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Berliners to vote on future of city's Tegel Airport

Berliners are being asked to decide on the future of their Tegel Airport, which is due to close when a much-delayed big international airport opens near the German capital. Some 2.5 million people were eligible to vote in a referendum Sunday on whether to keep Tegel operating in northwestern Berlin. Tegel was meant to be closed six months after Berlin's new airport began service. But the opening of...

Thousands rally across Catalonia for independence from Spain

Thousands of Catalan separatists are rallying in public squares in Barcelona and other towns in support of a disputed referendum on independence of the northeastern region from Spain. Many are carrying pro-independence flags and signs calling for the Oct. 1 vote that the Spanish government calls illegal and has pledged to stop. The crowds have been asked by secessionist politicians and grassroots...

Turkish FM visits 2 Turks jailed in the US for May brawl

Turkey's top diplomat has visited two Turks imprisoned in the United States for their alleged involvement in an infamous brawl that has raised tensions between the two countries. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted that he visited Sinan Narin and Eyup Yildirim late Saturday and said he passed on "our nation's love and greetings." The men were photographed in orange jumpsuits with the...
Hurricane Maria: Live updates

Hurricane Maria: Live updates

Hurricane Maria continues to churn in the Atlantic Ocean. The deadly storm has claimed lives on multiple islands in its path. >> Read more trending news 
Immigrants touched by Mexico quake, try to help from afar

Immigrants touched by Mexico quake, try to help from afar

When Luis Ramirez finally reached his mother after the powerful Mexico earthquake, he learned her home was so badly damaged that it had to be demolished. He considered getting on a plane from New York to help her find a new home, but it was too risky now that the program that has been shielding him from deportation is being phased out. He tried to send money, but the usual courier that he uses shut...
Ferragamo breaths fresh air into summer with outdoor show

Ferragamo breaths fresh air into summer with outdoor show

Milan designers are breathing fresh air into Milan Fashion Week, quite literally. Many fashion houses are showing their collections outdoors this season, or at least throwing open the windows on their grand palazzi venues, betting on Mother Nature with open-air shows. The late summer-early fall weather has cooperated fully. Angela Missoni's 20th anniversary show was in the courtyard of a former factory...
People with this face shape are more likely to cheat, study suggests

People with this face shape are more likely to cheat, study suggests

Can you predict a person’s sexual drive and likelihood to cheat just by looking at them? You might. Those with wider dimensions are more likely to cheat, according to a new report. Researchers from universities in Canada recently conducted two experiments, which were published in Archives of Sexual Behavior, to determine the link between physiological features and sexual conduct...
France: Macron's party faces likely blow in Senate elections

France: Macron's party faces likely blow in Senate elections

French President Emmanuel Macron's unconventional political party is fighting to make its mark on the Senate in elections Sunday for half the seats in the upper house — but the results are likely to reflect mounting disenchantment with Macron's leadership. His centrist Republic on the Move! party, created just last year, won a large majority in the lower house of parliament in June elections...

Trump travel ban expires Sunday; new restrictions expected

President Donald Trump is expected to announce new restrictions on travel to the United States as his ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries expires Sunday, 90 days after it went into effect. The Department of Homeland Security has recommended the president sign off on new, more targeted restrictions on foreign nationals from countries it says refuse to share information with the U.S....
Mexico earthquake: 'Frida Sofia,' girl supposedly trapped in rubble, never existed, officials say

Mexico earthquake: 'Frida Sofia,' girl supposedly trapped in rubble, never existed, officials say

As rescue workers tirelessly searched and the world waited breathlessly for them to find a 12-year-old girl believed to be trapped under the rubble of a caved-in school toppled by the devastating earthquake in Mexico City, it became apparent that the little girl never existed, Mexican officials said. According to the New York Post, the girl, called “Frida Sofia,” was...
Merkel bids for fourth term as Germans head to the polls

Merkel bids for fourth term as Germans head to the polls

Chancellor Angela Merkel was widely expected to win a fourth term in office as Germans went to the polls on Sunday in an election that is also likely to see the farthest right-wing party in 60 years, the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany, win seats in parliament. Merkel campaigned on her record as chancellor for 12 years, emphasizing the country's record-low unemployment, strong economic growth...

