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What Obi-Wan Was Doing Between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope

Rumors of a solo Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi movie have been floating around for some time now, but a new report indicates that just such a film might …

Star Wars

Chile's bishops resign en masse over sex abuse cover-up

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In the biggest shake-up yet in the Catholic Church's long-running sex abuse scandal, every active Chilean bishop offered to resign Friday over what Pope Francis said was their "grave negligence" in investigating abuse and protecting children.<p>The bishops announced at the end of …

Pope Francis

The FBI Is in Crisis. It's Worse Than You Think

In normal times, the televisions are humming at the FBI’s 56 field offices nationwide, piping in the latest news as agents work their investigations. …

Corruption

Flight Records Illuminate Mystery of Trump’s Moscow Nights

President Donald Trump twice gave James Comey an alibi for why a salacious report about the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow couldn’t be true: He …

Donald Trump

Missing Mexican students were killed, dissolved in acid after mistaken identity: authorities

“Words can’t explain the dimension of this madness," director Guillermo del Toro tweets. "The 'why' is unthinkable, the 'how' is terrifying.”<p>Three Mexican film students who went missing in March in Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, were kidnapped, tortured and killed, and their bodies were …

Mexico

Syrian government plans to retake north Homs from rebels next: minister

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - The Syrian government plans to recover an opposition-held pocket north of Homs city soon after it completes surrender deals with armed groups around the capital Damascus, a Syrian government minister said on Tuesday.<p>Having taken back the largest rebel-held area near Damascus, …

Middle East

How “Westworld” Denies Our Humanity, One Pitiless Puzzle at a Time

At the end of the first season of “Westworld,” the artificially intelligent humanoids who populate the titular Wild West theme park—outlaws and barmen and cowgirls, all called “hosts”—rose up in revolt to slaughter a collection of human executives and investors gathered at a cocktail party. Thus, …

Amazon just passed Alphabet to become the world's second most valuable company

Amazon has passed Alphabet and now trails just Apple among the list of the world's most valuable companies.<p>The e-commerce giant rose 2.7 percent on …

Stock Markets

Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed as South Africa's President after Zuma quits

<b>(CNN) —</b> Cyril Ramaphosa was confirmed Thursday as South Africa's new President hours after scandal-plagued leader Jacob Zuma resigned.<p>Ramaphosa, 65, the leader of the ruling African National Congress party since December, was the only candidate nominated during a session of the South African …

South Africa

Hawaii missile alert test goes wrong, terrifies the state

For 38 terrifying minutes, many Hawaii residents spent Saturday morning hunkered in bathtubs and basements waiting for a ballistic missile strike that never came.<p>911 networks were overwhelmed and some fired off frantic messages to loved ones on the mainland.<p>Hawaii public officials called it a day …

Hawaii

Bitcoin Storms Wall Street

Bitcoin traders have no time to pop the champagne anymore.<p>The crypto-rocket shot past $11,000 last week just hours after eclipsing $10,000, which …

NBC Receives at Least 2 New Complaints About Matt Lauer

The fast-moving national reckoning over sexual harassment in the workplace toppled another television news star on Wednesday when NBC fired Matt Lauer, the co-host of its most profitable franchise, “Today,” after an allegation of inappropriate sexual behavior with a subordinate.<p>The downfall of Mr. …

Media Industry

North Korea missile launch: regime says new rocket can hit anywhere in US

North Korea has claimed that the rocket it test-fired on Wednesday morning is a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that can strike anywhere on the US mainland, as it declared itself a “complete” nuclear state.<p>In a special announcement broadcast on state TV, the regime said it had …

North Korea

Zimbabwe's 'Crocodile' Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as leader

<b>Harare, Zimbabwe (CNN) —</b> Newly inaugurated leader Emmerson Mnangagwa laid out his vision for Zimbabwe on Friday, paying tribute to Robert Mugabe as a "mentor" but vowing to eschew the former president's policies.<p>Mnangagwa was sworn in Friday as interim president, following Mugabe's historic …

Africa

U.S. military on Okinawa confined to bases after fatal crash

U.S. service members on Okinawa have been banned from drinking and restricted to base or their off-base residences after a crash involving a Marine in which a local man died.<p>In addition, all U.S. service members on mainland Japan are prohibited from buying or consuming alcohol on or off …

Okinawa

Robert Mugabe makes first public appearance since military takeover

Zimbabwe’s veteran leader attends graduation ceremony as calls grow for army to reveal transition plans<p>Robert Mugabe has attended a university graduation ceremony on the outskirts of Harare in his first public appearance since a takeover by the Zimbabwean military.<p>Clad in academic gown and hat, the …

