Schwarzenegger calls Trump a ‘little wet noodle’ and a ‘fanboy’ after Putin news conference

LOS ANGELES — Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has lashed out at President Donald Trump’s rebuke of American intelligence agencies during a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“President Trump, I just saw your press conference with President Putin and it was embarrassing, I mean you stood there like a little wet noodle, like a little fanboy,” Schwarzenegger said in a Facebook video on Monday, unshaven and appearing distraught. “I mean, I was asking myself when are you going to ask him for an autograph or for a selfie or something like that?”

Schwarzenegger, who has repeatedly tangled with Trump, said the president “sold out” the nation as well as its intelligence and justice systems.

“You’re the president of the United States, you shouldn’t do that. What’s the matter with you? I mean, whatever happened to the strong words or to the strength of Ronald Reagan when he stood there at the Berlin Wall, and he said, ‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.’ What happened to all that?” Schwarzenegger said, before sighing heavily.

— Los Angeles Times

Officer shoots dog after finding man clinging to car to escape attack

CHICAGO — When officers arrived to a South Side street, they saw a man on top of a car, clinging to it while two dogs leapt at him early Tuesday, police said.

An officer shot and injured one of the dogs when it began attacking when police arrived.

They were called to the 8000 block of South King Drive around 12:45 a.m. for a report of a dog attack, according to police.

A 53-year-old man had been walking down the street when the two dogs began attacking him. He was bitten on the leg, police said.

He jumped onto a nearby car to escape, according to police. The animals were guard dogs for a nearby business.

The dog was placed into the care of Animal Control.

— Chicago Tribune

Liver cancer death rates rise 43 percent, CDC reports

CHICAGO — Liver cancer death rates jumped 43 percent, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The research collected data from adults 25 and older in the United States from 2000 to 2016.

During this time, liver cancer rose from the ninth leading cause of cancer death in 2000 to the sixth leading cause of death by 2016.

“I think it’s surprising that it’s such a significant jump,” said Dr. Sam G. Pappas, chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Rush University Medical Center.

Among the 50 states plus Washington, D.C., the capital city had the highest death rate and Vermont the lowest.

Throughout the country during the years studied by the CDC, more men died of liver cancer; the death rate for men was between 2 and 2.5 times the rate for women, according to the CDC.

The age range when cancer rates increased the most were adults 55 to 64; this rate increased 109 percent from 2000 to 2013, but then remained stable through 2016.

According to Mayo Clinic, risk factors for liver cancer include chronic infection with the hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus, as well as cirrhosis, inherited liver diseases and excessive alcohol consumption.

Pappas said the data show a need for better screening for patients at a high risk for liver cancer. Those patients should see their physicians regularly, he said, be counseled about risk factors and then regularly screened.

— Chicago Tribune

NAACP lifts American Airlines travel advisory that warned of discrimination against black passengers

DALLAS — The NAACP announced Tuesday it is lifting a travel advisory warning black passengers against traveling with American Airlines that was put in place last year following a string of incidents the civil rights organizations said showed a pattern of bias and discrimination.

The group’s president and CEO Derrick Johnson said he’s pleased with the outcomes working with American has produced so far, and although there’s still more to be done, American deserves credit for its efforts.

“(American CEO) Doug Parker and his team, everything they said they would initiate and or do, they have done,” Johnson told a gathering at the NAACP’s convention in San Antonio Tuesday morning. “We’re doing this because we have engaged in ongoing dialogues and we see a substantive plan that will be embedded in the culture of the organization and one we can measure over time.”

Parker joined Johnson at the convention and said the airline’s first instinct to the travel advisory was to circle the wagons. But during a meeting the day after the advisory, Parker said a board member urged the company to view it as an opportunity, noting “No one in corporate America is good at this, we shouldn’t pretend that we are.”

“While we’re proud of our people and our inclusion and diversity efforts … We took this as a challenge, as an opportunity, as a gift,” Parker said Tuesday. “We are not done, not anything close to it, and indeed we will never be done. We know this.”

The October advisory warned travelers, “especially African-Americans,” to exercise caution and that booking with American Airlines could subject them to “disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions.”

It was put in place a week after activist Tamika Mallory — who co-chaired the 2017 Women’s March on Washington — was removed from an American flight following a dispute with a gate agent over a seat issue. It was one of several incidents involving black passengers the NAACP said it was alerted to over the course of the year.

— The Dallas Morning News