Classified US spy satellite launched from California

A U.S. spy satellite atop an Atlas V rocket blasted off on a classified mission Saturday night from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. U.S. officials have not revealed what the spacecraft will be doing or what its orbit will be, which is standard for missions by the National Reconnaissance Office. All systems were going well when the launch webcast concluded about three minutes into the flight...
Laughing gas through labor? More hospitals offering nitrous oxide for moms-to-be

Laughing gas through labor? More hospitals offering nitrous oxide for moms-to-be

Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, has just added to a handful of its labor and delivery rooms something you might think of as only being used at the dentist’s office: nitrous oxide aka laughing gas. Why? Moms in labor in Europe have been using laughing gas for decades, and it’s recently gaining favor in the U.S., especially in California. Natural birthing centers like Austin...
Baby whose mom gave up cancer treatment also dies

Baby whose mom gave up cancer treatment also dies

The baby girl born to a mother who gave up cancer treatment to save her has died, the family announced in a Facebook post. Life Lynn DeKlyen was born on Sept. 6 at 24 weeks in Ann Arbor, Michigan, weighing just 1 pound, 7 ounces. Her family said in a Facebook post they are shattered over the loss. Life Lynn’s mother, Carrie, was diagnosed with glioblastoma in April but decided to forgo...
Life, death in balance for Mexico quake survivors

Life, death in balance for Mexico quake survivors

In a hospital room blocks away from where he survived 26 hours buried under the rubble of his nine-story apartment building, Jose Luis Ponce lay sedated and on a respirator, alive but with fractures to multiple bones and damage to his lungs and a kidney. "You said you would be with me always," his daughter, Claudia Ponce, 30, told him. "Now is not the moment to leave." Across town...
Meghan Markle appears at Prince Harry's Invictus Games

Meghan Markle appears at Prince Harry's Invictus Games

Prince Harry's girlfriend, American actress Meghan Markle, sat in the stands for Saturday's opening ceremony of his Invictus Games for wounded veterans in her first appearance at a public event with him. They were not sitting together at the Air Canada Centre. They were about four rows apart but Harry looked over at her when the Canadian anthem played. A security guard blocked at least one fan from...
Officer charged with sexual assault after fathering child with 15-year-old

Officer charged with sexual assault after fathering child with 15-year-old

A police officer who fathered a child with a 15-year-old girl was suspended without pay and charged with aggravated sexual assault, according to the Camden County Prosecutor. Det. Rafael Martinez, 32, had sex on multiple occasions with the girl from September 2016 through Aug. 18, according to The Star-Ledger. Martinez admitted he was the father and signed the baby’s birth certificate when...
Trump comments on Curry, NFL protests anger athletes

Trump comments on Curry, NFL protests anger athletes

President Donald Trump denounced protests by NFL players and rescinded a White House invitation for NBA champion Stephen Curry in a two-day rant that targeted top professional athletes and brought swift condemnation Saturday from league executives and star players alike. Wading into thorny issues of race and politics, Trump's comments in a Friday night speech and a series of Saturday tweets drew sharp...
North Korea stages anti-US rally in battle with Trump

North Korea stages anti-US rally in battle with Trump

North Korea has held a large anti-U.S. rally in its capital city, backing its leader Kim Jong Un as he exchanges insult-laden threats with President Donald Trump. A huge crowd gathered Saturday in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square, named for the current leader's grandfather and founder of North Korea. They listened to speeches from senior officials excoriating the United States and its president. A parade...
Mexico honors its greatest wrestler, El Santo, at centennial

Mexico honors its greatest wrestler, El Santo, at centennial

You may have never heard the name Rodolfo Guzman. But his silver-masked alter ego, El Santo, was a larger-than-life presence in professional wrestling rings, in comics and on the silver screen, helping popularize Mexico's "lucha libre" around the world and entering the pantheon of pop culture icons. "Lucha libre wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for El Santo," said Roberto...
Bruce Maxwell first MLB player to kneel during national anthem

Bruce Maxwell first MLB player to kneel during national anthem

Bruce Maxwell faced the flag, put his hand over his heart and took a knee when the national anthem began to play. Maxwell, the Oakland A’s rookie catcher, became the first Major League Baseball player to kneel before a game, doing so Saturday in the wake of President Donald Trump’s comments about players peacefully protesting during games.  “Don't be surprised if you start seeing...

Trump points to Iran missile test in criticizing nuke deal

President Donald Trump on Saturday pointed to a reported missile test by Iran to renew his criticism of the nuclear agreement it reached with the U.S. and other nations. Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Friday displayed its latest ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel and much of the Middle East. The U.S. opposes Iran's ballistic missile program and Trump signed a bill last month imposing penalties...
Man wants dogs back; county claims he left them during Irma

Man wants dogs back; county claims he left them during Irma

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control took away Joseph Licata’s three dogs two weeks ago, alleging he abandoned them with Hurricane Irma approaching. Licata, desperate to get his dogs back, argues he didn’t abandon them. Rather, he was on vacation in London, a trip he planned for a year, and enlisted a friend to give them food and water and take them inside if the storm got close...

