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Pope Francis speaks at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Pope Francis has demanded Europe craft a unified and fair immigration policy, saying the thousands of refugees coming ashore need acceptance and assistance, not self-interested policies that risk lives and fuel social conflict. Francis made the comments Tuesday to the European Parliament during a brief visit meant to highlight his vision for Europe a quarter-century after St. John Paul II travelled to Strasbourg to address a continent still divided by the Iron Curtain. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope addresses Europe

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

STRASBOURG, France — Pope Francis sought Thursday to inspire an old and “haggard” Europe to find its vigor and greatness once again, urging European governments to welcome migrants, care for the elderly and create jobs for the unemployed. Francis outlined his vision for the continent in a pair of speeches to the European Parliament and Council of Europe a quarter-century … 0

Hungary police warn women of dangers of flirting

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, police in Hungary have warned young women about the risks of flirting. The Vas County police department issued a statement Tuesday about rape prevention, cautioning that “flirting by young women can often elicit violence.” The statement was sharply criticized by women’s rights advocates. It came a few days after … 0

Police: Students ran high school prostitution ring

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

VENICE, Fla. — Authorities say two southwest Florida high school students organized a prostitution ring of students from nearby high schools. Police say a 15-year-old Venice High School student was already in juvenile custody for an unrelated case when he was charged Tuesday with human trafficking. On Friday, a Sarasota High School student, 17-year-old Alexa Nicole De Armas, was arrested and charged with … 0

UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show

Friday, November 21, 2014

LONDON — Freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation this year to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail. Twelve … 0

Kids give first lady sarcastic ‘thanks’ on Twitter

Friday, November 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — School kids are giving thanks to first lady Michelle Obama just in time for the holiday — with a sarcastic Twitter hashtag about unappealing school lunches. Along with photos of unsavory-looking school meals, the hashtag (hash)ThanksMichelleObama … 0

Republicans look for an immigration response

Friday, November 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — United against President Barack Obama but uncertain how to stop him, outraged Republicans struggled for a response on immigration Friday that would check the president without veering into talk of impeachment or a government shutdown. Their … 0

House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories

Friday, November 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no … 0

Iran nuke talks stalled, despite Kerry efforts

Friday, November 21, 2014

VIENNA — Contentious nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran hit a new snag Friday after Iran apparently again turned down U.S. demands for concessions, leaving negotiations in limbo just three days before a deadline for a deal. … 0

Official: Ferguson grand jury still meeting

Friday, November 21, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm Friday as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But a spokesman for St. Louis County’s top prosecutor … 0

More Cosby shows canceled as women allege rape

Friday, November 21, 2014

NEW YORK — Performances by Bill Cosby in Las Vegas, Illinois, Arizona, South Carolina and Washington State have been canceled as more women come forward accusing the entertainer of sexually assaulting them many years ago. The director of … 0

Agency: Schools helped Lanza’s mom ‘appease’ him

Friday, November 21, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Adam Lanza’s parents and educators contributed to his social isolation in the years before he carried out the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre by accommodating — and not confronting — his difficulties engaging with … 0

Marylou Sudders named Baker’s HHS chief

Friday, November 21, 2014

BOSTON — Marylou Sudders, a former state mental health commissioner and chief executive of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, was tapped Friday by Gov.-elect Charlie Baker to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services in his administration. Sudders, currently an associate professor … 0

Unarmed man killed by police in NY housing complex

Friday, November 21, 2014

NEW YORK — A rookie police officer walking with his gun drawn in a darkened stairwell of a crime-ridden public housing complex accidentally shot and killed a man who was leaving the building with his girlfriend, authorities said … 0