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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Republican leaders unveiled what they called a "discussion draft" of their long-awaited health care bill, a part of the party's ongoing efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Five Republican senators have already come out in opposition to the Senate bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, jeopardizing its passage.

Critics on both sides of the aisle said the bill, which was drafted behind closed doors by a small group of Senate leaders and committee staffers, has been shrouded in secrecy.

Trump told reporters Thursday that there will be "a little negotiation, but it's going to be very good."

Republicans 'not ready' to support the bill

GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky released a joint statement saying, "Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor."

They added, "There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system, but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs."

In a separate statement, Paul said he'll oppose the bill "in its current form, but I remain open to negotiations."

"The current bill does not repeal Obamacare. It does not keep our promises to the American people," he said.

On Friday, Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., joined the group, saying at a press conference that "this bill is not the answer, it's simply not the answer."

"In this form, I will not support it," said Heller.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told reporters Thursday she has "not yet had the opportunity to read the text of the bill, and the details really matter."

"I see some positive features of this bill that are improvements over the House, and I see some negative features based on my first analysis," she said. "I don't like the provision that eliminates federal funding for Planned Parenthood. It makes no sense to single out Planned Parenthood from all the Medicaid providers. There's already a ban against using federal funds for abortions, so there's absolutely no need for that."

A vote from Collins, who has been willing to break from her party, would be key to ensuring the bill's passage.

Senate Republicans can afford to lose only two of their members to pass the bill, assuming Democrats remain united in their opposition.

Republicans acknowledge tough road ahead for bill

As members left a meeting about the bill, many said they were encouraged by their first impressions of the text but were hesitant to say if it would clear the 50 vote threshold for passage.

"There's a lot to digest. It's very complicated," Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said as he left the gathering.

Some Republicans said they liked how the Senate bill calculates the value of tax credits to help individuals pay for insurance.

While the House bill linked the tax credits to age only, the Senate bill considers age, income and geographical area.

"A person making about $12,000 a year will have more access and a lower cost of health insurance. And that's a really good thing," said Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.

But Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., a member of Senate leadership, acknowledged that the draft would not pass in its current form.

"Right now the challenge is, how do we get to 50?" he said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that he wants to get a vote before the July 4 legislative recess.

Democrats and ACA supporters unhappy

The bill's release was met with significant opposition from Democrats and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act.

Under current law, all insurance plans have to include, at a minimum, specified essential health benefits, including ambulance service, hospitalization, maternity care and prescription drug coverage. Under the Senate bill, states would be allowed to apply for waivers from those regulations and essentially scrap them to write their own rules.

As the bill was being unveiled, a large demonstration formed outside McConnell's office, with people in wheelchairs staging a die-in and protesters chanting that no changes be made to Medicaid. Demonstrators were physically removed by Capitol Police officers.

Congressional Democrats were also forceful in their condemnation.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer slammed the Senate bill as "every bit as bad" as the American Health Care Act passed in the House.

"The president said the Senate bill needed heart. The way this bill cuts health care is heartless," Schumer said Thursday. "The president said the house bill was mean. The Senate bill may be meaner."

He continued, "The Senate Republican health care bill is a wolf in sheep's clothing, only this wolf has even sharper teeth than the House bill."

During her weekly press conference, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said it's important to stop the legislation, which she called "a tax bill disguised as a health care bill."

Top medical organizations call on the Senate to reject the bill


So far, the Senate health care bill has not gotten any backing from top health or medical organizations. The American Public Health Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology released statements urging the Senate to reject the Better Care Reconciliation Act and expressed concerns over the closed-door negotiation process.

"The Senate proposal represents a significant move in the wrong direction, resulting in fewer people having access to insurance, fewer patient protections and less coverage for essential behavioral health care," American Psychiatric Association's CEO and medical director, Saul Levin, said in a statement.

The American Public Health Association attacked the bill's closed-door shaping as "legislative malpractice."

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology said, "Despite numerous efforts to collaborate and provide input throughout this process, women's health expertise was rejected. It is reckless for legislation that will have such an immense impact on Americans' lives and the economy to proceed without opportunity for public hearings or any external commentary."

