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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2018, file photo, Pope Francis holds a photo of U.S. photographer Joseph Roger O'Donnell of child victims of Nagasaki bombing, aboard his flight to Santiago, Chile. The Vatican said Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, Pope Francis will visit Thailand and Japan on Nov. 19-26. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
September 13, 2019 - 7:38 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis will visit Thailand and Japan in November in a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honor the small Catholic communities in each country. The Vatican confirmed the Nov. 19-26 trip, and its diplomatic representative in Thailand,...
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An giant inflatable rat depicting President Donald Trump is seen on the street near the U.S. House Republican Member Retreat, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
September 13, 2019 - 6:17 am
BALTIMORE (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to boost the spirits of Republican lawmakers, mocking Democrats and promising a new tax cut package, as he returned to the city he recently disparaged as a "rat and rodent infested mess." Trump spoke on Thursday to House Republicans attending an annual...
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People stand by a closed metro station Friday Sept.13, 2019 in Paris. A massive strike is paralyzing Paris public transports on Friday as unions protest a sweeping pension reform by French President Emmanuel Macron's government. Paris public transport company RATP says 10 metro lines are closed and several others, including the RER suburban rail, are severely disrupted. (AP Photo/Bertrand Combaldieu)
September 13, 2019 - 4:54 am
PARIS (AP) — A massive strike paralyzed Paris public transports on Friday as unions protested a sweeping pension reform by French President Emmanuel Macron's government. Paris public transport company RATP said 10 metro lines were closed and several others, including the RER suburban rail, were...
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In this Aug. 27, 2019, photo, ST. Mary's School Vice Principal Sister Ana Rosa Sivori, right, talks to students during a lunch break at the girls' school in Udon Thani, about 570 kilometers (355 miles) northeast of Bangkok, Thailand. Sister Ana Rosa Sivori, originally from Buenos Aires in Argentina, shares a great-grandfather with Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who, six years ago, became Pope Francis. So, she and the pontiff are second cousins. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
September 13, 2019 - 3:21 am
UDON THANI, Thailand (AP) — Catholics in Thailand are celebrating the official announcement of the first papal visit in 35 years, but one 77-year-old nun in a far-flung corner of the country has a connection that makes the occasion particularly special. Pope Francis is due to arrive in Thailand Nov...
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From left, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro are introduced for the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC on the campus of Texas Southern University Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
September 13, 2019 - 1:50 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Joe Biden parried attack after attack from liberal rivals Thursday night on everything from health care to immigration in a debate that showcased profound ideological divides between the Democratic Party's moderate and progressive wings. The prime-time debate also elevated several...
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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler, right, signs a document in front of Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James to revoke the Waters of the United States rule, an Obama-era regulation that provided federal protection to many U.S. wetlands and streams, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 12, 2019 - 11:49 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's plans to revoke an Obama-era clean water rule (all times local): 12:15 p.m. The Trump administration says revoking an Obama-era rule on waters and wetlands would provide "much-needed regulatory certainty" for farmers, homebuilders...
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President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Washington. Trump is en route to Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 12, 2019 - 11:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pledged Thursday to protect the Second Amendment, hours after huddling with top advisers to discuss gun control measures he might be willing to publicly stand behind. Speaking to reporters before flying to Baltimore for a Republican retreat, Trump insisted "...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke greets supporters Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, after a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
September 12, 2019 - 11:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For a few moments anyway, there was a sense of what people once called "Beto-mania." Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke delivered a debate performance on Thursday in Houston that at times reminded a national audience why he became a Democratic star last year — even as he lost...
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From left, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro participate Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
September 12, 2019 - 10:31 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Democratic presidential contender Andrew Yang says he supports a mix of options, including charter schools, in trying to fix the nation's education system. The former tech entrepreneur said at Thursday...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2008 file photo, male sage grouses fight for the attention of females southwest of Rawlins, Wyo. Montana, Wyoming and other Western states are reporting population declines for the birds in 2019.AP Photo/Rawlins Daily Times, Jerret Raffety, File)/The Rawlins Daily Times via AP, File)
September 12, 2019 - 7:49 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's greater sage grouse population has fallen more than 40% over the past three years, mirroring recent declines across the U.S. West for the wide-ranging bird species that federal officials rejected for protections in 2015. State wildlife officials estimate there were...
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