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Theo Epstein named The World's Greatest Leader
Fortune Magazine has put out a list of The World's Greatest Leaders. Not the greatest business leaders, not the greatest leaders in a given industry, but the Greatest Leaders, full stop. Lebron James was the next greatest sports leader, ranked 11th. They're the whole world to us and their brands are nationally and even world famous, but as an organization, sports teams are rather small. This will make a great framed magazine article on Theo's wall in Wrigley Field.
AP Explains: Hong Kong's unusual system to pick its leader
Political analysts suspect he had to make a face-saving exit because Beijing asked him to step aside for someone better liked. Hong Kong's 3.8 million registered voters have no say in the vote for their chief executive. The committee represents 38 industry and trade groups, many of which have traditionally supported China's central government and its policies. The protests ended without resolution and lawmakers rejected Beijing's electoral proposal, leaving Hong Kong's political reform in limbo - and tensions simmering.
Black Lives Matter groups joining forces with wage activists
A cluster of Black Lives Matter groups and the organization leading the push for a $15-an-hour wage are joining forces to combine the struggle for racial justice with the fight for economic equality, just as the Rev. King was gunned down in 1968 while on a visit to Memphis to support striking black sanitation workers. By working together, the two groups can reach more people and amplify their messages, activists say.
Church leader's long legal odyssey over abuse claims returns
A former Philadelphia church official long imprisoned over his handling of abuse complaints may soon learn if his legal odyssey will come to an end. Monsignor William Lynn served nearly three years of a three- to six-year sentence when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed his conviction over trial errors. That was the second time Lynn's 2012 conviction for child endangerment had been thrown out. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams charged Lynn even though his predecessor thought the law did not allow it.
UN report: Sanctions disrupt humanitarian aid to North Korea
International sanctions on North Korea are taking a serious toll on humanitarian aid activities, according to a United Nations-led report. The report also noted sanctions are making it harder to conduct aid activities. While international sanctions imposed on DPRK clearly exempt humanitarian activities, they have unintentionally caused disruptions to humanitarian operations, it said. It said the sanctions also have the psychological effect of making donors reluctant to provide funds for projects in the North.
Kane, Crawford lift Blackhawks over Stars 3-2 in SO
Patrick Kane scored his team-leading 33rd goal in regulation and connected again in the shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday night to open an eight-point lead for first place in the Central Division. Later in the extra period, Crawford stopped two in-close chances by Jamie Benn from the right edge of the crease. The Blackhawks honored Hall of Fame G Ed Belfour in a brief One More Shift ceremony before the game.
Oilers score 5 in third period, beat Avalanche 7-4
Eberle scored twice in Edmonton's five-goal third period and also added an assist. Zack Kassian and Leon Draisaitl also scored in the rally that moved Edmonton into a tie with Anaheim for second in the Pacific Division with 89 points. Andrej Sekera had a goal and two assists, Milan Lucic also scored and Laurent Brossoit had five saves in relief of Cam Talbot to lead Edmonton to the win.
Stempniak scores twice, Hurricanes down Canadiens 4-1
Lee Stempniak scored twice and the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Thursday night to extend their point streak to nine games and keep their playoff hopes alive. Carolina had not beaten the Canadiens in Montreal in seven games (0-6-1), dating to Feb 13, 2012. We're a confident group and we think we can get into the playoffs, Stempniak said. Elias Lindholm and Jeff Skinner also scored for the Hurricanes, while Eddie Lack stopped 21 shots.
Sydney teenager pleads guilty to plotting terrorist attack
A Sydney teenager has pleaded guilty to plotting a terrorist attack on an Australian Veteran's Day ceremony last year. The then 16-year-old was arrested and charged with one count of planning a terrorist attack on April 24, one day before hundreds of thousands of Australians gathered at ceremonies across the country to mark ANZAC Day.
Read scores go-ahead goal in 2nd, Flyers beat Wild 3-1
Matt Read scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period, Steve Mason stopped 24 shots and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Wild 3-1 Thursday night. The Wild went on a 12-game winning streak in December and were the best team in the Western Conference for a three-month stretch. Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk stopped 24 shots, but he was victimized by sloppy defensive play twice as the Flyers overcame their early deficit.
