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Israeli, Palestinian leaders accept Vatican invite

JERUSALEM (AP) — Pope Francis took a dramatic plunge Sunday into Mideast politics while on his Holy Land pilgrimage, receiving an acceptance from the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to visit him at the Vatican next month to discuss embattled peace efforts.

Thai coup official: Democracy caused 'losses'

BANGKOK (AP) — A spokesman for Thailand's coup leaders said Sunday that democracy had caused "losses" for the country, as the junta sought to combat growing international condemnation and hundreds of protesters angrily confronted soldiers in central Bangkok.

Private hospitals could take some pressure off VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's decision to allow more veterans to get care at private hospitals could take some pressure off backlogged Veterans Affairs facilities struggling to cope with new patients from the wars on terrorism as well as old soldiers from prior conflicts.


Obama to outline case for a limited foreign policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting critics of his foreign policy, President Barack Obama will soon outline a strategy for his final years in office that aims to avoid overreach as the second of the two wars he inherited comes to a close.


5 key facts about shootings near campus

A shooter went on a rampage Friday night near the University of California, Santa Barbara that left seven people dead, including the attacker, and seven others wounded, authorities said Saturday. Here are five things to know about the attack:


Pope lands in Bethlehem, nod to Palestinian state

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Pope Francis landed Sunday in the West Bank town of Bethlehem in a symbolic nod to Palestinian aspirations for their own state as he began a busy second day of his Mideast pilgrimage.


Ukraine presidential vote hopes to restore order

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians are casting ballots Sunday in a presidential election seen as essential for stabilizing the country rocked by a deadly uprising in the east, where pro-Russia rebels have vowed to block the ballot.


Tearful plea from victim's dad in deadly rampage

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A man whose son was among the victims killed in a shooting rampage near a California university quaked with grief and rage Saturday as he described his "lost and broken" family and the proliferation of guns he believes led to his son's death.


Thai coup leader warns against protests

BANGKOK (AP) — The top general in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not to join anti-coup street protests, saying normal democratic principles cannot be applied at the time, as troops fanned out in central Bangkok to prevent rallies.


Pope to meet clergy at site of historic rivalry

JERUSALEM (AP) — Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians could not have chosen a more fitting meeting place to promote Christian unity on Sunday than the Jerusalem holy site where their churches' centuries-old rivalries and machinations play out every day.


Heat rally late, beat Pacers 99-87 in Game 3

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 26 points and Dwyane Wade added 23 as the Miami Heat shook off a horrid start to beat the Indiana Pacers 99-87 on Saturday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.


Rampage mirrors threats made on YouTube video

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The gunman fired for 10 minutes in streets where university students were walking, biking and skateboarding in the beach community near Santa Barbara, picking off people one by one in a deadly rampage that chillingly mirrored threats made on a YouTube video posted that same night. Seven people were killed in all, including the shooter.


Officials: Bungled explosion kills 3 in Nigeria

JOS, Nigeria (AP) — A bungled bomb killed three people, including a suicide bomber, in Nigeria's Jos city Saturday night, a police official said, four days after twin car bombs blamed on Islamic extremists killed at least 130 people in the central city.

Real Madrid wins Champions League

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Real Madrid's record 10th European title will be written down as a 4-1 victory over Atletico Madrid. In reality, "La Decima" was a lot harder to come by.


A look at deadliest college-related US shootings

A gunman went on a nighttime rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, that killed six people and left seven others wounded, authorities said Saturday. Deputies found the gunman dead with a gunshot wound to the head.


Pope blasts arms dealers at start of Mideast trip

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Pope Francis denounced arms dealers and appealed Saturday for an urgent end to the Syrian civil war as he began his three-day trip to the Middle East with an emotional meeting with refugees from Syria and Iraq who have fled to Jordan.


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