South Africa

5 things to watch in the Virginia and New Jersey governors races

Here is what to look for as Northam battles Gillespie and Murphy takes on Guadagno.<p>The premier election of 2017 could steel Democrats’ spines Tuesday night — or break their hearts.<p>A win in the tight, closely watched Virginia governor’s race between Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and Republican …

Republicans

Air Force Error Allowed Texas Gunman to Buy Weapons

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Tex. — A day after a gunman massacred parishioners in a small Texas church, the Air Force admitted on Monday that it had failed to enter the man’s domestic violence court-martial into a federal database that could have blocked him from buying the rifle he used to kill 26 …

Guns

Bowe Bergdahl, the former hostage who pleaded guilty to desertion, avoids prison

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who in 2009 walked off a U.S. military outpost in eastern Afghanistan and spent the next five years in enemy captivity, was sentenced Friday to a dishonorable discharge from the Army but will avoid prison time.<p>Bergdahl, 31, pleaded guilty in October to charges …

Bowe Bergdahl

Are Trump’s Generals in Over Their Heads?

For many in Washington, they’re the only thing standing between the president and chaos. But their growing clout is starting to worry military experts.<p>For many of America’s senior military officers, retired Gen. John Allen’s speech endorsing Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention …

National Security

Conflicting Accounts in Niger Ambush Are Subject of Pentagon Investigation

The Pentagon is trying to determine whether American forces involved in a deadly ambush in Niger this month diverted from their routine patrol to embark on an unapproved mission, military officials said on Friday.<p>The questions have come up because the American and Nigerien soldiers on the patrol …

Military

Spain Takes Control of Catalonia, Pushing a Crisis Into Higher Gear

Carles Puigdemont woke up this Saturday morning as president of Catalonia, but by lunchtime, he was out of a job. For the first time in its nearly 40 …

US preparing for North Korea's 'final step'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> CIA Director Mike Pompeo said the United States has to act as if North Korea is on the verge of being able to strike it with a missile and act accordingly -- and that President Donald Trump is ready to do so.<p>"From a US policy perspective, we ought to behave as if we are on the …

North Korea

Kelly says he was 'stunned' by congresswoman's account of Trump's call

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> White House chief of staff John Kelly, in an extraordinary and at times emotional statement Thursday, said he was "stunned" by what a Democratic congresswoman told reporters after she listened in on President Donald Trump's call to the widow of a fallen soldier.<p>Kelly, a Gold Star …

Donald Trump

Iraqi Forces Begin Assault Near Kurdish-Held City of Kirkuk

KIRKUK, Iraq — Iraqi state television said early Monday that Iraqi forces had begun an operation to seize the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk and its surrounding oil fields, despite weeks of urgent efforts by the United States to keep tensions between its allies from boiling over into another war in …

Middle East

Hugh Hefner, Iconic Playboy, Dies at 91

The founder of the Playboy empire gave generations of men a robe-clad role model.<p>The 1992 documentary <i>Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time</i> was aptly titled. For generations of men, Hefner—who died September 27 at the age of 91, according to <i>Playboy</i>—lived a fairy-tale existence. As Kiss frontman <b>Gene Simmons</b> …

U.S. Army

Nearly Half of Americans Don’t Know Puerto Ricans Are Fellow Citizens

More than three million Americans in Puerto Rico are struggling to meet basic needs after a devastating strike from Hurricane Maria, but their plight seems to be attracting far less public or political attention than the woes caused by the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida.<p>One potential …

Caribbean

There’s One North Korea Taboo China’s Leaders Won’t Talk About

In discussions between the U.S. and China about reining in North Korea, one topic remains taboo: What would happen if Kim Jong Un’s regime …

London Subway Attack: U.K. Lowers Threat Level After Second Arrest

LONDON — British authorities have lowered the nation's terror threat level from critical — the highest level — to severe after the arrest of a second man in connection with the rush hour attack that injured dozens at a packed London subway station last week, officials said Sunday.<p>The 21-year-old …

Extremism

A Requiem for Florida, the Paradise That Should Never Have Been

As Hurricane Irma prepares to strike, it’s worth remembering that Mother Nature never intended us to live here.<p>ORLANDO, Fla.—The first Americans to spend much time in South Florida were the U.S. Army men who chased the Seminole Indians around the peninsula in the 1830s. And they hated it. Today, …

U.S. Army