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Vatican staff gets surprise lunch guest

Friday, 25 July 2014 10:36
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Do you make the pope pay for lunch? Pope Francis popped in unannounced at the Vatican workers' cafeteria Friday and lined up, tray in hand, along with stunned diners. Cashier Claudia Di Giacomo told Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that when Francis presented his tray with a plate of cod, a bowl of fusilli pasta without sauce, a side of grilled tomatoes and "just a few" french fries, she "didn't have the…
Gov. Andrew Cuomo under fire for meddling in corruption investigation
Friday, 25 July 2014 10:24
Federal investigators and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's political foes reportedly want to get to the bottom of how and why the governor's office interfered with the work of a short-lived corruption commission -- a commission that Cuomo himself created. The New York Times reported Wednesday that a top Cuomo aide, Larry Schwartz, pressured commissioners to stop subpoenas to a media-buying firm Cuomo used and to the Real Estate Board of New York, whose members…
War College to investigate Sen. John Walsh plagiarism allegations
Friday, 25 July 2014 10:24
HELENA, Mont. -- Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year. The U.S. Army War College said in a statement late Thursday it will examine evidence that Walsh included both conclusions and verbatim passages from the writings of other scholars in his…
Obama lawsuit clears committee, full House to vote soon
Friday, 25 July 2014 09:24
WASHINGTON -- Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written. The vote in the Rules Committee was 7-4, with all Republicans in favor and all Democrats opposed. Republicans say the lawsuit, announced by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is necessary because Obama is exceeding his authority as president…
Central American presidents meeting with Obama, Biden on border crisis
Friday, 25 July 2014 09:24
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border. The meeting comes as the administration is considering creating a pilot program giving refugee status to young people from Honduras, White House officials said Thursday. The plan would…
Frantic search for 32-year-old Ebola patient zero
Friday, 25 July 2014 08:35
By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone officials appealed for help on Friday to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after testing positive for the deadly disease. Radio stations in Freetown, a city of around 1 million inhabitants, broadcast the appeal on Friday to locate a woman who tested positive for the disease that has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia…
Giving them the business
Friday, 25 July 2014 08:23
This article originally appeared on Slate. The minute David Perdue won the Republican primary in Georgia, Democrats hit send on an email attacking his business career. At nearly 2,500 words, the blast arrived in my inbox from American Bridge, a liberal opposition research firm, outlining the jobs Perdue had cut and outsourced as a business executive. "Georgia, Meet Mitt Romney Lite," was the headline. Voters say they want politicians with a business background. In a…
As Washington bickers, states deal with border crisis fallout
Friday, 25 July 2014 05:21
Congress is still debating legislation to respond to the influx of unaccompanied Central American children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. President Obama, meanwhile, is meeting with Central American leaders at the White House Friday in order to discuss the crisis. PlayVideoPolitics and Power Congress introduces plans to stem influx of minors crossing border
Bad weather likely cause of Air Algerie crash: French officials
Friday, 25 July 2014 02:33
PARIS (Reuters) - Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight over the West African state of Mali with 116 people on board, French officials said on Friday. Investigators at the scene of the crash had concluded the airliner broke apart when it hit the ground, the officials said, suggesting this meant it was unlikely to have been the victim of an attack.
Crunch time for Gaza talks as death toll soars
Friday, 25 July 2014 02:33
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ori Lewis GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school, killing at least 15 people, as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict reached 796 and attempts at a truce remained elusive. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed horror at the Thursday attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip. "Many have been killed – including women and children, as…
 

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