Nov 18, 2011

Mystery Reopened: How Did Natalie Wood Die?

Today: FDA Revokes Breast-Cancer Drug , Tens of Thousands Protest in Cairo , WH Shooter Claimed to Be Jesus
The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet: Afternoon

November 18, 2011

The L.A. sheriff's office reopened the investigation into Natalie Wood's 1981 death, citing new information, including claims from a woman who "heard Natalie's cries for help." The captain of the boat from which Wood is believed to have fallen from into the ocean and drowned said Friday morning that he held Robert Wagner 'responsible' for Wood's death, but the sheriff's office said Friday Wagner is not a suspect. Read The Daily Beast's Christine Pelisek's rundown of the investigation.


Despite some desperate patients' pleas that the breast-cancer-treating drug Avastin had been keeping them alive, the Food and Drug Administration revoked the drug's approval on Friday. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the drug was neither helping patients live longer nor preventing tumors from metastasizing. On the flip side, the drug also comes with potentially lethal side effects like extreme high blood pressure and hemorrhaging. Avastin will remain on the market as a treatment for other types of cancers, though some insurers will likely no longer pay for the drug. Medicare, however, has said it will continue to pay for the drug's treatment of breast cancer.


Tens of thousands of Egyptians flooded Tahrir Square in Cairo, criticizing the military government's refusal to hand over power. The day of protest was initially called by liberal groups angered by a recent set of declarations that granted the military a long-term role in the government. Many of those groups decided to stay away once it became clear the Muslim Brotherhood would dominate the rally. In an attempt to appease the protesters, the military said its declarations would not be binding, but the protesters rejected the concession.


It appears Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, the man charged with attempting to assassinate President Obama, was not in his right mind. In a 45-minute video he filmed as a pitch to Oprah, the 21-year-old Idaho man calls himself a modern-day Jesus. In the video, he rants against the U.S. government, praises Madonna's fashion sense, and condemns beer pong. He doesn't mention Obama or make threatening statements. A fellow student filmed Ortega, but never sent the tape to Oprah. His mother says he has no history of mental illness.


The former House speaker has shot to the top of the GOP hopefuls, but his messy and hypocritical personal life seems much less of an issue as conservatives turn the spotlight on his consulting deals with Freddie Mac and his ties to a think tank that received millions from health-care companies. The Daily Beast's Lois Romano reports on whether his sordid past will come back to haunt him.

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