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The Pope's Bold Move

Pope Francis announced that all priests will have the authority to absolve the sin of abortion during the upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, which will begin Dec. 8, in a bold, spiritual move that widens an existing Catholic practice

A picture taken on April 16, 2015 shows the icebreaker Tor at the port of Sabetta in the Kara Sea shore line on the Yamal Peninsula in the Arctic circle, some 2450 km of Moscow.

Obama Calls for Expanded Fleet of Arctic Ice Breakers

President Barack Obama will call for an expanded fleet of Arctic ice breakers, warning that the U.S. risked losing control of shipping routes, fishing grounds and pristine habitats if the Coast Guard does not strengthen its presence in the region


Fight Peanut Allergies With Peanuts: Doctors

The American Academy of Pediatrics has advice for parents trying to prevent their kids from developing peanut allergies: Give them peanuts. As counterintuitive as it may seem, research indicates that putting peanuts out of reach could make things worse

epaselect epa04907464 Migrants protest in front of the Keleti Railway Station after police closed the station in Budapest, Hungary, 01 September 2015. Hungarian police closed the main train station in Budapest from where scores of migrants were hoping to travel to Western Europe. The refugees arrived in Budapest via the so-called Balkan route, across Turkey, the Aegean Sea and Greece, Macedonia and Serbia. EPA/ZOLTAN BALOGH HUNGARY OUT

Hungary Stops Migrants by Shutting Down Train Station

Hungary suspended all rail traffic from its main terminal in Budapest and cleared the train station of hundreds of migrants trying to board trains for Austria and Germany — the hoped-for end destinations in their flight from turmoil in the Mideast and Asia


Pandora Is Going Ad-Free for One Day Only

For one day, Pandora users will be able to listen without ads. The Internet radio platform is celebrating its 10th anniversary with “Listener Love Day,” which will remove commercials from the service for 24 hours starting midnight on Sept. 9

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Jared Foundation's Former Director to Plead Guilty

An attorney says the former director of a foundation created by ex-Subway spokesman Jared Fogle will plead guilty to child pornography charges. Russell Taylor was charged with production and possession of child pornography


Weight Connected to When People Get Alzheimer’s

Middle-aged Americans have one more reason to keep an eye on the scale as they age: research shows that people who are overweight when they are 50 years old may be more likely to develop Alzheimer's sooner than those that are a healthy weight

Key Speakers At The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)

Apple May Be Taking On Netflix and Amazon

Apple has been meeting with Hollywood executives about producing original content like Netflix and Amazon do, according to reports. Apple is planning to begin hiring for the project "in the coming months," with operations slated to get underway within a year

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting on August 28, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Clinton Emails Include 150 Now Deemed Classified

The State Department released 7,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server, including 150 containing information now deemed to be classified. The email dump was the largest release of emails from Clinton's private server so far

Somalia Extremist Leader Surrenders

Somali Militants Overrun Base for African Union Forces

Islamic extremists overran an African Union base in southern Somalia after a firefight with troops, a Somali military official said. The attack in the small farming town of Janale started with a suicide car bombing at the base's gate, followed by a firefight

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Prime Bangkok Bombing Suspect Arrested

The main suspect in last month's bombing of Bangkok's Erawan Shrine has been arrested, Thai junta chief Prayut Chan-ocha said. Twenty people were killed and more than 120 injured when the blast ripped through the area on Aug. 17