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The World Meeting of Families, the central religious event of Pope Francis' first visit to the United States, is intended to convey a message of love and joy as it seeks to promote church teaching on marriage. Yet four weeks away from its opening in Philadelphia, friction is...
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is getting invited to be a part of a lot of weddings lately. Wedding officiants from Washington to as far away as Australia say couples, both gay and straight, are asking them to incorporate quotations from the justice...
BOSTON (AP) — A juror in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev says he probably would not have voted for the death penalty had he known that the families of some victims preferred a life sentence. Kevin Fagan spoke to WBUR-FM ( http://bit.ly/1V6XfIS ) on Monday,...
ROME (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the Vatican says he expects Pope Francis will call on the U.S. to rediscover the fundamental values "that made our nation great" — including its long history of welcoming foreigners — when he visits next month and becomes the first pope to...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as anxious investors send stock prices plunging, many Americans are sounding a rather different note: They're staying calm and carrying on. Some wonder if they may have to work a few extra years to recoup some of their shrunken retirement savings. Others...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A high school football team that has featured a tiger cub at games for decades might kick off the season without its beloved mascot as boosters try to meet state rules enacted after the bizarre release of dozens of dangerous animals from a suicidal man's...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The mountainous conditions in the Pacific Northwest will be nothing new to the dozens of firefighters from Australia and New Zealand who have arrived to help battle the many blazes burning unchecked in the region. "We're used to tall timber and steep...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco judge is set to hear evidence in a shooting death at a local pier that became a flashpoint in the national immigration debate because federal authorities had requested city officials keep the suspect locked up. Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez is...
FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets — "blunt impact projectiles" that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that's the goal. Police have long had...