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Pope Francis, The People’s Pope

On the edge of Buenos Aires is a nothing little street called Pasaje C, a shot of dried mud leading into a slum from what passes for a main road, the …

Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years for Leaking Secrets

FT. MEADE, Md. -- Bradley Manning, the Army private convicted of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks, was …

Curiosity rover begins months-long trek to mountain on Mars

This view from the Curiosity rover's cameras, captured last autumn, shows 3-mile-high Mount Sharp, also known as Aeolis Mons, in the distance.<p>LOS ANGELES — Martian mountain, here Curiosity comes.<p>The NASA rover has officially kicked off its long-delayed road trip to Mount Sharp, a trek that involves …

Mars Rover

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

Exclusive: Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data shows scale of domestic surveillance under Obama<p>• Read the Verizon court order in full here • Obama administration justifies surveillance<p>The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of …

Most Distant Supernova May Shed Light on Dark Energy

UDS10Wil is ten billion light-years from Earth.<p><b>NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spied a supernova ten billion light-years from Earth—the most distant stellar explosion of its kind ever detected, a new study says. (See "Biggest Star Explosion Seen; Was Rare, 'Clean' Death.")</b><p>The faint, near-infrared …

Boston Marathon Bombing in Pictures

US doctors cure child born with HIV

Mississippi doctors make medical history made with first 'functional cure' of unnamed two-year-old born with the virus who now needs no medication<p>• Research provides hope of a 'functional cure' for AIDS<p>Doctors in the US have made medical history by effectively curing a child born with HIV, the …

Syria's chemical weapons to travel by guarded convoy before destruction

Unprecedented two-week operation will see 500 tonnes of cargo travel by road and ship to Italian port by end of the year<p>Syria's chemical weapon arsenal is to be taken cross-country in Russian armoured trucks guarded by Syrian government troops and tracked by American satellite navigation equipment …

Homeless men invited to help Pope Francis celebrate birthday

ROME --<p>Pope Francisboosted his down-to-earth image by inviting a group of homeless men to his Vatican residence to help him celebrate his 77th birthday.<p>The group of men – four, according to some Vatican reports, three according to the Vatican's newspaper – joined Francis on Tuesday as he gave his …

Buenos Aires

School tries to silence fifth-grader’s speech on religion

<b>Zachary Golob-Drake (WFLA)</b><p>A Florida student writes about injustices committed “In the Name of Religion”<p>Mary Elizabeth Williams<p>December 17, 2013 3:36pm (UTC)<p>Zachary Golob-Drake is the kind of kid any school would be proud to have representing it. And last week, the Tampa, Fla., fifth-grader won a …

2013 in review: a year of increasing extreme weather events

John Vidal looks back at a year of record heatwaves, floods, rainstorms and cyclones<p>2013 was the seventh warmest year on record and saw one of the strongest cyclones, some of the longest heatwaves and the most topsy-turvy weather experienced in decades.<p>Nowhere is thought to have witnessed faster …

Top SAC Capital Manager Guilty Of Insider Trading

Michael Steinberg, a top portfolio manager at SAC Capital Advisors, has been found guilty of insider trading — the latest conviction stemming from a years-long federal investigation into the hedge fund's activities.<p>Steinberg was found guilty on five counts of conspiracy and securities fraud.<p>Reuters …

South Sudan calmer, but hundreds reported dead in violence so far

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The capital of South Sudan was calmer Wednesday after two days of heavy fighting, but the government said 500 people had died in the clashes between two rival military factions and there were fears that the violence could spiral into civil war.<p>Fighting erupted in the …

Africa

Obama review panel: strip NSA of power to collect phone data records

• Review proposes greater authority for spying on foreign leaders<p>• Government 'should be banned from undermining encryption'<p>• Forty-six recommendations in 300-page report released early<p>The National Security Agency should be banned from attempting to undermine the security of the internet and …

Working Women: Masters of Sex Virginia and Lillian Are the New Joan and Peggy

Bloggers have been calling <i>Masters of Sex</i> — Showtime’s breakout drama about the pioneering research in the field of human sexuality conducted by …

Why the Home-Building Industry is About to Take Off

Good news for the construction industry this morning: The Commerce Department announced that on a seasonally-adjusted basis there were 1,091,000 new …

Iran Nuclear Talks To Resume Thursday

Iran will rejoin six world powers in negotiations over its nuclear program Thursday, one week after it temporarily suspended talks in protest of …

Business Is Getting More Sustainable. Too Bad It’s Not Good Enough

For all the political controversy in the U.S. over climate change — and the resulting gridlock — much of corporate America has been surprisingly …

Palestine’s Not-So-Immaculate Conceptions: What’s Behind a West Bank Baby Boom

Leedia Rimawi was on her way to work when the radio on the minibus broadcast the news: a Palestinian woman had given birth to a child conceived by …

White House Group Calls for Limits on NSA Surveillance

A panel appointed by President Barack Obama has recommended significant changes to controversial surveillance programs run by the National Security …