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The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch  Kirill kisses Pope Francis as they meet at the Jose Marti aiport in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. This is the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism within Christianity. (Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate via AP)

‘Finally:’ Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader

Friday, February 12, 2016

HAVANA — With a hug and an exclamation of “Finally!” Pope Francis met Friday with Patriarch Kirill in the first ever meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism that has divided Christianity. “We are brothers,” Francis said as he embraced Kirill in the small, wood-paneled VIP room of Havana’s airport, where the three-hour encounter took place. “Now things are easier,” Kirill agreed as he and the pope exchanged three kisses on the cheek. “This is the will of God,” the pope said. Francis was having the brief talks in Cuba before heading off … 0

Arizona school shooting deemed murder-suicide

Friday, February 12, 2016

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Two 15-year-old girls died Friday in a shooting at a suburban Phoenix high school that initially caused panic among parents who could not reach their children but later emerged as a murder-suicide. Police announced that a suicide note was found at the shooting scene near the cafeteria area of Indepen-dence … 0

Commercial flights between US, Cuba could resume as early as fall

Friday, February 12, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will allow U.S. air carriers to start regular scheduled commercial flights to and from Cuba as early as this fall for the first time in more than 50 years, U.S. officials said Friday. Air travel could resume with up to 20 daily scheduled round-trip flights to Havana, and 10 flights to nine other airports around the island nation. … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Friday, February 12, 2016

Last occupiers of Oregon wildlife refuge surrender to FBI BURNS, Ore. — Surrounded by FBI agents in armored vehicles, the last four occupiers of a national nature preserve surrendered Thursday, and a leader in their movement who organized … 0

Google, what’s the definition of ‘driver’?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

DETROIT — Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government’s highway safety agency has found. The redefinition of “driver” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is an important … 0

Will drone-attacking eagles be next crime-fighting tool?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. — We’re all getting used to seeing drones over our heads. And birds have been around forever. But birds attacking drones? In one of the more creative countermeasures that the law enforcement brain trust has come up with to combat the growing number of bad … 0

Secret government payload launched into orbit

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES — A rocket carrying a government payload was successfully launched early Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California’s Central Coast, officials said. The United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket was carrying a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which develops and operates satellites used … 0

3 things to watch for in Dems’ debate

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WASHINGTON — Get ready for Round 2. Thursday’s presidential debate will mark only the second time that Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have engaged in a one-on-one faceoff. The first time, a week ago, was … 0

GOP hopefuls triple 2012 SC ad spending

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Republican presidential candidates and outside groups supporting them have already poured an estimated $24 million into political ads in South Carolina, nearly triple the amount spent on the party’s entire primary there in 2012. And there are still 10 days to go. Almost half of that spending — … 0

Senate OKs bill to lay harsher sanctions on North Korea

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that aims to derail North Korea’s drive for nuclear weapons by hitting Pyongyang with more stringent sanctions. Republicans and Democrats set aside their partisan differences Wednesday and voted 96-0 to … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Government sues Ferguson after city tries to revise deal FERGUSON, Mo. — The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts … 0

Yellen indicates Fed could delay interest rate hikes

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen indicated Wednesday that the Federal Reserve could delay further raising a key interest rate while the U.S. economy faces increased risks from slower global growth and roiling financial markets. But she … 0

Fighting mosquitoes with mosquitoes

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

JOHANNESBURG — As mosquitoes buzzed about on her veranda one recent evening, Maureen Coetzee didn’t reach for bug spray or a swatter. She dashed inside, grabbed a device resembling a drinking straw and sucked four mosquitoes into a … 0