Passenger on JetBlue flight bound for Florida overdoses on heroin
A plane that was about to depart Kennedy Airport for Florida was forced to return to the gate Wednesday when a 24-year-old man overdosed on heroin and anxiety medication, officials said. The flight returned to the terminal and was boarded by Port Authority cops Eric Stern and Sean Pomerantz, who found the distressed man floating in and out of consciousness. The man also appeared confused and was having trouble breathing, officials said.
Turris, Ryan score in shootout as Senators edge Penguins
The Ottawa Senators got a big win, but lost a player in the process. Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan scored in the shootout as the Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 Thursday night. Methot grabbed Crosby by the jersey after the whistle and had a few words for the Penguins' captain before leaving the ice. Hoffman had another great opportunity for the Senators but his rocket of a shot late in the period rang off the crossbar.
Paajarvi scored twice to lead Blues to 4-1 win over Canucks
Paajarvi scored twice to lead the Blues to a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Kyle Brodziak and Alex Pietrangelo also scored for the Blues who won their fourth straight to give them nine wins in their last 10. Jake Allen made 27 saves for his seventh win in eight starts while allowing just nine goals in the stretch. Henrik Sedin scored for the Canucks who have lost seven of their last eight to fall to 11-22-3 on the road.
WikiLeaks: CIA hacked Apple devices in ways users cannot fix
New documents from WikiLeaks point to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple's iPhones and Mac computers using techniques that users couldn't disable by resetting their devices. Security experts say the exploits are plausible, but suggest they pose little threat to typical users. They say that many of the tricks are older - the iPhone hack involves the 3G model from 2008, for instance.
Lawsuits blaming Saudi Arabia for 9/11 get new life
Family members of 9/11 families and others harmed in the terrorist attacks are on a fresh quest to hold Saudi Arabia responsible. Lawyers for thousands of family members of the dead and other victims have filed over a dozen lawsuits since September. That's when Congress overrode a veto by former President Barack Obama to pass a law making it easier to sue Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Osama bin Laden and 15 of the 19 hijackers.
Brazil destroys Uruguay, Argentina survives in qualifiers
Brazil is still to lose a point under coach Tite, who took over in September and secured on Thursday his seventh straight win in the South American qualifiers. With five games to play, Brazil could qualify next Tuesday with victory over Paraguay if Ecuador and Chile fail to win their games. That allowed the Uruguayan to score his ninth goal in South American qualifiers, more than any other player.
Toronto school board will no longer have US trips due to Trump travel ban fears
Canada's largest school board will no longer book any trips to the US because of fears students might have trouble at the border due to travel restrictions enacted by President Donald Trump. The Toronto District School Board cited the uncertainty of the new travel restrictions Wednesday. Other Canadian school boards have canceled or are considering canceling trips to the US The Girl Guides of Canada have canceled all US travel.
A round-trip flight just for the view
They took an eight-hour flight just to look out the airplane's window, but it was an extraordinary view. Otago Museum Director Ian Griffin helped organize the flight so people could see the spectacular rivers of green light in the night sky. An astronomer, Griffin says he was inspired after seeing the Southern Lights while flying as a guest on a NASA observatory plane.
Kings ride special teams success to 5-2 win over Jets
Drew Doughty, Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar each scored a power-play goal, and the Los Angeles Kings kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night. Ben Bishop made 19 saves and Tanner Pearson and Jake Muzzin also scored for the Kings, who trail Nashville for the second wild card in the Western Conference by eight points with nine games to play.
Fátima Siblings Near Sainthood as Pope Francis Approves Miracle
The approval of the miracle was the final step needed before the siblings, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, could be made saints. The apparitions were officially recognized as a miracle by the Roman Catholic Church in 1930. Lucia, who said she saw several subsequent visions of Mary and later became a nun, died in 2005, at age 97. The final secret was interpreted by the Vatican as a prediction of the 1981 assassination attempt on John Paul.

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