Price to stop private plane use on business during review

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Saturday he will stop flying private planes on official business while an internal review of the flights is being done and that he welcomes the review. Price defended the practice of using private planes on Fox News. A spokeswoman has said Price tries to fly commercial whenever possible. The HHS inspector general's office says the agency is reviewing...

Corn maze marks 100 anniversary of women voting in New York

An upstate New York farm is marking the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the state in distinctly fall fashion, with a corn maze in the shape of Susan B. Anthony. Stokoe Farms' owner Suzanne Stokoe says she wanted to honor one of Rochester's most famous citizens with the three-acre maze, which features the activist's profile and her house, which has been turned into a museum. This year is the...

Bannon to campaign for Moore in Alabama's GOP Senate runoff

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, is planning to campaign against the Trump-backed candidate in Alabama's Republican Senate primary runoff. The campaign of former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore confirms that Bannon will speak Monday at a rally along with "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson. The runoff is Tuesday. Trump is backing the incumbent, Sen. Luther Strange...
Man fatally sucker punched over slice of pizza, police say

Man fatally sucker punched over slice of pizza, police say

Police say Nathan Marshall, 28, admitted to fatally punching a San Antonio man over a slice of pizza, court documents filed Thursday showed. The assault occurred around 2 a.m. Sunday and resulted in the death of 33-year-old Air Force veteran Marques Johnson. “Marshall stated that (Johnson) smashed pizza out of a white male’s hands,” the detectives wrote in the affidavit supporting...
Trump's comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

Trump's comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

President Donald Trump denounced protests by NFL players and rescinded a White House invitation for NBA champion Stephen Curry in a two-day rant that targeted top professional athletes and brought swift condemnation from league executives and star players alike on Saturday. Wading into thorny issues of race and politics, Trump's comments in a Friday night speech and a series of Saturday tweets drew...

Graveyard plaque of Wild West figure was buried, not stolen

It turns out the graveyard plaque of the common-law wife of legendary gunfighter John Henry "Doc" Holiday was just six inches under, not stolen from a cemetery. The plaque at the Arizona Pioneers' Home Cemetery in Prescott had been reported stolen recently. But the Prescott Daily Courier (https://goo.gl/uSPLmM ) reports that a voluntary caretaker found the plaque in mud under a hole at the...
Florida mother wants man who knocked out her son's teeth jailed

Florida mother wants man who knocked out her son's teeth jailed

A mother in Charlotte County said her 12-year-old son was punched in the face by a man on Wednesday, knocking out his front teeth and busting his lip. Now she is upset and confused as to why the man was not arrested, WFTX reports. “When I realized my teeth were dangling in my mouth it was kind of shocking, I didn't know what was going on," the boy told WFTX. Charlotte County Sheriff&rsquo...
Damage in Puerto Rico strains relief efforts by agencies

Damage in Puerto Rico strains relief efforts by agencies

Federal agencies grappled Saturday with the vast scale of the disaster in Puerto Rico left by Hurricane Maria, the third major storm to strike the U.S. in less than a month. Three days after the massive hurricane crossed the U.S. territory, towns remained without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said meals and water and supplies were being delivered...
EPA removes waste at Texas toxic sites, won't say from where

EPA removes waste at Texas toxic sites, won't say from where

The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of "unidentified, potentially hazardous material" from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey. The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites the material came from, why the contaminants at issue have not been identified and whether there's a threat...
Soul singer Charles Bradley dead at 68

Soul singer Charles Bradley dead at 68

Late-blooming soul singer Charles Bradley died Saturday in Brooklyn. He was 68. Bradley was diagnosed with stomach cancer, which spread to his liver, according to NPR. Bradley released his debut album “No Time For Dreaming” at 62, with the 1960s soul revival label, Daptone Records. "Charles was truly grateful for all the love he's received from his fans and we hope his message...
Conservative theologians accuse pope of spreading heresy

Conservative theologians accuse pope of spreading heresy

Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. In a 25-page letter delivered to Francis last month and provided Saturday to The Associated Press, the 62 signatories issued a "filial correction" to the pope — a measure they said...
Trump continues railing against protesting NFL, NBA players

Trump continues railing against protesting NFL, NBA players

Outrage from some of the country's top athletes isn't enough to sway President Donald Trump after he rescinded Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry’s invitation to the White House and used incendiary language talking about NFL players who peacefully protest during games. Trump generated controversy early Saturday with Curry after the former NBA MVP said he had no intention of visiting the...
Right-wing firebrand plans to hold rally at UC Berkeley

Right-wing firebrand plans to hold rally at UC Berkeley

Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos vowed Saturday to hold a rally at the University of California, Berkeley after a student group that planned a week of events with him called it off. His announcement only added to a confusing turn of events surrounding "Free Speech Week," a four-day campus event slated to begin Sunday featuring right-wing firebrands. The conservative student group...

