VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, Feb. 23, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life. In improvised comments in the sermon of his private morning Mass in his residence, he said: "It is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life."
CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Apple's sprawling new campus, dubbed "Apple Park," will open in April, the iPhone maker said on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Although the first wave of employees will begin moving into the new headquarters this spring, it will take about six months for all of the 12,000-plus workers to make the transition, Apple said. Construction will run through the summer. Apple also said the 1,000-seat theater at its futuristic headquarters will be named for its late co-founder, Steve Jobs, who helped design the 175-acre campus before his death in 2011.
OTTAWA—Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday, Feb. 22, defended plans to give more powers to U.S. border agents stationed in Canada, saying travelers would at all times be protected by domestic laws. As part of a 2015 deal between Canada and the United States, Trudeau's government has introduced draft legislation allowing U.S. border agents based in Canada more leeway to question and search people wishing to enter the United States.
Astronomers have found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, bolstering the prospect of discovering extraterrestrial life, research published on Wednesday, Feb. 22, showed.
The jackpot in the U.S. lottery Powerball grew to $403 million before the drawing on Wednesday, making it the 10th largest in the game's history. The drawing is scheduled for 9:59 p.m. CT tonight. The winner will get annual payments over 29 years, totaling $403 million, or $243.9 million in a lump sum payment, before taxes. The last time a winning ticket in the jackpot was sold was on Dec. 17. The odds of winning the jackpot is 1 in 292 million.
CALGARY, Alberta—Part of the shut Enbridge Inc 2A pipeline will need to be drained for several days, Canada's National Energy Board said on Tuesday, Feb. 21, without giving an estimation of when it will be back online. The 586-mile pipeline, which transports light crude as well as condensate between Edmonton and Hardisty in the province of Alberta, was shut following a leak in Strathcona County last week.
LOS ANGELES—Angelina Jolie said on Tuesday, Feb. 21, she hoped her family would be stronger after her divorce from Brad Pitt, but that the actress still thinks of him as a wonderful father. "We are focusing on the health of our family, and so we will be, we will be stronger when we come out of this because that's what we're determined to do as a family," Jolie told ABC Television's "Good Morning America" in an interview.
WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump denounced anti-Semitism in the United States on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in his most forceful remarks to date about a spate of threats to Jewish community centers around the country. Several Jewish community centers were evacuated for a time on Monday after receiving bomb threats, the JCC Association of North America organization said. Vandals toppled the headstones of about 170 graves at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, according to news reports.
LOS ANGELES - From "Singin' in the Rain" to "The Wizard of Oz," musicals haven't traditionally seen much love from the Oscars. But "La La Land" has changed all that, tapping into a desire for escapism and sending Hollywood scrambling to dust off its dancing shoes. With a leading 14 Academy Award nominations including best picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay, Damien Chazelle's love letter to Los Angeles is favorite to waltz away with an armful of Oscars on Sunday and revive musicals as a force to be reckoned with.
OSLO, Norway — Norway has joined an international initiative to raise millions of dollars to replace shortfalls left by President Donald Trump's ban on U.S.-funded groups worldwide providing information on abortion. In January, the Netherlands started a global fund to help women access abortion services, saying Trump's "global gag rule" meant a funding gap of $600 million over the next four years, and has pledged $10 million to the initiative to replace that. Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, Finland, Canada and Cape Verde have all also lent their support.