Spanish Mass Celebrates Sainthood of Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero
10/17/2018 9:31:16 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—A Spanish-language Mass was celebrated at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in honor of former Pope Paul VI, Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, four other religious leaders and an orphan boy who were elevated to sainthood Sunday by Pope Francis. More than 3,000 people attended the 12:15 p.m. Mass, celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Alexander Salazar just hours after the canonization ceremony in Rome. Pope Paul VI, who died Aug. 6, 1978, is remembered for `guiding the Catholic Church through one of its most turbulent eras, the conclusion of the Second Vatican...

Jim Preis Dies, Activist Fought for Rights of Mentally Ill
10/17/2018 9:30:27 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Jim Preis, a Southern California lawyer and activist who for fought for the rights of the mentally ill and disabled for decades, has died, according to a news report. Preis died Friday at age 66, the Los Angeles Times reported, quoting his daughter, Annie Preis. No cause was given, but Preis had been diagnosed with bladder cancer, the newspaper said. As head of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Mental Health Advocacy Services for 40 years, Preis defended the rights of the mentally ill in court. He co-wrote the textbook “The Essentials of California Mental...

Democratic Sen. Harris to Make Campaign Trip to Iowa
10/17/2018 9:29:22 PM

By Ken Thomas   WASHINGTON (AP)—Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California has scheduled her first campaign trip to Iowa before Election Day, stoking speculation about a potential 2020 presidential campaign. The first-term senator plans stops on Oct. 22-23 in what will be her first visit to nation's leadoff presidential caucus state since she was elected in 2016. She was last in Iowa when, as San Francisco's district attorney, she campaigned for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential bid. Harris is among a large group of Democrats, including several senators, who...

How to Check What Facebook Hackers Accessed in Your Account
10/17/2018 9:28:35 PM

By Mae Anderson   NEW YORK (AP)—Could hackers have been able to see the last person you cyberstalked, or that party photo you were tagged in? According to Facebook, the unfortunate answer is “yes.” On Friday, the social network said fewer users were affected in a security breach it disclosed two weeks ago than originally estimated—nearly 30 million, down from 50 million. In additional good news, the company said hackers weren't able to access more sensitive information like your password or financial information. And third-party apps weren't...

Feinstein to Face Off Today with Opponent for 1st Time Since 2000
10/17/2018 9:27:39 PM

By Kathleen Ronayne   SACRAMENTO (AP)—U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California will appear onstage with a challenger for the first time since 2000 when she squares off against state Sen. Kevin de Leon next week. The two Democrats plan to appear today in San Francisco for an hourlong “conversation” hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California. That's more than a week into California's early voting process. They're fighting over whether it can fairly be called a debate. Feinstein's campaign calls it one, but de Leon's team said...

Governor Candidates Spar on Vision for California
10/17/2018 9:25:58 PM

By Jonathan J. Cooper and Kathleen Ronayne   SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Republican John Cox entered the only scheduled debate in the campaign for California governor on Monday as an underdog in need of a race-altering breakthrough. He didn't get it. Instead, at a time when politics in Washington and across the nation are marked by bitter partisan fights, the hour-long radio debate between Cox and Democrat Gavin Newsom remained civil, with the candidates sparring on policy and mostly avoiding personal attacks. Cox, a businessman from the San Diego area, batted away questions...

GOP, Home to Trump and Tea Party, Decries Dems' 'Mob Rule'
10/17/2018 9:24:29 PM

By Alan Fram   WASHINGTON (AP)—President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans are forecasting nightmarish Democratic “mob rule” to amp up GOP voters for next month's critical midterm elections, flipping the script from complaints that it's Trump and the tea party movement who've boosted rowdy and divisive tactics to dangerous levels. Less than a month from voting in which GOP control of Congress is dangling precariously, Republicans are linking comments and actions by Democratic politicians, raucous protesters opposing Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme...

California Lung Cancer Death Rate Less Than National Average
10/17/2018 9:22:32 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP)—California has a 28 percent lower lung cancer death rate than the rest of the country thanks to statewide policies against tobacco, a study concluded. As far back as the 1980s the state highlighted the link between smoking and cancer and introduced the nation's first tobacco control program. Those efforts resulted in fewer people starting smoking and more people quitting, researchers at the University of California, San Diego announced Wednesday. Californians under 35 who do smoke puffed 30 percent fewer cigarettes and had a 24 percent higher quit rate than...

Thousands of Young U.S. Children Get no Vaccines, Survey Finds
10/17/2018 9:21:41 PM

By Mike Stobbe   NEW YORK (AP)—A small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease, worrying health officials. An estimated 100,000 young children have not had a vaccination against any of the 14 diseases for which shots are recommended, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday. “This is pretty concerning. It's something we need to understand better—and reduce,” said the CDC's Dr. Amanda Cohn. Most young children—70 percent—have...

Finding Answers for Patients with Rarest of Rare Diseases
10/17/2018 9:20:38 PM

By Lauran Neergaard   WASHINGTON (AP)—The youngster's mysterious symptoms stumped every expert his parents consulted: No diagnosis explained why he couldn't sit up on his own, or why he'd frequently choke, or his neurologic and intestinal abnormalities. Then they turned to a new national network that aims to diagnose the rarest of rare diseases—and learned Will Kilquist is the only person known in the world, so far, to harbor one particular genetic mutation that triggered all those health problems. “It kind of put me at peace with myself, knowing...