U.S. Army Special Operations Command
The Defense Department said there is no truth to claims in a viral story from writer E.T. Williams that Sgt. La David Johnson betrayed fellow soldiers in an Oct. 4, 2017, ambush that killed him and three of his comrades. Army Maj. Audricia Harris told The Associated Press that “at no point since the Niger attack has DOD ever considered Army Sgt. La David Johnson anything less than an honorable soldier who sacrificed his life for our country.”
AP also reported, based on the conclusion of a military investigation, that Johnson was killed by enemy rifle and machine gun fire as he fled the attack by an offshoot of the Islamic State group.
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Steven Nissen definitely is a cardiologist with the Cleveland Clinic. That said, he was never interviewed by a blog called Culture Hook, and he did not encourage people to stop taking ibuprofen and similar drugs.
A Culture Hook article cited research from Nissen backing changes on warning labels on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs — a category including ibuprofen — noting the medications could increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke.
Nissen told The Associated Press he wasn’t interviewed by the blog and said the outlet inserted “comments” attributed to him that represent its own view. Nissen said in 2015, when the Food and Drug Administration made a change to warning labels, that NSAID use should be safe for those without cardiovascular issues.
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There were a number of news stories and events from 2017 that can be filed under "good riddance." Natural disasters. The threat of nuclear war. Endless political consternation. Then there were stories that seemed truly awful, disturbing or perplexing — but didn't actually happen. While this is by no means a comprehensive collection, it is important to at least set the record straight in these 10 instances. (Sources: Chicago Tribune, The Associated Press, Fox News)