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December 25, 2018 12:04 PM Pope's Christmas wish: World fraternity despite differences

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for 'to the city and to the world' ) Christmas' day blessing from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) Pope Francis delivers his message as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra 107

December 11, 2018 7:50 PM Phillies, OF Andrew McCutchen agree to 3-year, $50M deal

According to ESPN and multiple reports, McCutchen will receive a three-year, $50 million contract. The deal includes a team option for the 2022 season. The 32-year-old, a five-time All-Star and the 2013 National League MVP, batted .255 with 20 homers and 65 RBIs in 155 games last season with the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees. He hit .253 with five homers 94

December 10, 2018 9:14 AM Onset of recession may take longer than expected after yield curve inverts

(Reuters) - The onset of a U.S. recession could take longer than usually thought after key points of the Treasury yield curve invert, as a surge in U.S. short-dated debt issuance has altered the dynamics of the Treasury market and other indicators show an economic downturn is farther off. As the Trump administration ramps up debt sales to cover a budget 91

November 30, 2018 12:11 AM LeBron James Producing Movie About His Life

LeBron James has ANOTHER movie in the works -- but this one is based on his own life! The NBA superstar -- along with his producing partner Maverick Carter and SpringHill Entertainment -- are moving forward with a flick based on the book, "Shooting Stars" ... about Bron's youth basketball team. LeBron co-authored the book with famed writer Buzz Bissinger 175

November 15, 2018 10:47 PM Judge overturns Montana man's conviction in tribal bond scheme

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday overturned the conviction of a Montana man on charges that he helped run a scheme to defraud a Native American tribe and multiple pension funds through the issue of $60 million worth of tribal bonds. U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams in Manhattan ruled that the evidence at the trial earlier this year had not shown 73

November 1, 2018 1:16 AM Willie McCovey, Hall of Famer and Giants legend, dies at age 80

Willie McCovey, the Hall of Fame first baseman who played 19 of his 22 seasons with the San Francisco Giants and slugged 521 career home runs, died Wednesday at age 80. The Giants said McCovey died "peacefully" after battling "ongoing health issues." "San Francisco and the entire baseball community lost a true gentleman and legend, and our collective 87

October 26, 2018 2:21 PM Euro zone to discuss Italy budget, despite Rome's objection

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone finance ministers will discuss Italy’s 2019 draft budget at their next meeting, on Nov. 5, despite Italian requests to postpone the talks, a European Union official told Reuters on Friday. Yields on Italy’s bonds have spiked since September, when the Italian eurosceptic government disclosed details of a free-spending budget 97

October 21, 2018 10:49 PM Indianapolis zoo lioness kills father of her three cubs

A lioness has killed the father of her three cubs in their pen at a zoo in the US, officials say. Zuri, 12, attacked 10-year-old Nyack and staff at Indianapolis Zoo could not separate the pair. He died of suffocation. The lions had lived in the same enclosure for eight years, and had three cubs together in 2015. In a Facebook post the zoo said staff 75

October 17, 2018 8:20 PM Chicago mayor skips over pension funding fix in final budget speech

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled the final budget of his tenure on Wednesday, but put off addressing a pension funding challenge that will hit during his eventual successor’s term in office. Emanuel, who announced last month he was not running for a third term, laid out a $10.67 billion all-funds spending plan, which includes a $3.82 billion 122

October 17, 2018 3:51 PM Brexit Provides Early Proof of Deglobalization’s Costs

A study comparing Britain to peer economies finds its output is 2.1% below what it would be without Brexit For outsiders, Brexit has the feel of a long-running soap opera: a mash-up of plot twists and tragic characters loaded with entertainment value but not much significance if you’re not British. That complacency is a mistake. Never in the last 70 years 92