guilty in the college acceptance scam that surrounded their daughter.

Sofia graduated the Los Angeles High School of the Arts, Page Six reports.

Macy wasn’t charged in the so-called Varsity Blues scandal, that implicated more than 50 people — including dozens of parents as well test administrators and college coaches — in a scam to rig the college acceptance process.

In May, Huffman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and other charges for paying a test proctor $15,000 for fixing her daughter’s SAT scores.

Both parents allege Sofia Grace knew nothing of the scam.

The actress — famous for her Academy Award-nominated role in the 2005 movie Transamerica and for playing one of the main characters in the ABC television show Desperate Housewives — allegedly gave $15,000 to William “Rick” Singer, who prosecutors identified as the ringleader of the nationwide scam, court documents allege.

Prosecutors said Huffman helped facilitate the scheme by having her daughter diagnosed with a learning disability, an excuse that allowed the girl extra time to take her SAT exam.

Huffman and Macy later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for their younger daughter, Georgia Grace, before deciding not to do so, court documents allege.

The 56-year-old Huffman faces four months behind bars and a $20,000 fine as part of a plea deal. She will be sentenced September 21.

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Protests continue in Hong Kong over extradition bill: What’s at stake?

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Anthony Kwan/Getty Images(LONDON) — More protesters are expected to take to the streets Tuesday after hundreds of thousands of people rallied in Hong Kong on Sunday to protest the government’s proposal to change an extradition law.

Protest organizers from the Civil Human Rights Front have also called for a general strike to start Wednesday, with over 100 small businesses, stores and restaurants saying they will take part. If there is a general strike it will be the first in the Special Administrative Region (SAR) since 1967, when it was still a British colony.

The controversial extradition law will be introduced to Hong Kong’s Legislative Council on Wednesday and the bill will be voted on June 20. Despite the protests and increased police presence, the bill is expected to become law.

Why is it so controversial? And what is the likely impact of these protests?

The proposal for the extradition bill has been steeped in controversy. It started when Chan Tong-kai, 20, a citizen of Hong Kong, admitted to killing his girlfriend in Taiwan last year. Chan, who has since returned to Hong Kong, has only been charged in Hong Kong for money laundering (he allegedly used his murdered girlfriend’s stolen credit card). The Taiwanese government has urged Hong Kong to send Chan back for trial, but the Hong Kong government refused, according to the South China Morning Post.

“The extradition bill does a key thing — it undermines the validity and legitimacy of the Hong Kong legal system,” Winnie King, a specialist in Chinese international political economy and international relations at the University of Bristol, told ABC News. “One of the key central pillars of Hong Kong’s identity and history, it is at the foundation of the island’s strengths (be it for international business and contract law, but also for the protection of its own citizens), the extradition bill illustrates how China’s influence is no longer ‘creeping’ in nature.”

Although the extradition law amendment is not China-specific, it is universal, meaning that any country, including China, can request extradition of an individual to their home country from Hong Kong for trial. Many fear that China could use the law to arrest political dissidents. The protests have brought into sharp focus the contrasts between Hong Kong’s and China’s judicial systems.

“The bill is controversial in my view for emotional reasons,” according to Tim Summers, a former diplomat and senior consulting fellow on the Asia-Pacific program at Chatham House, which is based in Hong Kong. “It brings to the fore distrust of the authorities in mainland China and highlights differences between Hong Kong’s robust rule of law and the more arbitrary system in mainland China.”

The mass demonstrations have been organized by a group called Civil Human Rights Front, but the sheer numbers involved on Sunday (one million people, according to the organizers), shows that the issue is supported by a cross-section of Hong Kong society.

“Protests are a regular feature of politics in Hong Kong,” Summers said. “The vast majority of these are peaceful and pass off without incident. These protests had wide support across society, so many people just turned up. There was widespread publicity about the protests in advance and people share info rapidly on social media.”

Between 7 percent and 14 percent of Hong Kong’s entire population turned out to protest, according to Steve Tsang, the director of the China Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

“Logistically it would have been very challenging for the organizers to get such a turnout so quickly,” he said.

What impact will the protests have?

