Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy to pay victims of abuse

Feb. 18 (UPI) — The Boy Scouts of America have filed for bankruptcy amid mounting lawsuits accusing the organization of sexual abuse. The organization said it filed for Chapter 11 early Tuesday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware to restructure its finances to compensate victims harmed while under the Boy Scouts’ care. “The BSA cares deeply… Read more →

Famous birthdays for Feb. 18: Cybill Shepherd, Matt Dillon

Feb. 18 (UPI) — Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include: — Britain’s Queen Mary I in 1516 — Physicist Alessandro Volta in 1745 — Austrian physicist Ernst Mach in 1838 — Stained glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1848 — Italian automaker Enzo Ferrari in 1898 — Author Wallace Stegner in 1909 —… Read more →

On This Day, Feb. 18: J. Robert Oppenheimer dies

Feb. 18 (UPI) — On this date in history: In 1841, the first filibuster in the U.S. Senate began. It ended March 11. In 1865, after a long Civil War siege, Union naval forces captured Charleston, S.C. In 1930, dwarf planet Pluto was discovered by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh. In 1954, the Church of Scientology was established in Los Angeles. In… Read more →

Hundreds of thousands have sought hidden gold in Rockies, study says

Feb. 18 (UPI) — In the 10 years since a gold-filled treasure chest purportedly was hidden in the Rocky Mountains, as many as 433,000 “chasers” have searched for it, according to a study that noted up to 2 million people have been involved at some level with the hunt. Those numbers were higher than previous estimates given by millionaire Santa… Read more →

Radiation treatment taxes heart, lungs, energy levels

Radiation therapy that targets cancers in the chest area can tax the heart and trigger high levels of fatigue, breathing problems and a reduced ability to exercise, a new study suggests. However, doing more physical activity before undergoing radiation therapy may help reduce these problems, the researchers added. “This study suggests that when a patient is treated with thoracic radiation… Read more →

Suicide bomber kills eight in Pakistan

Feb. 18 (UPI) — A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a rally by a radical religious group in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least eight people and injuring nearly two dozen others, authorities said. Police chief Abdul Razzak Cheema told reporters the suicide bomber detonated explosives strapped to his chest Monday after facing resistance from security officers on attempting to… Read more →

Infants conceived using IVF have higher risk for early death, study says

Feb. 17 (UPI) — Children conceived using in vitro fertilization, or IVF, have a slightly higher risk of dying during infancy than those conceived naturally, a study published Tuesday in the journal Sterility and Fertility suggests. In an analysis of more than 7,000 children who died before turning one, researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden noted that those conceived… Read more →

Apple warns coronavirus is hurting business

Feb. 17 (UPI) — Apple warned on Monday the outbreak of the coronavirus in China is hurting its bottom line. In a statement to investors, Apple said the COVID-19 outbreak that has stifled China since it began in early December will cause the tech giant to fall short of previous profit forecasts for the current quarter. The virus has hampered… Read more →

Silver Prospector moves up on Kentucky Derby list with Presidents’ Day win

Feb. 17 (UPI) — Silver Prospector ran by pacesetting Wells Bayou in the stretch drive of Monday’s $750,000 Grade III Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, winning by 1 length and earning 10 points toward a Kentucky Derby start. The 1 1/16-mile race drew nine 3-year-olds to Hot Springs, Ark., but did little to resolve the still-unsettled Derby picture. None of… Read more →

U.S. evacuates 328 citizens from cruise ship including 14 sick with coronavirus

Feb. 17 (UPI) — Chinese health officials said the death toll from COVID-19 rose by nearly 100 over Monday as governments rushed to evacuate citizens from a cruise ship off Japan’s eastern coast that’s home to the world’s second-largest and still growing cluster of patients. Chinese health officials increased China’s total death toll on Tuesday to 1,868, including 98 new… Read more →