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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

Five dead in Calgary’s worst mass murder ever

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CALGARY, Alberta — Five people were killed and the son of a police officer is in custody after multiple stabbings at a house party attended by university students near the University of Calgary, the police chief said, calling … 0

Globe wins Pulitzer for Boston bombing coverage

Monday, April 14, 2014

BOSTON — Journalists at The Boston Globe honored the victims of last year’s marathon bombings Monday after being awarded a Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news category for the paper’s coverage of the attack. The announcement of the award came as the city prepares for Tuesday’s anniversary of … 0

Colleges seek to improve remedial programs

Monday, April 14, 2014

BALTIMORE — The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels’ remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College. Only about a quarter of students nationally who take developmental — or remedial — classes … 0

Don’t get ‘hangry,’ have a snack

Monday, April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. That’s because low blood sugar … 0

Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

Monday, April 14, 2014

NEW YORK — The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government’s sweeping surveillance efforts in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA … 0

Kansas shooting suspect had history of racism

Monday, April 14, 2014

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Never one to keep his hatred to himself, Frazier Glenn Cross for decades sought out any soapbox to espouse his white-supremacist beliefs, twice running for federal office with campaigns steeped in anti-Semitism. Yet there’s … 0

Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

Monday, April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin … 0

At least 71 killed in Nigeria terror attack

Monday, April 14, 2014

JOHANNESBURG — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan blamed Boko Haram for an explosion that killed scores of people Monday at a bus station outside his nation’s capital, calling the Islamic militant group an “unnecessary distraction” and a temporary problem. … 0

Indian nation petitions

Monday, April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim. The Onondaga Indian Nation says it plans to file … 0

Whitefish shortage makes Passover problem

Monday, April 14, 2014

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A shortage of whitefish in the Great Lakes region resulting partly from the winter deep freeze is coming at an inconvenient time for Jewish families: the Passover holiday, when demand is high because it’s … 0