• Pope Francis to allow priests to forgive women who had abortions

    Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Pope Francis will allow priests discretion to absolve women who have had abortions if they seek forgiveness during the upcoming Holy Year beginning Dec. 8, the Vatican announced in a statement Tuesday. "One of the serious problems of our time is clearly the changed relationship with respect to life," the pope wrote in the English-language version of his letter, in which he described the "existential and moral ordeal" of women who have chosen to terminate their pregnancies. Remarking that he has met with many women who have faced this decision, Francis said that women "who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision" deserve the forgiveness of God if they seek it.

  • From Alabama to California: Family moves to obtain medical marijuana

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The passion and the energy resonated from California to Alabama, the video interview providing a window into the raw determination that drives Vicki Hill. She left 32 years of her life behind in Huntsville to relocate to northern California in search of a medical marijuana sanctuary for her 20-year-old daughter, Aubrie, who has suffered from epilepsy since she was 5. The Hills are a snapshot of a small migration west for some Alabama families seeking access to various forms of medical marijuana that are unlawful to possess in their home state. In the Hills' new California home, medical marijuana is legal.

  • Wes Craven Dies: Veteran Director Of 'Scream,' 'Nightmare On Elm Street' Was 76

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Director Wes Craven died this afternoon in Los Angeles. Craven was 76 and passed away at home surrounded by his family after battling brain cancer. From his first feature film The Last House On The Left as writer, director and editor in 1972, Craven made his mark as a genre-bending, bracingly innovative horror director with a biting sense of humor. Craven also consistently demonstrated that he was a filmmaker with heart. Among the films that followed The Last House On The Left were The Hills Have Eyes and a sequel, Deadly Blessing (featuring Sharon Stone in her first starring role) and Swamp Thing (based on the comic book). Craven reinvented the youth horror genre again in 1984 with the classic and very scary A Nightmare On Elm Street, which also introduced a then-unknown Johnny Depp. The movie spawned several sequels, none of them directed by Craven. He deconstructed the genre a decade after the original, writing and directing the audacious Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, which was nominated for Best Feature at the 1995 Independent Spirit Awards.

  • 2 Dead, 5 Injured in Hazmat Situation in Suburban Home

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Two people are dead, one critically injured and four first responders have been hospitalized in a mysterious hazardous materials situation in unincorporated Des Plaines. Around 3:30 p.m., police were called to a northwest suburban townhome in the 9400 block of Harrison Street after receiving a report of three people in distress. Upon entering the home, four Cook County sheriff's officers were unexpectedly overcome by some sort of hazardous agent, authorities said.

  • Radioactive Waste Found in St. Louis Suburbs

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    ST. LOUIS — The Army Corps of Engineers has found radioactive nuclear weapon waste in residential lots along a St. Louis County creek. Coldwater Creek runs some 20 miles through St. Louis’ northern suburbs and was contaminated in the decades after the Manhattan Project’s activities in the region. The creek has flooded residential areas many times over the past seven decades, but the floodplain had never been tested for radioactive waste until now. The corps announced last week that it has found thorium 230 — a radioactive isotope — in yards and public parks exposed to Coldwater Creek’s floodwaters. Officials say there is no immediate risk to residents. The positive results so far have been from samples taken 6 to 12 inches in the ground, in some cases showing levels two to four times the threshold for required cleanup.

  • Clearfield boy missing most of his teeth endures relentless teasing

    Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    CLEARFIELD — Isaac Bryant has bright eyes and a playful personality, but he's missing most of his permanent teeth because of a genetic condition called ectodermal dysplasia. "It feels weird without teeth on the bottom because you can't chew food normally," said 12-year-old Isaac, who lives in Clearfield. Drooling is a problem and saying certain words is difficult: "Like cinnamon and Mississippi," he said.

  • Jared Fogle's foundation reportedly a sham

    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Bad news keeps on coming regarding former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle. It turns out, the Jared Fogle Healthy Lifestyle Nationwide School Grant Program was a sham. Many believed the foundation was built to combat childhood obesity — something Jared says was a personal struggle growing up. But according to tax records, the charity never actually issued a grant, despite his promise to give schools and community organizations $2 million.

  • Undercover Anti-Abortion Video Showed Images of Stillborn — Not Aborted — Fetus

    Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    On Friday, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), the antiabortion activist group that has been releasing undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood, the practice of fetal tissue donation, and later-term abortion, has admitted that images shown its most recent video of a fetus of approximately 19 weeks gestational age was not taken at a Planned Parenthood affiliate clinic, as heavily implied in the video. The Center for Medical Progress posted a new link on its video’s YouTube page late Thursday, adding that one of the images was actually a baby named Walter Fretz, born prematurely at 19 weeks.

  • New medical marijuana petition filed for Oklahoma vote

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana filed papers with the state Friday indicating their intent to circulate another initiative petition to get the issue on the ballot. Supporters need 123,725 signatures for the question to be seen by voters. They will have 90 days after a final determination following a protest period to get the signatures. Supporters hope to get the question on the November 2016 general election ballot.

