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Pope Francis blows inside an amphora containing holy oil during a Chrism Mass inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Thursday, April 18, 2019. During the Mass the Pontiff blesses a token amount of oil that will be used to administer the sacraments for the year. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
April 18, 2019 - 9:51 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis ushered in the most solemn period in the Catholic liturgical calendar by celebrating a Holy Thursday Mass and the ritual washing of the feet, made more poignant this year following the devastation of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. The Chrism Mass celebrates the unity...
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This combination of undated photos released by the Jefferson County, Colo., Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 shows Sol Pais. On Tuesday authorities said they are looking pais, suspected of making threats on Columbine High School, just days before the 20th anniversary of a mass shooting that killed 13 people. (Jefferson County Sheriff's Office via AP)
April 17, 2019 - 9:22 pm
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — A Florida teenager who authorities say was obsessed with the Columbine school shooting and may have been planning an attack in Colorado just ahead of the 20th anniversary was found dead Wednesday in an apparent suicide after a nearly 24-hour manhunt. The body of 18-year-old...
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This undated file photo provided by the University of Illinois Police Department shows Yingying Zhang. Lawyers for Brendt Christensen, an ex-University of Illinois student accused of killing Zhang say school counselors didn't offer him adequate care when he sought help for homicidal thoughts months before Zhang went missing. In a filing unsealed this week, Christensen's attorneys said he told campus counselors he'd been "ruminating" about committing murder but that his treatment by counselors had been substandard. Prosecutors say that claim would be inaccurate and irrelevant. A Tuesday, April 9, 2019, statement from the Champaign-based school says counseling center staff are trained to provide care "consistent with the best practices in mental health care nationally." (Courtesy of the University of Illinois Police Department via AP File)
April 09, 2019 - 4:52 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for a former University of Illinois student accused of killing Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang say university counselors didn't offer him adequate care when he sought help for suicidal and homicidal thoughts three months before the 26-year-old Zhang went missing. Brendt...
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April 09, 2019 - 11:13 am
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak centered in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and ordered mandatory vaccinations in the neighborhood. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the unusual order amid what he said was a measles crisis in Brooklyn...
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President Donald Trump speaks at an annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
April 06, 2019 - 10:25 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Donald Trump warned on Saturday that a Democratic victory in 2020 could "leave Israel out there," as he highlighted his pro-Israel actions in an effort to make the case for Jewish voters to back his re-election. Speaking at the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish...
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Country music star Brad Paisley operates a backhoe as he breaks ground for The Store, a free grocery store for people in need, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 03, 2019 - 7:37 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Brad Paisley took the controls of a backhoe to dig up the first pile of dirt in the space that will become a free grocery store to support needy families in Nashville, Tennessee. Paisley donned a cowboy hat-shaped construction helmet for part of Wednesday's...
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk along the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, March 31, 2019, as they return from Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
April 02, 2019 - 4:03 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering hiring a "border" or "immigration czar" to coordinate the president's policies across various federal agencies. That's according to three people familiar with the discussions who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, Kim Foxx, then a candidate for Cook County state's attorney, speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Foxx, who became the state's attorney, removed herself from the Smollett case before he was charged, saying she had discussed the case with a Smollett family member. The case was handed to First Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Magats. Foxx defended the decision by her staff to drop charges, saying the matter was handled properly. She pointed to Smollett forfeiting his $10,000 bond and doing community service. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
April 01, 2019 - 9:12 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx was elected in 2016 mainly because of anger that the prosecutor she ousted had waited a year to charge a Chicago police officer with murdering black teenager Laquan McDonald. Then Foxx, who is a survivor of sexual assault as a child, grabbed...
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump get off from Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
April 01, 2019 - 8:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is claiming the 2020 census will be "meaningless" if it doesn't include a citizenship question. In a tweet Monday, Trump is blaming "Radical Left Democrats" for opposing the "all important" question. The Trump administration moved to add the question to the...
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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Biden Courage Awards Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
April 01, 2019 - 6:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday defended his interactions with women, saying he doesn't believe he's ever acted inappropriately. But a Nevada politician's assertion that Biden's kiss on the back of her head made her feel uncomfortable prompted some Democrats to question...
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