VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Eddie Lack made 22 saves and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Friday night to even their first-round playoff series at a game apiece.
CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare, has died after a long fight with cancer. He was 78.
With Michael Phelps taking the night off, Katie Ledecky flew the US flag at the Mesa Pro Series swimming meeting with a sizzling 400m freestyle victory.
A cartel attacked Mexican security forces in reaction to a drug lord's arrest in a city near the US border, unleashing gunfights that killed at least three gunmen and wounded two officers. The gang torched several vehicles, including a school bus, and used trucks and cars to block streets in Reynosa, sowing panic in the city of 610,000 people across from McAllen, Texas. Terrified Reynosa residents posted pictures on Twitter of burning vehicles and people taking cover on the ground, while the US consulate urged Americans to stay indoors. The firefights began after a leader of the Gulf cartel was arrested in the city, two federal officials said on condition of anonymity, identifying the suspect as Jose Tiburcio Hernandez Fuentes, also known as "El Gafe" (The Jinxed One).
KABUL (Reuters) - An explosion in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad killed 22 people and injured around 50 on Saturday, the city's police chief said. The blast took place outside a bank where government workers collect their salaries, police chief Fazel Ahmad Sherzad said, adding that a suicide bomber appeared to have been responsible. No further details were immediately available. (Reporting by Rafiq Sherzad in Jalalabad; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Craig Smith scored the first two playoff goals of his career and added an assist, and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 Friday night to tie their Western Conference opening-round playoff series at a game apiece.
SEATTLE (AP) — A 1-year-old girl was shot in the head and critically wounded as she sat in a car with her parents in suburban Seattle.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A large explosion closed both directions of a major highway in Central California and injured at least three people, authorities said Friday.
Google has a new sheriff keeping watch over the wilds of the Internet. He now holds the reins of security and privacy for all-things Google. In an exclusive interview with AFP, Eschelbeck spoke of using Google's massive scope to protect users from cyber villains such as spammers and state-sponsored spies. Eschelbeck took charge of Google's 500-strong security and privacy team early this year, returning to Silicon Valley after running engineering for a computer security company in Oxford for two years.
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