  • Washington Examiner: Rep. Mia Love breaks down in tears over Planned Parenthood videos

    Published: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Freshman Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, had to wipe away tears while talking about the undercover Planned Parenthood videos on the Fox Business network Wednesday night. "It's our job to protect those who do not have a voice to protect themselves, and to see what is actually happening to babies while they're still alive, I mean, it's horrific," said Love. "This is not about a Right or Left issue – this is right or wrong, and whether we are going to stand up for those who cannot speak for themselves, or if we're going to just turn a blind eye and pretend that this is not happening," she added, wiping away tears.

  • Jimmy Carter says cancer has spread to his brain

    Published: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Former president Jimmy Carter said Thursday he will fight the cancer that has spread to parts of his brain, and will receive his first radiation treatment later in the day. Examinations that began with the discovery of cancer during liver surgery have revealed four small spots of melanoma on his brain, Carter told a news conference at his presidential center in Atlanta. "I'm ready for anything, and looking forward to a new adventure," Carter said.

  • Washington Examiner: Planned Parenthood whistleblower: Heart of aborted fetus was still beating

    Published: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    A whistleblower describes extracting brain tissue from a fetus whose heart was still beating, in a seventh undercover video targeting Planned Parenthood that was released Wednesday morning. Holly O'Donnell used to help collect aborted fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood clinics as a former lab technician for the California-based biomedical company Stem Express. She appears in past footage released by anti-abortion investigator David Daleiden, and in the latest video, she says she was asked by a colleague named "Jessica" to handle an aborted fetus whose heart was still beating. "[Jessica] taps the heart and it starts beating," O'Donnell says. "I'm sitting here and looking at this fetus and its heart is beating."

  • Women eager to see if new libido drug will work

    Published: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Late Tuesday the Food and Drug Administration approved the "Pink Pill" to boost a woman's sexual desire. Some have called it the "female Viagra," but unlike Viagra, it does not treat physical symptoms. Instead, it affects the mind. Side effects include sleepiness, nausea and when used with alcohol, fainting. That prompted the company to include a warning not to use alcohol with the drug, which must be taken daily. 

  • What Happens To Your Body When You Drink A Beer

    Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    When it’s happy hour on a hot summer day, there are few things more refreshing than downing an ice-cold beer. But what exactly happens to your body as you knock back that brew? Turns out, quite a bit. Drinking beer affects everything from the brain to blood sugar levels, Yahoo Health reports.

  • Route 29 Batman is killed after his Batmobile breaks down in Maryland

    Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    The Batmobile pulled into a gas station Sunday night and, as usual, the children who spotted it gawked. Lenny B. Robinson was used to that. The Maryland man, better known as the Route 29 Batman, had for years dressed as the Caped Crusader and driven his custom-made car to deliver moments of happiness and distraction to hundreds of sick children at area hospitals. His costume stored in the Batmobile but his alter ego never entirely switched off, Robinson gave the kids at the gas station some superhero paraphernalia before driving off.

  • Report: 1 In 3 Young Adults Too Fat To Enlist In Military

    Published: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    The nation’s obesity epidemic is causing significant recruiting problems for the military, with one in three young adults nationwide too fat to enlist, according to report issued Wednesday by a group of retired military leaders. The nonprofit, non-partisan group called Mission: Readiness (Military Leaders for Kids) is promoting healthy school lunches in Kansas and across the nation as a way to combat the problem. In Kansas, 29 percent of teenagers are overweight, according to figures it cites from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About a third of American children and teens are considered obese or overweight. “We think a more healthy lifestyle over the long term will have significant impacts on both the military posture — those available to get into the military — and across our society as a whole from a medical perspective,” retired Brigadier Gen. John Schmader said in a phone interview ahead of the report’s release.

  • Mom leaves hospital with sick infant son to find this heartwarming surprise

    Published: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    After spending several days in the hospital when her infant son became ill, the last thing an Australian mom needed was to find a parking ticket on her car windshield. That's when she discovered a touching gesture from a complete stranger that made her day. The mom, who has chosen to remain unidentified, posted the ticket and a note from a stranger who only gave her first name, Laura, on the Canberra Mums Facebook page Sunday.

  • American Indian and Hispanic children killed or injured at higher rates in car accidents than other children

    Published: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Despite the best of intentions, about four out of five parents don't install car seats correctly, the Arizona Republic reports.  Additionally, Hispanic and Native American parents are even less likely to buy and use car seats correctly, for a variety of cultural and economic reasons, the newspaper's analysis shows.   An analysis of studies by The Arizona Republic found that, depending on the child's age, the type of seat and other factors, Hispanic and Native American children were from two times to as much as 10 times likelier not to be properly restrained.

  • Foul play suspected in Medicine Park sewage leak

    Published: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Medicine Park officials say foul play was behind a raw sewage leak that spilled into Medicine Creek over the weekend.

  • To boost job prospects, younger Americans seek dentures

    Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Some areas that top the nation for unemployment also fare worst in a health measure that can keep people from getting jobs — missing teeth, USA TODAY reports. West Virginia is the starkest example. Not only did it have the highest jobless rate in June, but it also holds the dubious distinction of having the most working-age adults who have lost six or more teeth at 23%.