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Death toll in Saudi hajj tragedy reaches 719

The latest developments from a crush of Muslim pilgrims on the third day of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia that killed hundreds of people.
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4 killed, 52 injured as ‘Duck’ vehicle, bus collide on Seattle bridge

Four people were killed and 52 injured when a "Ride the Ducks" amphibious vehicle plowed into the side of a BellAir tour bus full of international college students Thursday on the Aurora Bridge, officials said.
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Democrats poised to filibuster stopgap funding measure

Legislation that would keep the government open only if President Barack Obama agrees to strip taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood is getting a vote in the Senate.

Dozens killed in Yemen suicide bombing

More than two dozen people have been killed in a suicide bombing in Yemen's capital, Sanaa.

Pope’s praise of bishops criticized by advocates for clergy sex abuse victims

The pope's praise for U.S. bishops for what he called their "generous commitment'" to helping victims of clergy sex abuse has drawn an angry rebuke from advocates who say the bishops acted only under the threat of lawsuits.

Pope canonizes 18th-century missionary; not everyone happy

In the first canonization on U.S. soil, Pope Francis has elevated to sainthood an 18th-century missionary who brought Catholicism to the American West Coast.
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Vatican discusses U.S. embargo of Cuba, Pope rebuked for comments on sex abuse

The latest developments in Pope Francis' visit to the United States.

GOP pragmatists protest tea party shutdown tactics

Rank-and-file Republican lawmakers are protesting the tactics of tea party colleagues who demand that legislation to keep the government open also take away federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
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VW CEO steps down amid scandal

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn says he is stepping down "in the interests of the company" as it grapples with the emissions scandal.

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