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iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- The Oklahoma attorney general has charged a 67-year-old doctor with five counts of second-degree murder, accusing her of prescribing excessive amounts of "dangerous" medications to patients "without legitimate medical need" and causing the deaths of at least five patients.

The charges were filed in the District Court of Oklahoma County against Regan Nichols, an osteopathic physician in Midwest City, Oklahoma, on Friday morning. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has accused Nichols of being involved in five deaths, all of which occurred between 2010 and 2013, according to the probable cause affidavit. The patients who died ranged in age from 21 to 55.

Reports from the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's office stated that all five of the deaths were the result of multi-drug toxicity, according to a press release from the attorney general's office.

Three of the individuals were allegedly prescribed "deadly" and "addictive" combination "cocktails," which included Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Alprazolam and Carisoprodol, according to the affidavit, which stated that all of the prescriptions were signed by Nichols.

Nichols also allegedly prescribed more than 3 million dosage units of controlled dangerous substances between Jan. 1, 2010 and Oct. 7, 2014, based on data gathered by agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control's Prescription Monitoring Program, according to the affidavit.

The attorney general also alleged that 10 of Nichols' patients died from overdoses during that time period. Nichols is being charged with five counts of second-degree murder.

After the September 2015 hearing, the Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners stripped Nichols of her ability to prescribe controlled dangerous substance for five years, according to court documents. She then voluntarily surrendered her credentials.

During the 2015 hearing, when asked if she thought she overprescribed, Nichols responded that she believed the patients had developed a tolerance to their medications.

Earlier that year, in a March 2015 interview with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, Nichols told investigators that she would "fire" or dismiss patients who did not comply with the office's drug screen policies, but she would "unfire" them or give them second and third chances if the abused drug was marijuana, according to the affidavit.

An Oklahoma County judge issued a warrant for Nichols' arrest on Friday. She will be held on $50,000 bond.

"Dr. Nichols prescribed extremely large quantities of controlled substances in suspect combinations, including the most abused and sought after drugs on the street, to numerous patients with very little medical examination or the establishment of a valid doctor-patient relationship and for no legitimate medical need," the probable cause affidavit states.

In a statement, Hunter said that "Nichols' blatant disregard for the lives of her patients is unconscionable."

"The dangers associated with opioid drugs have been well documented and most doctors follow strict guidelines when prescribing opioids to their patients," Hunter said. "Nichols prescribed patients, who entrusted their well-being to her, a horrifyingly excessive amount of opioid medications."

Nichols was not on law enforcement's radar until May 2014, when a concerned former patient reported her to authorities, according to the affidavit. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control said it began investigating her in October 2014.

As of Friday afternoon, Nichols had not yet been arraigned, according to the Oklahoma County Court Clerk. An administrator at the Oklahoma County Jail confirmed to ABC News that she had not yet been booked.

ABC News could not immediately reach Nichols for comment, and it is unclear if she retained an attorney. Calls to her medical office were not returned and the phone there appeared to be disconnected.

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WPVI-TV(EVESHAM, N.J.) -- The newest member of the Evesham Police Department was sworn in on Thursday, and the rest of the force couldn't help but smile.

Four-year-old Chase Gilchrist has been battling a rare brain cancer and it was his dream to get to be a cop for the day, his family told ABC station WPVI-TV.

Officers in Evesham, New Jersey, helped make it happen, making Gilchrist an honorary member on Thursday.

WPVI reported that the boy's day started with a ride in a police car, where he got his own uniform and ID.

"Doesn't feel really comfortable when you're wearing a vest," Chase Gilchrist remarked after donning his uniform for the first time.

"Now that he's got the official shirt on and the official police car, he's going to go nuts. He's loving it," Chase's father, Scott Gilchrist, told WPVI-TV.

The newest member of the force also inspired his much-older colleagues.

"Many little kids want to be police officers. This one truly has it in his heart," Evesham Police Lt. Ron Ritter told WPVI-TV.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Dancing With the Stars pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd are amping up their workouts to get into wedding shape for their July nuptials and have turned it into a family affair.

