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Pope Francis defends atheists

Atheists and other nonbelievers largely welcomed Wednesday's (May 22) remarks by Pope Francis that performing "good works" is not the exclusive domain of people of faith, but rather a place where they and atheists could and should meet.<p>In a private homily, Francis described doing good not as a …

Paging R2-D2 to the hospital ICU

CARMICHAEL, Calif. — Examining patients, clad in white and sporting a stethoscope, the doctor is in. As always, questions and banter mix. Except this doctor is, well, a robot.<p>In this suburb outside Sacramento, Mercy San Juan Medical Center is home to a new family of robots. Doctors can make remote …

And the Mountains Echoed

<b>Each</b> of Khaled Hosseini’s three novels — <i>The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns,</i> and his newest, <i>And the Mountains Echoed</i> — begins with a betrayal …

Bill Murray: The ESQ+A

The actor talks about inaccessibility and freedom, commitment and fatherhood. And Wes Anderson. And citrus fruit.<p><i>Published in the June/July 2012 issue</i><p><i>Friday, early evening in the basement of Murray's house in Charleston, South Carolina. Raab got into town around noon.</i><p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> Your name came up …

On the Phone in Ireland

This is the season when we have all hands on deck. That means nearly all our guides are busy leading our tours -- and nearly all our researchers and co-authors are busy updating our guidebooks. I'll be working on our Italy and Spain books this spring. Pat O'Connor, the co-author of our Rick Steves' …