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Francis at the Capitol: Congress and crowds gather

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh from enrapturing crowds all over Washington, Pope Francis is bringing his message of humility and hope to Capitol Hill as he becomes the first pontiff in history to speak to a joint meeting of Congress.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 September 2015

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Democrats poised to filibuster stopgap funding measure

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is preparing to vote on legislation that would keep the government open beyond next Wednesday's deadline at a price Democrats are certain to reject — stripping taxpayer money from Planned Parenthood.

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Dealers, owners feel frustrated and betrayed by VW scandal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Rand bought his Volkswagen Passat last year for its clean emissions and high gas mileage. He liked the car so much he convinced his son and a friend to buy one, too.

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EU agrees more money for agencies helping refugees near wars

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders, faced with a staggering migration crisis and deep divisions over how to tackle it, managed to agree early Thursday to boost border controls to ease the influx and to send 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) to international agencies helping refugees at camps near their home countries.

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Scalpers turn papal tickets for profit, drawing church's ire

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The rosary beads cost $175. Sounds a bit pricey, except the Craigslist ad says they come with tickets to see Pope Francis. Same with the $10 train passes marked up to $85 in another listing.

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Protests in Nepal choke essential supplies from India

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's top political parties on Thursday reached out to protesters angry about the country's new constitution, after violence in the region bordering India halted more than 1,000 oil tankers and trucks with essential supplies from entering Nepal.

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Xi trades football for hardball political negotiations

SEATTLE (AP) — With his feel-good tours of Boeing, Microsoft and a local high school complete, Chinese President Xi Jinping departs Washington state Thursday for the other Washington, where tougher discussions on cybersecurity, intellectual property protections and human rights await.

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Conflicts, guns and misery foster Philippine kidnappings

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The recent abductions of three Westerners and a Filipino woman from a southern Philippine resort are the latest reminder of the long-running security problems that have hounded a region with bountiful resources and promises, but hamstrung by stark poverty and an array of insurgents and outlaws.

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