The Latest: Protesters arrested at St. Louis shopping mall

The Latest on protests in St. Louis over acquittal of officer in black man's shooting death (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Police have arrested several people at an upscale St. Louis shopping mall who were protesting the recent acquittal of a white former police officer in the shooting death of a black man. More than 200 people gathered Saturday at the St. Louis Galleria to continue to protest the Aug...

Paratrooper becomes 1st French casualty in anti-IS coalition

A French paratrooper has died in combat while fighting extremists in the Mideast as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group, in what appears to be the first official French casualty in the operation. French President Emmanuel Macron's office said a member of the 13th parachute dragoon regiment was killed Saturday in the Levant, which includes Syria. Macron's office would not...
French nanny’s burned body discovered in backyard, wealthy couple charged

French nanny’s burned body discovered in backyard, wealthy couple charged

A wealthy European couple is accused of killing their nanny and burning her body in their backyard. Sabrina Kouider, 34, and her boyfriend, Ouissem Medouni, 40, allegedly killed their 21-year-old French nanny, Sophie Lionnet, and are charged with her murder, police said. A passerby noticed a foul smell and smoke coming from the couple’s home and called the police. Upon investigation, authorities...
Mexican experts rush to inspect quake-damaged buildings

Mexican experts rush to inspect quake-damaged buildings

In quake-stricken Mexico City, hundreds of architects and engineers are rushing to do triage, diagnose and classify some very worrisome patients: the thousands of buildings that suffered cracks of varying size and seriousness in the 7.1 magnitude quake that struck on Sept. 19. The quake turned the city into a vast hospital of buildings, and the fatalities are easy to count: Thirty-eight buildings...
Mosquitos carrying Zika, other deadly viruses, could breed in much of U.S., CDC says 

Mosquitos carrying Zika, other deadly viruses, could breed in much of U.S., CDC says 

Up to 75 percent of the contiguous United States may provide suitable conditions for several species of disease-spreading mosquitoes according to a new study by CDC researchers. The recent study, published in the Public Journal of Entomology, found 71 percent of counties in the 48 contiguous states were suitable for the aegypti species and 75 percent could support albopictus species. Researchers...
US flies mission north of DMZ, sends message to North Korea

US flies mission north of DMZ, sends message to North Korea

In a show of American military might to North Korea, U.S. bombers and fighter escorts flew on Saturday to the farthest point north of the border between North and South Korea by any such American aircraft this century. The Pentagon said the mission in international airspace showed how seriously President Donald Trump takes North Korea's "reckless behavior." "This mission is a demonstration...
The Latest: Melania Trump applauds US athletes at games

The Latest: Melania Trump applauds US athletes at games

The Latest on first lady Melania Trump leading the U.S. delegation to the Invictus Games in Toronto (all times local): 9 p.m. U.S. first lady Melania Trump stood and applauded Team USA during the opening ceremonies in Toronto of an Olympic-style competition for wounded service members and veterans. Mrs. Trump joined the founder of the Invictus Games, Britain's Prince Harry, in a VIP box for the event...
Some Trump supporters grumble in battleground Michigan

Some Trump supporters grumble in battleground Michigan

Republicans in Michigan, where Donald Trump triumphantly stamped the election last year, are giving the president mixed reviews nine months into his term in light of the all-but-dead effort to undo the Obama-era health care law. While Trump still remains popular with the Michigan GOP's base, a number of state party loyalists attending a weekend conference expressed disappointment in the president's...
The Latest: US showing North Korea its military might

The Latest: US showing North Korea its military might

The Latest on U.S.-North Korean tensions (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The U.S. is putting on display its military might for North Korea. American bombers and fighter escorts have flown to the farthest point north of the border between North and South Korea by any such U.S. aircraft this century. The Pentagon says the mission in international airspace shows how seriously President Donald Trump takes...
Teacher accused of gambling away $90,000; thousands stolen from homecoming fund

Teacher accused of gambling away $90,000; thousands stolen from homecoming fund

A Michigan high school teacher is accused of gambling away thousands of dollars from a school fund used for activities like the annual homecoming dance. Dakota High School teacher Lydia Johnson, 29, the school’s student activities coordinator, was entrusted with the funds collected from school events, which was supposed to be used for class activities, like dances and class trips. Authorities...
On the hunt: Lithuanians race to pick wild mushrooms

