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Pope Francis delivers his message during a meeting with Cardinals and Bishops of the Vatican Curia on the occasion of the exchange of Christmas greetings in the Clementine hall at Vatican, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Andreas Solaro, Pool)

Pope tells Vatican bureaucrats to repent

Monday, December 22, 2014

VATICAN CITY — To the Catholic Church’s “seven deadly sins,” Pope Francis has added the “15 ailments of the Curia.” Francis issued a blistering indictment of the Vatican bureaucracy Monday, accusing the cardinals, bishops and priests who serve him of using their Vatican careers to grab power and wealth, of living “hypocritical” double lives and forgetting that they’re supposed to …

UN Security Council takes up human rights in N. Korea

Monday, December 22, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council took up the issue of North Korea’s bleak human rights situation for the first time Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity. North Korea quickly denounced the move. The …

Joe Cocker, gravelly voiced rock star, dies at 70

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Joe Cocker, a musician best known for hits such as “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “Have a Little Faith,” and “You Are So Beautiful,” has died. Cocker died at his home in Colorado on Monday after a battle with lung cancer, his agent’s office and a spokesman for Sony Music Entertainment …

Suspect in 6 killings found dead in woods

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PENNSBURG, Pa. — An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives in a shooting and slashing frenzy was found dead of self-inflicted stab wounds Tuesday in the woods of suburban Philadelphia, ending …

Jeb Bush gets set to run

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jeb Bush answered the biggest question looming over the Republican Party’s next campaign for the White House on Tuesday, all but declaring his candidacy for president more than a year before the first primaries. Bush, …

Mom heads to court on charges of giving son medical marijuana

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota mother heads to court this week, charged with medicating her sick child with marijuana - an act that will be legal in a matter of months. Angela Brown of Madison faces two gross misdemeanor charges of child endangerment for giving cannabis oil to her …

Carolinas politicians get payouts from broker

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Soon after taking office, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina accepted six-figure stock payouts from an online mortgage broker accused by regulators of deceiving its customers. The two …

LA prosecutors won’t charge Cosby in alleged 1974 molestation

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Bill Cosby will not be charged with a crime after a woman claimed he molested her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, Los Angeles prosecutors said Tuesday. In the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judy Huth said she and a 16-year-old friend …

Reporter Risen told to testify at hearing before spy’s trial

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — New York Times reporter James Risen was ordered Tuesday to appear at a Jan. 5 hearing to give limited testimony in advance of the trial of a former CIA officer who is charged with revealing classified information, including embarrassing details of CIA operations in Iran that …

Vatican offers olive branch to ‘radical feminist’ US nuns

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

VATICAN CITY — A sweeping Vatican investigation into Roman Catholic nuns in the U.S. that began amid fears they had become too feminist and secular ended up praising the sisters for their selfless work caring for the poor …

Navajos buy back sacred masks at Paris auction

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PARIS — When diplomacy and a plea to return sacred ceremonial masks to an American Indian tribe in the United States failed, officials from the Navajo Nation traveled to the Paris auction house selling the items and started …

Robin Williams tops 2014 Google search list

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Robin Williams’ suicide seared into the world’s collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google. The reaction to Williams’ death in August topped Google’s list of …

Study published in Psychological Science suggests that slower decisions produce healthier food choices

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Do you lack self-control when it comes to food? If so, maybe you need to slow down a bit. At least that’s the suggestion of researchers who recently exposed a group of 28 hungry college students to a series of computer images of food and asked them to …