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  • Choir rehearsals for papal visit provide soothing sounds amid worries over huge crowds

    PHILADELPHIA –  Those fretting about how Philadelphia will accommodate huge crowds when Pope Francis visits are now hearing some soothing sounds. Choir practices have begun for the Sept. 27 papal Mass. More than 250 singers from throughout the Philadelphia Archdiocese took part in the first session Monday night at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Choir director David Kimock says the singers know they are not putting on a show but engaging in the highest form of prayer. The papal choir will sing in several different languages. Rehearsals will take place every week until the big day. Francis will visit Washington and New York before coming to Philadelphia, where he’ll take part in an international gathering of Catholic families and celebrate Mass on a wide scenic boulevard.

    August 4, 2015 4:39 pm


  • Israel’s Netanyahu asks U.S. Jews to oppose Iran nuclear deal

    JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to rally U.S. Jews on Tuesday against the Iranian nuclear deal championed by President Barack Obama and facing review by Congress, saying it risked a catastrophic Middle East war. In a webcast organized by Jewish groups in North America, Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s arguments that the July 14 deal was not enough to curb Iranian nuclear projects with bomb-making potential while bringing Tehran a windfall in sanctions relief that could help fund destabilizing regional conflicts. With surveys showing American Jewish opinion mixed on a dispute that has strained the U.S.-Israeli alliance, Netanyahu cast his opposition to the Iran deal as non-partisan. He also pushed back against the Obama administration’s counter-argument that the deal was the only way to avoid eventual war with Iran. “I don’t oppose this deal because I want war. I oppose this deal because I want to prevent war. And this deal will bring war,” he …

    August 4, 2015 4:19 pm


  • Radio audience hits all-time high

    It turns out that radio still gets results. Amid all the changes in television and digital media, a report from Nielsen released Tuesday found that radio’s nationwide audience reached an all-time high during the second quarter of 2015. According to Nielsen, about 245 million Americans ages 12 and up used radio during the that span. It was a continuation of an upward trend for radio, which has seen its national audience swell to record highs in each of the last two years. In the first quarter of this year, radio eclipsed television as the country’s top reaching medium. Nielsen found that radio’s growth was driven by minority listeners. The report found “penetration” among blacks and Hispanic-Americans — both of whom listen to the radio in a given week more than any other ethnic group — hitting historic highs. The weekly black audience has grown 5% to 31.3 million people since 2011, while the Hispanic listening …

    August 4, 2015 3:19 pm


  • Blue Jays’ Aaron Sanchez suspended 3 games, John Gibbons 1

    TORONTO (AP) Toronto pitcher Aaron Sanchez was suspended for three games and manager John Gibbons for one for their roles in Sunday’s brawling game between the Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals. Major League Baseball on Tuesday also fined Sanchez an undisclosed sum for intentionally throwing at Alcides Escobar with warnings in place during the top of the eighth inning of Toronto’s 7-6 win. Sanchez contends his pitch just got away. Gibbons was to miss Monday night’s home game against Minnesota. He was disciplined for coming back on the field when the benches cleared following Sanchez’s pitch. Gibbons already had been ejected in the seventh inning. Sanchez’s suspension was to start Monday night. If he appeals, his penalties will be held until the matter is settled. Sanchez was ejected by umpire Jim Wolf, who had put a warning in place in the first inning when Royals starter Edison Volquez hit Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson. …

    August 4, 2015 4:39 pm

World News

  • Whale led from Buenos Aires marina

    Navy officials successfully coaxed the whale out of the dockland area A whale that strayed into a marina in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires has been led out towards the sea. Hundreds of residents watched on Monday when the creature surfaced among yachts in the upmarket Puerto Madero area. But navy officials lured it away, and the whale was last seen close to the entrance to the Rio de la Plata river, which connects with the Atlantic. But there are fears that it may have suffered permanent damage from its time in freshwater. Migual Iniguez, from the Cethus Foundation, which was involved in the operation, said the whale looked sick and had skin problems. Some experts identified it as a minke whale, while others said it was a humpback.

