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LOCKHART, Texas • Authorities say there appear to be no survivors after a hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people caught on fire and crashed in Central Texas. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office ...

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  • Pope Francis greets faithful as he arrives at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow, Poland, Saturday, July 30, 2016, on the fourth day of his visit to Poland. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) Pope Francis urges clergy to go into world and tend to needy
    Krakow, Poland • Pope Francis encouraged his churchmen to leave their comfort zones and tend to the needy on the peripheries as he celebrated a Mass o...
    Updated Jul 30 2016 08:09 am   |     |   Share
  • The new Sandy Hook Elementary School hosts a media open house, Friday, July 29, 2016, in Newtown, Conn. The public is getting its first look at the school which will replace the one torn down after a gunman entered it in December 2014 and killed 20 first graders and six educators. The $50 million, 86,800-square-foot building opens next month. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) New Sandy Hook school reopens nearly 4 years after massacre
    Newtown, Conn. • The new Sandy Hook Elementary School opened to the general public for the first time Friday, containing no obvious memorials to the 2...
    Updated Jul 29 2016 12:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this July 6, 2016 photograph, an adult alligator gar awaits placement into a transportation tank at the Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery in Tupelo, Miss. The gar’s easily identifiable head resembles an alligator and has two rows of needlelike teeth. This is one of several male and female adult alligator gar that are captured in fresh water lakes and rivers and are brought to the facility so they can lay and fertilize the eggs as biologists and environmentalists are working to reintroduce the once-reviled alligator gar as a weapon against the invasive Asian carp. The gar are later returned to the wild. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) Huge, once-hated fish now seen as weapon against Asian carp
    Chicago • It’s a toothy giant that can grow longer than a horse and heavier than a refrigerator, a fearsome-looking prehistoric fish that plied U.S. w...
    Updated Jul 29 2016 12:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • Pope Francis prays in front of the Memorial at the former Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland, Friday, July 29, 2016. Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler’s forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews. (L’Osservatore Romano /Pool Photo via AP) Photos: Pope Francis visits Auschwitz, begs God to forgive ‘so much cruelty’
    Oswiecim, Poland • Pope Francis paid a somber visit in silence to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday, with his only public com...
    Updated Jul 29 2016 02:51 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Muslim worshippers walk out after the friday prayer at the Yahya Mosque, in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, Friday, July 29, 2016. Four days after the hostage taking in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, officials and worshippers of the muslim community paid tribute to Priest Jacques Hamel and Christian community. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Muslim scolds extremists at Friday prayer with Christians
    Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France • Muslims and Catholics joined in Friday prayers at the mosque in the Normandy town where an elderly priest was slain...
    Updated Jul 29 2016 02:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Trump transition tests outsider’s governing ability
    Washington • His status as a presidential nominee barely a week old, Donald Trump already is tasked with assembling a complex transition team capable ...
    Updated Jul 29 2016 12:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • Mounted police officer rides through drive-thru on horseback
    Saratoga Springs, N.Y. • A mounted police officer in upstate New York has been spotted going through a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru on horseback. Boston’...
    Updated Jul 29 2016 08:24 am   |     |   Share
  • FBI: Fugitive arrested nearly 40 years after Florida killing
    Greensboro, N.C. • Nearly 40 years after the crime, a fugitive wanted on a murder charge has been arrested for his part in what authorities say was a ...
    Updated Jul 29 2016 08:33 am   |     |   Share
  • Officer says prosecutors silenced him in Sandra Bland case
    Dallas • A police officer in the small Texas town where Sandra Bland, a black woman who died in a jail cell after a traffic stop, says the county’s to...
    Updated Jul 29 2016 08:24 am   |     |   Share
  • A Twitter spat breaks out between Snowden and WikiLeaks
    Two of the biggest names in government data leaks clashed over how to responsibly release information on Twitter this week. It started when Edward Sno...
    Updated Jul 29 2016 08:27 am   |     |   Share
  • Bones found where President McKinley assassin likely buried
    Auburn, N.Y. • Human bones have been discovered in a long-forgotten cemetery where President William McKinley’s assassin was likely buried in New York...
    Updated Jul 29 2016 08:30 am   |     |   Share
  • Spanish fans play the highly addictive Pokemon Go game during a gathering in central Madrid, Spain, Thursday, July 28, 2016, to play the computer game.  In the game players try to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures in their real world locations using the GPS and camera on their smart devices. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) ’Pokemon Go’ creators working to be ‘respectful’ of reality
    Los Angeles • The creators of “Pokemon Go” say they’re working to remove real-world locations that don’t wish to be included in the mobile gaming sens...
