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  • Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — A somber Pope Francis steeped his Christmas message to the world Thursday in sadness for those with little cause for joy — abused children, refugees, hostages …


  • Battered, Greece faces years to recoup recession

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In a tiny, windowless storeroom, elderly women sort through items normally destined for the trash. It’s an unlikely place to be saving lives.


  • US launches 1st airstrikes in Syria

    SURUC, Turkey (AP) — The United States and partner nations launched their first airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, as fighting raged Monday between the extremist group and Kurdish …


  • Pope opens Mideast trip lamenting Syrian conflict

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Pope Francis thanked Jordan on Saturday for welcoming hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria, calling for an “urgent,” peaceful solution to …


  • Palestinians call off round of talks after clash

    QALANDIA REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian negotiators called off a planned round of peace talks Monday after Israeli soldiers killed three protesters during clashes following an arrest raid …


  • Child soldiers patrol C. African Republic capital

    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — As fighters in fatigues lounge in the shade of the rebel camp in the capital of Central African Republic, a boy jumps up to …


  • French Assembly passes gay marriage, adoption bill

    PARIS (AP) — France’s lower house of parliament has approved a sweeping bill to legalize gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children. President Francois Hollande’s Socialists have pushed …


  • Senators write Sony, criticize ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The movie “Zero Dark Thirty” is misleading and “grossly inaccurate” in its suggestion that torture produced the tip that led the U.S. military to find terrorist leader …


  • Obama to send Congress gun proposals in January

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the time for action overdue, President Barack Obama promised on Wednesday to send Congress broad proposals in January for tightening gun laws and curbing violence after …


  • McCain rejects torture scene in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The movie “Zero Dark Thirty” suggests the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques led the U.S. to Osama bin Laden. Sen. John McCain watched the movie Monday night and …


  • Missing Fla. foster child’s custodian feared worst

    MIAMI (AP) — The legal custodian of missing foster child Rilya Wilson testified Monday that she suspected the worst when the girl abruptly disappeared in late 2000 but did not …


  • Okla. teen arrested in school shooting plot

    BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Hours before a gunman opened fire at a Connecticut elementary school, police in Oklahoma arrested a teenager for allegedly plotting to attack his high school and …


  • Uncle: Dad recalls crash that killed sons as blur

    HOUSTON (AP) — The uncle of two young brothers killed by a suspected drunk driver who was then fatally shot at the crash scene said Friday that the boys’ father, …


  • Pot proponents hopeful, wary after Obama comments

    SEATTLE (AP) — Officials and pot advocates looking for any sign of whether the Obama administration will sue to block legal pot laws in Washington state and Colorado or stand …


  • Fewer health care options for illegal immigrants

    ALAMO, Texas (AP) — For years, Sonia Limas would drag her daughters to the emergency room whenever they fell sick. As an illegal immigrant, she had no health insurance, and …


  • To give on the street? In cities, a daily calculus

    During her two decades living in Houston, Caroline Oliver, like any urban dweller, frequently encountered people in the streets asking for money. She struggled with how to respond. She wanted …


  • Spies see poverty down, but resource fights ahead

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2030, with most people middle class, connected by technology, protected by advanced health care and linked …


  • Homeless rate steady in latest government estimate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A vigorous effort to house the homeless has been countered somewhat by a sluggish economy. The federal government and local communities have greatly increased the number of …


  • Washington could become pot source for neighbors

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Now that marijuana is legal in neighboring Washington state, Portland police are offering some helpful advice to Oregon pot users. Sure, you can go over to …


  • Superstorm utility crews complain of payroll delay

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Mike Valaskatgis slept in his National Grid truck for two nights, and then on a cot two more nights before getting a bed in a hotel …


  • For Washington state, legal pot _ and now what?

    SEATTLE (AP) — People openly lit joints under the Space Needle and on Seattle’s sidewalks — then blew the smoke at TV news cameras. To those looking to “get baked,” …


  • As pot goes proper, a history of weed

    SEATTLE (AP) — The grass is no greener. But, finally, it’s legal — at least somewhere in America. It’s been a long, strange trip for marijuana. Washington state and Colorado …


  • Republican opposition downs UN disability treaty

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Led by Republican opposition, the Senate on Tuesday rejected a United Nations treaty on the rights of the disabled that is modeled after the landmark Americans with …


  • Missouri couple wins $588 million Powerball prize

    DEARBORN, Mo. (AP) — Cindy Hill, a laid-off office manager who lives in a small town in Missouri, called her husband Thursday with urgent news that would change everything: “We …


  • Mo. mechanic, his wife named Powerball winners

    DEARBORN, Mo. (AP) — A 52-year-old Missouri mechanic and his wife claimed their share Friday of the record $588 million Powerball jackpot. Lottery officials sent a statement announcing that Mark …


  • Federal prisons urged to grant more early releases

    NEW YORK (AP) — For humanitarian and economic reasons, the federal Bureau of Prisons should grant more early releases to incapacitated and terminally ill prisoners, two advocacy groups say in …


  • Pot legalization no free ride to smoke on campus

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Young voters helped pass laws legalizing marijuana in Washington and Colorado, but many still won’t be able to light up. Most universities have codes of conduct …


  • Sweeping changes suggested for Pa. child abuse law

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania should enact sweeping changes to its child abuse laws, including stronger penalties for failing to report the crime, a legislative commission concluded Tuesday after a …


  • Panel to recommend child-abuse law changes in Pa.

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A commission set up by the Pennsylvania Legislature after Jerry Sandusky’s molestation arrest last year will issue a report that could recommend changes to state law. …


  • Panel to recommend child-abuse law changes in Pa.

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A commission set up by the Pennsylvania Legislature after Jerry Sandusky’s molestation arrest last year is about to make its recommendations. The Pennsylvania Task Force on …

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