Artists collect more than 30,000 knots for papal art exhibit

Artists collect more than 30,000 knots for papal art exhibit

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Artists are finishing construction of an unusual exhibit they hope resonates with Pope Francis during his trip to Philadelphia and with anyone experiencing trouble in their daily life.

When it opens Sept. 3, the grotto … Read Full Story

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Bush hit from both sides on birthright citizenship

Bush hit from both sides on birthright citizenship

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Jeb Bush came to the Veterans of Foreign Wars post to talk about veterans’ affairs but two words hung over the town hall event in a Denver suburb Tuesday: anchor babies.

That’s the loaded … Read Full Story

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Hottest ticket in Washington? It’s for the pope at Capitol

Hottest ticket in Washington? It’s for the pope at Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rep. Peter Welch’s sister, Maureen, had better intelligence than the five-term Vermont congressman about Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the United States and his historic address to Congress.

“She called before the announcement and said, ‘The pope … Read Full Story

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Lawyers: Immigrant family detention still lengthy and unsafe

Lawyers: Immigrant family detention still lengthy and unsafe

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A group of immigrant rights lawyers say that detention of women and children caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally is lengthy and unsafe, challenging the government’s claims that immigrant families are held only briefly and that … Read Full Story

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Trump: Deny citizenship to babies of people illegally in US

Trump: Deny citizenship to babies of people illegally in US

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to deny citizenship to the babies of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally as part of an immigration plan that emphasizes border security and deportation for millions.

He would also rescind … Read Full Story

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Kraft Heinz slashing 2,500 jobs in US, Canada after merger

Kraft Heinz slashing 2,500 jobs in US, Canada after merger

NEW YORK (AP) – Kraft Heinz says it is cutting about 2,500 jobs as part of its plan to slash costs after the food companies combined.

Spokesman Michael Mullen says affected workers are in the U.S. and Canada and were … Read Full Story

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Pope and Congress: Francis is certain to challenge lawmakers

Pope and Congress: Francis is certain to challenge lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) – A political pope is sure to seize his opportunity when he addresses a political body.

So both Democrats and Republicans are looking forward to Pope Francis’ remarks to Congress next month – and bracing for them, too.… Read Full Story

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Congress heading on vacation, putting off messy decisions

Congress heading on vacation, putting off messy decisions

WASHINGTON (AP) – As lawmakers head out of the Capitol for a five-week summer recess, they leave behind a pile of unfinished business that all but guarantees a painful fall.

Not long after they return in September, lawmakers face a … Read Full Story

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Obama calls for shorter sentences for nonviolent convicts

Obama calls for shorter sentences for nonviolent convicts

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Calling it an issue America can’t afford to ignore, President Barack Obama laid out an expansive vision Wednesday for fixing the criminal justice system by focusing on communities, courtrooms and cellblocks. He announced a federal … Read Full Story

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US government records $51.8 billion budget surplus in June

US government records $51.8 billion budget surplus in June

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government ran a budget surplus in June, leaving the budget deficit so far this year running under last year’s level.

The Treasury Department says the surplus in June totaled $51.8 billion, compared with a surplus … Read Full Story

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Pope in US to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants

Pope in US to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He’ll also preside over a meeting … Read Full Story

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Feds: Mass. economy grew at a faster rate than U.S. economy in ’14

Feds: Mass. economy grew at a faster rate than U.S. economy in ’14

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The Massachusetts economy, which represents nearly half of New England’s economy, grew at a faster rate last year than the U.S. economy. It was joined only by New Hampshire, while economic growth in the rest of … Read Full Story

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Bishops anticipate message from pope on immigrant detention

Bishops anticipate message from pope on immigrant detention

WASHINGTON (AP) – Catholic bishops called Monday for the federal government’s immigrant detention system to be dismantled, and predicted Pope Francis would address the issue when he visits the U.S. this fall.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in … Read Full Story

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Clinton already uniting prospective GOP presidential field

Clinton already uniting prospective GOP presidential field

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton made no mention of her potential Republican rivals when kicking off her second campaign for president.

They didn’t share her restraint.

Rand Paul put Clinton at the center of his first television ad, titled … Read Full Story

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Hillary Clinton to announce presidential campaign on Sunday

Hillary Clinton to announce presidential campaign on Sunday

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton will end months of speculation about her political future and launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on Sunday, according to people familiar with her plans.

The first official word that Clinton will … Read Full Story

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2 Timorese men study in Illinois for their country

2 Timorese men study in Illinois for their country

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – Sergio da Silva and Armindo Goncalves – part of a young generation from a young country – came to Joliet Junior College this year to study agriculture, hoping to improve farming back home.

The Timorese students, … Read Full Story

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US invites Brazil president to reschedule cancelled visit 

US invites Brazil president to reschedule cancelled visit 

SAO PAULO (AP) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s office says she has again been invited to make a state visit to Washington, two years after she declined a similar invitation to protest an American spy program.
Her office said Tuesday … Read Full Story

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Obamas to host Pope Francis at White House Sept. 23

Obamas to host Pope Francis at White House Sept. 23

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Barack Obama will host Pope Francis in Washington when he visits the United States this fall.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama and first lady Michelle Obama would welcome the pontiff … Read Full Story

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