Cervical Cancer Deadlier in U.S. Than Thought:
The death rate in the U.S. from cervical cancer is higher than estimated, according to a study published in Cancer
on Monday. Additionally, disparity in disease mortality for black women and white women is significantly wider than previously known, with a rate of 10.1 per 100,000 for black women and 4.7 per 100,000 in white women. The study found that the mortality rate of black American women due to cervical cancer is comparable to that of women in poor and developing counties. Even more alarming is that the study’s finding that the majority of these deaths are highly preventable. Cervical cancer can be detected by screening and managed and treated with observation and appropriate care. “We have screenings that are great, but many women in America are not getting them,”Kathleen M. Schmeler
, associate professor of gynecologic oncology at the University of Texas’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, told The New York Times
. Schmeler added that her concerns are growing: “[The] repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which covers screening, and the closing of family planning clinics, which do much of that screening.”
SHOWDOWN – Patriots, Falcons Advance to Super Bowl:
The New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons will face-off at the Super Bowl after winning the AFC and NFC Championships on Sunday. Tom Brady
—who helped carry the Patriots to a 36-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers—will now get a chance to become the first quarterback to ever win five Super Bowls. In the NFC title game, quarterback Matt Ryan
and the Falcons defeated the Green Bay Packers handily, 44-21. “We have been in this position before, and it’s so very hard to get to this point—it just came out better this time,” a smiling Ryan told The New York Times
. “It’s tough to string together enough wins to get to the Super Bowl, and there are a lot of things that have to go right.
White House Begins Discussions on Moving Israel Embassy to Jerusalem:
President Donald Trump
has invited Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu
to visit Washington, as discussions begin on possibly moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a move likely to enrage Palestine and the Muslim world. White House spokesman Sean Spicer
said in a statement Sunday that the administration was only “at the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject.” Authorities in Jerusalem reportedly took the White House’s comment to mean the embassy relocation was a done deal, however. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat
was cited in local media saying the announcement “sent a clear message to the world that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the indivisible capital of the State of Israel.” The issue emerged when Trump ambassador nomineeDavid Friedman
proclaimed that he would move the embassy to “Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.” Palestinians, who view Jerusalem as their capital as well, have vehemently opposed any plans to move the embassy. Palestinian PresidentMahmoud Abbas
warned this month that the move would have a “disastrous impact on the peace process.”
Rubio Announces He Will Vote for Tillerson:
Sen. Marco Rubio
announced Monday that he will vote to confirm former ExxonMobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson
to be the next secretary of State. In a Facebook post, Rubio said he still has reservations about Tillerson, but believes PresidentDonald Trump
deserves “deference” in his Cabinet choices. During Tillerson’s confirmation hearing, the Florida Republicangrilled the former CEO on Russia’s involvement in Syria. “While he condemned Russia for ‘supporting Syrian forces that brutally violate the laws of war,’ he refused to publicly acknowledge thatVladimir Putin
has committed war crimes,” Rubio wrote in his Monday statement. He continued: “Given the uncertainty that exists both at home and abroad about the direction of our foreign policy, it would be against our national interests to have this confirmation unnecessarily delayed or embroiled in controversy.” On Sunday, GOP hawks Sens. John McCain
announced that they would also support Tillerson.
LBN-INTEL FOR INFLUENCERS:
Michael Keaton just wants us to give Trump a chance:
is standing up against the Hollywood rebellion about President Donald Trump
. The “Founder” star was at A-list hot spot the Tower Bar in West Hollywood, Calif., on Saturday night. Keaton got up to speak to Al Pacino
and John Travolta
, who were dining with Sunset Tower Hotel and Tower Bar owner Jeff Klein
. Keaton was overheard saying, “Enough with the Hollywood BS. I didn’t vote for him, but we’ve got to just give him a chance at this point . . .”
