Ailing pope, reducing appearances, prays for homeless dead

first_imgVATICAN CITY (AP) — Ailing Pope Francis, who is making limited public appearances due to persistent pain, drew attention to the plight of homeless people in winter, including a Nigerian man who froze to death not far from the Vatican. Francis on Sunday asked for prayers for the man named Edwin, who he said was 46, and who was “ignored by all, abandoned, even by us.” A day after the Vatican said that Francis, 84, was suffering again from sciatica, a nerve inflammation that can affect the lower back and legs, the pope skipped celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. But he appeared in the Apostolic Palace library to give his blessing.last_img read more

SD looks to extend streak vs N. Dakota

first_img Associated Press SD looks to extend streak vs N. Dakota SAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership has been on display for both of these teams. Marlon Stewart, Kienan Walter and Billy Brown have combined to score 46 percent of North Dakota’s points this season and 56 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For South Dakota, Tyler Hagedorn, Stanley Umude, Cody Kelley, Tyler Peterson and Triston Simpson have combined to account for 83 percent of all South Dakota scoring, including 89 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.STEPPING IT UP: The Fighting Hawks have scored 74.3 points per game across nine conference games, an improvement from the 69 per game they recorded against non-conference opponents.KEY FACILITATOR: Stewart has had his hand in 43 percent of all North Dakota field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has 14 field goals and 16 assists in those games.YET TO WIN: The Coyotes are 0-5 when they score 70 points or fewer and 17-3 when they exceed 70 points. The Fighting Hawks are 0-12 when they fail to score more than 74 points and 10-1 on the season, otherwise.PERFECT WHEN: North Dakota is a perfect 6-0 when the team makes 10 or more 3-pointers. The Fighting Hawks are 4-13 when the team hits fewer than 10 threes. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSouth Dakota (17-8, 7-3) vs. North Dakota (10-13, 4-5)Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota; Saturday, 3 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: South Dakota looks for its sixth straight conference win against North Dakota. South Dakota’s last Summit League loss came against the North Dakota State Bison 72-70 on Jan. 15. North Dakota lost 72-68 on the road against Purdue Fort Wayne on Jan. 30.center_img February 6, 2020 DID YOU KNOW: The South Dakota offense has scored 79.9 points per game this season, ranking the Coyotes 16th among Division I teams. The North Dakota defense has allowed 73.7 points per game to opponents (ranked 258th overall).___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Asbestos-related bill headed to Iowa governor

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowans who get sick from asbestos exposure may soon have to provide more detailed information in order to sue for damages.Republicans in the House and Senate have sent a bill to the governor with new rules for asbestos-related lawsuits. Republican Representative Brian Lohse of Bondurant said some attorneys name too many defendants in lawsuits.“This is done for a plethora of reasons, most legitimate, some not,” Lohse said. “The over-naming of defendants can lead to the litigation moving more slowly and ineffectively.”If the bill becomes law, Iowans would have to identify each current and past work site as well as the frequency of their exposure to asbestos. Representative Karin Derry of Johnston is among the Democrats who opposed the bill. She told colleagues it was because of personal experience — her dad was diagnosed with lung cancer.’“We were told by the doctor this was the kind of lung cancer caused by asbestos,” Derry said. “My dad did not know how or when or where he had been exposed to asbestos and at age 62, he died.”Representative Brian Meyer, a Democrat from Des Moines, said 80 percent of mesothelioma cases are veterans. He unsuccessfully tried to exclude Iowa veterans from the bill’s new requirements.“Mesothelioma is a deadly disease and it’s only caused by one thing: asbestos,” Meyer said. “And it lays latent for 20-50 years within your body.”Lohse said the bill will lead to the proper identification of the companies responsible for the asbestos exposure.“The climate today, in these cases especially, lead to a problem with over-naming,” Lohse said, “a problem that drives up the cost of defense, drives up the cost of insurance.”Lohse, Meyer and Derry are all attorneys and they were the only members of the House to speak during debate of the bill. Senate debate was limited, but it drew criticism from Senator Bill Dotzler, a Democrat from Waterloo who is a veteran and a retired John Deere employee.“I guess I come from a shop of working-class people and I know when something stinks and this does, so I’m not going to legalese any of you about,” Dotzler said. “You know it stinks and I know it stinks.”Senator Zach Nunn, a Republican from Bondurant, said the bill is necessary because there are too many asbestos-related lawsuits that name too many defendants.“Just in a shotgun approach to try and say: ‘How many of these individuals might settle with my attorney?’” Nunn said.This bill adds to a 2017 law that set new deadlines for providing details in asbestos-related lawsuits. More than 2700 Iowans have died of asbestos-related cancer between 1999 and 2017.last_img read more