On the hunt: Lithuanians race to pick wild mushrooms

Hundreds of Lithuanians ran around with baskets and buckets Saturday in a southeastern pine forest. Why you ask? It's the national championship of wild mushroom picking — a competition always held on the last Saturday in September. That's when conditions are "not too dry, not too wet, the humidity is perfect," explained mushroom hunter Janina Juodine. A rainy, relatively warm summer...
Some forcibly arrested in St. Louis weren't protesting

Some forcibly arrested in St. Louis weren't protesting

An undercover St. Louis police officer and an Air Force lieutenant who lives in the neighborhood were among several people who say they were forcibly arrested last weekend in the city even though they were not participating in protests over the acquittal of a white former officer in the killing of a black suspect. About 120 people were arrested — most for failing to disperse — about two...
Syria looks to peace, North Korea to attack on US mainland

Syria looks to peace, North Korea to attack on US mainland

Syria's foreign minister told world leaders Saturday that victory against terrorists in his war-ravaged nation "is now within reach" while North Korea's foreign minister said U.S. President Donald Trump's insult to his country makes an attack against the U.S. mainland inevitable. Global conflicts, threats and challenges dominated the fifth day of the U.N. General Assembly's annual ministerial...

Yemen rebels pardon journalist after death sentence

Yemeni Shiite rebel officials say a prominent journalist who was sentenced to death over accusations of collaborating with a Saudi-led coalition battling the group has been pardoned. Officials said on Saturday that the pardon of journalist Yehia al-Gebeihy, jailed since September 2016, was ordered the day before and his release will be finalized within days pending legal procedures. The officials...

Police: Stolen RV recovered with about 10 dogs still inside

Police in western Washington state say they've recovered a stolen motor home and reunited its owner with about 10 dogs that were inside. Authorities tell KING-TV (http://kng5.tv/2fgIENi) that police in Lacey on Saturday also took into custody one person in connection with the case. Officials say someone stole the Winnebago on Friday evening from the parking lot of a Federal Way sporting goods store...
Italy's 5-Star party picks its next candidate for premier

Italy's 5-Star party picks its next candidate for premier

Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement opened a new phase in its quest for the country's premiership Saturday by choosing Luigi Di Maio as its candidate and party leader to take the reins from founder Beppe Grillo. Movement members cast ballots online for one of eight candidates but there was never any contest as Di Maio, the 31-year-old vice president of parliament's lower chamber, was the only...
Colin Firth takes Italian citizenship after Brexit decision

Colin Firth takes Italian citizenship after Brexit decision

British actor Colin Firth says he has taken Italian citizenship as a "sensible" move amid global political uncertainty. Firth, who is married to environmentalist Livia Giuggioli, says he has become a dual U.K.-Italian citizen, and his wife is applying for British nationality. Their two sons already have dual citizenship. In a statement Saturday, the 57-year-old Firth said he and his wife...
Roger Goodell calls Trump’s attack on NFL players’ protests ‘divisive’

Roger Goodell calls Trump’s attack on NFL players’ protests ‘divisive’

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell has called President Donald Trump’s comments on NFL players’ national anthem protests, “divisive.” "The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Goodell said in a statement Saturday morning. “There is no better example than the...

Russian oppositionist Udaltsov detained before Moscow rally

Russian news reports say a prominent opposition figure who was recently released after serving more than four years in prison has been detained again ahead of an unsanctioned rally in Moscow. Sergei Udaltsov, leader of the Left Front, was among about 30 people detained in connection with the demonstration, the reports said Saturday. The Interfax news agency cited Udaltsov's attorney, Violetta Volkova...
Man gets life in prison plus 50 years in student's slaying

Man gets life in prison plus 50 years in student's slaying

A Tennessee man avoided a possible death penalty by agreeing Saturday to a sentence of life in prison plus 50 years for the kidnapping, rape and killing of nursing student Holly Bobo. Judge C. Creed McGinley told a jury that Zachary Adams made a deal with prosecutors just minutes ahead of his sentencing hearing. Adams, 33, was convicted Friday of murder, especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated...
The Latest: Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic should watch Maria

The Latest: Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic should watch Maria

The Latest on Maria (all times local): 4:55 p.m. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says people along the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic coasts should watch the progress of Maria. The storm is about 285 miles (460 kilometers) east of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. The hurricane center said Saturday that tropical storm or hurricane watches may be needed for a portion of the Carolinas or Mid-Atlantic...
Expansion work closes busiest US-Mexico border crossing

Expansion work closes busiest US-Mexico border crossing

Detoured traffic into Mexico from the busiest border crossing with the United States was unusually light Saturday as motorists heeded calls to avoid freeways during a weekend shutdown for southbound cars. There were no significant delays on the first day of a 57-hour closure of all Mexico-bound car traffic at the San Ysidro border crossing, where about 50,000 cars and 20,000 pedestrians go back and...

