Headline News

  • Chicago’s retired Cardinal George readmitted to hospital after stopping cancer treatment


    CHICAGO –  Chicago’s retired Cardinal Francis George has been readmitted to the hospital several months after he stopped treatment for kidney cancer. The Archdiocese of Chicago said Saturday that George was admitted to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment of what it described as “hydration issues and pain management.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The statement provided no other details on his condition, but said George asks the faithful to pray for him. George said in January that doctors had run out of options for his cancer treatment and he was focusing on quality of life rather than a cure. He stopped receiving an experimental drug treatment in December because it wasn’t working. George stepped down as leader of Chicago’s more than 2 million Roman Catholics in November. Blase Cupich (blayz SOO’-pich) became Chicago’s archbishop.

    March 28, 2015 1:33 pm
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Politics

  • GOP candidates get squishy on immigration


    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) It’s become even clearer thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics. Just ask Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. He stepped up as a Senate leader on immigration only to slip and fall in a tea party ruckus over the issue. In a moment of candor, Rubio remembered the months of trying to get back up as “a real trial for me.” Others, too, have shifted on the matter. Now it’s oops for Walker. In 2013, Walker said offering immigrants in the country a way to become citizens “makes sense.” Early this month, however, he said he no longer supports “amnesty.” Complicating that switch, Walker recently discussed immigration with New Hampshire party leaders. One of them, state chair Jennifer Horn, says that he favored legal status — a position many conservatives equate with “amnesty.” Worse for Walker, The Wall Street Journal reported …

    March 28, 2015 10:52 am
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Stocks

  • Anti-email startup Slack got hacked


    Slack, the startup that wants to replace email with an online chatting system, just got hacked and lost its users data. On Friday, the San Francisco company said it discovered that someone broke into its computer system. Hackers tapped a Slack database that held customer usernames, email addresses, phone numbers and Skype IDs. Now the danger is that hackers might break into Slack user accounts. The database contained passwords. They were encrypted into indecipherable gibberish that will be difficult convert back into plain, readable text. But security experts say these hackers could fairly quickly figure out the weakest ones, like “password” and “123456.” This is a blow to the company’s image. Slack’s main selling point is: Ditch email and trust us with your company’s sensitive conversations. It’s unclear if Friday’s news will impact the company’s stellar performance with investors. Slack has raised millions of dollars in recent months. And investors currently value the young company …

    March 28, 2015 1:12 pm
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Sports

  • Dodgers’ League out indefinitely with shoulder issue


    Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Brandon League is expected to miss at least the first two months of the upcoming 2015 season due to inflammation in his right shoulder. League, who hasn’t pitched since March 9, underwent an MRI Wednesday which revealed the injury. The veteran right-hander will be prohibited from throwing for the next three weeks and is likely to begin the season on the 60-day disabled list, manager Don Mattingly told the Dodgers’ official site. The 32-year-old posted a 2.57 earned run average over 63 appearances last season, his third with the Dodgers since being acquired from Seattle in July of 2012. League has pitched in at least 58 games in each of the last six seasons. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    March 28, 2015 1:32 pm
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World News

  • Iran nuclear talks ‘enter endgame’


    Mr Steinmeier told reporters “decisive days” were ahead as he arrived for the Iranian talks Talks on Iran’s nuclear programme have entered their “endgame”, Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said. Negotiators from six world powers are attempting to strike a deal with Iran to restrict its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. The parties have set a deadline of the end of March to reach an agreement. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that progress was being made. Mr Steinmeier said as he arrived in the Swiss city of Lausanne for the talks: “These are decisive days before us after nearly 12 years of negotiations with Iran. “The endgame of the long negotiations has begun.” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) has held preliminary talks with the US After meeting Mr Steinmeier and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Mr Zarif said: “I think we can in fact make the necessary progress …

    March 28, 2015 1:32 pm
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Technology

