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Pope Francis crowns New York visit with public Mass

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 17:44

It marked his last public engagement in New York City before he leaves for Philadelphia.

Pope Francis visits New York City

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 17:28
Pope Francis prepares communion at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 25, 2015. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Nonstop pope makes big impression on NYC

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 14:50

From the United Nations to the Sept. 11 memorial to Central Park to Madison Square Garden — and everywhere in between — there was no escaping Pope Francis this week in New York City. Catholics and non-Catholics alike strained to see the Pontiff, with mixed success. Some got close enough to receive blessings. Many had to settle for catching a glimpse of him tooling around by motorcade in his black Fiat 500. Here's a look at varied impressions made by the nonstop pope on his frantic two-day visit:

Kentucky clerk in gay marriage dispute switches to Republican Party

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 12:55

By Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A county clerk in Kentucky who was briefly jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples said on Friday that she and her family have switched to the Republican Party because the Democrats no longer represented them. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, 50, who has said her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, said they had changed parties last week.

Exclusive: Joe Biden backers hiring staff in more states in hopes of 2016 run

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 09:55

By Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of Joe Biden supporters trying to build momentum for a White House run by the vice president is hiring paid staff in about a dozen crucial primary states. The political action committee backing the vice president, Draft Biden, has begun building operations in 11 states holding primary elections on "Super Tuesday" in March 2016, two of the group's officials told Reuters, an important series of votes for any candidate seeking their party’s nomination. Draft Biden doesn't have a firm number for how many staff in total it will hire in those states, said Josh Alcorn, a senior advisor to the group, but the recruitment process is under way.

Scandal-hit Volkswagen names Porsche boss new CEO

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 09:52

Embattled carmaker Volkswagen tapped Porsche chief Matthias Mueller Friday to steer it out of the wreckage of a widening scandal over pollution test rigging, as Washington said it would test all diesel cars for devices that fool emissions tests. The 62-year-old Mueller replaces Martin Winterkorn, who was forced to resign Wednesday over the stunning revelations by US environmental authorities that the German carmaker had fitted some of its diesel cars with software capable of tricking environmental tests -- a scam that could lead to fines worth more than $18 billion. The scale of VW's deception became clear when the company admitted that 11 million of its diesel cars are equipped with so-called defeat devices that covertly turn off pollution controls when the car is being driven and back on when tests are being conducted.

Swiss open criminal proceedings on FIFA president Sepp Blatter

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 06:59

The Swiss investigators' case involves a contract the FIFA president allegedly signed that assigned valuable World Cup television rights to the control of indicted former FIFA official Jack Warner.

EPA says to take tougher stance on auto emissions tests

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 06:41

U.S. environmental regulators said on Friday they are sending a letter to all automobile manufacturers saying they are stepping up emissions-testing activities in response to Volkswagen's alleged violations of pollution laws. "We are upping our game," Chris Grundler, head of transportation and air quality at the Environmental Protection Agency, told reporters in a teleconference. Volkswagen could face $18 billion in fines from the EPA after it admitted using software in diesel cars that evades emissions tests.

Live blog: Pope Francis takes Manhattan

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 06:17

House Speaker Boehner to resign from Congress at end of October

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 05:54

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, who has repeatedly been challenged by the conservative wing of his Republican Party, told members on Friday that he will resign from the House at the end of October. An aide to Boehner, who holds the top job in the House, said the Ohio lawmaker will step down from the speakership and his seat in Congress effective on Oct. 30. U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the No. 2 Republican in the House, is expected to be the top contender to replace Boehner as speaker, Republican Representative Peter King told reporters.

Family members of 9/11 victims prepare to meet Pope Francis

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 03:17

Katie Couric speaks with family members who will be praying with the pope at Ground Zero.

Pope expected to address refugee crisis, climate in U.N. speech

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 03:04

By Scott Malone and Philip Pullella NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pope Francis goes to the United Nations on Friday to address global leaders on the need to help refugees fleeing wars and plea for greater attention to the world's poor and downtrodden. The pope arrived in New York on Thursday night from Washington after urging Congress to help heal many of the nation's divisive wounds such as the current heated political battle over immigration. A brass band from a Catholic high school greeted his plane with the classic tune "New York, New York," and the pope accepted flowers from the crowd of about 200 at the airport.

Saudi prince arrested on sex crime charge at Los Angeles mansion

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 23:50
A Saudi prince has been arrested on charges of trying to force a worker at a Beverly Hills estate to perform oral sex, Los Angeles police said on Thursday. Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud, 28, was arrested on Wednesday and was released on $300,000 bond the next day, according to police and online jail records. The Los Angeles Police Department's special consul division said the prince does not have diplomatic immunity, according to the Los Angeles Times and KCBS-TV.

'Fun' tour of Seattle turns into nightmare for students

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 23:30

SEATTLE (AP) — A fun day designed to introduce new international college students to Seattle turned into a nightmare when a "duck boat" tour vehicle collided into their charter bus on a busy bridge, killing four students and injuring dozens.

Pope Francis set to bring his message to world leaders at UN

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 21:23

NEW YORK (AP) — From the world stage of the United Nations to an inner-city school, Pope Francis is emphasizing themes that have shaped his popular papacy as he packs in encounters with the powerful and the poor in New York City.

China's Xi arrives in Washington for first U.S. state visit

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 18:43

By Michael Martina and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Washington on Thursday for a state visit and talks with President Barack Obama that are expected to be clouded by differences over alleged Chinese cyber spying, Beijing's economic policies and territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Vice President Joe Biden greeted Xi and his wife as they landed at Andrews Air Force Base on the second leg of a weeklong trip that begin in Seattle.

Pope challenges Congress to be better; Congress continues as usual

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 18:17

His powerful message of "social responsibility" stands in stark contrast to the rest of the congressional day.

Catholic Justices Scalia, Alito, Thomas are no-shows for the pope

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 18:17

Conservatives Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas skip the House chamber speech.