PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When Pope Francis visits Philadelphia in September after stops in Washington and New York, the crowd that gathers to hear the papal Mass will look different from the one that greeted Pope John Paul II in 1979. The region's Catholic population has been buoyed by new immigrants, including from Mexico, the Philippines and Vietnam.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An outbreak of canine flu has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest, killing a handful and stirring concern among animal lovers nationwide that the highly contagious virus will sideline their pets.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday made it easier for people to sue the federal government by ruling in favor of plaintiffs in two separate cases including one involving a Hong Kong woman who was strip-searched while in immigration detention in Oregon. President Barack Obama's administration had asked the court to impose a strict deadline for such lawsuits under a law called the Federal Tort Claims Act. The court's four liberals were joined in the majority by conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often casts the deciding vote in close cases. One case involved Kwai Fun Wong, who was strip-searched while held in an Oregon immigration detention center in 1999.
The families of 11 people killed in the Newtown shooting rampage are making it known that they have no association with a gun control group behind a Tim McGraw concert this summer. The July 17 concert ...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bourbon theft ring targeting the Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries operated for years as a lucrative business, involving tens of thousands of dollars in whiskey, and the scheme began to unravel only when stolen barrels were discovered behind a shed, officials said.
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - No one answers the Illinois Tobacco Quitline's telephone anymore. Its 27 staff members were laid off suddenly last week when the stop-smoking program's $3 million grant was suspended as part of $26 million in immediate spending cuts by the state. For a state grappling with a $1.6 billion budget deficit, which has made Illinois a poster child for fiscal woes, the amount is a small drop in the big bucket of cuts needed to close the gap. New Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, who campaigned on promises to get the state's finances under control, implemented the cuts.
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma reserve deputy pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday for killing a black man he said he accidentally shot with a gun instead of a Taser, a Tulsa County District Court clerk said on Tuesday. There have been protests in Chicago after a judge found a police officer not guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the killing of 22-year-old black woman on Monday. Robert Bates, 73, an insurance executive who serves as a volunteer deputy with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, shot and killed Eric Harris, 44, on April 2. "At a time when we are still mourning the death of a loved one that he shot down in the street, Mr. Bates will be relaxing and enjoying his wealth and privilege," the Harris family said in a statement to the paper.