Michelle Obama had miscarriage, used IVF to conceive girls

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama says she felt alone after a miscarriage 20 years ago and she and Barack Obama underwent fertility treatments to conceive their two daughters, according to her upcoming memoir.

In some of her most extensive public comments on her White House years, the former first lady also lets her fury fly over President Donald Trump’s “bigotry and xenophobia” — dangerous, deliberate rhetoric, she wrote, that risked her family’s safety.

“For this,” she writes, “I’d never forgive him.”

But it’s her deeply personal account of her marriage to the future president that shed new light on the Ivy League-educated couple’s early struggle with issues of family, ambition and public life.

“We were trying to get pregnant and it wasn’t going well,” Mrs. Obama, 54, writes in “Becoming,” set for release Tuesday. The Associated Press purchased an early copy. “We had one pregnancy test come back positive, which caused us both to forget every worry and swoon with joy, but a couple of weeks later I had a miscarriage, which left me physically uncomfortable and cratered any optimism we felt.”

The Obamas opted for IVF, one form of assisted reproduction that typically involves removing eggs from a woman, fertilizing them with sperm in a lab, and implanting the resulting embryo. It costs thousands of dollars for every “cycle,” and many couples require more than one attempt.

Mrs. Obama writes of being alone to administer herself shots to help hasten the process. Her “sweet, attentive husband” was at the state legislature, “leaving me largely on my own to manipulate my reproductive system into peak efficiency,” she said.

“Becoming” is one of the most anticipated political books in memory, ranking at the top of Amazon’s best-sellers on Friday. That’s often the case with the memoirs of former first ladies, including Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush. But Mrs. Obama …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

Remembrance Day: 5 things to think about

Worn by everyone from young children to aging veterans, the poppy has been a symbol of respect and gratitude for the last century. But when you see all the poppies on lapels today, you may also want to consider: Who sells the poppies and why, who benefits from the proceeds, and what more can be done in Canada to support veterans and their families.

1. Poppy sales and programs they support

Thick rows of poppies grew over soldiers’ graves in Flanders, France, and were the inspiration for the now famous poem that Canadian medic Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae wrote on a scrap of paper in 1915 during the First World War. Today, most schoolchildren can recite the first two lines of McCrae’s poem: In Flanders fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row. The poem was also the inspiration for wearing poppies on lapels every November as a sign of remembrance.

Thousands of volunteers with the Royal Canadian Legion sell these poppies across Canada each year. In the 2016 Poppy Campaign, more than 21.5 million poppies were distributed, and $16.7 million in donations were used to support veterans and their families between October 2016 to October 2017.

The poppy sale proceeds provide financial assistance to veterans in need in many ways, including:

Grants for food, living expenses, medication, emergency shelter.
Housing and care facilities.
Programs that help veterans transition from military to civilian life.
Accessibility modifications to help veterans with disabilities.
Educational bursaries for children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of veterans.
Community drop-in centres, meals-on-wheels, and seniors services in areas with many veterans.
Administering Remembrance Day activities.
Vancouver, BC: NOVEMBER 11, 2017 — Annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the Victory Square Cenotaph in Vancouver, BC Saturday, November 11, 2017. (Photo by Jason Payne/ PNG) (For story by Glenda Luymes) ORG XMIT: remembranceday [PNG Merlin …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

This survivor of Las Vegas shooting dies in Thousand Oaks attack

SALT LAKE CITY — A survivor of last year’s Las Vegas shooting died in Wednesday’s attack in California, according to multiple news reports.

Telemachus Orfanos, 27, died with 11 others inside the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousands Oaks, California, after a lone gunman opened fire in the bar, BBC News reported.

Orfanos previously survived the Las Vegas shooting when a gunman killed 58 people at a country music festival.

“My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends, and he came home. He didn’t come home last night,” his mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos told ABC-7. “I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts. I want gun control.”

“I hope to God no one sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns!” – mother of shooting victim Telemachus Orfanos. She says he survived the #LasVegasShooting but did not survive the #ThousandOaksMassacre. @ABC7 @ABCNewsLive pic.twitter.com/UMqTY1RATK

— Veronica Miracle (@ABC7Veronica) November 8, 2018

Orfanos graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in 2009 and spent 2.5 years in the U.S. Navy.

He visited the bar to meet his friends for dinner, according to USA Today.

“It’s particularly ironic that after surviving the worst mass shooting in modern history, he went on to be killed in his hometown,” he said.

Authorities haven’t named all the victims of the attack.

Other survivors: Several other survivors from the Las Vegas shooting were inside the bar, too, according to The Hill.

Nicholas Champion, who was in the Borderline Bar, told CBS News he and his friends attended the country music festival last year.

“It’s the second time in about a year and a month that this has happened,” Champion told CBS News. “It’s a big thing for us. We’re all a big family and unfortunately, this family got hit twice.”

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Trump limits asylum, says migrants must “have merit’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday invoked extraordinary national security powers to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States.

Trump is using the same powers he used to push through a version of the travel ban that was upheld by the Supreme Court. The proclamation puts into place regulations adopted Thursday that circumvent laws stating that anyone is eligible for asylum no matter how he or she enters the country.

“We need people in our country but they have to come in legally and they have to have merit,” Trump said Friday as he departed for Paris.

Administration officials say the measures, likely to face legal challenges, go into effect Saturday for at least three months, but could be extended. They don’t affect people who are already in the country.

The changes are meant to funnel asylum seekers through official border crossings for speedy rulings, officials said, instead of having them try to circumvent such crossings on the nearly 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) border.

But the busy ports of entry already have long lines and waits, forcing immigration officials to tell some migrants to turn around and come back to make their claims. Even despite that, illegal crossings are historically low.

The move was spurred in part by caravans of Central American migrants slowly moving north on foot but will apply to anyone caught crossing illegally, officials said. It’s unknown whether those in the caravan, many fleeing violence in their homeland, plan to cross illegally.

“The arrival of large numbers … will contribute to the overloading of our immigration and asylum system and to the release of thousands … into the interior of the United States,” Trump said in the proclamation, calling it a crisis.

Administration officials said those denied asylum under the proclamation …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News