    Updated Jul 29 2016 08:27 am   |     |   Share
  • Asheville police cite activists who protested shooting death
    Asheville, N.C. • Police in North Carolina have begun delivering citations to activists who last week protested the shooting death of a black man by a...
    Updated Jul 29 2016 08:21 am   |     |   Share
  • Faithful cheer Pope Francis  in front of the Jasna Gora shrine in Czestochowa, Poland, Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) Huge crowds at Polish shrine hear Pope Francis hail their faith
    Czestochowa, Poland • Pope Francis blessed hundreds of thousands of faithful Thursday at a shrine in Poland, paying tribute to a beloved native son, S...
    Updated Jul 28 2016 07:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • Gene Ryan, center, president of the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police, flanked by attorneys and accused police officers, speaks during a news conference after prosecutors dropped remaining charges against the three Baltimore police officers who were awaiting trial in Freddie Gray’s death, in Baltimore, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The decision by prosecutors comes after a judge had already acquitted three of the six officers charged in the case. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark) Individuals, agencies dodge blame as Freddie Gray case ends
    Baltimore • Fourteen months after the death of a black man whose neck was broken in a police van prompted massive protests, spawned rioting and topple...
    Updated Jul 28 2016 09:00 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this July 1, 2016 file photo, a ruby star on the Kremlin’s Nikolskaya Tower is reflected in a window glass of GUM department store in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Experts who’ve followed the leak of Democratic National Committee documents say they believe the party’s claim that Moscow had a hand in the hack, lending weight to the extraordinary allegation that the Kremlin is trying to tamper with the U.S. presidential contest.  (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File) Trump: Comments about Russia, Clinton emails were sarcastic
    Washington • Donald Trump says he was using sarcasm when he prodded Russia to unearth Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. But Democrats aren’t likely to...
    Updated Jul 28 2016 09:10 am   |     |   Share
  • It’s so hot in New York that manure is bursting into flames
    Throop, N.Y. • How hot is it in upstate New York? So hot that horse manure is bursting into flames. The state Department of Environmental Conservation...
    Updated Jul 28 2016 09:00 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this May 28, 2010 file photo, Muslim women walk in a park in Aarhus, Denmark. Denmark should halt immigration from Muslim countries, an anti-immigration and nationalist group that supports the center-right government said, citing the threat of violence from Islamic extremists. In an interview published Thursday, July 28, 2016 Espersen told the Berlingske newspaper that Muslim migrants should be barred from entering Denmark for four to six years because “we need a respite after recent terrorist attacks in Europe.” (Finn Frandsen/ AP via POLFOTO, file) Danish nationalists seek ‘close to zero’ Muslim migrants
    Copenhagen, Denmark • Denmark should halt immigration from Muslim countries to stem the threat of violence from extremists, the nation’s second-larges...
    Updated Jul 28 2016 08:57 am   |     |   Share
  • Feds investigate second fire at Florida mosque in 10 days
    Tampa, Fla. • Investigators are looking for answers after fire broke out at a Florida mosque for the second time in 10 days. Federal and local officia...
    Updated Jul 28 2016 08:57 am   |     |   Share
  • Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., introduces Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign rally at Lackawanna College, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Scranton, Pa. (Jake Danna Stevens/The Times & Tribune via AP) Washington Post: Reporter barred from entering Pence event
    Waukesha, Wis. • The Washington Post says one of its reporters was barred from entering a campaign rally for Republican vice presidential nominee Mike...
    Updated Jul 28 2016 08:51 am   |     |   Share
  • President Barack Obama waves to the crowd after speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Obama evokes Reagan as Democrats woo GOP voters
    On one of the biggest nights of the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama evoked the words of a Republican hero — former President Ro...
    Updated Jul 28 2016 08:51 am   |     |   Share
  • Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., talks with friends as he arrives for breakfast at a diner in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Clinton campaign seeks to make most of Kaine’s Spanish
    Albuquerque, N.M. • When Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton made their debut as the Democratic presidential ticket, he proudly declared, “Hil...
    Updated Jul 27 2016 08:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Trump National Doral, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Trump says Russia should find Clinton’s missing emails
    Miami • Donald Trump has a message for Russia: find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. But his running mate, Mike Pence, is sending mixed signals. In ...
    Updated Jul 27 2016 11:37 am   |     |   Share
  • Police officers prevent the access to the church where an hostage taking left a priest dead the day before in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The Islamic State group crossed a new threshold Tuesday in its war against the West, as two of its followers targeted a church in Normandy, slitting the throat of an elderly priest celebrating Mass and using hostages as human shields before being shot by police. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Hostage: Attackers forced my husband to film slain priest
    Paris • France’s main religious leaders sent a message of unity and solidarity after meeting Wednesday with French President Francois Hollande a day a...
    Updated Jul 27 2016 04:14 pm   |     |   Share
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