National News at a Glance
Posted May 19, 2018 8:02 p.m. EDT
Suspect Confessed to Rampage at Texas High School, Authorities Say
A 17-year-old student confessed to opening fire at his Texas high school Friday, killing 10 people, and told investigators after a protracted gunbattle that he had spared certain students “so he could have his story told,” authorities said. A Galveston County Sheriff’s Office investigator wrote in an affidavit that the student, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, had waived his right to remain silent and had given “a statement admitting to shooting multiple people” at Santa Fe High School. Before his arrest, Pagourtzis exchanged gunfire with officers for about 15 minutes and abandoned what he said had been his intention to take his own life.
Melania Trump Returns to White House in ‘High Spirits’ After Kidney Procedure
The White House said Saturday that the first lady, Melania Trump, had returned home after spending almost five days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center recovering from a procedure for a kidney condition. In a statement, Melania Trump’s communications director said the first lady was “resting comfortably and remains in high spirits.” Medical experts have puzzled over why Melania Trump would have remained in the hospital for almost a week when the recovery for the kind of procedure she underwent — an embolization that cuts off the blood supply to the kidney — is typically a day.
Justify Wins the Second Leg of the Triple Crown
Justify, ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Bob Baffert, won the 143rd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on a rainy Saturday. The win sets up a shot at the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes in New York in three weeks. It was Justify’s fifth victory in five tries and his third on a wet track. There was no question that Justify could handle the slop — he made it look easy amid a steady and driving rain on the first Saturday in May, when he won the Kentucky Derby without having competed as a 2-year-old.
As an Insurer Resists Paying for ‘Avoidable’ ER Visits, Patients and Doctors Push Back
To rein in emergency medicine costs, Anthem is reviving an old tactic: pushing back on patients who visit the emergency room for ailments deemed minor. Anthem denied thousands of claims last year under its “avoidable ER program,” according to a sample of emergency room bills analyzed by the American College of Emergency Physicians. The company says the policy goal is to reduce use of the emergency department, one of the most expensive places to receive medical care. Anthem recommends that patients with sprains and upper respiratory infections consider a visit to an urgent care center. But doctors and consumer advocates argue that the policy forces patients to diagnose their own illness and may discourage people with serious problems from seeking care.
Democrat’s Keep-Left Strategy Tested in Georgia
Stacey Abrams hopes to become the first black woman ever elected governor in the United States. Abrams, a former minority leader of the Georgia House, is also testing a risky campaign strategy: that a Democrat can win a statewide election in the Deep South without relying on the conservative-leaning white voters long considered essential. “The approach of trying to create a coalition that is centered around converting Republicans has failed Democrats in the state of Georgia for the last 15 years,” Abrams said. Her rival in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, former state Rep. Stacey Evans, has scorned Abrams’ strategy as unrealistic and “unhealthy for democracy.”