Five-month old son Shai, whose name means "gift" in Hebrew, has joined in on the fitness routine. The new mom shared videos of Shai in her arms as an extra weight while doing sit-ups, lunges and other strength and conditioning exercises.

Murgatroyd, 30, and Chmerkovskiy, 37, who turned to trainer Tim Hartwig to help get them into tip-top shape for their big day, appeared on ABC News' Good Morning America and shared some of their favorite baby-bonding fitness moves.

"I think that it’s a great bonding activity for the whole family to do," Murgatroyd, founder of the lifestyle blog "All Things Fam & Glam," said on Good Morning America. "At first we didn’t have anybody to look after Shai so we just took him along and it just became an every week thing. We take him to the gym now and we bond together over there."

"I think if you introduce an activity like a gym, a workout at an early age, there’s nothing wrong with that," Chmerkovskiy added.

The Dancing couple shared some easy moves with GMA for parents and couples to try for their next workout.

Three couple workouts with baby

1. Squats with your partner and baby: Put your feet shoulder width apart and do deep knee bends with the baby facing you while your partner follows squats with extended arms. After a few squats, pass the baby while your arms are extended.

2. Baby crunches: Lie on your backs with your toes touching. One person has the baby and then crunches up and hands the baby to the partner waiting. Pass baby back and forth while doing ab crunches.

3. Twisting abs with baby: Sit on mat with the baby held at waistline. Lift legs up to tabletop (knees, ankles together) and twist upper half of body and take the baby with you. Twist from side to side and do 20 times. To incorporate two parents, your partner can be on the mat next to you and you can pass the baby back after 20 twists and repeat.

More workout moves for couples

1. Partner plank: Partners will hold a high plank head to head with about 1 foot between them throughout. From high plank, both partners lift their right hand and reach toward the opposite shoulder of their partner. Replace right hand, and as quickly as possible, repeat on the left side. Repeat as quickly as possible.

2. Counterbalance squat: Stand facing your partner at arm's length, feet slightly wider than hip width, grasping each other's forearms. Maintaining a secure grip, lower into a squat by sending hips back, bending both knees equally, and keeping core tight. Hold for a moment, then slowly return to starting position. Repeat for 10 to 12 reps.

3. Partner side planks: Each partner begins in a side plank, back to back. Partner A supports weight on right hand, feet stacked (with right foot on the bottom), core tight and hips lifted. Partner A raises left hand straight up so arms form a "T." Partner B begins in the same position, except on the left side, supporting weight on left hand, feet stacked (left foot on the bottom), and right hand extended straight up. From here, partners tap hands together above them. Next, bring hands down across front of body, rotating slightly (without dropping hips) to tap hands together underneath torsos. Return to straight position by re-straightening hips and tapping hands together overhead. Repeat eight to 12 times, then switch sides.

4. Squat and high knees mix: In this move, one person holds a squat while the other performs high knees. Partner A lowers into a squat and extends both arms straight out parallel to the floor. Partner B performs high knees, attempting to get each knee to the height of the partner's outstretched arms. Perform high knees by running in place, drawing knees up toward the chest as quickly as possible, keeping abs tight and back straight. Repeat for 30 seconds, then switch roles.

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Creatas/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) -- A former nurse in Texas was charged Wednesday in the 1981 murder of a 2-year-old girl.

Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood told ABC News Thursday that Genene Jones, 66, is suspected of killing as many as 60 children during her time as a nurse.

"We looked at her work schedule and when these babies were passing and the increase in passing under her direct work schedule was astronomical," said LaHood.

The district attorney's office said in a statement Wednesday that Jones had been indicted for the Sept. 16, 1981, murder of then 2-year-old Rosemary Vega. Last month, Jones was also charged with murder in a separate case for the Dec. 12, 1981, murder of then 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer.

At the time of Joshua's death, Jones was working as a nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit in what was formerly known as the Bexar County Hospital. According to the district attorney's office, evidence showed that Jones injected the boy with a toxic level of Dilantin.

