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  • Pope Francis, left, and retired Pope Benedict XVI embrace during a ceremony to celebrate Benedict’s 65th anniversary of his ordination as a priest, in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, at the Vatican, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. The ceremony served in part to show continuity from Benedict to Francis amid continued nostalgia from some conservatives for Benedict’s tradition-minded papacy. (L’Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP) Retired Pope Benedict XVI offers first-ever assessment of his papacy
    Vatican City • Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is offering a first-ever papal assessment of his own pontificate in a book that recounts his decision to res...
    Updated Jul 01 2016 05:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Monday, March 30, 2015 photo shows a Hisense Chrome laptop in San Francisco. Google and Microsoft are releasing cheaper laptops and tablets in an effort to reach students, budget-conscious families and overseas markets. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Unholy war? When not reading the comments is not an option
    It was an offhand tweet about Donald Trump’s anti-Semitic followers she posted after the South Carolina Republican presidential primary that unleashed...
    Updated Jul 01 2016 03:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • This undated photo provided by Miles Mason shows Mason, left, with friend, Brad Treat, a victim of fatal grizzly bear mauling in Montana’s Flathead National Forest outside Glacier National Park, as they pose for a photo during Treat’s wedding in West Glacier, Mont. Treat, 38, was knocked off his bike Wednesday, June 29, 2016, after he and another rider apparently surprised the bear, a grizzly, according to initial and still-unconfirmed accounts, in the Flathead National Forest, authorities said. (Courtesy of Miles Mason via AP) Man killed by bear experienced in the risk of the wilderness
    Helena, Mont. • The Montana man killed by a bear near Glacier National Park was intimately familiar with both the beauty and the danger of the vast, w...
    Updated Jul 01 2016 02:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this June 13, 2016 file photo, flags fly at half-staff around the Washington Monument at daybreak in Washington, by order of President Obama, the day after more than four dozen people were killed  in the Orlando, Fla., nightclub shootings. As the nation marks Independence Day on Monday, lowering the flag remains a visible, immediate way to pay tribute in hours of tragedy, but flag buffs have noted that the honor has been extended more widely over time, and they and other Americans have questioned whether the country has lowered the bar on the lowering the flag.  (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File) Are we overusing the tribute of flying flag at half-staff?
    New York • Nearly every day, somewhere in the country, the Stars and Stripes was lowered to half-staff last year in one of the most significant offici...
    Updated Jul 01 2016 07:22 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev speaks in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. A year after South Carolina removed the Confederate flag from its capitol grounds, official Washington is struggling with further restrictions on the flag’s display on federal property, including the U.S. Capitol complex. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Washington flummoxed over federal Confederate flag displays
    Washington • A year after South Carolina removed the Confederate flag from its capitol grounds, official Washington is struggling with further restric...
    Updated Jul 01 2016 11:15 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Thursday, June 23, 2016 file photo, Roberta Kaplan, a New York based attorney, representing Campaign for Southern Equality and a lesbian couple, speaks with reporters following a day of testimony at the federal courthouse in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, under a ruling U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves handed down Monday, June 27. Kaplan issued a statement praising his decision. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File) Judge blocks Mississippi’s law on ‘religious objection’ to gay marriage
    Jackson, Miss. • A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex marriage moments before it was set to take effect Frida...
    Updated Jul 01 2016 08:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016 photo, a woman walks dogs as tourists climb steps to the Bunker Hill monument, which is located on Breed’s Hill in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston. The Battle of Bunker Hill, one of the greatest misnomers in U.S. history, is being waged anew on social media. The 1775 battle, a pivotal rallying point for American colonists trying to overthrow British rule, actually was fought on Breed’s Hill, not Bunker Hill. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Bunker Hill: Misnamed battle sparks a social media skirmish
    Boston • The Battle of Bunker Hill — one of the greatest misnomers in U.S. history — has sparked a social media skirmish. The 1775 battle, a rallying ...
    Updated Jul 01 2016 08:45 am   |     |   Share
  • This June 10, 2016 photo shows the home-turned-museum where Fidel and Raul Castro grew up in Biran, Cuba. Their father Angel planted and sold sugarcane and timber as well as raised cattle here, deep in the lush green hill country of Holguin province in eastern Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) AP PHOTOS: Fidel Castro’s birthplace sees rise in visitors
    Biran, Cuba • At the end of a dirt road lined with fields of sugar cane, royal palms and tropical fruit trees, a cluster of wooden houses painted in b...
    Updated Jul 01 2016 08:54 am   |     |   Share
  • Texas girls lead police on high-speed chase in grandma’s car
    Houston • Authorities say a 12-year-old girl took her grandmother’s car for a joyride with her 7-year-old sister, striking other vehicles as she led p...
    Updated Jul 01 2016 08:51 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Monday, April 25, 2016, file photo, a man sits behind the steering wheel of a Tesla Model S electric car on display at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing. Federal officials say the driver of a Tesla S sports car using the vehicle’s “autopilot” automated driving system has been killed in a collision with a truck, the first U.S. self-driving car fatality. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said preliminary reports indicate the crash occurred when a tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of the Tesla at a highway intersection. NHTSA said the Tesla driver died due to injuries sustained in the crash, which took place on May 7 in Williston, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File) Tesla driver’s death using car’s ‘Autopilot’ probed by NHTSA
    Washington • A driver so enamored of his Tesla Model S sedan that he nicknamed the car “Tessy” and praised the safety benefits of its sophisticated “A...
