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Vatican: Irish gay marriage vote a "defeat for humanity"

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's secretary of state has called the Irish vote to legalize gay marriage a "defeat for humanity."

Cardinal Pietro …


Metro cops arrest MTV ‘Catfish’ con man for making threats against transit system - The Washington Post

Last year, Kidd Cole’s hoaxes landed him on an MTV reality show. This year, they’ve landed him in jail.

Metro Transit Police said Wednesday that D.C. resident Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman, aka Kidd Cole, has been arrested for making terror threats against the region’s Metro stations, buses and …

Metro Systems

It's Not Rude: These Portraits Of Wounded Vets Are Meant To Be Stared At

It's impolite to stare. But when it comes to severely injured soldiers, maybe we don't look enough; or maybe we'd rather not see wounded veterans at all.

That's the message you get from photographer David Jay's Unknown Soldier series. Jay spent three years taking portraits of veterans returning from …

Portrait Photography

CNN Spelling Bee

Think you're a stellar speller? The Scripps National Spelling Bee is underway this week, so put your skills to the test with 12 doozies from past competitions. Play the video to hear a word and its description, and type your best guess at its spelling in the box below. Good luck!

Spelling words and …


How Bernie Sanders learned to be a real politician

Sometime in the late 1970s, after he'd had a kid, divorced his college sweetheart, lost four elections for statewide offices, and been evicted from …

Bernie Sanders

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: FIFA and the World Cup (HBO)

John Oliver

A State Department policy overwhelmed by puffery - The Washington Post

Secretaries of state have had private contacts since the job was created, so it’s a mistake to get too indignant about Hillary Clinton’s e-mail exchanges about Libya with her longtime friend Sidney Blumenthal. Still, these messages offer some useful insights about the court politics of Washington …

Washington State

Nine FIFA Officials and Five Corporate Executives Indicted for Racketeering Conspiracy and Corruption | OPA

The Defendants Include Two Current FIFA Vice Presidents and the Current and Former Presidents of the Confederation of North, Central American and

'WTF' in the dictionary?! That's 'clickbait'

It's official: WTF is in the dictionary. It's short for an informal phrase that starts with "what the ..." and is "used especially to express or describe outraged surprise, recklessness, confusion, or bemusement."

WTF joins emoji, NSFW, net neutrality, clickbait, click fraud, photobomb and other …

Time Warner

Fugitive ex-cop Henry Solis caught in Mexico

The two-month search for a former Los Angeles Police Department officer suspected of homicide in California ended in Mexico, the Chihuahua attorney general said Tuesday in a statement.

Henry Solis, 27, had been wanted in the March death of Salome Rodriguez, 23, who died after a shooting that …


Severe heat claims more lives in India

From behind her stall on the stifling hot streets of Hyderabad, Amruta Bai spends her day refilling plastic water cups.

It's free for anyone who needs a drink during a deadly heat wave that's killed more than 1,154 people in the past few days.

Most of the deaths -- 884 -- have been recorded in the …

Heat Wave

Court sides with TX against WH on immigration

A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied a request from Justice Department lawyers to allow President Barack Obama's controversial immigration actions to go into effect pending appeal.

The decision is a victory for Texas and 25 other states that are challenging the Obama administration's actions, …


Shooter kills employee at N. Dakota Walmart

A 21-year-old airman shot two Walmart employees, killing one, before apparently ending his own life in the store on Tuesday, police in Grand Forks, North Dakota, said.

Marcell Willis also fired once at a third employee but missed before he shot himself with a handgun, authorities said.

Willis died at …


Texas floods: 13 missing, more rain to come

Here we go again.

After days of deadly torrential rains and flooding, some Texas residents got hit by another round Wednesday, including a fresh barrage of intense precipitation in Houston and a new threat to a dam outside Dallas.

The endangered dam is in Midlothian, a city 25 miles southwest of …

Time Warner

Why is the U.S. bringing down the hammer on FIFA?

In recent years, FIFA has made news not just for enforcing rules on the soccer field, but also for allegedly breaking them off it.

The body that governs soccer, the most popular sport in the world, is a multibillion-dollar behemoth.

Great power, yes. Great responsibility? Not so much, critics …

American Soccer

FIFA corruption probe targets 'World Cup of fraud,' IRS chief says

[Breaking news update at 2:30 p.m. ET]

FIFA's Ethics Committee has banned 11 individuals from soccer-related activities amid U.S. allegations of corruption, FIFA said. Several of the banned individuals were named in a Wednesday indictment outlining corruption allegations.

[Breaking news update at


Juan Williams: NSA reforms are legacy of Snowden

OPINION: Like it or not, the infamous leaker paved the way for a shift in attitudes.

National Security Agency

Flash - Hamas executed Palestinians during Israel war: Amnesty - France 24


The Islamist group Hamas used its 2014 Gaza war with Israel to "settle scores" with rival Palestinians, executing at least 23 in possible war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

A report by the London-based rights group detailed the "brutal campaign of abductions, torture …

Middle East

Defenders of Freedom

Tee it Up Fore the Troops 2015

May 18, 2015
Join us as we celebrate this fun day of golf on two spectacular courses.
Registration: 11:30am
Tee Time: …

U.S. Presidency