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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. What Italian leader, Obama will discuss Matteo Renzi and the U.S. president will be comparing notes on a range of issues, including Libya, the migrant issues stemming from the chaos there, Islamic State militants and Ukraine. 2. Read More…

Google embraces mobile-friendly sites in search engine shake-up

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones and tablets in a shift that’s expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information. The revised formula, scheduled to be released Tuesday, will favor websites that Google defines as “mobile-friendly.” Websites that don’t Read More…

Dog flu surfaces in Midwest, including Ohio

MADISON, Wis. — A canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest, and veterinarians are cautioning pet owners to keep their dogs from going nose-to-nose with other four-legged friends. The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine says the virus has sickened at least 1,000 dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. Recent Read More…

G-20 officials looking to jump start still-weak global economy

WASHINGTON — Finance officials from the world’s major economies are searching for the right mix of policies to bolster a still-weak global recovery nearly six years after the Great Recession while confronting a range of new threats from a soaring U.S. dollar to a big drop in oil prices. The financial officials from the Group Read More…

Physicians group wants Dr. Oz’s removal from Columbia faculty

NEW YORK — Columbia University has not removed TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position as a group of top doctors has demanded, citing his “egregious lack of integrity” for promoting what they call “quack treatments.” “Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine,” said a letter the 10 Read More…

NBA Playoffs start Saturday — minus some familiar faces

MIAMI — No Kobe. No D-Wade. Not even any wild Russell Westbrook outfits. New standouts might emerge during these playoffs, but there’s no arguing that there’s plenty of star power missing. If jersey sales are a true measure of a player’s popularity, then four of the NBA’s top nine stars — the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Read More…

Video messages aid Alzheimer’s, dementia patients

NEW YORK — For 94-year-old Louise Irving, who suffers from dementia, waking up every day to a video with a familiar face and a familiar voice seems to spark a flicker of recognition. “Good morning, merry sunshine, how did you wake so soon?” Irving’s daughter, Tamara Rusoff-Hoen, sings in a video playing from a laptop Read More…

Intersex surgeries spark move away from drastic treatment

CHICAGO — She was born to a young Chicago couple, named Jennifer, and grew into a beautiful long-lashed child with wavy dark hair, big brown eyes and a yearning, youthful desire to be just like all the other girls. Only she wasn’t. Doctors first noticed her slightly enlarged genitals, and then discovered she had testes Read More…

Pope Francis mulling stop to Cuba during U.S. trip in September

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is considering adding a stop in Cuba to his U.S. trip in September but no decision has been made, the Vatican said Friday. Francis has been credited with having helped the United States and Cuba reach their historic rapprochement by writing to the leaders of both countries and having the Read More…

Alps crash resurrects debate over autonomous planes

NEW YORK — To improve airline safety, maybe we need to remove the pilots. That radical idea is decades away, if it ever becomes a reality. But following the intentional crashing of Germanwings Flight 9525 by the co-pilot, a long-running debate over autonomous jets is resurfacing. At the very least, some have suggested allowing authorities Read More…