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Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama, right, welcomes Pope Francis as he arrives at Tirana's Mother Teresa international airport Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Pope Francis arrived Sunday in Albania on his first European trip, designed to highlight the Balkan nation's path from a brutal communist state where religion was banned to a model of Christian-Muslim coexistence for a world witnessing conflict in God's name. (AP Photo/Flori Abazi, Pool)

Pope in Albania Urges Muslims to Condemn Extremism

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tirana, Albania — Pope Francis called Sunday for Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who “pervert” religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held up the Balkan nation as a model for interfaith harmony for the rest of the world. “To kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege. To discriminate in the …

Study Finds Households With Kids Buy Less Junk Food

Monday, September 22, 2014

American families with kids bought 101 fewer calories per person per day in packaged foods in 2012 than they did in 2007, according to an analysis of a pledge by big food companies to reduce calories in the marketplace. It’s an “impressive” accomplishment but not sufficient to reverse childhood obesity, experts say. The assessments, published last weekin the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, …

Lawmakers: Security Breach Means Secret Service Needs Work

Monday, September 22, 2014

Washington — Members of Congress insisted Sunday that the Secret Service improve its procedures after an Army veteran, apparently suffering from mental problems, jumped a fence and managed to make it into the White House. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the incident suggested the protective service might be plagued by an “atrophy of concern.” “I think what …

Day Care Serves Gourmet Meals

Friday, September 19, 2014

Oslo — Growing up in Scandinavia’s richest nation has its perks. A private day-care center in Oslo’s Nydalen neighborhood is taking it a step further, serving gourmet food with a menu that includes King Crab, veal with foie gras sauce as well as exclusive Japanese Kobe beef to …

In the U.S., Gun Violence Kills Blacks at Twice the Rate of Whites

Friday, September 19, 2014

The risk of dying from a gunshot wound is twice as high for African-Americans as it is for white Americans, according to a new study based on 11 years’ worth of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2000 and 2010, the rate of firearm-related …

Obama Declines Heavy Weapons For Ukraine

Friday, September 19, 2014

Washington — The president of Ukraine came to Washington Thursday seeking special ally status and lethal aid to fight the Russians. He walked away with neither but declared he was happy to get what he did get, new non-lethal aid. “I’m getting everything possible,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko …

Early Results: Scots Reject Independence

Friday, September 19, 2014

Edinburgh, Scotland — Voters in Scotland turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum and early results Friday suggested they wanted to keep Scotland’s 307-year union with England. With 26 of 32 regional electoral centers reporting, the …

Senate Votes For Syrian Rebel Aid

Friday, September 19, 2014

Washington — In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, with the reluctant ratification of a …

Witness: 21 Killed by Mexico Army

Friday, September 19, 2014

Arcelia, Mexico — A woman says she saw Mexican soldiers shoot and kill her 15-year-old daughter after a confrontation with a suspected drug gang even though the teenager was lying wounded on the ground. Twenty others also were shot and killed in rural southern Mexico after they surrendered …

Toronto Mayor Releases Statement From Hospital

Friday, September 19, 2014

Toronto — Just hours before he begins aggressive chemotherapy for a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer, a rough-sounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford released an audio statement from his hospital room on Thursday urging people to vote for his brother for mayor. Ford said he soon would start chemotherapy to …

Report: Death in America Is Costly, Chaotic and Ill-Planned

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Americans aren’t getting the support and services they need as death nears, according to a U.S. report calling for an overhaul to the nation’s expensive and inefficient approach to end-of-life care. Doctors need training to talk with their patients about death well before the end of life, a …

Polish Fears of Russia Still Run High

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Warsaw, Poland — It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: “Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?” Though she was half joking, her comment …

School Police Stock Up On Free Military Gear

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Los Angeles — School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, which is not new but …