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Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:34:23 -0400

Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the lawn on the North side of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Secret Service is coming under renewed scrutiny after a man scaled the White House fence and made it all the way through the front door before he was apprehended. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)An intruder with a knife scaled a fence and made it all the way inside before he was caught.


Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:25:27 -0400

Afghan rival presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani exchange signed agreements for the country's unity government in KabulKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's election commission has named Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner of the country's presidential election, but the commission did not release final vote figures.


Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:08:56 -0400

Pope Francis signs the guest book as he arrives at the Presidential palace for a meeting with Albania's president Bujar Nishani in Tirana, 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/Alessandra Tarantino)TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Pope Francis denounced that extremists around the world are "perverting" religion to justify violence as he visited Albania on Sunday, holding up as a model the Balkan nation where Christians and Muslims endured brutal oppression under communism but now live and work peacefully together.


Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:02:22 -0400

File picture shows U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell talking to reporters in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan PADUCAH Ky (Reuters) - Mitch McConnell is hardly a lovable guy. The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate has a dour public persona and many of his constituents don't view him as a "real Kentuckian," according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that underscores what his election campaign already knows - McConnell has an image problem. While other politicians might be deterred by polls showing how unpopular they are in their home state, McConnell has risen to the challenge as he seeks a sixth term in what is perhaps his toughest re-election battle in a 30-year Senate career. ...


Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:59:43 -0400

Tennessee Titans' Smith celebrate Bironas after he kicked a 40-yard field goal to lead the Titans to a win in their NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in NashvilleBy Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - Former Tennessee Titans’ kicker Rob Bironas died late Saturday in a single vehicle car crash in Nashville, police said on Sunday. Bironas, 36, lost control of the SUV he was driving at a high rate of speed around a curve in the road, police said in a statement posted on the department’s website. The vehicle veered off the right side of the road, struck a line of trees and stopped upside down in a large culvert, police said. Bironas was taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. ...


Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:18:53 -0400

U.N. Secretary General Ban delivers a speech as he attends the Convention on Climate Change COP19 conference at the National Stadium in WarsawBy Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - World leaders including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon were set to join farmers, fishermen, children and others in a massive demonstration on Sunday to demand action on climate change. Organizers are expecting 100,000 to join the People's Climate March in midtown Manhattan ahead of this week's U.N. General Assembly, which brings together 120 world leaders to discuss reducing carbon emissions that threaten the environment. ...