    August 4, 2015 4:39 pm



  • Cures for PTSD often remain elusive for war veterans

    Our nation’s veterans continue to suffer emotional and psychological effects of war–some for decades. And while there has been greater attention directed recently toward post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more veterans are seeking help, current psychotherapy treatments are less than optimal, according to a new narrative review published in the August 4, 2015 issue of JAMA. In a review of medical literature over a 35-year period, researchers from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Center for Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury — a program in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center — and other institutions found that non-medical approaches to treat PTSD were effective in some patients but not in others, suggesting a need for broader, more personalized approaches to care. The researchers looked at randomized clinical trials of psychotherapy for military-related PTSD to examine which psychotherapies improve symptoms. This included, in particular, a review of trials of two commonly-used, evidence-based treatment …

    August 4, 2015 3:39 pm


  • Violence high in U.S. despite declines

    (Reuters Health) – Violence remains a problem for many Americans despite substantial progress since the 1980s and 1990s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Because we are seeing the (violence) numbers go down, we know it is preventable,” said senior author Dr. Debra Houry, of the CDC in Atlanta. Using health and law enforcement surveillance systems, the researchers mapped trends in child abuse and neglect, youth violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, elder abuse and homicide. They report in JAMA that homicide rates increased steadily from 1960 and peaked in 1980, with more than 10 homicides for every 100,000 people that year. The rate declined to five homicides per 100,000 people in 2013. Aggravated assaults also rose steadily, from 86 per 100,000 in 1960 to a peak of 442 per 100,000 people in 1992. By 2012 this had declined to 242 per 100,000. The increase in violence since the 1960s may have …

    August 4, 2015 3:59 pm


  • Miley Cyrus Likes To Eat Cake Topless While Partying With Her Girlfriend Stella Maxwell

    Posted on Tue Aug 4th, 2015 12:35pm PDT       By X17 Staff Let them eat cake … topless! Miley Cyrus once again dared to bare her bod’ when she posted some sexy Instagram snaps, partying and eating cake topless with her model girlfriend Stella Maxwell. The snap was taken by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot for an upcoming W Magazine shoot. The 22-year-old “Wrecking Ball singer captioned the racy pic, “This is how we party!!!” Miley’s 24-year-old girlfriend looks stunning as she feeds her disrobed lady love a slice of cake — because when you are Miley Cyrus that’s how you eat baked goods — out of the hands of babes.   Stories from around the Web

    August 4, 2015 3:19 pm


  • The dirty business of Obama’s so-called Clean Power Plan

    President Obama’s carbon mandates finalized on Monday are nothing more than a smokescreen for bureaucratic actions that will not withstand judicial scrutiny, which has become common place for rulemaking under this administration.   Adjustments from the proposed to final rule consist of tricky, legal maneuvering meant to delay injured parties’ day in court.   The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not have the authority to issue its so-called Clean Power Plan, and the administration knows this.  That authority lies with Congress, which rejected economically-disastrous carbon mandates when cap and trade legislation failed under a Democrat-controlled Senate. As we have seen with immigration and health care, President Obama and his administrative officials do not care about the law and are not going to let Congress or the American people stand in the way.  Since the president couldn’t get the law on his side, his EPA began colluding with extreme environmental groups and calculating with attorneys to find a …

    August 4, 2015 2:58 pm

Odd News

  • Lame Massachusetts chicken to get 3-D printer prosthetic leg

    BOSTON One Massachusetts chicken is about to get a costly leg up on life – a $2,500 prosthetic limb made on a 3-D printer. The chicken, named Cicely, is headed into surgery on Wednesday for the start of a first-of-its-kind procedure to fit her with an artificial limb, her owner, Andrea Martin of Black Thistle Farm, said on Monday. Cicely, 3 months old, was born with a torn tendon in her right leg that limits her mobility. When Martin took her to Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine to be examined last week she was given two choices — a prosthetic or euthanasia. “It was a no-brainer,” Martin said in a phone interview. “She needs to be able to live a normal life.” Martin’s farm, located in Clinton, about 45 miles (72 km) west of Boston, specializes in chicken rehabilitation and this isn’t the first time she has splurged on surgery. One of her …

    August 4, 2015 3:56 am