‘Split’ Stuns With $40.2M Opening Weekend:
M. Night Shyamalan
’s new thriller, Split
, starring JamesMcAvoy
, had a stunning opening weekend at U.S. box offices, with $40.2 million in ticket sales across 3,038 theaters. That take beats his other top debuts in his 19-year film history, including The Sixth Sense
($26.7 million) and Unbreakable
($30.3 million). The film’s international earnings sit at $46 million. In contrast, Vin Diesel
’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage
debuted at about $20 million over three days. Hidden Figures
closed out its third weekend with an additional $16.3 million. The film is on pace to clear $100 million by the end of its theatrical run.
DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 14 leading executives of the Plaza Hotel in New York City read LBN daily?
***Broadway star and former Woody Allen
regular Tony Roberts
’ memoir “Do You Know Me?” documents his 40-year career opposite the likes of Allen
and Al Pacino
. While Allen is known for his lack of direction on set, Roberts revealed that he “would say it needs more brio, which is the Italian word for ‘more energy.’ He would say I need more bags of brio in this scene. His notes to the actors would deal with comedy needing more energy.”
LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Hollywood moguls are vying for the TV rights of Jill Kelley’s memoir about the story behind the downfall of former CIA director David Petraeus. Kelley, a well-connected Tampa, Fla., political operative, penned the book “Collateral Damage: Petraeus, Power, Politics and the Abuse of Privacy,” about the four-star general who led the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan before taking the top CIA post.
LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: Iconic sixties group Jefferson Airplane and its offshoot, Jefferson Starship, has signed a worldwide deal with Jampol Artist Management (JAM, Inc.), the legacy management firm that counts The Doors, Janis Joplin, Ramones, Otis Redding and Muddy Waters, among others, on its roster.
THINK FREELY – READ LBN:
***A computer problem forced United Airlines to ground all domestic flights for two and a half hours on Sunday night, an airline spokeswoman said. “We have resolved the issue, and flights are resuming,” the United spokeswoman Maddie King
said in a statement. “Customers may experience additional delays as we work to get flights out this evening. We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers.” ***All-day breakfast is beginning to lose its novelty for McDonald’s Corp. When the company’s U.S. restaurants started serving Egg McMuffins and other morning fare at all hours in 2015, the change elated customers and fueled a yearlong sales surge. But now the effect is waning: While overall earnings beat analysts’ estimates last quarter, domestic same-store sales fell 1.3 percent.
LBN -THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Its First Members (1986)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a museum dedicated to archiving the history of rock music. It was created in 1983 but did not have a home until 1995, when it opened its Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, after civic leaders pledged $65 million in public money to fund its construction. The first group of inductees included Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, and James Brown, to name a few.
***As the star of Marti Noxon
‘s upcoming drama, To the Bone
, the 27-year-old actress is tackling a character that hits close to home. In the film, which recently debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Collins portrays a woman seeking treatment for anorexia, a battle she also faced in her personal life. “This was definitely a more dramatic role for me. I suffered with eating disorders when I was a teenager as well,” she said. ***Blac Chyna
documented her weight gain during her pregnancy, and now she’s using Snapchat to show her weight loss. The Rob & Chyna
star revealed on social media that she has lost about 34 pounds since giving birth to daughter Dream Kardashian
in November. Captioning a video of her stepping on the scale, Chyna wrote, “From 192.2 to 158.2.” Chyna’s ultimate goal is to hit 130, which was her weight prior to pregnancy. ***Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett
, a mother of two, is open to having more kids but does not want to become pregnant again. The Kendra on Top
star opened up to E! News’ Marc Malkin
Saturday about her family and a topic many mothers are ashamed to discuss: Postpartum depression. If we were to agree to [have more kids], we would agree to adopt because I’m happier when I feel like I can wear hot clothes and feel good in my own skin and not have to fix a lot,” she said. “I had postpartum after little Hank and then I was dealing with chaos after Alijah with postpartum, so I had pretty bad experiences right after having each kid.”
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