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  • Pope names moderate as Chicago archbishop, key role in U.S. Church

    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in his first major appointment in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States, on Saturday named Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago. Cupich, 65, who is seen as a moderate and is currently the bishop of Spokane, Washington, succeeds the more conservative Cardinal Francis George, 77, who is retiring. Chicago, with more than 2.2 million parishioners, is the third-largest U.S. ...

  • U2 guitarist gets boost in bid for Malibu mansions
    U2 guitarist gets boost in bid for Malibu mansions

    MALIBU, California (AP) — The guitarist for U2 finally has an edge in getting his long-planned compound of mansions built in the mountains above Malibu.

  • Tense hunt in trooper ambush case hits 8 days
    Tense hunt in trooper ambush case hits 8 days

    CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — The suspect in the deadly ambush at a state police barracks in a remote part of northeastern Pennsylvania remained at large for an eighth day Saturday as police appeared to have narrowed their search, largely shutting down the area where he lived with his parents but leaving neighbors with few answers about what's going on just outside their front doors.

  • Putin foe Khodorkovsky 'willing to lead Russia'
    Putin foe Khodorkovsky 'willing to lead Russia'

    Moscow (AFP) - Ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in jail after challenging the Kremlin, openly stated his political ambitions on Saturday by announcing he would be ready, if called upon, to lead Russia in times of crisis.

  • Security upped at Vatican over attack fears
    Security upped at Vatican over attack fears

    Rome (AFP) - Security has been tightened in Saint Peter's Square after intelligence services intercepted a possible plan to attack the Vatican, Italian media reported Saturday, increasing fears Pope Francis could be in danger.

  • About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey from Islamic State advance

    By Daren Butler SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Turkey in the space of 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said on Saturday, as Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border. Turkey opened a stretch of the frontier on Friday after Kurdish civilians fled their homes, fearing an imminent attack on the border town of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani. A Kurdish commander on the ground said Islamic State had advanced to within 15 km (9 miles) of the town. ...

  • Secret Service boosts security outside White House
    Secret Service boosts security outside White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service chief has stepped-up security outside the White House after a man with a knife who jumped the fence made it into the presidential residence before being apprehended, officials said Saturday.

  • U.S., Canadian jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft
    U.S., Canadian jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft

    Authorities say two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska.

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