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Pope offers solidarity with Cuba, highlights Hispanics in US

HAVANA (AP) — Pope Francis begins a 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States on Saturday, embarking on his first trip to the onetime Cold War foes after helping to nudge forward their historic rapprochement. He will be offering a show of solidarity with Cubans and making clear that Hispanics in the United States are the bedrock of the American church.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 September 2015

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Syrian refugees see European dream evaporate in new home

 

CHEMNITZ, Germany (AP) — It was pitch-dark by the time the Syrian refugee family arrived in the eastern German town that was to be their new home. As they prepared to get off the train, a drunken skinhead stumbled past with a glare that made 11-year-old Raghad huddle closer to her mom.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 September 2015

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Dog stands guard for week protecting trapped friend

VASHON ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state animal shelter says a dog dutifully stood guard for a nearly a week on Vashon Island to protect another dog that had fallen in a cistern.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 September 2015

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Another food fight? Congress mulls school meal standards

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is deciding whether it wants another pitched battle with first lady Michelle Obama and the administration over school lunches that put more whole grains in kids' meals and cut salty foods.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 September 2015

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EPA says VW intentionally violates clean air standards

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday ordered Volkswagen to fix nearly 500,000 VW and Audi diesel cars that the agency said are intentionally violating clean air laws by using software that evades EPA emissions standards.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 September 2015

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Novel plan to curb drug costs seeks candidates' attention

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer-friendly ratings of the benefits of new drugs. Limits on what patients pay. Requiring drug companies to disclose how much they actually spend on research.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 September 2015

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Things to know about the flu shot: Lots of options this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Give flu vaccine another chance: This year's version got a recipe change that should make it more effective after last winter's misery from a nasty surprise strain of virus.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 September 2015

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AP PHOTOS: For newest arrivals to Europe lots of emotion

MYTILENE, Greece (AP) — It's a small step in a long and uncertain escape from civil war and the Islamic State in Syria and difficult circumstances in other nations — but perhaps one of the most emotional.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 September 2015

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