Jones, who is currently incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Lane Murray unit in Gatesville, Texas, was sentenced to 99 years in prison in 1984 for the death of 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan. Later that year, a Bexar County judge sentenced Jones to 60 years in prison for injecting then 4-week-old Rolando Santos with Heparin, according to a news release from Bexar County district attorney's office. The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently.

A grand jury recommended that Jones' bond be set at $1 million for the latest indictment in the case of Vega. It is unclear if Jones has an attorney and LaHood said that no date has been set for a court appearance.

Due to a law that was in effect when Jones was first sentenced to prison, Jones will be released in March 2018. However, prior to her release, she will be sent back to Bexar County where she will await trial for the new charges, according to the district attorney's office.

"Our focus is to hold Genene Jones accountable for as many children's deaths as our evidence will support," LaHood said in Wednesday's press conference. "For that reason, this will continue to be an open investigation."

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Creatas Images/Thinkstock(MANNFORD, Okla.) -- One Oklahoma couple learned the sex of their baby through a new twist on a Southern tradition -- catching a catfish by hand.

“It is definitely out of the box, to say the least,” mom-to-be Shelby Moore, of Mannford, told ABC News of their catfish-noodling reveal party.

Her husband, Colt Moore, caught a 28-pound catfish to which a friend had attached a pink tag for the parents to learn their baby's sex.

“I was really excited it was a girl! I’ve always wanted one!,” Colt Moore, 26, wrote to ABC News. “I’m looking forward to having her in my arms for the first time! And a few years after that she’ll be in the water noddlin’ with me!”

Shelby Moore said noodling is a hobby she and her husband enjoy doing together.

“It is hand-fishing catfishing. You catch catfish with your hands," she said. "You go to the lake or a river or wherever and you work the banks to find these catfish in the rocks.”

Her husband caught the catfish a week before the reveal and had a friend tag it-- without telling the couple-- whether it was pink or blue.

“My husband actually went and noodled this fish last Monday and our reveal was Sunday,” Shelby Moore, 25, said of the Father’s Day surprise. “They kept it in a live well in one of our friends’ house for the week. My appointment to find out what we’re having was Wednesday and they gave the envelope to our best friend who had kept the catfish alive all week. He went out on his boat and found a hole an hour before we came out. He tagged the fish blue or pink and stuck it in the hole and stayed at the hole for about an hour.”

Colt Moore was less nervous about what the baby’s sex would be than about “losing the fish in front of all my buddies,” he said with a laugh. “They wouldn’t have let me hear the end of it.”

The parents are over the moon to be having a baby girl, due on Dec. 2, whom they plan to name Collins Taylor Moore.

“We have always talked about kids and wanted a girl,” said Shelby Moore. “We have always felt like we’re supposed to be a girl parent. I had a gut feeling it was a boy but we all wanted a girl so bad. I had mentally prepared myself for a boy because obviously I’d never be disappointed. We just want a happy, healthy baby, but when it came up with a girl I was beyond excited. It just made my heart so happy that it was pink.”



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Netflix(NEW YORK) -- After years of struggling with an eating disorder, Lily Collins has done something she never thought she'd do.

"I never dreamed I’d be posing in a bikini on the cover of Shape. It’s a complete 180 for me. It’s a magazine about what it means to be healthy," the 28-year-old actress said in an interview in the July issue of Shape.

Not only does she appear on the cover in a two-piece but she is also shown posing in several different swimsuits for a photo spread in the magazine.

Collins' swimsuit display comes after more than half a decade of her suffering from an eating disorder that she kept hidden from friends and family.

Now fully recovered, Collins has a new definition of healthy.

"I used to see healthy as this image of what I thought perfect looked like -- the perfect muscle definition, etc. But healthy now is how strong I feel," she said. "It’s a beautiful change, because if you’re strong and confident, it doesn’t matter what muscles are showing. Today I love my shape. My body is the shape it is because it holds my heart."

Collins is opening up about her battle in a new book, Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.