    Updated Jul 01 2016 08:45 am   |     |   Share
  • In a year of setbacks, activists push to encourage more LGBT candidates
    Charlotte, N.C. • Jane Campbell and her wife were crushed when North Carolina passed a law that rolled back rights for gay, lesbian and transgender pe...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 02:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this photo released by Greek Prime Minister’s office on Saturday, April 16, 2016, Pope Francis, greets children at the port of Mytilene, on the Greek island of Lesbos. Pope Francis implored Europe on Saturday to respond to the migrant crisis on its shores ’in a way that is worthy of our common humanity,’ during an emotional and provocative trip to Greece. (Andrea Bonetti/Greek Prime Minister’s Office via AP) Analysis: Is Pope Francis a Lone Ranger on apologizing to gays?
    When Pope Francis said this week that the church should ask forgiveness from gay people for the way it has treated them, he sparked yet another round ...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 04:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • Adnan Syed enters Courthouse East in Baltimore prior to a hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 in Baltimore. The hearing, scheduled to last three days before Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch, is meant to determine whether Syed’s conviction will be overturned and case retried. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP)  WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT  Man at center of ‘Serial’ podcast granted a new trial
    Baltimore • After spending 16 years in prison for the killing of his former high school girlfriend, a man at the center of popular podcast “Serial” ha...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 03:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Moviegoers to Hollywood: It better be good
    New York • As Hollywood girds for a low-key Fourth of July box office weekend and watches its summer season dip 15 percent below last year’s, an even ...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 11:42 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this July 7, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The expected launch of new rules allowing transgender individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military is drawing concerns from senior military leaders who believe the Pentagon is moving too fast and has yet to resolve many details and questions. The Pentagon plans to unveil the new regulations in the next day or two. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) Pentagon ending ban on transgender troops
    Washington • Saying it’s the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday that transgender people will be allowed to serve openl...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 08:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013, file photo, a Taser X26 sits on a table in Knightstown, Ind. In Connecticut, a new report suggests police are more likely to use stun guns on minorities. Central Connecticut State University released its analysis Thursday, June 30, 2016, of the first statewide data of police stun gun use in the United States.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File) Connecticut cops more likely to use stun guns on minorities
    Hartford, Conn. • Hispanics shot with stun guns by police in Connecticut in 2015 were more likely to be fired upon multiple times than other racial gr...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 11:45 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Saturday, April 23, 2016 photo, members of the Ku Klux Klan participate in cross burnings after a ’white pride’ rally in rural Paulding County near Cedar Town, Ga. Born in the ashes of the smoldering South after the Civil War, the KKK died and was reborn before losing the fight against civil rights in the 1960s. Membership dwindled, a unified group fractured, and one-time members went to prison for a string of murderous attacks against blacks. Many assumed the group was dead, a white-robed ghost of hate and violence. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) At 150, KKK sees opportunities in U.S. political trends
    Birmungham, Ala. • Born in the ashes of the smoldering South after the Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan died and was reborn before losing the fight against...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 02:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rosetta space probe set to crash-land on comet on Sept 30
    Berlin • After a journey lasting 12 years, a date has been set for the comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta’s last hurrah. The European Space Agency annou...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 11:42 am   |     |   Share
  • This artist’s rendering provided by NASA and JPL-Caltech shows the Juno spacecraft above the planet Jupiter. Five years after its launch from Earth, Juno is scheduled to go into orbit around the gas giant on Monday, July 4, 2016. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP) Journey to Jupiter: NASA spacecraft nears planet rendezvous
    Los Angeles • Jupiter takes center stage with the arrival next week of a NASA spacecraft built to peek through its thick, swirling clouds and map the ...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 11:39 am   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy Peter Bowden  Climate activist Tim DeChristopher speaks to a crowd before his arrest on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Climate activist Tim DeChristopher arrested again, this time near Boston
    Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher, who went to prison in 2011 after protesting a Utah auction for oil leases, was arrested Wednesday in Massach...
    Updated Jun 29 2016 10:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a Digital Content Creators Town Hall at the Neuehouse Hollywood in Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Clinton raising big bucks at tiny fundraisers
    Washington • A single elevator could have accommodated the donors who recently gathered with Hillary Clinton at the Pritzker family home in Chicago’s ...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 08:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • What to know before trying to improve what you eat
    What’s more important, the foods you do eat or the foods you don’t? Your health benefits when you eat more vegetables. It also benefits when you eat l...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 09:06 am   |     |   Share
  • Naked man jumps from ledge of Times Square ticket booth
    New York • Police say a naked man shouting about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Times Square jumped off the rear staircas...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 09:12 am   |     |   Share
  • The Mayor of Saranda Florjana Koka, centre , poses with other local dignitaries  after a ceremony unveiling a bust of U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in honor of her contribution in the international arena for the Albanian nation in the town of Saranda Albania  Thursday, June 30, 2016.  (AP Photo) Albanian southern town erects bust of Hillary Clinton
    Saranda, Albania • A bust of U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was unveiled Thursday in the main square of Albania’s southernmost city of Sa...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 09:53 am   |     |   Share
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