FCC head: Storms teach lessons on emergency communications

Ajit Pai has been to Texas and Florida in recent weeks to learn what lessons hurricanes Harvey and Irma have to offer about how to improve the nation's emergency communication systems during natural disasters. Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said his agency — working with Congress and state and local officials — can turn those lessons into policies that ensure...
The Latest: Oklahoma-born Catholic priest beatified

The Latest: Oklahoma-born Catholic priest beatified

The Latest on a beatification mass starts for 1st US martyr (all times local): 11:40 a.m. The Roman Catholic Church's first U.S.-born martyr has been beatified, bringing the Oklahoma native a step closer to possible sainthood. A letter from Pope Francis declaring the Rev. Stanley Rother (ROW-THUR) as blessed was read at a Mass in Oklahoma City, completing the beatification process. Rother was born...
Substitute teacher fired after teaching third-graders Nazi salute

Substitute teacher fired after teaching third-graders Nazi salute

A substitute teacher in Vermont is out of a job after she reportedly taught a group of 3rd graders a Nazi salute. In a letter to parents, Franklin West Supervisory Union Superintendent Ned Kirsch wrote that a long-term substitute was released after demonstrating the Nazi salute to students at Georgia Elementary & Middle School in Georgia, Vermont, local paper Seven Days reports. Kirsch wrote...
State of Missouri lands at center of racial conflict _ again

State of Missouri lands at center of racial conflict _ again

The Sept. 15 verdict provoked angry protests in a state still not fully recovered from the unrest that followed the 2014 death of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old shot by a white officer in the suburb of Ferguson. Scholars and activists say the latest demonstrations in Missouri, like the Ferguson protests, aren't just about another police shooting. They reflect unaddressed racial disparities going...
Trump withdraws White House invitation to Golden State Warriors

Trump withdraws White House invitation to Golden State Warriors

President Donald Trump has withdrawn an invitation to the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House after Warrior’s guard Stephen Curry told reporters on Friday that he didn’t want to go. “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” the president tweeted Saturday morning “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!&rdquo...
The Latest: Trump sticks by NFL criticism on national anthem

The Latest: Trump sticks by NFL criticism on national anthem

The Latest on President Donald Trump's remarks about pro football (all times local): 6:55 p.m. President Donald Trump is sticking by his criticism of football players who kneel during the national anthem and is brushing off a rebuke from the commissioner of the National Football League. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Saturday that Trump's comments about players who kneel during the national anthem...
Earthquake dims stylish nightlife in Mexico City district

Earthquake dims stylish nightlife in Mexico City district

In the stylish Condesa neighborhood, young revelers typically spill out from dimly lit bars and restaurants on a Friday night. But the first weekend since a 7.1 magnitude earthquake toppled buildings just blocks away began on a somber note. Instead of crowds gathered with beers, small handfuls of rescue workers still dressed in reflective vests took breaks from digging through rubble. Entire restaurants...
The Latest: Catalonia refuses to give police over to Spain

The Latest: Catalonia refuses to give police over to Spain

The Latest on the conflict between the Spanish government and officials in the country's Catalonia region over plans for a referendum on Catalan independence (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Catalonia's top security official says the regional government is refusing to hand over control of a regional police force to Spanish central authorities who are trying to stop a referendum on independence. The announcement...
Spain, Catalonia tussle over who controls the Mossos police

Spain, Catalonia tussle over who controls the Mossos police

Spain's central government and regional Catalan authorities tussled Saturday over who controls the regional police force that is considered key to the success of a planned Oct. 1 independence vote for the northeastern region. The Catalan government has already vowed to push ahead with the referendum, which the Spanish government considers illegal — and on Saturday said it was refusing to hand...
The Sun rises in new play about Murdoch's tabloid revolution

The Sun rises in new play about Murdoch's tabloid revolution

Rupert Murdoch has power, wealth — and legions of detractors, who say the media mogul's tabloids and TV stations have fueled crass celebrity culture, phone hacking and fake news. A new play in London explores the roots of his success and his divisiveness. "Ink" shows how Murdoch revolutionized British journalism at the end of the 1960s, turning the failing Sun newspaper into the country's...
The Latest: After quakes, Mexico volcano spews vapor and ash

The Latest: After quakes, Mexico volcano spews vapor and ash

The Latest on earthquakes in Mexico (all times local): 6:20 p.m. The Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City has spewed a cloud of vapor with some ash about a mile (2 kilometers) into the air, but experts said it was not related to the quakes. The 17,797-foot (5,426-meter) volcano has been periodically erupting since 1994. Saturday's emissions come shortly after three powerful quakes that together have...
London mayor: Uber to blame for loss of license in city

