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Spark Center hosting suicide-prevention workshop

Spark Center is hosting a suicide prevention workshop at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Pope comes to Philadelphia, pays tribute women in the church

PHILADELPHIA — Pope Francis arrived in the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday for the final leg of his U.S. visit — a festive weekend devoted to celebrating Catholic families …


‘Bold’ Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide

DUBLIN — Ireland’s citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists …


Los Angeles becomes latest US city to favor $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles is the latest and biggest city to endorse a hike in the minimum wage, adding to a string of successes for unions and advocates …


US lets in Thai fish caught by slaves despite law

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its first report on trafficking around the world, the U.S. criticized Thailand as a hub for labor abuse. Yet 14 years later, seafood caught by slaves …


More than 300 slave fishermen now safe on Indonesian island

TUAL, Indonesia — The same trawlers that had enslaved countless migrant fishermen for years carried more than 300 of them to freedom Saturday, following a dramatic rescue from a remote …


AP Analysis: In fractured Israel, all electoral bets are off

JERUSALEM (AP) — Deeply divided and foul of mood, Israelis are headed toward what seems like a referendum on their long-serving, silver-tongued prime minister, the hard-line Benjamin Netanyahu. But with …


US adds a robust 295K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.5 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000. It was the latest sign that …


Federal judge stalls Obama’s executive action on immigration

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Texas on Monday temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit …


NFL hoping its off-field issues are an anomaly not a continuation of 2014’s trend

Commissioner Roger Goodell declared at the Super Bowl that the NFL made “enormous progress” on social issues after last year’s incessant barrage of disturbing developments, led by the Ray Rice …


In milestone, Pope Francis will address Congress this fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a landmark event that could have many holding their breath, Pope Francis has agreed to address a joint meeting of Congress this fall. That sets the …


On Auschwitz anniversary, leader warns Jews again targets

BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) — A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis’ most notorious death camp on Tuesday and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz, warning of …


Pope: Catholics don’t have to breed ‘like rabbits’

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don’t have to breed “like rabbits” and should instead practice …


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.


India slides, US gains in gender equality ranking

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian women still face some of the world’s worst inequality in access to health care, education and work, despite years of rapid economic growth, according to …


Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting

TULALIP, Wash. (AP) — A newly hired teacher confronted a gunman and was being hailed as a hero on Saturday after a deadly shooting rampage in the cafeteria of a …


Rome’s mayor defiantly registers 16 gay marriages

ROME (AP) — Rome’s mayor has registered 16 gay marriages entered abroad in open defiance of Italy’s Interior Ministry. Gay marriage is illegal in Italy. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano recently …


In sharp turn, gay couples marry in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — Gay marriage has become legal in Arizona after the state’s conservative attorney general said Friday that he wouldn’t challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way …


Jean-Claude Duvalier, ousted Haitian dictator known as “Baby Doc,” dies at 63

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Jean-Claude-Duvalier, the self-proclaimed “president for life” of Haiti whose corrupt and brutal regime sparked a popular uprising that sent him into a 25-year exile, died Saturday …


Pope removes divisive bishop in Paraguay

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday forcibly removed a conservative Paraguayan bishop who had clashed with his fellow bishops on ideological grounds and promoted a priest accused of …


Pope names Cupich as next Chicago archbishop

Pope Francis today appointed Spokane’s Bishop Blase Cupich, a moderate who has called for civility in the culture wars, as the next archbishop of Chicago, signaling a shift in tone …


Teacher in accidental shooting in good condition

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials say a Utah teacher is in good condition after accidentally shooting herself in the leg with a concealed firearm in a faculty bathroom at …


Federal judge upholds La. same-sex marriage ban

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has upheld Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriages, as well as the state’s refusal to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states. U.S. …


Mourners urge black Americans to take action

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — a “gentle giant,” aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a …


Health-care fears loom large in gay marriage cases

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room …


Iraq suicide bomber kills at least 11 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing against an Interior Ministry building in central Baghdad has killed at least 11 people. A police officer says the suicide bomber …


Hate crime case resurrects racial wounds in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Yitzhak Shuchat, a white member of a civilian patrol group, and Andrew Charles, the black son of a police officer, came face to face in 2008 …


US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in …


Iraq sending 4,000 volunteers to help in Ramadi

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials are airlifting some 4,000 volunteers to an embattled city west of Baghdad to help bolster government forces locked in a running battle with Sunni militants …