"I did consider that talking about my struggles with an eating disorder would overshadow my accomplishments as an actor, but I also knew this was something I needed to do to move forward as a human and an actress. I needed to let go," she told Shape. "Having suffered from an eating disorder doesn’t define me; I’m not ashamed of my past."

Collins also confronts her past in her new film To the Bone, in which she plays a woman sent to rehab for an eating disorder.

"It was a new form of recovery for me. I got to experience it as my character, Ellen, but also as Lily. I was terrified that doing the movie would take me backward, but I had to remind myself that they hired me to tell a story, not to be a certain weight," she said. "In the end, it was a gift to be able to step back into shoes I had once worn, but from a more mature place."

To the Bone, debuts on Netflix July 14.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Yogurt is a top choice for breakfast and a go-to snack for both adults and kids.

Low-fat and fat-free versions have long been top favorites but now, whole-fat yogurt is making a comeback. And studies are showing that it might actually be more beneficial for a number of reasons in comparison to low-fat yogurt.

Find out why in the video below with ABC News' Mara Schiavocampo:

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dulezidar/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology indicates that extra virgin olive oil may be associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease.

The research was completed at Temple University, and involved the introduction of extra virgin olive oil in mice known to develop key characteristics of Alzheimer's disease at the age of six months. They were fed a diet supplemented with the oil for six months, and then their neuropathy and behavior was studied for changes.

Researchers said that those mice that had their diet supplemented with EVOO performed better on cognitive tests and saw stark differences in brain tissue -- including fewer amyloid plaques.

A Mediterranean diet, heavy in fish, olive oil and plant-based foods, has long been known to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as lowering the risk of dementia. Some previous research had linked extra virgin olive oil to the health benefits of the diet as a whole.

Experts say that research remains to be done to determine whether the use of extra virgin olive oil can stop or reverse the disease in mice -- as well as determining whether the findings are applicable to humans.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As the Southwest is being battered by record-breaking extreme heat, experts warn about the trouble that can mean for the human body.

How hot is it in parts of the country right now? Some flights were canceled in Phoenix because of the crippling heat reaching a record high of 119 degrees -- the fourth hottest temperature ever recorded in the city, according to ABC News meteorologists.

The heat in Las Vegas tied the all-time hottest temperature record for that city at 117 degrees. But that's nothing compared to more obscure parts of the region like Needles, California, a small city in San Bernardino County where temperatures hit a record breaking 125 degrees, or Death Valley, California, which hit a daunting 127 degrees Tuesday.

Doctors urge people to take precautions in excessive heat. Here are some changes to monitor in extreme temperatures and how to respond:

Drink fluids, but the right ones and at an appropriate level

Most adults understand that drinking fluids is necessary when it's hot out, but many may not realize the kind of drink and how much of it can have significant effects.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that "because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat," and that people should "drink more water than usual."

But, while consuming more water is important, people should stay level-headed about it and avoid needlessly flooding their systems, Dr. Robert Glatter, an Emergency Physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City told ABC News.

"When people drink fluids in excess and go overboard, they can get hyponatremia," Glatter said, referring to a condition that occurs when the level of sodium in the blood becomes too low due to dilution, causing cells to swell up.

Glatter suggested that drinking water alone may not suffice in instances when people are putting their bodies through great exertion, like exercising for an hour outdoors.

In such instances, he recommends "drinking Pedialyte, or a sports drink" to replace lost electrolytes.

For normal levels of activity during heat waves, however, Glatter says that water alone should suffice.

"In general you should stick to water, and avoid drinks with an excess of sugar or caffeine," he said.

Stay cool, when possible

Glatter said that he frequently sees construction workers and street vendors in his ER who have had prolonged exposure to heat.

For those who are stuck outside in the heat, drinking more water and electrolytes may be the only protection. But for those who can, staying out of prolonged, intense sun is a safe bet.

The CDC recommends staying in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible and limiting direct exposure to sunlight to avoid heat stroke, which can cause damage to internal organs, including the brain.

Monitor children and the elderly

Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the effects of high temperatures, according Glatter, who says that they need to be monitored.

"Infants and children especially need to wear a hat outside -- a floppy hat," he said. "The scalp is very susceptible to overheating."