London mayor: Uber to blame for loss of license in city

London's mayor said Saturday that people angry about the decision by transit authorities to strip Uber of its license to operate in the city should blame the ride-hailing company itself. "I have every sympathy with Uber drivers and customers affected by this decision, but their anger really should be directed at Uber," Mayor Sadiq Khan said. The city's transportation agency, Transport for...
The Latest: Health care groups oppose GOP bill

The Latest: Health care groups oppose GOP bill

The Latest on the Republican push on health care (all times local): 9:35 p.m. The nation's doctors, hospitals and health insurance plans are unified in their opposition to the latest Republican bill to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. In a joint statement on Saturday, major groups such as the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, America's Health Insurance Plans...
Angela Missoni shows feather-light sheer knits in Milan

Angela Missoni shows feather-light sheer knits in Milan

It's a season of celebration and commemoration at Milan Fashion Week, in its fourth day Saturday. Angela Missoni marks 20 years as creative director at the family-owned and -run brand founded by her parents. Donatella Versace made an emotional tribute to her brother, fashion house creator Gianni Versace, to honor his contributions to the fashion world and his vision of female empowerment 20 years...
Trump: McCain ‘never had any intention’ of backing latest health care bill

Trump: McCain ‘never had any intention’ of backing latest health care bill

President Donald Trump took a shot at U.S. Sen. John McCain early Saturday in a series of tweets, saying the Arizona Republican “never had any intention” of voting for the latest GOP health care bill. McCain’s rejection of the Graham-Cassidy proposal effectively ends the party's chances at repealing Obamacare -- for now. >> Read more trending news McCain “let Arizona...
German plane hijacked to Somalia in 1977 brought back home

German plane hijacked to Somalia in 1977 brought back home

A Lufthansa passenger jet that was hijacked to Somalia 40 years ago at the height of a far-left militant group's campaign against West German authorities has returned home. The dpa news agency reported that the Boeing 737 arrived Saturday in the German city of Friedrichshafen, where it will be reassembled and displayed at the Dornier Museum. The parts arrived aboard two freight aircraft from Brazil...

US-backed SDF says it took Syria's largest gas field from IS

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters captured Saturday the country's largest gas field from the Islamic State group in an eastern province that borders Iraq as they race with government forces to capture the energy-rich region, a senior official with the group said. Nasser Haj Mansour of the Syrian Democratic Forces said the Conoco gas field and plant came under full control of the group on Saturday morning...
10 photos from Bangladesh camps, 10 stories of desperation

10 photos from Bangladesh camps, 10 stories of desperation

More than 400,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims have poured into Bangladesh since the latest wave of violence exploded in their nearby home of Myanmar last month. The crisis has drawn global condemnation, with the United Nations and human rights groups calling on Myanmar to end what they describe as a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing. The Associated Press' South Asia news director, Bernat Armangue...
Turkey OKs military intervention, warns Iraqi Kurds on vote

Turkey OKs military intervention, warns Iraqi Kurds on vote

The Turkish parliament on Saturday renewed a bill allowing the military to intervene in Iraq and Syria if faced with national security threats — a move seen as a final warning to Iraqi Kurds to call off their Monday independence referendum. The decree allows Turkey to send troops over its southern border if developments in Iraq or Syria are seen as national security threats. Turkish officials...
Trump travel ban expires Sunday; new ban may vary by country

Trump travel ban expires Sunday; new ban may vary by country

The next version of President Donald Trump's travel ban could include new, more tailored restrictions on travelers from additional countries. The Department of Homeland Security has recommended the president impose the new, targeted restrictions on foreign nationals from countries it says refuse to share sufficient information with the U.S. or haven't taken necessary security precautions. The restrictions...
Etching of German rifle ground off AK-47 monument in Moscow

Etching of German rifle ground off AK-47 monument in Moscow

Just days after a monument honoring AK-47 designer Mikhail Kalashnikov was unveiled in Moscow, workers have removed a part of it that showed a German weapon that many believe inspired the renowned assault rifle. The monument features a towering statue of Kalashnikov and an adjacent sculpture of St. George fighting a dragon with an AK-47-tipped spear. Metalwork on the plinth of that statue bore etchings...
Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

Large amounts of federal aid began moving into Puerto Rico on Saturday, welcomed by local officials who praised the Trump administration's response but called for the emergency loosening of rules long blamed for condemning the U.S. territory to second-class status. In northwest Puerto Rico, people began returning to their homes after a spillway eased pressure on a dam that cracked after more than...
J-Lo, other stars add pleas for relief to Puerto Rico

