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Pope Francis walks past Ivanka Trump, left, and First Lady Melania Trump during a private audience with President Donald Trump at the Vatican Monday.
Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:20

Despite the criticism, First Lady Trump's attire was in keeping with protocol of the countries she visited and the precedence set by other foreign leaders who have visited them.

Rob Quist is the Democrat running in the Montana special election.
Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:57

A super-charged political environment and backlash against the GOP health care bill have made Thursday's special congressional election for Montana's lone House seat primed for a possible upset.

African-American students say they matriculated to Duke Divinity School expecting to enhance their calling with top-notch theological training at a prestigious program. But instead they say they entered a racial nightmare.
Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:23

The dean says pushing the school to be a more diverse and inclusive environment is a top priority.

Same-sex activists hug outside Taiwan's legislature in Taipei Wednesday, after a landmark decision was announced that paves the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalize gay marriage.
Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:21

Taiwan's president has asked the Ministry of Justice to come up with a legal framework for complying with the decision.

Fox News host Sean Hannity said he would no longer talk about the Seth Rich theory "out of respect for the family's wishes — for now."
Wed, 05/24/2017 - 09:52

Fox News retracted a story about the death of a Democratic National Committee staffer that was based on a groundless conspiracy theory. But host Sean Hannity, who pushed the theory, stood by it.

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with President Trump and his wife, Melania, at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Wed, 05/24/2017 - 09:47

The president made the remark after the pope presented him with a medallion featuring an olive branch. "I give this to you so that you can be an instrument of peace," the pope told him.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump meet with Pope Francis on Wednesday at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City.
Wed, 05/24/2017 - 07:55

Wednesday's meeting, which focused on pursuing peace, comes a year after the pope suggested that Trump "is not Christian" because of his plan for a U.S-Mexico border wall.

A defaced Islamic State flag is emblazoned on a wall in Tikrit, Iraq, in 2015. ISIS will generally claim responsibility for an attack within one day, though it can sometimes take longer.
Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:00

When the Islamic State says its "soldiers" carried out an attack, it doesn't necessarily mean the group planned or directed the terrorist act — or even knew about it in advance.

A police officer stands on duty outside a residential property in Fallowfield, in southern Manchester, on Wednesday as investigations continue into the bombing at the Manchester Arena.
Wed, 05/24/2017 - 05:53

Wednesday's arrests come after Prime Minister Theresa May raised the terror threat level to "critical," the highest setting.

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 05:43

The National Institute for Early Education Research has a new state-by-state report on preschool funding, enrollment and teacher quality. The findings are both encouraging and sobering.

Soccer midfielder Julie Foudy (right) cheers her teammate, Tiffany Roberts, during the WUSA All-Star Game in 2003.
Wed, 05/24/2017 - 05:43

Longtime U.S. women's soccer team star Julie Foudy says the things she learned on the field aren't so much about winning as about how women can unleash their inner force and stand up for something.

From left, National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, ex-CIA Director John Brennan, and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart participate in the Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing on worldwide threats last year.
Wed, 05/24/2017 - 05:00

Questions to three respected military, law enforcement and intelligence officials revealed why it's important to get answers to Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

The New York Giants' Ereck Flowers (74) watches as wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) pretends to take photos of wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) dancing in the end zone.
Wed, 05/24/2017 - 04:59

The NFL commissioner says the changes are intended to deliver "a more exciting game experience." The league will still penalize celebrations deemed offensive or that mimic the use of weapons.

In a recent study from National Center for Education Statistics found even after controlling for academic achievement in high school, black and Latino students attend selective institutions at far lower rates and drop out of college more often.
Wed, 05/24/2017 - 03:01

By 2020 more than half of children in the U.S. will be part of an ethnic or racial minority. Colleges and universities are figuring out how to prepare for them.

A sign with flowers and candles was placed on the ground after a vigil in Albert Square in Manchester, England, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert left 22 people dead Monday night.
Wed, 05/24/2017 - 02:04

Hours before the vigil, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that another attack could be "imminent." From around the world, people expressed condolences for the bombing victims.

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