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Pope Francis wraps up joyful US visit with big open-air Mass

Posted 9/28/2015 in National

Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of the faithful gathered Sunday for the biggest event of his U.S. visit to be open to "miracles of love," closing out his joyful six-day trip with a message of hope for families, consolation for victims of child sexual abuse and a warning to America's bishops.


Boehner slams some GOP hard liners as 'false prophets'

Posted 9/28/2015 in National

Speaker John Boehner is embarking on his final month in Congress by moving to complete unfinished business and vowing not to leave his successor with a politically gridlocked House.


Stargazers witness rare event in supermoon eclipse

Posted 9/28/2015 in National

Stargazers were treated to a rare astronomical phenomenon when a total lunar eclipse combined with a so-called supermoon.


Nonprofits seek Supreme Court review of contraceptives case

Posted 9/28/2015 in National

Religion, birth control and President Barack Obama's health care overhaul are about to collide at the Supreme Court yet again.



Shell says it will cease Alaska offshore Arctic drilling

Posted 9/28/2015 in National

Royal Dutch Shell will cease exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska's coast following disappointing results from an exploratory well backed by billions in investment and years of work.


Conservatives to 2016 GOP field: Defy us at your own peril

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

The Republican Party's conservative wing, pumped up by House Speaker John Boehner's stepping down, is warning the 2016 presidential candidates that defying its wishes will come at their peril.

'I believe in the Bible': Trump courts Christian right

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

Donald Trump recently showed up at a gathering of Iowa conservative Christian voters with a copy of the Bible in hand.


Clerk Kim Davis switching parties to become a Republican

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

Defiant Kentucky clerk Kim Davis stood on a stage in a Washington, D.C., hotel Friday night and spread her arms triumphantly.


Next in line? McCarthy is realist with conservative appeal

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

Rep. Kevin McCarthy has risen to the upper reaches of House leadership mostly on the basis of his people skills and political smarts rather than his policy chops.


Congressman grabs drinking glass used by pope, takes sip

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

Pope Francis wasn't the only person to drink from the glass of water he used during his speech to Congress.



'Blood Moon' seen as sign of end times by some Mormons

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon set to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon Church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the faithful to not get caught up in speculation about a major calamity.



Rubio ramping up campaign with more time in early states

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

After a summer largely spent raising money for his Republican campaign for president, Marco Rubio says he's about to start spending a whole lot more time in Iowa and the other early voting states.


GOP: Speaker Boehner to resign end of Oct.

Posted 9/25/2015 in National

In a stunning move, House Speaker John Boehner informed fellow Republicans on Friday that he would resign from Congress at the end of October, giving up his top leadership post and his seat in the House in the face of hardline conservative opposition.


House GOP may opt against shutdown over Planned Parenthood

Posted 9/25/2015 in National

House GOP leaders have summoned their divided conference for a make-or-break discussion on how to fight taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood without having the battle lead to a government shutdown next week.


Pope makes appeals to Congress, tells American nuns 'I love you'

Posted 9/25/2015 in National

Pope Francis plunged into the melting pot of New York on Thursday after reminding the country of its immigrant origins in the first papal speech before Congress.


Scalpers turn papal tickets for profit, drawing church's ire

Posted 9/25/2015 in National

The rosary beads cost $175. Sounds a bit pricey, except the Craigslist ad says they come with tickets to see Pope Francis. Same with the $10 train passes marked up to $85 in another listing.



Ky. clerk blames governor for legal woes

Posted 9/25/2015 in National

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, hauled to jail for defying a series of federal court orders and refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, filed a 40-page court document Thursday, blaming Kentucky governor Steve Beshear for all her legal woes.



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