The Hong Kong government has been “very savvy” to use the case of Taiwan as the basis for the extradition law, according to King, and the “results from within the legislature will be exactly as the government want.”

“While the protests are the largest and most significant in decades, the impact on the resulting legislation will be limited,” King said. “This being said, they are being very effective in ensuring that Hong Kong’s experience under the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ model is not forgotten. With real implications for Taiwan, the international community would (and should) be very interested to see where this leads.”

However, introduction of the extradition laws is “ill-advised and unnecessary,” according to Tsang, who said it reflects the top down approach of policy making by Chinese Premier Xi Jinping. But neither officials in Hong Kong nor China are likely to change their mind, meaning the crisis could escalate further.

“If anything there is a higher than even risk that Xi Jinping will see this as a challenge to his authority and will push the government in Hong Kong even harder to get this legislated,” Tsang said. “Such an outcome would be very disturbing and likely to result in some activists in Hong Kong persisting and even seeking to escalate. I hope wiser heads will prevail in the governments of Hong Kong and China.”

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Bill Murray says Selena Gomez is the kind of girl you’d bring home to mom

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Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — After filming the new zombie-horror movie The Dead Don’t Die together, Selena Gomez and Bill Murray formed an unlikely bond.

Murray tells People that his preconceived notions about the star disappeared once he got to know her.

“I learned that I like her,” he says. “I learned that whatever preconception I had about someone that had 55 million, billion followers of something — maybe, I probably thought she was different than she turned out to be.”

He liked her so much, in fact, that he would’ve loved to introduce her to his mother.

“If my mother were alive I’d bring her home to her,” he says, joking, “‘Mother. I want you to meet Selena.'”

The feeling is apparently mutual. After premiering the film at the Cannes Film Festival last month, Selena joked on Instagram, “By the way Bill Murray and I are getting married.”

The Dead Don’t Die hits theaters June 14.

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Canada passes ‘Free Willy’ ban, making it illegal to hold dolphins, whales in captivity

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MarkMalleson/iStock(OTTAWA, Ontario) — Canada is making strides to help protect marine life.

The country’s House of Commons passed a bill Monday that makes it illegal to keep a whale, dolphin or porpoise in captivity.

Bill S-203, nicknamed the “Free Willy” bill after the iconic 1993 movie that portrayed a boy freeing an Orca whale from an amusement park, applies to those who own or have custody or control of a cetacean in captivity. People who breed or impregnate a cetacean or possess/seek to obtain reproductive materials of cetaceans, including sperm or an embryo, were also included in the bill.

Offenders can be fined up to $200,000.

The Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act makes exceptions for cetaceans that are rescued or are in rehabilitation and for researchers who obtain a license from the government.

“A person may move a live cetacean from its immediate vicinity when the cetacean is injured or in distress and is in need of assistance,” the bill states.

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You must find the truth!” – Elsa undertakes a journey of self-discovery in the first full trailer to ‘Frozen 2’

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Walt Disney Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Walt Disney Pictures released the first full trailer to the sequel to the animated blockbuster Frozen. The peek of the new film starts with a scene we glimpsed in the teaser: Elsa tries using her freezing power to escape the massive breakers lashing an island. But escape isn’t that easy, and she’s cast into the water, where she has a vision of a horse.

“You must find the truth,” returning troll elder the Grand Pabbie tells her. “Go north across the Enchanted Lands and into the unknown.” As she and her snowman friend Olaf are about to fall over a waterfall in an ice canoe, Pabbie can be heard warning, “But be careful!”

He then warns her sister Anna, “We have always feared Elsa’s powers were too much for this world. Now we must hope they are enough!”

“I won’t let anything happen to her,” Anna says defiantly, as we see Elsa hiding from a massive stone monster.

Featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad, Frozen 2 opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.

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Mom says she was kicked out of public pool for breastfeeding

KTRK-TV(HOUSTON) — A Texas mother says she was forced to leave a public pool for breastfeeding her baby.

Misty Daugereaux went to the Nessler Park Family Aquatic Center in Texas City, about 40 miles southeast of Houston, with her two young sons and her nephew on Sunday. Her 10-month-old got hungry and became fussy, so she attempted to discreetly breastfeed him, she said.