  • Edinburgh’s literary history mapped at the click of a button


    From Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark’s maverick schoolteacher, to Edward Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson’s alter ego villain, Edinburgh has long provided a backdrop for some of literature’s most enigmatic characters. Now a digital initiative is offering you the chance to explore the city’s streets through the eyes of the authors they inspired. Launching on Monday, Lit Long: Edinburgh has an online interactive map that pinpoints the locations referred to in narrative extracts. “We wanted to find a way to look at the sedimented literary history of Edinburgh in a new way,” says Professor James Loxley of Edinburgh University, who led the work. By applying filters to the map, it is possible to narrow the extracts – depicted, appropriately enough, with a quill – to works based on keywords, titles or authors. “Grassmarket, for example, is linked to a host of extracts including a grim description of the gallows from Sir Walter Scott’s The Heart of …

    March 28, 2015 10:31 am
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Science

  • Intergenerational transmission of abuse and neglect more complicated than previously believed


    A study led by Cathy Spatz Widom, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at John Jay College, found that offspring of parents with histories of child abuse and neglect are themselves at risk for childhood neglect and sexual abuse but not physical abuse. Titled “Intergenerational Transmission of Child Abuse and Neglect: Real or Detection Bias?” the study’s findings were reported in the March 27 issue of the journal Science. As part of a prospective longitudinal study, Widom followed a large group of children with documented cases of childhood abuse and neglect and a demographically matched group of children without documented histories of abuse or neglect into adulthood. Widom and her team interviewed both groups of individuals who are now adults in their 40s and early 50s and a sample of their offspring. Researchers found that the parents with documented cases of childhood abuse or neglect reported more neglect toward their children than parents without such histories, but …

    March 28, 2015 10:51 am
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Health

  • Progress Reported in Battling Advanced Ovarian Cancer


    SATURDAY, March 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An experimental vaccine and a drug already on the market each may help slow down advanced ovarian cancer, two new studies suggest. In one, of just 31 patients, researchers found that adding the vaccine to standard treatment staved off a recurrence in women who had advanced-stage ovarian cancer. The other study, involving women with recurrent ovarian cancer, found that administering the drug Avastin after surgery and chemotherapy stalled the cancer’s progression, versus surgery and chemo alone. The findings are to be presented Saturday at the annual meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), in Chicago. Studies reported at meetings are usually considered preliminary until they’re published in a medical journal. Still, experts expressed cautious optimism, saying the findings represent progress against the deadliest form of gynecologic cancer. There is no screening test for ovarian cancer, and in its early stages it often causes no symptoms or only …

    March 28, 2015 10:52 am
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Plays Manny With Mason Disick At The Pool


    Posted on Sat Mar 28th, 2015 10:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Talk about an unlikely duo! After sweating it out at the dance studio earlier in the day, Justin Bieber stopped by the Montage in Beverly Hills to soak up the sun at the pool on Friday afternoon. At first we thought it was a coincidence that we caught Scott Disick leaving the hotel a few hours later, but after the Biebs posted a photo on Instagram of himself playing with Scott’s son Mason, it was clearly a planned get together! Justin is super close with Kendall and Kylie Jenner and he’s hung out with Scott before, but seeing as the reality star is fresh from rehab, is hanging out with a smokin’ hot 21-year-old party-loving playboy the best idea? Probably not, but Bieber does seem to be having a blast baby sitting, so that has to count for something! And speaking of shirtless poolside snaps, …

    March 28, 2015 1:12 pm
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Editorial

  • Germanwings disaster: Time to stop protecting medical privacy of pilots, others who hold our lives in their hands


    FILE — Sept. 13, 2009: Andreas Lubitz competes at the Airportrun in Hamburg, northern Germany. Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Mueller) We don’t yet know the exact medical condition that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was hiding from his employers. But we do know that he had a medical condition, and that he tore up some of his doctor’s notes, including one that excused him from working on Tuesday, and that he went to work in the morning instead of staying home. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT And we know that later that morning, 30 minutes after takeoff, he locked the pilot out of the cockpit and crashed an Airbus A320 into a mountain in the French Alps, killing himself and all 149 …

    March 28, 2015 10:52 am
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Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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