CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets coach Steve Clifford has battled headaches for the past two years.
But when the pain became so intense before a Charlotte home game last December it frightened him, and he couldn’t ignore the problem any longer.
The 56-year-old Clifford walked away from the Hornets that day to undergo medical testing on his brain and get his life in order. Results revealed no internal problems, but the doctor’s diagnosis was one other workaholic professional and college coaches may want to pay attention to: Clifford was suffering from severe sleep deprivation. And, if he didn’t do something about it, the condition was only going to get worse.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel questioned Steve Bannon on Tuesday, aiming to find out President Donald Trump’s thinking when he fired FBI Director James Comey, according to a person familiar with what the panel was planning to ask the former White House chief strategist.
The committee also planned to press Bannon on other “executive actions” taken by Trump that have drawn interest from congressional investigators prying into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives, said the person, who wasn’t authorized to speak on the record about the closed-door session and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s health (all times local):
President Donald Trump performed “exceedingly well” on cognitive screening during his recent physical examination.
That’s according to his White House physician, navy doctor Ronny Jackson.
The doctor says he had “absolutely no concerns” about the 71-year-old president’s cognitive abilities, but performed the screening because Trump asked him to do it.
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.6 magnitude earthquake has been recorded in southeastern Missouri.
The survey says the earthquake struck Tuesday more than 2 miles (4 kilometers) southwest of Caruthersville, Missouri.
No damage has been reported, but the survey reports the quake also was felt in parts of West Tennessee, northeast Arkansas and western Kentucky.
Caruthersville is in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, where a series of large earthquakes took place from December 1811 to February 1812.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security will be working with states to ensure they follow proper protocols when issuing safety alerts and can quickly retract incorrect alerts, like Hawaii’s warning of a ballistic missile over the weekend, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday.
Sen Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said it’s clear that human error initiated the false alert. But she worries that system failures allowed it to go uncorrected for too long, nearly 40 minutes.
HONOLULU (AP) — A lawyer for a man who walked out of a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and flew to California has pleaded not guilty on his behalf but acknowledged it’s obvious his client escaped.
Attorney Michael Green on Tuesday entered the plea to an escape charge against Randall Saito.
Saito was caught in Stockton, California, in November, days after walking out of Hawaii State Hospital. He was sent there after being acquitted by reason of insanity in a woman’s 1979 killing.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report by the group Freedom House says basic rights and political freedoms in the United States are deteriorating at a faster pace under President Donald Trump, exacerbated by attacks on key institutions like the press and the courts.
In its annual global assessment, the think tank is slamming the Trump administration for withdrawing from America’s “historical commitment to promoting and supporting democracy.” The group is calling it perhaps the most striking on a “long list of troubling developments” around the world in 2017.
DETROIT (AP) — Japanese vehicle brands are exploring new design ideas — and figuring out what sets them apart from their U.S. and European rivals — with new prototype vehicles.
Nissan, Infiniti and Lexus are all unveiling new concept cars at the Detroit auto show, which opens to the public Saturday.
Concepts are used to test ideas and see how show visitors react. Some elements are glamorous but impractical, with sharply angled headlights or pencil-thin side mirrors that will never actually end up on a production vehicle. But other elements from concept cars do make it onto the road. Lexus’s gaping spindle grilles, now a feature on the automaker’s vehicles, were introduced in 2011 on the LF-Gh concept car.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ admission that he had an extramarital affair (all times local):
Some Republican lawmakers are asking Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to resign in response to an extramarital affair he had and more lurid allegations against him.
Reps. Marsha Haefner and Steve Cookson on Tuesday said the governor should step down.
Greitens acknowledged being “unfaithful” in his marriage following a report last week by St. Louis television station KMOV about his affair with a woman in 2015.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four San Francisco Bay Area residents who say they were injured by protesters during a riot ahead of a speech by a right-wing provocateur at the University of California, Berkeley filed a lawsuit against the university and the city, their attorneys said Tuesday.
The plaintiffs say in the suit filed Thursday in federal court in Oakland that officials failed to protect them from being pepper-sprayed and beaten when they were trying to attend a Feb. 1 speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative commentator. They are seeking unspecified damages.
WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — Police in Washington’s Virginia suburbs say two would-be carjackers fled from their intended victims when a splash of hot cocoa and a dash of resourcefulness entered the mix.
Prince William County police say in a statement that a 50-year-old woman exited a 7-Eleven convenience store Saturday night with some purchased items when two men, one with a handgun, approached and demanded her vehicle.
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 60 groups, including foreign governments, political campaigns and business organizations, spent money at Trump-branded properties across the U.S. last year, according to a report Tuesday by a watchdog group that has long been critical of how such spending could be used to influence the president.
Public Citizen, which compiled media reports and publicly available government data, cited moves by groups associated with at least three foreign governments — Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Kuwait — to book rooms and host events last year at the Trump International Hotel in Washington.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The suspect being tried in the slayings of two Northern California sheriff’s deputies called one slain officer’s partner a “coward” and repeatedly and profanely interrupted the start of his murder trial Tuesday.
Prosecutor Rod Norgaard was describing in his opening statement how Deputy Scott Brown retreated under heavy fire that killed his partner, Sacramento sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver, outside a Sacramento motel in October 2014.
NEW YORK (AP) — Travel industry representatives sounded an alarm Tuesday over declines in international tourism to the U.S. and announced plans to reverse the trend.
Organizers of the new Visit U.S. Coalition portrayed the decline as long-term, going back to 2015, and said they would work with the Trump administration to reverse the decline.
In a conference call Tuesday, coalition representatives said they’re not blaming Trump administration rhetoric and policies, though others in the travel industry have nicknamed the decline the “Trump Slump.”
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Republican governor says he will shut down the state’s expanded Medicaid program, denying its coverage to more than 400,000 people, if the courts stop his plan for some people to work to keep their health benefits.
Friday, the federal government approved Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to impose work requirements on some Medicaid recipients. Bevin also issued an executive order directing his administration to end the program should any part of his plan be struck down by the courts.