People also are talking about the attorney general's "Anglo-American" remark and a Milwaukee jail inmate's death by dehydration.
Not an eyelash - it was a worm woman pulled from her eye
An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies.
Fourteen tiny worms were removed from the woman's left eye in August 2016. Scientists reported the case Monday.
The woman, Abby Beckley, 26, as diagnosed in August 2016 with Thelazia gulosa. That's a type of eye worm seen in cattle in the northern United States and southern Canada, but never before in humans.
They are spread by a type of fly known as "face flies." The flies feed on the tears that lubricate the eyeball, scientists said.
She had been horseback riding and fishing in Gold Beach, Oregon, a coastal, cattle-farming area.
After a week of eye irritation, Beckley pulled a worm from her eye. She visited doctors, but removed most of the additional worms herself during the following few weeks.
The worms were translucent and each less than half an inch long.
After they were removed, no more worms were found and she had no additional symptoms.
Eye worms are seen in several kinds of animals, including cats and dogs. They can be spread by different kinds of flies.
Two other types of Thelazia eye worm infections had been seen in people before, but never this kind, according to Richard Bradbury of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He was the study's lead author.
The report was published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Being 'hangry' at halfpipe doesn't hurt Chloe Kim's snowboarding
Chloe Kim stamped her name on a new era of snowboarding with a run down the halfpipe that, officially, did not mean anything, but to her, meant everything.
The Olympic gold medal was already hers but she knew she could do better. So, she cinched on her gloves, cranked up "Motorsport" on her iPod, said "This one's for you Grams" — a shout-out to her South Korean grandmother, who was watching her in person for the first time — and dropped into the halfpipe to make history.
On the last run of Tuesday's sunsplashed final, Kim hit back-to-back 1080-degree spins on her second and third jumps — repeating a combination no other woman has ever done in a competition.
She landed them squarely, sent her already super-hyped family at the bottom into overdrive and sent out the message that everyone from grandma to those at the roots of this sport love to hear: "I knew I wasn't going to be completely satisfied taking home the gold, but knowing that I could've done better."
Earlier in the day, the teenage phenom had tweeted that she hadn't finished her breakfast sandwich and was feeling "hangry" at the halfpipe.
But the 17-year-old from California made it look easy, but only afterward did she concede how difficult the past several months have been. Her story has been told and sold and marketed for gold: Her parents both emigrated to the United States from South Korea, and though it was more coincidence than any grand plan, Kim making her Olympic debut in the country where her family was from set up a sure path to stardom in the halfpipe and beyond.
AG draws fire for 'Anglo-American heritage' remark
Attorney General Jeff Sessions made reference to the "Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement," a comment interpreted by critics as racially insensitive.
The remark was made Monday in a speech to the National Sheriffs' Association's winter conference in Washington, D.C., as he thanked those in attendance and outlined the history of their positions in law enforcement.
"I want to thank every sheriff in America. Since our founding, the independently elected sheriff has been the people’s protector, who keeps law enforcement close to, and accountable to, people through the elected process," said Sessions, adding, "The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.”
That phrase was not included in a copy of Sessin's prepared remarks. In that version, handed out by the Department of Justice after the event, the line reads: "The Sheriff is a critical part of our legal heritage."
Among those who weighed in on Sessions' speech included Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, who called the phrase a "dog whistle" and expressed continued pride in his opposition to the attorney general's nomination last year, and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a candidate in the state's 2018 gubernatorial election, who called Sessions an "outright racist."
Defenders of Sessions argued Monday that "Anglo-American law" is a term frequently used in legal circles as a synonym for "common law," and has no racial undertones.
Food stamps would get massive overhaul under Trump budget
Americans who get food stamps would see their monthly cash benefits roughly cut in half and replaced with a box of food under the Trump administration's proosal for revamping the program.
The change would affect households that receive at least $90 a month in food stamps, roughly 38 milion people, said Budget director Mick Mulvaney.
The food would be "homegrown by American farmers and producers," said Sonny Perdue, the agriculture secretary.
Here's how it would work: Instead of receiving all their food stamp funds, households would get a box of food that the government describes as nutritious and 100% grown and produced in the U.S. The so-called USDA America's Harvest Box would contain items such as shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, poultry or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables. The box would be valued at about half of the SNAP recipient's monthly benefit. The remainder of their benefits would be given to them on electronic benefit cards, as before.
