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Bishops and Cardinals attend a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope beatifies Paul VI at synod’s end

Sunday, October 19, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI was on hand for the Mass, which took place just hours after Catholic bishops approved a document charting a …

Expelled Nazis drew millions in Social Security

Sunday, October 19, 2014

OSIJEK, Croatia — Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found. The payments, underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the U.S. Justice Department leverage …

Va. police seek clues where remains found

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — After finding remains that could be University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities interviewed nearby residents and picked through leaves on the side of a sparsely populated highway, searching for any clues or evidence. Forensic tests were needed to confirm whether the remains match the 18-year-old Graham. They were discovered …

Ebola case contracted within US: Dallas health worker tests positive for virus

Sunday, October 12, 2014

DALLAS — A “breach of protocol” at the hospital where Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan was treated before his death led to the infection of a health care worker with the deadly virus, and other caregivers could potentially …

Kurds tell of battle for Kobani

Sunday, October 12, 2014

SURUC, Turkey — The shells were already roaring down on the Kurdish fighters from the hill above Kobani when more than 30 Islamic State militants backed by snipers and pickups mounted with heavy machine guns began their assault …

India, Japan lashed by powerful storms

Sunday, October 12, 2014

HYDERABAD, India — A powerful cyclone was pounding a large swath of India’s eastern seaboard with heavy rain and strong winds on Sunday, killing at least six people and causing major damage to buildings and crops, in one …

Putin orders troops away from border with Ukraine

Sunday, October 12, 2014

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered thousands of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border to return to their usual bases, according to his spokesman. Dmitry Peskov told Russian news outlets late Saturday in Sochi that Putin …

Protests expose unease over Hong Kong’s identity

Sunday, October 12, 2014

HONG KONG — By road, the little apartments are nearly an hour from central Hong Kong and the protests that have swept through it. Twice that long if you take the subway, which is how most people commute …

Federal judge strikes down Alaska’s ban on gay marriage

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A federal judge on Sunday struck down Alaska’s first-in-the-nation ban on gay marriages, the latest court decision in a busy week for the issue. It wasn’t immediately clear when marriage licenses would be issued to …

NYC poised to end school cellphone ban

Sunday, October 12, 2014

NEW YORK — New York City is preparing to end its ban on cellphones in schools, dooming an industry that sprang up near dozens of schools where teens could park their phones in a van for a dollar …

Falling leaves may shift advantage in hunt for Pa. ambush suspect

Sunday, October 12, 2014

CANADENSIS, Pa. — For the past month, ambush suspect Eric Frein has capitalized on relatively mild temperatures, dense tree cover and his own survival skills to successfully elude a manhunt in the woods of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Now …

Growing group of Mormons pushes church to be more tolerant of gay members

Sunday, October 12, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who …

Triple suicide bombing kills 58 in Iraq

Sunday, October 12, 2014

BAGHDAD — A triple suicide bombing Sunday killed at least 58 people in Iraq as a roadside bomb killed the police chief of the western Anbar province, authorities said, attacks that dealt major blows to Iraqi security forces …