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Washington • Acutely partisan and all but dysfunctional, Congress has completed its most elementary task after an intense weekslong struggle, finalizing a deal to fund the government just days ahead o...

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  • In this Sept. 13, 2016 photo, Sandra the orangutan sits in her enclosure at an eco-park, formerly the Palermo zoo, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The definition of orangutan is written in a sign outside Sandra’s cage: from the Malay expression meaning “person of the forest.” But Sandra remains behind bars in a concrete cell in Buenos Aires and may never see the rainforest of her ancestors. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) In Argentina, freedom still distant for Sandra the orangutan
    Buenos Aires, Argentina • A sign outside Sandra’s cage explains that “orangutan” comes from the Malay expression for “person of the forest.” But she r...
    Updated Sep 29 2016 11:36 am   |     |   Share
  • Members of the Knesset guard carry the coffin of former Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, in Jerusalem, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016.  Peres died early Wednesday from complications from a stroke. He was 93. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) Israelis pay respects to Peres, Clinton arrives in Israel
    Jerusalem • Former U.S. President Bill Clinton joined thousands of Israeli mourners Thursday who paid their respects to the late Shimon Peres outside ...
    Updated Sep 29 2016 11:33 am   |     |   Share
  • Company: Crows knocked out power to 100,000 in 3 states
    Idaho Falls, Idaho • Rocky Mountain Power says two crows triggered an outage in mid-July that knocked out power to about 100,000 customers in eastern ...
    Updated Sep 29 2016 11:21 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Sept. 26, 2016, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton answers a question during the presidential debate with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Clinton has vowed to respond to foreign hacking the same as any other attack against the United States. She’s openly blamed Russia for recent U.S. cyber break-ins while Donald Trump wondered if overseas governments or overweight hackers at home were responsible. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Clinton vows to retaliate against foreign hackers
    Washington • Hillary Clinton is vowing anew to respond to foreign hacking the same as any other attack against the United States. When she openly blam...
    Updated Sep 29 2016 11:24 am   |     |   Share


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  • Lilly Chapman, 8, cries after being reunited with her father, John Chapman at Oakdale Baptist Church on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in Townville, S.C. Students were evacuated to the church following a shooting at Townville Elementary School. A teenager opened fire at a South Carolina elementary school on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt) S.C. teen kills dad, wounds 2 students, teacher
    Townville, S.C. • A teenager killed his father at their home Wednesday before going to a nearby elementary school and opening fire with a handgun, wou...
    Updated Sep 28 2016 10:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • Pope Francis asperses incense as he celebrates a Jubilee Mass for catechists, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) Pope Francis backs opposition to Mexico’s gay-marriage proposal
    Vatican City • Pope Francis has voiced support for Mexican bishops and citizens opposing the government’s push to legalize same-sex marriage. At his w...
    Updated Sep 29 2016 09:15 am   |     |   Share
  • How decades of divorce helped erode religion
    Two widely recognized trends in American society might have something to do with each other. Divorce rates climbed to the highest levels ever in the 1...
    Updated Sep 29 2016 09:24 am   |     |   Share
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up a ’Christian Conservatives for Trump’ sign at a rally, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher) Trump jokes about people who are not conservative Christians: ‘Should we keep them?’
    Donald Trump singled out people who were not Christian conservatives at a campaign rally in Iowa on Wednesday afternoon, jokingly asking the audience,...
    Updated Sep 29 2016 09:18 am   |     |   Share
  • This Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 photo, provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows a Civil Defense worker carrying the body of a child after airstrikes hit al-Shaar neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria. Pope Francis has decried the assault on the Syrian city of Aleppo, saying those responsible for the bombing must answer to God. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP) Russia accuses U.S. of siding with ‘terrorists’ in Syria
    Moscow • Russian officials accused the U.S. on Thursday of siding with “terrorists” in Syria, in a sign of escalating tensions between Moscow and Wash...
    Updated Sep 29 2016 09:09 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Sept. 26, 2016, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton answers a question during the presidential debate with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Clinton has vowed to respond to foreign hacking the same as any other attack against the United States. She’s openly blamed Russia for recent U.S. cyber break-ins while Donald Trump wondered if overseas governments or overweight hackers at home were responsible. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Clinton presses early Iowa voting in bid to boost Dem turnout
    Des Moines, Iowa • With early voting poised to play a bigger role in this year’s election, Hillary Clinton was urging voters in Iowa to start casting ...
    Updated Sep 29 2016 07:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • Demonstrators yell at police during a protest Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in El Cajon, Calif. Dozens of demonstrators on Wednesday protested the killing of Alfred Olango, a Ugandan refugee shot by an officer after authorities said he pulled an object from a pocket, pointed it and assumed a ’shooting stance.’ (AP Photo/Julie Watson) Family of slain black man wants police to release full video
    El Cajon, Calif. • An unarmed black man fatally shot by an officer in a San Diego suburb was unjustly killed and the police department and chief prose...
