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Gay former student of Pope Francis’ speaks out

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An openly gay former student of Pope Francis’ who visited with the pope during his recent trip to Washington said he was surprised Francis had met with the Kentucky county clerk who gained attention for refusing to issue same-sex couples marriage licenses. Continue reading

Gunman in Oregon college massacre committed suicide

By Courtney Sherwood and Emily Flitter By Courtney Sherwood and Emily Flitter ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) – The gunman who killed his English professor and eight others at an Oregon community college committed suicide after a shootout with police who arrived within five minutes and exchanged fire with him almost immediately, authorities said. Investigators had previously said the 26-year-old shooter was killed by the officers who raced to the rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, which ranks as the deadliest among dozens of U.S. Continue reading

New York gas blast and fire kill one, injure three

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A gas explosion and fire that ripped off the facade of a three-story building in New York on Saturday, killing one person and injuring three, might have been caused by a tenant moving out a stove, fire officials said. More than 200 firefighters battled the four-alarm blaze in the borough of Brooklyn after it was reported to the New York Fire Department at 1:05 p.m., Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told a news conference. Police said first responders found an unidentified woman dead in the stairwell of the building. Continue reading

Life ring from missing cargo ship found as hurricane threatens Bermuda

By Harriet McLeod By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – U.S. Continue reading

Obama offers condolences over ‘tragic incident’ in Kunduz

Washington (AFP) – US President Barack Obama offered his “deepest condolences” over a suspected US airstrike on a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz that killed 19 people, and promised a thorough probe of the incident. “On behalf of the American people, I extend my deepest condolences to the medical professionals and other civilians killed and injured in the tragic incident at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz,” he said in a statement released by the White House. “The Department of Defense has launched a full investigation, and we will await the results of that inquiry before making a definitive judgment as to the circumstances of this tragedy,” Obama said Continue reading

Guatemalan mudslide death toll reaches 56, hundreds missing

By SONIA PEREZ D. SANTA CATARINA PINULA, Guatemala (AP) — Rescue workers using shovels and pickaxes recovered more bodies from the rubble of a collapsed hillside on the outskirts of Guatemala City Saturday as officials said the death toll had risen to 56 with another 350 people believed missing. Julio Sanchez, spokesman for Guatemala’s volunteer firefighters, told a news conference that the death toll will likely continue to rise as emergency crews dig through tons of earth that buried an estimated 125 homes Thursday night. Continue reading

Diggers hunt survivors in buried Guatemala town, death toll hits 48

By Sofia Menchu By Sofia Menchu SANTA CATARINA PINULA, Guatemala (Reuters) – Rescue workers scrabbled through earth and rubble on Saturday in search of survivors of a massive landslide in Guatemala that killed at least 48 people, even as hopes began to fade for hundreds of others still missing. Diggers plowed into the mounds of earth that destroyed homes in Santa Catarina Pinula on the southeastern flank of Guatemala City, after authorities said on Friday that as many as 600 people were unaccounted for after Thursday night’s disaster. Continue reading

Obama rejects candidates’ ideas for solving crisis in Syria

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is accusing White House hopefuls of concocting “half-baked” ideas for solving the crisis in Syria, appearing to even dismiss his former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s call for a no-fly zone before later clarifying his view of the Democratic front-runner. The idea of a no-fly zone — a region of Syria that the United States would protect from bombing to create a safe corridor for refugees — has emerged as a favorite option for Democratic and Republican candidates. Continue reading

U.S. auto union, Ford avert strike at pickup factory

DETROIT (NEWS.GNOM.ES) – The United Auto Workers union and Ford Motor Co. have averted a strike at a factory in Kansas City, Mo. Continue reading

New chairman sees emissions scandal as threat to VW’s viability: paper

BERLIN (NEWS.GNOM.ES) – Hans Dieter Poetsch, the incoming chairman of Volkswagen (VW) , sees the scandal around the rigging of emissions tests as a threat to the firm’s viability albeit a surmountable one, a newspaper quoted him as saying. At an internal company meeting this week at the VW headquarters in Wolfsburg, Poetsch described the situation as an “existence-threatening crisis for the company”, Germany’s Welt am Sonntag reported in a release ahead of Sunday’s publication. Poetsch also said that he believed VW could overcome the crisis, the newspaper said Continue reading