But a lifeguard approached her and said she couldn’t breastfeed at the public pool. Then the pool manager told her it was against their policy and she needed to “cover up or leave.”

“She gave me the ultimatum,” Daugereaux told Houston ABC station KTRK-TV in an interview Monday. “And I said, ‘Well, you show me in your policy where I need to cover up and I’ll leave.’ And she, you know, was telling me that it was, you know, not right, that I needed to cover up, it’s their policy.”

“And I said, ‘Well, you can go call whoever you need to call, but I’m not leaving for breastfeeding my son,'” she said.

The pool manager called police, Daugereaux said, and an officer responded to the scene and made her leave.

“I walked out feeling defeated, you know, because I couldn’t stand my ground,” she told KTRK.

The Texas City Police Department on Monday released footage from that officer’s body camera, showing the events that unfolded after he arrived.

In the five-minute video, the pool manager greets the officer and tells him that Daugereaux “was getting outraged” and “cussing” at the lifeguard who told her to cover up.

The officer then walks over to Daugereaux, who is sitting by the pool with her children, and asks her, “What happened?”

“I was feeding my baby,” Daugereaux responds.

“Did you cuss that lifeguard?” the officer asks.

“Absolutely not,” Daugereaux says.

“I have a right to feed my baby,” she adds. “I don’t stand for a lot, but I will stand for that.”

She continues, “I’m conscious enough to know I don’t want every man in the pool looking at my boobs. But when you have a 10-month-old who doesn’t take a bottle, I’m going to feed him.”

In the body cam footage, the officer then walks back over to the pool manager, who is standing with the lifeguard, to discuss the situation further.

“No, she don’t got to leave,” the manager says. “But the baby was latching on one breast but she had both of them out.”

“She was cussing me out,” the lifeguard adds.

“You want her to leave?” the manager asks.

“I’d like her to leave,” the lifeguard responds. “We also had more than one complaint.”

“You want them to leave or what?” the officer asks.

“Yeah, she can leave,” the manager says.

The officer then walks over to Daugereaux and tells her she needs to pack up her things and leave.

“I don’t understand how it’s right,” Daugereaux says. “It isn’t fair that I can’t feed my baby.”

“That wasn’t the issue,” the officer says. “The issue was that you were cussing out a lifeguard.”

“So it’s her word against mine that I’m cussing out a lifeguard?” Daugereaux responds.

“I wasn’t here so I don’t know,” the officer says. “I’m just telling you that they’re asking that you leave, OK?”

“Yes, sir,” Daugereaux says, before gathering her things.

The officer then speaks with the pool manager once more before leaving.

“I appreciate you coming out here,” the manager says. “You know, we deal with a lot here.”

“I know you got to feed your kids but go sit under a blanket or something,” the officer says.

“I thought you’re supposed to cover up,” the manager says. “I know people breastfeed and stuff but–“

“That’s all fine and dandy, but just sit in a chair and cover up,” the officer says. “Don’t sit there with both your tits out.”

“Yeah, she did,” the manager says.

“OK, well have a good one,” the officer says.

That evening, Daugereaux posted about the incident on Facebook, saying she felt “hurt” and “embarrassed.” Her post, which has been shared more than 1,800 times, prompted a group of breastfeeding moms to gather outside the Nessler Park Family Aquatic Center on Monday and hold a “nurse-in” as a show of support.

“I feel powerful, loved and supported,” Daugereaux told KTRK. “More than I ever could have imagined.”

Texas City officials released a statement Monday saying they are “reviewing the nursing concerns raised at the Nessler Pool and how it was addressed by our staff.”

“We apologize to Misty Daugereaux as it is clear she was offended by how she was treated at out City Facility,” city officials said. “City policies and procedures will be reviewed and revised as deemed necessary. Any deficiencies regarding our employee’s actions will be addressed with further training.”

Mothers can legally breastfeed in any public or private location in every U.S. state, federal district and territory. Thirty states — not including Texas — as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands exempt breastfeeding from public indecency laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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