The administration didn't detail exactly how families would receive the food boxes, saying states could distribute them through existing infrastructure, partnerships or directly to residences through delivery services.
The proposal would save nearly $130 billion over 10 years, as well as improve the nutritional value of the program and reduce the potential for fraud, according to the administration.
Consumer advocates, however, questioned whether the federal government could save that much money by purchasing and distributing food on its own. Also, they were concerned that families would not know what food they would get in advance nor have any choice regarding what they receive. Plus, it could be difficult for families to pick up the box, especially if they don't have a car.
"It's a risky scheme that threatens families' ability to put food on the table," said Stacy Dean, vice president for food assistance policy at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Sheriff's officers charged in death of inmate denied water for a week
Three staffers from the jail run by conservative firebrand David Clarke, the former Milwaukee County sheriff, were charged Monday with felonies stemming from the dehydration death of a mentally ill inmate who was denied water for a week as punishment for bad behavior.
The charges came less than a year after an inquest jury heard evidence from prosecutors that it was common for employees of the Milwaukee County Jail to cut off water to unruly prisoners in violation of the jail's written regulations, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Lt. Kashka Meadors and correctional officer James Ramsey-Guy are each charged with neglecting an inmate, a felony. Sheriff's Maj. Nancy Evans is charged with felony misconduct in office and misdemeanor obstruction. Clarke, who oversaw the jail until his retirement last August, was not charged in the matter because he was not directly involved.
Prosecutors allege Meadors gave the order to shut off water in 38-year-old Terrill Thomas's solitary confinement cell in April 2016 and that Ramsey-Guy was the jail staffer who physically closed the pipes, according to the Journal Sentinel.
The move was intended to discipline Thomas, who had used his bedding to clog a toilet and flood his jail cell in the special needs unit, where he was initially kept for his bipolar disorder, according to prosecutors. An investigation later showed that he went seven days without any liquid, lost 35 pounds and called out for water before staffers found him dead in his cell. The medical examiner ruled he died from "profound dehydration" and classified it a homicide.
"Our expectation when Mr. Thomas was brought into custody was that he would be kept safe," District Attorney John Chisholm told local media. "The allegations set forth in the criminal complaint document that that did not happen."
Scandal has plagued the Milwaukee County Jail for years, and inmates and their families have long decried what they call mistreatment by jail staff. The tough-talking Clarke retired in August to join a political action committee supporting President Donald Trump. He was known for waking up inmates with bullhorns, eliminating prisoner programs and dishing out harsh punishments to wayward prisoners.
A Journal Sentinel investigation from 2014 found that 10 people had died in Clarke's jail between 2008 and the end of 2013, several of them from health problems that went unattended while they were incarcerated. Some were in jail for minor offenses like traffic violations.
Seven inmates have died in the jail since Thomas' April 2016 death, according to the Journal Sentinel. When three Wisconsin lawmakers called for Clarke to resign over deaths in his jail, he dismissed their criticisms, saying, "Oh stop it with the fake news," according to Fox6.
Gunmaker linked to Sandy Hook massacre nears deal to file for bankruptcy
Remington, the gunmaker beset by falling sales and lawsuits tied to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, has reached a financing deal that would allow it to continue operating as it files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The maker of the Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle used in the Connecticut shooting that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead in 2012, said Monday that the agreement with lenders will reduce its debt by about $700 million and add about $145 million in new capital.
The company was cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting, but investors repulsed by the massacres distanced themselves from the company's owner, investment firm Cerberus Capital Management. Cerberus acquired the gun maker in 2007, just when gun sales began to skyrocket.
Firearm background checks, a reliable barometer of gun sales, have risen steadily for at least a decade.
That changed last year with the election of President Donald Trump, and it has taken a toll on the gun industry.
Gun sales spike on the election of candidates who are perceived to be more likely to pursue more stringent gun control laws, whether or not there is any truth in that perception.
Remington Outdoor Co., the nation's oldest gun maker, will attempt to file a prepackaged reorganization plan with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Delaware under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code.
The company, based in Madison, N.C., did not respond to attempts by The Associated Press to contact the company about the timing of bankruptcy procedures.