Glatter adds that sunscreen should be applied to children before leaving the house, not after, to allow time for absorption.

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Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince Harry has revealed he suffered panic attacks at royal engagements and said the Invictus Games, the Paralympic-style competition he founded for injured service members, forced him to confront his own fears and reach out for help.

"Actually going through Invictus and speaking to all the guys about their issues has really healed me and helped me," Harry, 32, said in a new interview with Dave Henson airing Wednesday in the U.K. on Forces TV. "I have got plenty of issues. None of them really relate to Afghanistan but Afghanistan was the thing that triggered everything else and the process."

Harry, a former Apache pilot, said it was his two tours of duty in Afghanistan that prompted him to deal with the 1997 death of his mother, Princess Diana, in a Paris car crash.

“If you lose your mum at the age of 12, you have got to deal with it,” Harry said. “The idea that 20 years later I still hadn’t really… that 15, 17 years later I still hadn’t dealt with it. Afghan was the moment where I was like, ‘Right, deal with it.'”

Harry, who shared earlier this year that he sought counseling in his late 20s, told Henson how he overcame his own fears to ask for help.

"I was like, 'Right, you are Prince Harry. You can do this. As long as you're not a complete t-- then you are going to be able to get that support because you've got the credibility of ten years' service and therefore you can really make a difference," he said.

Harry spoke with Henson, a Paralympic medal winner, to promote the 2017 Invictus Games, which will be held next in Toronto in September. The fifth-in-line to the British throne launched the Invictus Games in London in 2014 and credits the event with helping him conquer his own demons.

"Yeah, 100 percent. For me, Invictus has been sort of like a cure for myself," he said.

Harry also revealed in the interview details about the panic attacks he said he suffered at public engagements.

"In my case, suit and tie, every single time I was in any room with loads of people, which is quite often, I was just pouring with sweat, like heart beating – boom, boom, boom, boom - and literally just like a washing machine," Harry said.

Both Harry and his brother, Prince William, have spoken more publicly this year about the loss of Princess Diana and how they coped. The brothers joined Princess Kate in creating the Heads Together campaign last year to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Harry told The Telegraph's Bryon Gordon in April that he "shut down all [his] emotions” for almost two decades after Diana's death.

Harry, who started dating American actress Meghan Markle last summer, also described feeling completely overwhelmed having to live his life so publicly.

"I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle,” said Harry, who credited William with encouraging him to seek out mental health support.

Harry told Henson that he wanted to help himself so he could help others.

"When you can get your own head and self back on the right path, the amount of people you can help is unbelievable because you can tell the signs in people," Harry said. "You can see it in their eyes. You can see it in their reactions."

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Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The appliance many people rely on to keep their homes cool could potentially pose a fire risk.

Air conditioners cause an average of 20 deaths, 140 injuries and $82 million in property damage annually, according to a 2016 report by the National Fire Protection Association.

Experts warn that rising temperatures can strain air conditioning units and, if they are not properly maintained, can turn them into fire hazards.

"If they are overworked and overheated or there are some electrical issues, it can catch nearby combustibles on fire," Pete Piringer, chief spokesperson for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service in Maryland, told ABC's Good Morning America.

But fires can be prevented through proper maintenance, Piringer said. Changing the filter and ensuring adequate power supply to the unit are two safety measures that can help avoid potential problems.

Avoiding the use of extension cords or power strips is also important, he said.

"When you start using extension cords, it can be problematic," Piringer said. "They can overheat and start a fire."

Piringer also recommends that people have their units checked once or twice per year by a certified HVAC technician and make sure that space around them is clear.

"Create that circle of safety," he said. "Make sure you're clear of certainly any combustible material."

In a demonstration on GMA, Piringer showed how properly anchoring the unit into a window opening ensures that if a fire were to start, the seal between the bracket and the opening will prevent the flames from coming into the house.

The National Fire Protection Association found that from 2010 to 2014, there was an average of 2,800 reports of home structure fires involving air conditioners annually.

In April, an air conditioning unit caused a two-alarm fire at an apartment complex in Tampa, Florida, ABC affiliate WFTS-TV reported.

