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Faithful attend the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession celebrated by Pope Francis in front of the Colosseum on Good Friday in Rome, Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pensive pope at Good Friday Colosseum procession

Friday, April 18, 2014

ROME — Desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, battered women, torture victims and all people suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit Good Friday Way of the Cross procession presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum. With his head bowed and eyes often closed, Francis joined tens of thousands of faithful in listening to meditations read aloud … 0

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

Friday, April 18, 2014

KATMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Several more were injured. The Sherpa guides had gone to fix ropes for other climbers when the avalanche struck … 0

US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline

Friday, April 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely. In a surprise announcement Friday as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time … 0

Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3-plus years

Thursday, April 17, 2014

CHICAGO — Former inmate Walter Unbehaun has gotten what he said he wanted when he robbed a suburban Chicago bank last year. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home — prison. A federal … 0

Gallows forgiveness

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The execution of an Iranian convicted of murder was halted at the very last minute in a dramatic scene this week when the mother of his victim forgave him as he stood on the gallows with the noose … 0

Snowden questions Putin on surveillance on Russian TV

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MOSCOW — Several hours into Vladimir Putin’s televised call-in show, one of the TV anchors interrupted viewers’ questions to air what she said was a “sensational video” for the Russian president: a message from Edward Snowden. The American … 0

French military frees 5 aid worker hostages in Northern Mali

Thursday, April 17, 2014

PARIS — French special forces backed by helicopters led a pre-dawn operation in northern Mail Thursday and freed five humanitarian aid workers who had been held captive by a “terrorist group” — killing about 10 of the alleged militants, officials said. Working off intelligence tips, the French forces … 0

Cats mistakenly shipped from LA to San Diego

Thursday, April 17, 2014

SAN DIEGO — A San Diego cable company employee expecting a shipment of fiberglass equipment got a shock when he discovered two newborn kittens clinging to life inside the box. KGTV reports Thursday that the kittens are recovering after being accidentally shipped by truck from the Los Angeles … 0

AG Holder urges use of overdose-reversal drug

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday urged first responders to use an overdose-reversal drug to help save lives amid a nationwide resurgence in heroin abuse, a public health scourge claiming the lives of celebrities and young … 0

New SAT: What will those questions look like?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis … 0

Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NEW YORK — In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting. Over the last two decades, the rates of heart attacks and strokes … 0

Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland officials are once again preparing to flush millions of gallons of treated water because someone urinated in a city reservoir. Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff said 38 million gallons will be discarded after a … 0

Armed robber was never told to report to prison

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ST. LOUIS — After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never … 0