It remains the most widely used anesthetic in U.S. hospitals, but many patients still remember propofol as the drug that killed Michael Jackson.
Most are no longer afraid of it, doctors say, though many still ask if they will get "the Michael Jackson drug" before an operation. And most of them will.
Jackson died 10 years ago at his Los Angeles home after receiving a lethal dose of the drug intended for use only during surgery and other medical procedures — not for insomnia.
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Twenty Democratic presidential candidates attending a Planned Parenthood forum on Saturday vowed to defend abortion rights under nearly any circumstance while largely ignoring nuances around the issue that have already roiled their party heading into the 2020 election.
The event sponsored by Planned Parenthood Action Fund — the group's political arm — was the first of the election season centered on abortion. It came on the sidelines of the South Carolina Democratic Party's state convention, a pivotal gathering of the party faithful in the South's first primary state.
The candidates were united in decrying a series of tough, recent abortion restrictions approved by Republican-controlled legislatures around the country geared to ultimately provoke a Supreme Court case that could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
A small fire continued to burn Saturday afternoon more than 24 hours after a series of gas explosions at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery rocked South Philadelphia and sent a massive fireball into the air.
"My initial reaction was 'Damn, this is bad,'" Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said Saturday. "It was a frightening scene. I'm thankful that no one got killed or seriously injured.”
Four refinery staff members suffered minor injuries and were treated at the site, a refinery spokeswoman said. A shelter-in-place order was also briefly issued Friday morning after the fire broke out around 4 a.m.
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was banned by the ownership of Santa Anita on Saturday after a fourth horse from his stable died — and the 30th overall — at the Southern California track.
The Stronach Group, which owns the track, said in a statement that effective immediately Hollendorfer "is no longer welcome to stable, race or train his horses at any of our facilities."
On the recommendation of a special panel convened to review horses' medical, training and racing history, the track's stewards scratched four horses trained by Hollendorfer that were entered to run Saturday and Sunday.
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A rookie Sacramento police officer who died during a domestic violence call was ambushed by a gunman and had no chance of surviving after she was shot, police said.
The disclosure came late Friday amid criticism that it took police 45 minutes to get to 26-year-old rookie Officer Tara O'Sullivan during the armed standoff.
O'Sullivan was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
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The Trump administration on Saturday unveiled a $50 billion Palestinian investment and infrastructure proposal intended to be the economic engine to power its much-anticipated but still unreleased "deal of the century" Middle East peace plan.
The scheme, which calls for a mix of public and private financing and intends to create at least a million new jobs for Palestinians, was posted to the White House website ahead of a two-day conference in Bahrain that is being held amid heavy skepticism about its viability and outright opposition from the Palestinians. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday reiterated his rejection of the proposal and the conference.
The "Peace to Prosperity" workshop on Tuesday and Wednesday will also take place amid heightened regional tensions over Iran that threaten to overshadow its goals.
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Defunct children’s retail chain Toys R Us will open new stores later this year, according to Bloomberg.
The company liquidated its assets last year after entering bankruptcy in September 2017. The company had about 800 locations when it was liquidated. According the Bloomberg, the retailer will come back with roughly six smaller stores and an e-commerce site this year.
The new stores will be about one-third the size of the the chain’s previous storefronts and offer more experiential shopping, Bloomberg reported.
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U.S. military cyber forces launched a strike against Iranian military computer systems on Thursday as President Donald Trump backed away from plans for a more conventional military strike in response to Iran's downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, U.S. officials said Saturday.
Two officials told The Associated Press that the strikes were conducted with approval from Trump. A third official confirmed the broad outlines of the strike. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the operation.
The cyberattacks — a contingency plan developed over weeks amid escalating tensions — disabled Iranian computer systems that controlled its rocket and missile launchers, the officials said. Two of the officials said the attacks, which specifically targeted Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps computer system, were provided as options after Iranian forces blew up two oil tankers earlier this month.
The National Transportation Safety Board is joining the investigating into a crash involving several motorcycles and a pickup truck that killed seven people and injured three others in New Hampshire on Friday.
The fiery crash on U.S. 2 in Randolph sent onlookers rushing to treat and help the injured motorists peppered along the road.
New Hampshire State Police said a 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck collided with 10 motorcycle riders, killing seven Friday evening. The pickup truck was on fire when emergency crews arrived.
The avowed white supremacist who plowed his car into counterdemonstrators opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia two years ago, killing one person and injuring dozens, has asked a judge for mercy and a sentence shorter than life in prison.
Lawyers for James Alex Fields Jr., 22, said in a sentencing memo submitted in court documents Friday that the defendant should not spend his entire life in prison because of his age, a traumatic childhood and a history of mental illness. Fields pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes in March and is set to be sentenced on June 28.
"No amount of punishment imposed on James can repair the damage he caused to dozens of innocent people. But this Court should find that retribution has limits," his attorneys wrote.
The night before the massive protests in Hing Kong against a law that would allow suspects to be extradited to mainland China, Hong Kong police arrested the administrator of one of the largest group chats encrypted messaging app Telegram, NBC News reported. Internet-savvy young people, who once only saw the upsides of a technology that helped them organize protests, have grown increasingly wary of surveillance.
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The Trump administration and Canada's government imposed sanctions Friday on some Nicaraguan officials, tying them to a tough crackdown on street demonstrations that began in the Central American country in April 2018.
The U.S. said it was sanctioning four officials: National Assembly President Gustavo Porras, telecommunications institute director Orlando José Castillo, Health Minister Sonia Castro and Transportation Minister Oscar Mojica.
Any assets they have in the U.S. will now be frozen.
A Waxahachie family is fighting for their daughter's recovery after she nearly drowned more than a week ago, but they say Texas law makes it difficult to give her the chance to survive.
Blaire Bravenec was rushed to the emergency room last Wednesday after she was found in the family's pool. Her parents said doctors were able to get a heartbeat back, but she's remained unresponsive.
Ever since, she's been in the ICU at Children Health in Dallas where her parents have hoped she'll recover with more time. Instead, they said they've had to push back against doctors moving to officially declare their daughter brain dead.
Attorneys visiting a Texas Border Patrol station this week were shocked to find more than 250 infants, children and teens being held inside a windowless complex, struggling to care for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation. It's a scene that is being repeated at other immigration facilities overwhelmed with too many migrant children and nowhere to put them.
It's a perilous time to have temps running the Pentagon.
President Donald Trump's brinkmanship with Iran is on the boil, spilling beyond diplomacy to a planned air attack on Iran that Trump said he ordered, then pulled back at least for now. This, as the U.S. undertakes an unusual troop deployment to the Mexican border, tends its nearly two-decade-old war in Afghanistan and grapples with stalled talks with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.
Through it all, the U.S. has no defense secretary, but rather an acting one who is taking over from another acting one, who suddenly quit.