"I look out my window and the AC unit was on fire," Carla Alberto, who lives across from the building that caught fire, told WFTS.

"You could see the smoke like 10 minutes away," witness Latrida Smart told WFTS.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you've never practiced yoga before, there's no better day to start than on Wednesday. June 21 is International Yoga Day.

According to Days of the Year, International Yoga Day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 11, 2014. But the physical, mental and spiritual practice that's helped millions worldwide is actually more than 6,000 years old.

If the idea of "oooming" your way through a yoga class has you yawning, read on. Yoga has taken all sorts of forms and has risen to new heights -- even incorporating all sorts of furry friends. The good news is that yoga always comes back to the basics and is a great practice for everyone, from the very old to the very young.

Kids Yoga

Even the tiniest of tots can practice yoga. The same things that benefit adults -- stress reduction, mind-body connection and physical strength -- also benefit kids. It's also a non-competitive sport, something that's hard to come by for kids these days.

Kids yoga tends to be more creative than an adult yoga class. So imagine barking like a dog in downward dog, or meowing in cat pose. It's those little tweaks and a bit of silliness that keeps the kids focused.

Heli Yoga

Talk about taking yoga to new heights. In Las Vegas, just a few minutes from the Strip, guests are transported via helicopter to the Valley of Fire for a 75-minute yoga class led by Dray Gardner of Silent Savasana.

Maverick Helicopters, which runs the tours, told ABC News its clients are the type of people who are not only looking to stay health-conscious on vacation, but who want to experience "the latest and greatest Las Vegas has to offer." If you're looking for a way to stay fit and turn your Instagram followers green with envy, heli yoga is it.

Goat Yoga


If you love baby goats, you'll love goat yoga. The classes started in Willamette Valley, Oregon, by Lainey Morse in 2016. Morse said a goat therapy idea first came to her during a rough period in her life.

“It’s impossible to be sad and depressed when there’s baby goats jumping around,” she said.

Her business is expanding rapidly, with people traveling from all over the nation to attend a class.

“They have a sense of clam about them, but are really funny too,” Morse said. “They’re the perfect therapy animal.”

Dog Yoga

Those who identify as dog people rather than goat people will be pleased to know there's a growing trend of pairing downward dog with an actual dog. Sometimes called "doga," the practice makes use of canines as props and even weights in some yoga poses.

Dog owner Jocelyn James spoke to ABC News about the benefit of doga, saying, "It’s been very powerful for me and Peanut Butter ... she has allergies and a little anxiety. Everything that breathes needs a little healing.”

Voga

Looking to amp up your yoga practice? Look no further than Voga, or Voguing-yoga. It pairs the dance moves from Madonna's "Vogue" with yoga. The class description offers the "synchronized movement of yoga with the expressive moves of a dance class, fusing power and strength with attitude and flamboyance, where slick alignment is key." 

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Twitter/VP(WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Mike Pence was among those on Capitol Hill Tuesday who rolled up their sleeves and donated blood in honor of the victims of last week's shooting at congressional baseball practice at an Alexandria, Virginia, park.

The blood drive -- which will also take place on Thursday -- is supported by the American Red Cross and hosted by Deputy Whip Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C. It's in honor of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, as well as Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner and lobbyist Matt Mika, all of whom were injured when gunman James Hodgkinson opened fire. He was killed in a shootout with police.

"Inspiring to see members of Congress & staffers at the blood drive organized to help those hurt in last week's shooting. #TeamScalise," Pence tweeted, along with photos of himself at the blood bank.

Marc Lotter, Pence's press secretary, tweeted a photo of the vice president "donating blood & getting update on @SteveScalise."

Pence's donation to the blood bank was welcomed by Scalise's staff, who tweeted from the congressman's account, "Thanks to @VP Pence for giving blood today in honor of those injured in last week's attack. #TeamScalise"

Rep. McHenry also commended Pence, tweeting, "Great to see @VP Pence taking part in today's blood drive honoring the victims of last week's attack. #ScaliseStrong @CapitolPolice."

