setbacks
July 10, 2014
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A young girl who appeared to be cured of HIV after intensive drug therapy does in fact have the virus, doctors announced on Thursday.

The four-year-old girl from Mississippi was born prematurely to a mother with HIV, and began taking antiretroviral drugs just 30 hours after birth. After 18 months of taking the drugs, the girl's mother stopped taking her to the doctor and giving her the pills. Five months later, she was examined again and doctors found her blood did not show any detectable levels of HIV or HIV-specific antibodies.

Her story was shared at an AIDS conference in 2013, and was the foundation for an upcoming clinical trial to test if babies born to infected mothers can discontinue taking drugs after they show signs of going into remission. The discovery earlier this month of the virus in her blood hit doctors hard.

"It felt very much like a punch to the gut," Dr. Hannah Gay, pediatric HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, said during a news conference.

The girl was given antiretroviral drugs as soon as the virus was found in her blood, and is responding well. With this discovery, some are now wondering if it is ethical to continue with the planned clinical trial. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, believes it will not cross any lines. "I think what would be questionable is if people on their own, without a clinical study, decided they were going to all of a sudden empirically stop therapy just to see if things were OK with the baby," he told the Los Angeles Times. "That's a different story than doing it under a very carefully controlled and monitored clinical trial." Catherine Garcia

Coming Soon
9:32 a.m. ET

The internet tends to go wild over anything Bill Murray does, so the announcement of a Netflix-only Bill Murray Christmas special is a pretty big deal. The star-studded cast list released by Netflix — which includes George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, and Miley Cyrus, among others — offers even more reasons to get excited.

But despite all that promise, the brief teaser for A Very Murray Christmas sees the star looking pretty glum:

Cheer up, Bill! 'Tis the season (roughly seven months from now). Scott Meslow

The Voice
9:30 a.m. ET

Close your eyes and think back to that classic Notting Hill scene in which Julia Roberts asks Hugh Grant to love her. Now, speed ahead to the two-minute mark in the video, below, and have that touching moment ruined forever.

Roberts and Grant are just two of the actors who poke fun at themselves in a sketch for NBC's "Red Nose Day" — Daniel Craig and Liam Neeson also take turns confessing to their "real" voices, all of which, the sketch claims, have had to be dubbed over for audiences.

Give Roberts credit: She takes the brunt of the gag but seems to be having a ball in her documentary-style interviews. However, watching Craig insist he is a "manly man" is good for a laugh as well. Enjoy the stars revealing their less than velvety "real" voices, in the video, below. —Sarah Eberspacher

This doesn't look good
9:30 a.m. ET
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Hundreds of protesters marched in Washington state on Thursday after news broke that a white police officer in Olympia shot two unarmed black stepbrothers. The men were allegedly trying to steal beer from a grocery store. Both men are in stable condition and are expected to survive the shooting.

Ryan Donald, the police officer who confronted the stepbrothers, said the 21- and 24-year-old men had assaulted him with a skateboard on Thursday. Witnesses at the scene claimed one of the men was "advancing aggressively toward the officer," according to The Seattle Times.

Police say the men were not armed with guns when they were shot, and a team of detectives is investigating the shooting. The protesters marched from a park to the Olympia police headquarters on Thursday night, chanting the names of the shooting victims as well as slogans including "Black Lives Matter" and "No Justice, No Peace." Meghan DeMaria

Egg-spensive
9:20 a.m. ET

The avian flu outbreak is causing a surge in egg prices, as 39 million birds have already been killed by the extremely contagious virus. A quarter of the chickens that produce "breaker eggs," or eggs sold in liquid form for commercial use, are already affected, causing their wholesale prices to triple. Meanwhile, "shell eggs," the type sold in grocery stores, have seen wholesale price increases of up to 85%. Iowa, the largest producer of eggs in the U.S., has already lost a quarter of its laying hens. The highly infectious strain of bird flu has been so devastating partially because of the "massive populations" of chickens on farms today — sometimes up to 1 million. The effects of the outbreak are expected to last for years as egg manufacturers struggle to repopulate their facilities.  Marshall Bright

goin' to the chapel
9:17 a.m. ET

How do you make a surprise wedding even more surprising? Bring in an A-lister like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to officiate.

Johnson tricked Nick Mundy, a fan and correspondent for the YouTube channel "Screen Junkies," by canceling a planned interview. But as Mundy panicked over whether or not he had somehow botched the opportunity, Johnson came out in a tuxedo to deliver the real news: the interview was canceled in favor of a surprise wedding, officiated by Johnson, that brought Mundy and his fiancée Dilara into wedded bliss.

"Just when you thought the day was gonna be terrible — it's actually gonna be the greatest day of your life," said Johnson as he led Mundy into the makeshift chapel full of their friends and family:

"This is cool, 'cause it's real," says Johnson as he marries the couple. "By the power invested in me — Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, ordained by the state of California and the almighty universe itself, I now pronounce you husband and wife." Scott Meslow

2016 Watch
9:09 a.m. ET
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Since 2002, the Clintons have been raking in speaking engagement fees that, on the high end, ranged from $100,000 for Chelsea Clinton, $500,000 for Hillary Clinton, and $1 million for Bill Clinton.

After pressure from outsiders that found discrepancies in the foundation's accounting, the Clinton Foundation released the previously undisclosed fees Thursday. The list comprised 97 speaking engagements that span 13 years and netted the organization between $12 million and $26.4 million.

No specific dates were included in the list of payments, but Bloomberg reports that at least a few came as Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state. All told, there are nearly two dozen speeches paid to Clinton and her husband by foreign groups that will be of particular interest to critics given the presidential hopeful's role and influence at the time as a top diplomat. Other major donors include universities and Wall Street giants.

"Posting these speeches is just another example of how our disclosure policies go above and beyond what's required of charities," the Foundation spokesperson said. Lauren Hansen

2016 Watch
8:50 a.m. ET

Jeb Bush may differ from his brother on money, but he and George W. Bush are apparently alike when it comes to massages.

In 2006, former President George W. Bush gave Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel a shoulder massage, a move Vice President Joe Biden later recreated with Defense Secretary Ash Carter's wife. Now, Jeb Bush has joined in, as he massaged the shoulders of Salem New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce President Donna Morris at an event Thursday.

Morris joked to Jeb Bush, "Oh, you take my breath away," and he responded with the massage. Check out Bush's move in the video below. —Meghan DeMaria

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