    Updated Sep 29 2016 10:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • A Townville Elementary student looks out of the window of a school bus as she and her classmates are transported to Oakdale Baptist Church, following a shooting at Townville Elementary in Townville Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. A teenager killed his father at his home Wednesday before going to the nearby elementary school and opening fire with a handgun, wounding two students and a teacher, authorities said. (Katie McLean/The Independent-Mail via AP) Teen’s mother ‘shocked and saddened’ by school shooting
    Townville, S.C. • The mother of a teen accused of killing his father and wounding two students and a teacher at a rural South Carolina elementary scho...
    Updated Sep 29 2016 09:12 am   |     |   Share
  • In a photo provided by William Sun, people examine the wreckage of a New Jersey Transit commuter train that crashed into the train station during the morning rush hour in Hoboken,, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. The crash caused an unknown number of injuries and witnesses reported seeing one woman trapped under concrete and many people bleeding. (William Sun via AP) Train crashes into New Jersey station; 1 dead, 100 injured
    Hoboken, N.J. • A rush-hour commuter train crashed through a barrier at the busy Hoboken station and lurched across the waiting area Thursday morning,...
    Updated Sep 29 2016 07:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • Moore goes before ethics panel on gay marriage order
    Montgomery, Ala. • Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore will appear before a judicial discipline panel Wednesday to answer accusations that he tried to blo...
    Updated Sep 28 2016 08:09 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Christus, a statue of Jesus Christ on display at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City on  Thursday, March 7, 2013. On God and heaven, Americans are all over the map
    Two-thirds of Americans believe God accepts the worship of all religions, including Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The exception: Americans with eva...
    Updated Sep 28 2016 04:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Sept. 22, 2016 photo, construction crews continue work on a Mormon temple in Farmington, Conn. The first Mormon temple in Connecticut opens to the public this week and will soon host services for thousands of the faithful from a four-state area. The new temple in Farmington reflects growing membership for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the East Coast. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb) Photo gallery: Connecticut’s first Mormon temple opening to public
    Farmington, Conn. • The first Mormon temple in Connecticut opens to the public this week and soon will host services for thousands of the faithful fro...
    Updated Sep 28 2016 04:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • Playboy’s interview with a Muslim woman mocks modesty and offends women
    In his 1966 debate with William Buckley about the “Playboy Philosophy,” Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner made clear that he opposes “religiously m...
    Updated Sep 28 2016 03:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this image made from an Oct. 11, 2011 video made available by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Florida Highway Patrol Officer Donna Watts arrests Miami Police Department Officer Fausto Lopez who was traveling at 120 miles per hour to an off-duty job, in Hollywood, Fla. After the incident, Watts says that she was harassed with prank calls, threatening posts on law enforcement message boards and unfamiliar cars that idled near her home. In lawsuits, she accused dozens of officers of obtaining information about her in the state’s driver database. (Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles via AP) AP: Across U.S., police officers abuse confidential databases
    Denver • Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates...
    Updated Sep 28 2016 12:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • North Korean women wave flags cheering on their fellow countrymen as they start their day during morning rush hour on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Women’s League units are out in force these days in front of subway entrances and other strategic locations to dance and wave red flags as loud patriotic music blares from boom boxes. Sometimes they are joined by middle school brass bands in their morning ritual, which is intended to encourage workers to start their day off with more vigor.  (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) Pyongyang starts day early with patriotic music
    Pyongyang, North Korea • North Korea’s capital is still a pretty quiet place compared to most urban centers around the world, but it gets its start ea...
    Updated Sep 28 2016 12:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 photo, provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows a Civil Defense worker carrying the body of a child after airstrikes hit al-Shaar neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria. Pope Francis has decried the assault on the Syrian city of Aleppo, saying those responsible for the bombing must answer to God. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP) Syrian government strikes 2 hospitals
    Beirut • Government shelling and airstrikes in Syria’s Aleppo landed near a bread distribution center and two hospitals Wednesday, killing seven peopl...
    Updated Sep 28 2016 08:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In tis June 21, 2016, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, listen to a question during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats opened a last-minute push Tuesday, Sept. 27, for new talks on must-do legislation to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend, fight the Zika virus and help flood-ravaged Louisiana rebuild. The aim is to see if Republicans will relent and add money to help Flint, Mich., with its water crisis — and get Capitol Hill off a collision course that could lead to a government shutdown this weekend. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) House aides: Deal reached to keep US government running
    Washington • Congressional leaders have broken a stalemate over money to address the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, top House aides said Wednesday, cl...
    Updated Sep 28 2016 04:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Clinton seeks campaign lift from Sanders, Michelle Obama
    Washington • Hillary Clinton sought Wednesday to build on her widely praised debate performance by making a direct appeal to younger voters whose enth...
    Updated Sep 28 2016 08:03 am   |     |   Share
  • Officials: US to send more troops to Iraq to help with Mosul
    Washington • The United States is preparing to send an unspecific number of additional troops to Iraq to help reclaim the city of Mosul from the Islam...
    Updated Sep 28 2016 08:03 am   |     |   Share
  • In historic first, Arizona Republic backs a Democrat for president, citing Trump’s ‘deep character flaws’
    In 1890, when The Arizona Republic first started printing from Phoenix, before it published photographs or crossword puzzles or won a Pulitzer Prize, ...
    Updated Sep 28 2016 08:00 am   |     |   Share
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