Rep. Pete Aguilar, R-Calif., also donated blood, tweeting a photo of himself at the blood bank.

"Thank you @PatrickMcHenry for organizing a blood drive in honor of @stevescalise and all the victims of last week's horrific attack," he wrote.

Thank you @PatrickMcHenry for organizing a blood drive in honor of @stevescalise and all the victims of last week's horrific attack. pic.twitter.com/vuB3TUPfqZ

— Rep. Pete Aguilar (@RepPeteAguilar) June 20, 2017

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) also tweeted a photo of himself, while blood was being drawn.

"Happy to give blood today in honor of @SteveScalise and others injured on the ball field last week," he wrote.

Happy to give blood today in honor of @SteveScalise and others injured on the ball field last week. pic.twitter.com/CDi9IAUkFl

— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) June 20, 2017

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) tweeted a series of photos, as well.

Donating blood today at the blood drive on Capitol Hill for @SteveScalise, @CapitolPolice, and all victims of the #AlexandriaShooting pic.twitter.com/RB36lXr68i

— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) June 20, 2017

Nice to see @VP Pence stop by the Capitol Hill blood drive today while donating blood in honor of Scalise & others wounded last week pic.twitter.com/LEHqtdsP6V

— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) June 20, 2017

Rep. Jason Lewis (R-Minn.) tweeted a photo of himself giving the thumbs-up, while his blood was being drawn.

"Joined @InovaBlood to give blood today in support of my friend @SteveScalise's recovery! Praying for Steve & our brave Capitol Police #Mn02," he wrote.

Joined @InovaBlood to give blood today in support of my friend @SteveScalise's recovery! Praying for Steve & our brave Capitol Police #Mn02 pic.twitter.com/yifoBBnD6x

— Jason Lewis (@RepJasonLewis) June 20, 2017

Georgia congressman Drew Ferguson also tweeted a photo of himself donating blood.

"Proud to be supporting #TeamScalise today at the Capitol Hill blood drive," he wrote.

Proud to be supporting #TeamScalise today at the Capitol Hill blood drive pic.twitter.com/cP57rLWuI0

— Drew Ferguson (@RepDrewFerguson) June 20, 2017

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Less than an hour after White House press secretary Sean Spicer admitted that neither President Donald Trump nor his advisers had viewed a draft of Senate Republicans' health care bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced that it will make its debut on Thursday.

The announcement comes as Democrats, and some Republicans, on Capitol Hill have voiced concerns that the process to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act has been shrouded in secrecy.

"I expect to have a discussion draft on Thursday and we will go to the floor once we have a CBO score, likely next week," said McConnell Tuesday afternoon.

The majority leader insisted that Americans will have "plenty of time" to review the bill, saying, "We've been discussing all the elements of this endlessly for seven years. Everybody pretty well understands it. Everybody will have adequate time to take a look at it. I think this will be about as transparent as it can be."

Earlier Tuesday, in response to a question at the day's press briefing, Spicer told reporters that he didn't know if Trump had seen the bill.

"I know the president has been on the phone extensively with the leader and with key senators so I don't know if he's seen the legislation or not," said Spicer. "I know that they've been working extremely hard and the president has been giving his input and his ideas, feedback to them, and he's very excited about where this thing is headed."

Pressed whether the president's advisers had viewed a bill, Spicer again said that he was unaware and added that he himself did not know "where we are in terms of a final plan."

"I know that they are up there working hand in glove with them," said Spicer, adding, "I know that the staff has been working very closely with the leader's staff, with [the Senate Finance Committee] and others, so I don't want to get ahead of an announcement on Sen. McConnell saying when that final product is done."

Earlier in the briefing, Spicer expounded upon a CNBC report from earlier Tuesday that Trump told a group of technology CEOs that the health care plan needed to have "more heart."

“I mean, the president clearly wants a bill that has heart in it,” said Spicer. “He believes that health care is something that is near and dear to so many families and individuals.”

McConnell declined to describe how the Senate bill will have more "heart" than the House bill, saying only that it will "speak for itself" and "be different."

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