PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Heightened security for Pope Francis' weekend visit remade downtown Philadelphia into a fortified and largely deserted pedestrian mall Friday, with the usual bustle of commuters giving way to anxious anticipation.
Cheers rang out in the streets of Harlem on Friday, as crowds listening remotely to Pope Francis on his visit to a mostly Latino and black school heard him share Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's famous words about fighting for your beliefs. Third- and fourth-grade schoolchildren met with the pope at Our Lady Queen of Angels School, which serves an economically struggling and mostly immigrant community, and showed their environmentally themed projects to the Argentine pontiff whose mission is helping immigrants and the poor. Crowds packed sidewalks near the school, which the pope has held up as an example of the future of the Catholic Church.
CHICAGO (AP) — An inmate who escaped from a high-rise federal jail in Chicago has an unusual theory on who's to blame: He says the government was negligent in enabling the breakout, so he sued for $10 million for damages.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A driver who killed an Italian honeymooner and injured 17 pedestrians and peddlers when he barreled down the popular Venice Beach Boardwalk two years ago was sentenced Friday to 42 years to life in prison after a judge said his apology rang hollow and failed to take responsibility for his crimes.
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A California man who as a child actor voiced the cartoon character Charlie Brown was charged on Friday with threatening a judge, a witness and the San Diego County sheriff at a court hearing meant to sentence him for other charges. Peter Robbins, 59, had faced up to three years and two months in state prison for violating his probation after he earlier admitting charges of stalking and making threats. Robbins cried through the hearing, according to Deputy District Attorney Brenda Daly.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury in Las Vegas found an ex-convict guilty on Friday of conspiracy and murder for killing his girlfriend's husband, a U.S. Air Force service member and Iraq War veteran from Guam, in a bid to collect a $650,000 life insurance windfall.
Sweeping through the landmarks of America's biggest and brashest city, Pope Francis on Friday offered comfort to families of the 9/11 victims at ground zero, warnings to world leaders at the United Nations, and encouragement to children - many of them immigrants - at a Catholic school in East Harlem.
SEATTLE (AP) — Students and faculty, some arm in arm, filed into a private memorial service in a lecture hall at a Seattle college Friday to honor four international students killed when an amphibious tour vehicle struck their charter bus.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has discovered a chain of emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton failed to turn over when she provided what she said was the full record of work-related correspondence as secretary of state, officials told The Associated Press Friday, adding to the growing questions related to the Democratic presidential front-runner's unusual usage of a private email account and server while in government.
By Matt Spetalnick and Michael Martina WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama announced on Friday that he had reached a "common understanding" with Chinese President Xi Jinping on curbing economic cyber espionage, but threatened to impose U.S. sanctions on Chinese hackers who persist with cyber crimes. The two leaders also unveiled a deal to build on a landmark emissions agreement struck last year, outlining new steps they will take to deliver on pledges they made then to slash their greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking after White House talks during Xi's first U.S. state visit, Obama quickly homed in on the thorniest dispute between the world's two biggest economies - growing U.S. complaints about Chinese hacking of government and corporate databases, and the suspicion in Washington that Beijing is sometimes behind it.