J-Lo, other stars add pleas for relief to Puerto Rico

Jennifer Lopez said Thursday night that she still hasn’t heard from her family in Puerto Rico – two days after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island and left millions without power, People reported. Maria’s 155-mph winds ripped trees from the ground, tore roofs from buildings, and caused massive flooding. >> Read more trending news Lopez, 48, is one of several celebrities...
In final push, Merkel seeks to reach undecided German voters

In final push, Merkel seeks to reach undecided German voters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged her supporters to keep up the momentum in the final hours before Sunday's national election, urging a last push to try to sway undecided voters. Merkel is seeking a fourth term in office and her conservative bloc of the Christian Democratic Party and Bavarian-only Christian Social union has a healthy lead in the polls. Surveys in the last week show it leading...
South Korea says natural North Korea earthquake detected

South Korea says natural North Korea earthquake detected

South Korea's weather agency said a magnitude 3.2 earthquake was detected in North Korea on Saturday close to where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but it assessed the quake as natural. The quake was detected in an area around Kilju, in northeastern North Korea, just 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) northwest of where the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3,...
Middle school runner chooses kindness over competitiveness

Middle school runner chooses kindness over competitiveness

A middle school athlete from Michigan showed that sportsmanship was more important than winning a cross country race, UpNorthLive.com reported. >> Read more trending news Amelia Malburg, an eighth-grader at Mason County Eastern, was running in a meet when she noticed her teammate was on the ground and struggling. Malburg said she generally is near the front of the pack when running, but...
Britain hopes for Brexit progress; EU leaders cautious

Britain hopes for Brexit progress; EU leaders cautious

Britain and the European Union are preparing to head back to the Brexit negotiating table after a speech by Prime Minister Theresa May that received a cautious welcome from the bloc's leaders. May stressed in her Friday speech that Britain wants to keep closes ties with the bloc and offered to keep paying the EU and following its rules during a two-year transition period after the U.K.'s formal departure...
Katrina victim says FEMA demanded money back 7 years later

Katrina victim says FEMA demanded money back 7 years later

A Florida woman said she was forced to pay back thousands of dollars she received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Katrina. >> Read more trending news  Deborah Campbell said the IRS came after her seven years after she got the money. "We were guaranteed that this was not needed to be repaid," the Jacksonville resident said.  But Campbell said that...
Prime Minister Bill English ahead in New Zealand election

Prime Minister Bill English ahead in New Zealand election

Vote counts on Saturday night in New Zealand's general election showed Prime Minister Bill English's National Party ahead but not by enough to form a government without help from other parties. That means New Zealanders may need to wait for days or even weeks to confirm whether English will retain the top job as the different political parties try to negotiate with each other to form a coalition....
Iran tests new ballistic missile

Iran tests new ballistic missile

Iran tested a new ballistic missile that reportedly is capable of carrying multiple warheads, CNN reported Saturday, citing the nation's state-run broadcaster announced. >> Read more trending news “Iran has released footage of the successful test-launch of its new ballistic missile, Khorramshahr, a few hours after it was unveiled during a military parade in the capital city of Tehran...
French marchers fill Paris streets to protest new work rules

French marchers fill Paris streets to protest new work rules

French far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon urged protesters Saturday to take to the streets and mount strikes to force President Emmanuel Macron to withdraw the labor law changes that are key to his business-friendly economic vision. Speaking to tens of thousands in Paris, Melenchon assailed the president's new labor decrees as a gift to greedy corporations and the financial markets that have both...
Memo: Seattle officer bragged that 'mini Mafia' controlled off-duty contracts

Memo: Seattle officer bragged that 'mini Mafia' controlled off-duty contracts

As an FBI investigation into Seattle’s off-duty police work unfolds, additional claims of questionable tactics by officers have emerged, including a report that one policeman proudly called his fellow officers a “mini Mafia” in the way they secured, enforced, and collected on private security and traffic contracts in the booming city. >> Read more trending news Officer Mac...
Trump touts transparency on Twitter

Trump touts transparency on Twitter

President Donald Trump has no intention of scaling back his Twitter presence.  >> Read more trending news The president, campaigning for fellow Republican Luther Strange in Alabama on Friday night, touted his provocative and sometimes controversial tweets, CNN reported. "That is the great thing about Twitter," Trump said during the rally, set just days ahead of the state&rsquo...
Texas students told ‘It’s the law’ to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

Texas students told ‘It’s the law’ to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

A presentation telling students that they have to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance because it's the law has caused controversy at a Texas high school, the Houston Chronicle reported. >> Read more trending news  Juniors and seniors at Midland High School were given a presentation on the Pledge of Allegiance earlier this month, with a slide saying it's the law to stand during...
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