Monday, October 20, 2014

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Robotic exoskeleton helps paralyzed groom walk the aisle with his bride in upstate New York

DEWITT, N.Y. — New York resident Matt Ficarra has been paralyzed from the chest down since an accident three years ago, but that didn’t stop him from walking down the aisle.

Ex-Pennsylvania county inmate gets state prison sentence for using name confusion to escape

UNIONTOWN, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to 9 to 24 months in state prison for taking advantage of county jail guards who were confused by her similar-sounding name and released her to a bail bondsman looking for another inmate.

Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, Shuji Nakamura win Nobel Prize in physics for LED lights

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and U.S. scientist Shuji Nakamura won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that spurred the development of LED technology used to light up computer screens and modern smartphones.

Pope urges bishops at start of big family debate to speak without fear, listen with humility

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged bishops on Monday to speak their minds without fear about contentious issues like contraception, gays, marriage and divorce at the start of a two-week meeting aimed at making the church’s teaching on family matters relevant to today’s Catholics.

John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser win Nobel Prize in medicine for brain GPS

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — U.S.-British scientist John O’Keefe and Norwegian scientists May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discovering the “inner GPS” in the brain that helps us navigate through the world.

Pope now focuses on grandparents after celebrating newlyweds in run-up to big family meeting

VATICAN CITY — First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a special Mass for grandparents.

Miss New York chosen as Miss America 2015; 3rd year in a row for Empire state

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup.

With little info in the public domain, Rob Ford’s illness and prognosis unclear

TORONTO — The information provided by the hospital caring for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Wednesday evening was very vague — likely deliberately so.
A CT scan had revealed the mayor had a tumour in his abdomen. It was discovered after he complained of unbearable pain in the lower left quadrant of his torso, said Dr. Rueben Devlin, CEO of Humber River Hospital.

Rosa Parks’ archive lent to Library of Congress by son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of items from civil rights icon Rosa Parks that were long kept hidden away in a New York warehouse will have a new home at the Library of Congress for the next 10 years.

Calgary chef is silver medallist in contest featuring young chefs in South Africa

TORONTO — Calgary’s Rupert Garcia was the runner-up in an international competition involving chefs under the age of 27.
The 24-year-old from the Calgary Golf and Country Club was second in the mystery-box contest behind gold medallist Peter Lex of Hamburg, Germany. Jhao-Rong Fu of Taiwan took the bronze medal.

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