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  • Conclave to elect new pope begins

    VATICAN CITY — Cardinals from around the globe locked themselves inside the Sistine Chapel today to choose a new leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and their troubled church, …


  • Sistine chimney installed as conclave nears

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Firefighters on Saturday installed the top of the Sistine Chapel chimney that will signal to the world that a new pope has been elected, as the …


  • Pope’s last blessing from window draws crowd

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI gave his pontificate’s final Sunday blessing from his studio window to the cheers of tens of thousands of people packing St. Peter’s Square, …


  • Vatican blasts ‘false’ pre-conclave reporting

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican lashed out Saturday at the media for what it said has been a run of defamatory and false reports before the conclave to elect …


  • 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 …


  • Pope to resign Feb. 28, says he’s too infirm

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign on Feb. 28 because he was simply too infirm to carry on — the first pontiff to …


  • The big dig-out: New England, NY slammed with snow

    New Englanders began the back-breaking job of digging out from as much as 3 feet of wet, heavy snow today and emergency crews used snowmobiles to reach shivering motorists stranded …


  • Hundreds line up to mourn Chicago teen

    CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of people are lined up outside a filled-to-capacity church to pay their respects to a 15-year-old Chicago teen whose death has drawn national attention to the …


  • British lawmakers vote in favor of gay marriage

    LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage championed by Prime Minister David Cameron, despite stronger-than-expected opposition from within his …


  • Feds: Warming imperils wolverines

    BILLINGS, Mont. — The tenacious wolverine, a snow-loving carnivore sometimes called the “mountain devil,” is being added to the list of species threatened by climate change — a dubious distinction …


  • Texas woman’s execution halted; DA won’t appeal

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A Texas woman won a reprieve from the death chamber Tuesday, mere hours before she was scheduled to be the first woman executed in the U.S. since …


  • Thousands march for gun control in Washington

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of people, many holding signs with names of gun violence victims and messages such as “Ban Assault Weapons Now,” joined a rally for gun control on …


  • Giffords, Kelly launch gun control lobbying effort

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the Tucson …


  • Maine same-sex couples marry in first hours of law

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Arriving in a limo, Donna Galluzzo and Lisa Gorney had all the trappings of a traditional wedding: Rings, flowers, wedding vows, an entourage and a friend …


  • Strike likely averted at East Coast ports

    NEW YORK (AP) — The union for longshoremen along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico has agreed to extend its contract for 30 days, averting a possible strike that …


  • Dozens of Mich. schools close amid threats, rumors

    DETROIT (AP) — Dozens of Michigan schools canceled classes for thousands of students to cool off rumored threats of violence and problems related to doomsday scenarios based on the Mayan …


  • Holder to meet with first responders in Newtown

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is heading to Newtown, Conn., to meet with first responders and law enforcement officials about last week’s school shooting. A Justice Department official …


  • NY cardinal compares slain Conn. teacher to Jesus

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A single bell tolled Thursday at the Connecticut funeral of a 6-year-old girl killed by a gunman at her elementary school, while a cardinal in New …


  • Funerals set for 5 students, teacher shot in Conn.

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — More funerals and a memorial service are scheduled to be held in Connecticut and New York for students and teachers killed by a gunman at an …


  • Funerals for 4 kids, teacher shot at Conn. school

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — More funerals and a memorial service are scheduled to be held in Connecticut and New York for students and teachers killed by a gunman at an …


  • Funerals become a sad routine in Newtown

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A season that should be a time of joy has been marked by heart-wrenching loss in Newtown, as more victims from the massacre of 20 children …


  • Gun laws show difficulty of stemming violent acts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One early focus of new gun regulations by President Barack Obama and some lawmakers would reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons, a law widely regarded as …


  • Officials: 31 suspended in Army day care scandal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 31 people were suspended from two Army day care centers at Fort Myer, Va., last week after officials scrutinized their backgrounds and found criminal convictions …


  • Strike looms at East and Gulf Coast ports

    BOSTON (AP) — Weeks after a critical West Coast port complex was crippled by a few hundred striking workers, the East Coast is bracing for a possible walkout numbering thousands …


  • Funerals become a routine in shattered Newtown

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — One by one by one by one, each with fresh heartbreak, hearses crisscrossed two New England towns on Wednesday, bearing three tiny victims of the Sandy …


  • Officials: 31 people fired in Army daycare scandal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 31 people were fired from two Army day care centers at Fort Myer, Va., last week after officials scrutinized their backgrounds and found criminal convictions …


  • One by one, shattered Newtown buries its dead

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — One by one by one by one, each with fresh heartbreak, hearses crisscrossed two New England towns on Wednesday, bearing three tiny victims of the Sandy …


  • 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 …


  • New school to re-create the old for Newtown pupils

    MONROE, Conn. (AP) — When the children who survived a shooting that killed 20 of their classmates return to school in a different building, they’ll find things just as they …


  • Obama’s call for action against gun violence

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., obligates the nation to finally act to reduce gun violence. He’s outlined only a broad plan …

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