5 things you need to know Friday

5 things you need to know Friday

Another ‘bomb cyclone’ expected to batter the East Coast

March will roar in like a lion on the East Coast on Friday and Saturday as a potent storm is expected to deliver a ferocious mix of howling winds, drenching rain, heavy snow and powerful waves. Power outages, coastal flooding and flight delays are all likely as the nor’easter explodes off the New England coast. The storm will be the most powerful to hit the region since January’s “bomb cyclone.” American Airlines, Delta, United and Southwest are already waiving change fees in anticipation of the massive storm which is expected to hit major cities, including New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Providence and Hartford.

Do gun policies save lives? Study says lack of research means we don’t know

As the gun debate rages on, there is little research to show whether gun policies can stem the bloodshed, a new study released Friday finds. In reviewing available research, RAND Corp., an influential think tank, found that federal funding for gun studies largely dried up 20 years ago. The shooting deaths of 17 people at a Florida high school last month rekindled the nationwide conversation about gun policies.Annual spending bills in Congress since 1996 say no funding “at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”To review the study’s findings, click here.


Trump to attend Billy Graham’s funeral

President Trump will be the only living U.S. president who will attend Rev. Billy Graham’s funeral on Friday. Some 2,300 invitations were sent out for Graham’s private funeral in Charlotte. Former president Barack Obama is unable to attend the funeral, while two former presidents, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, traveled to Charlotte ahead of the service to pay their respects while Graham’s body lay in repose. Graham, known as the pastor to the presidents, became the fourth private citizen to lie in honor at the Capitol. The pastor will be buried on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library next to his wife, Ruth Bell Graham, who died in 2007. His five children are expected to speak at the ceremony.

Prospects put to the test at NFL scouting combine

The NFL scouting combine, pro football’s annual testing ground in Indianapolis for 300-plus top draft prospects, gets going in earnest with the start of on-field workouts. From Friday through Monday, NFL scouts and general managers — as well as some die-hard fans — will get an up-close look as players are put through drills and evaluations. On Friday, running backs, offensive linemen and special team participants are the first to hit the field for workouts. Among them is Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, who might be the most intriguing prospect in this year’s draft. Check in with USA TODAY Sports for combine updates. Meanwhile, here’s our take on the 10 prospects poised to create the biggest buzz, 10 who have something to prove, and 10 sleepers who could impress.

When simple surgeries end in tragic results

The surgery went fine. Her doctors left for the day. Four hours later, Paulina Tam started gasping for air. If Tam had been operated on at a hospital, a few simple steps could have saved her life. A USA TODAY/Kaiser Health News investigation released Friday  finds that surgery centers have risked lives by operating on frail patients and skimping on life-saving training and equipment, and by sending patients home too soon. Reporters examined autopsy records, legal filings and more than 12,000 state and Medicare inspection records, and interviewed dozens of doctors, health policy experts and patients throughout the industry, in the most extensive examination of these records to date.



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