In major step, pope says he's willing to study women deacons

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday he is willing to create a commission to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church, signaling openness to letting women serve in ordained ministry currently reserved to men.

  • Written by NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

UN: Rising air pollution in world's cities hurting millions

GENEVA (AP) — Almost everyone in large cities in poor and middle-income countries faces excessively high air pollution, a growing problem that is killing more than 3 million people each year and "wreaking havoc on human health," the World Health Organization said Thursday.

  • Written by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

Hyperloop One shows off super-speed propulsion technology

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A low-profile block of aluminum zipped across a short stretch of what looked like railroad tracks Wednesday before crashing into a tuft of sand and sending a small cloud into the clear skies of the desert north of Las Vegas.

  • Written by MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press

After news that arson caused blast, West faces new questions

DALLAS (AP) — One question has lingered in the Central Texas farming town of West since a fertilizer plant caught fire in 2013 and exploded, killing 15 people and damaging at least $100 million in property: What caused the blaze?

  • Written by REESE DUNKLIN, Associated Press