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Poll: U.S. Catholics Stray on Family Issues

Friday, September 4, 2015

Philadelphia — Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia this month comes as Roman Catholicism is losing some of its hold among young Americans, a new national survey finds, and when many Catholics disagree with their church on a broad array of family teachings. With more than a quarter of American Catholics divorced, and 44 percent reporting they have cohabited with a romantic partner without being married, “most American Catholics are comfortable …

Ky. Clerk Sent to Jail

Friday, September 4, 2015

Ashland, Ky. — A defiant county clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies agreed to end the church-state standoff in Rowan County, Kentucky. U.S. District Judge David Bunning said he had no choice but to jail Kim Davis for contempt after she insisted that her “conscience will not allow” her to …

Suspect in S.C. Church Shooting Faces Death Penalty

Friday, September 4, 2015

Charleston, s.c. — The white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers in what authorities said was a racially motivated crime during Bible study will face a death penalty trial, even though not all the victims’ families agree with capital punishment, a prosecutor said Thursday. Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said Thursday that some crimes …

Earth Has 3 Trillion Trees

Thursday, September 3, 2015

How many trees are there on planet Earth? A new study estimates the number at somewhere around 3.04 trillion. That’s about 400 trees for every person. And while that may seem like a lot, the researchers say that before humans began clearing forests, the Earth was home to …

Search Ongoing in Ill. Officer’s Death

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Fox Lake, Ill. — Authorities broadened the hunt Wednesday for three suspects wanted in the fatal shooting of a popular Illinois police officer, even as they acknowledged that they had no indication the men were still in the area where the slaying happened. After an intensive 14-hour “grid …

Obama Gets Iran Votes

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Washington — President Obama scored a major foreign policy victory Wednesday after securing enough votes in the Senate to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, which has come under intense criticism from Republicans and some Democrats. The agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions, struck by international negotiators in …

CVS Cigarette Ban Led to Drop In Sales Among Other Retailers

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A year after CVS, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, decided to stop selling cigarettes, it said its decision has led to a decrease in cigarette sales across all retailers in 13 states. In data being released today, CVS said its action resulted in a 1 percent …

Obama Crosses Arctic Circle

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Kotzebue, Alaska — President Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village that their plight should be the world’s wake-up call on global warming. …

Judge Orders Ky. Clerk To Court After She Again Denies Marriage Licenses

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Morehead, Ky. — A county clerk who invoked “God’s authority” as she defied the U.S. Supreme Court yet again on gay marriage Tuesday refused to resign and now must face a federal judge who could impose fines or …

Veteran Cop, Father of 4 Slain in Ill.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Chicago — The Fox Lake, Ill., police officer shot and killed while chasing three suspects Tuesday morning was a 30-year veteran of the force who went by the nickname “G.I. Joe” and was married with four children, according to police and family. “He’s got four sons who are …

Obama Takes to Trail on Alaska Trip

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Seward, Alaska — As President Obama makes his biggest sustained public push yet on fighting climate change, he and top aides seem to be realizing that they need their own theatrics. Six months ago, a leading Republican skeptic …

Study: College Kids Prefer Pot Over Cigs

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Daily marijuana use among U.S. college students is rising, and, for the first time since data has been collected, their use of pot has surpassed cigarette smoking, according to a new national survey. In 2014, 5.9 percent of college students were smoking marijuana daily or near-daily. That compares …

Rail Halted to Stop Migrants

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Brussels — Overwhelmed by thousands of asylum-seekers, Hungarian authorities Tuesday briefly halted rail traffic from their nation’s main train station, the latest blow to a borderless movement in Europe. Police authorities triggered chaos when they shuttered Budapest’s grand fin-de-siecle train station for hours on Tuesday, stopping rail traffic …