How comas differ from vegetative states

Key differences between comas and vegetative states include how long they could last, how awake patients appear to be and the type of care they need.

Posted: Jan 10, 2019 7:35 AM
Updated: Jan 10, 2019 7:53 AM

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1. Government shutdown

President Trump heads to Texas today to visit the border with Mexico. This comes as the partial government shutdown rolls into its 20th day, as negotiations with Democrats over funding for his proposed border wall remain at a standstill. And they might stay that way for awhile. Trump stormed out of a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer -- after just 15 minutes -- because neither side would give an inch in this drama. Trump called the meeting "a total waste of time," while Schumer said the President had "a temper tantrum."

Now, some GOP senators are trying to put together a deal to end the shutdown and secure money for Trump's border wall by offering Democrats help for DACA recipients, among other things. But it's too early to tell if the Dems or Trump would even go for that. And the pressure to end the shutdown will only increase tomorrow: That's when thousands of federal employees will miss paychecks because of the shutdown.

2. Russia investigation

The polling data that Paul Manafort is said to have shared with a Russian during the 2016 presidential campaign was intended for two Ukrainian oligarchs who owed him millions. Manafort earned good money for years doing political work in Ukraine. In November 2016, he was expecting a payment of $2.4 million for some of that work. A spokesman for Manafort said the money was meant to reimburse debts that predated the Trump campaign and was not a quid pro quo for the polling data. All this is of interest to special counsel Robert Mueller because it shows Manafort had a stake in getting money from a foreign country when he led Donald Trump's campaign.

3. Vegetative state birth

Investigators in Phoenix are gathering DNA from male employees at a care facility where a woman in a vegetative state gave birth. Police have also served a search warrant as part of the sexual assault investigation, and the care facility's CEO has resigned. The woman, who has been in a vegetative state for 14 years, gave birth to a boy on December 29. The woman's family is "outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse," their attorney said. The baby is being cared for by the woman's family.

4. Saudi teen

A Saudi teen who fled to Thailand to escape her family has been declared a refugee by the United Nations. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun said she feared her family would kill her because she had renounced Islam. Qunun wanted to fly to Australia but ended up barricading herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room. She then whipped up support for her cause on social media. Australia is now doing health, security and other background checks on Qunun ahead of her possible resettlement there.

5. Congo elections

Congo's presidential election has a surprise winner. Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi beat out two rivals in the often-delayed vote. But one defeated candidate is already questioning the result. If Tshisekedi's win holds, it'll be the first democratic transition of power since the Central African country gained independence more than 50 years ago. The election came after violent protests broke out after voters in three cities affected by an Ebola outbreak were told they couldn't cast their ballots until March. It's not clear how these votes will affect the result.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Should have swiped left

She bragged online to her prospective beau about killing a deer. Too bad he was a game warden.

Can you hear me now?

Something is causing repeating short bursts of radio waves to be released into space. And it's not the first time.

Pretty penny

Maybe it's time to look around the house for spare change. An old penny a man kept in a safe for decades could fetch $170,000 at an auction.

All natural

If you've been dying to dine -- nude -- at a restaurant in Paris, you better make reservations quick. O'Naturel is closing next month.

HAPPENING LATER

Big settlement

Fiat Chrysler, in a deal to be announced later this morning, will pay about $800 million in fines and penalties to settle charges its diesel vehicles violated US emissions standards.

TODAY'S NUMBER

$60,000

That's the reward for information about an armored truck driver in Kentucky who's accused of taking a "large amount of money" before vanishing from work last month.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"I ... will not be working with him again."

Singer Lady Gaga, apologizing for recording the controversial song, "Do What U Want (With My Body)," with R. Kelly in 2013. Gaga said she wants the tune pulled off iTunes and streaming platforms. R Kelly has come under increased fire after a Lifetime documentary last week reviewed sex abuse allegations against him. He has strongly denied the claims.

AND FINALLY

Sweet smells

Welcome to Grasse, France, which just might be the best-smelling town in the world. (Click to view.)

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 125531

Reported Deaths: 2299
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Hennepin32544966
Ramsey13430347
Dakota9321134
Anoka8154148
Stearns544336
Washington530567
Scott320934
Olmsted308929
St. Louis268963
Wright229614
Nobles216416
Clay207343
Blue Earth19717
Carver17077
Rice15819
Kandiyohi15704
Sherburne156621
Mower149113
Winona119918
Lyon9286
Crow Wing91521
Waseca9119
Chisago8792
Benton8575
Beltrami7977
Otter Tail7726
Todd7323
Steele7242
Itasca68417
Nicollet68217
Freeborn6384
Morrison6296
Douglas6123
Martin58916
Le Sueur5855
McLeod5693
Watonwan5684
Goodhue51511
Pine5110
Becker5033
Polk5024
Isanti4953
Chippewa3973
Carlton3861
Dodge3660
Mille Lacs36010
Hubbard3352
Pipestone32816
Wabasha3270
Cass3205
Meeker3113
Rock3011
Brown3003
Yellow Medicine2675
Cottonwood2640
Murray2533
Redwood25011
Fillmore2380
Sibley2383
Renville23011
Faribault2130
Roseau1990
Jackson1981
Wadena1980
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Swift1921
Kanabec18910
Houston1811
Stevens1681
Lincoln1670
Pennington1651
Koochiching1624
Aitkin1562
Pope1480
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Wilkin1254
Lac qui Parle1242
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Norman970
Grant904
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Cook110

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Confirmed Cases: 108620

Reported Deaths: 1562
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Polk18087283
Woodbury685392
Johnson566030
Black Hawk526596
Linn5114127
Dubuque476354
Scott410537
Story387418
Dallas331043
Pottawattamie299844
Sioux230414
Buena Vista220412
Marshall193736
Webster172814
Plymouth154426
Wapello147562
Clinton136926
Muscatine136158
Crawford132112
Cerro Gordo126323
Des Moines12409
Warren11596
Carroll10388
Jasper103034
Henry9865
Marion93510
Tama90737
Lee8819
Wright6951
Delaware6898
Dickinson6877
Boone6819
Mahaska63723
Bremer6239
Washington61111
Harrison5868
Jackson5393
Benton5211
Lyon5177
Louisa49415
Clay4884
Hamilton4513
Winneshiek4479
Winnebago44517
Hardin4315
Poweshiek43011
Kossuth4280
Floyd41811
Jones4133
Buchanan4033
Emmet40214
Cedar3935
Iowa3848
Franklin37518
Guthrie37215
Sac3694
Cherokee3682
Page3620
Clayton3533
Shelby3511
Butler3472
Fayette3462
Madison3442
Cass3402
Mills3391
Allamakee3358
Chickasaw3271
Clarke3163
Humboldt2993
Palo Alto2912
Hancock2864
Grundy2834
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Howard2519
Osceola2480
Monroe24511
Mitchell2360
Monona2311
Taylor2252
Union2164
Pocahontas2112
Appanoose2063
Jefferson2031
Lucas1896
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Van Buren1622
Davis1584
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