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Pope in Panama blasts corruption, walls, prays for Venezuela

Pope in Panama blasts corruption, walls, prays for Venezuela

PANAMA CITY — Pope Francis insisted Thursday that public officials live simply, honestly and transparently as he opened a visit to a Central America that has been rife with corruption scandals and is now coping with political upheaval in nearby Venez
Singapore to reduce military training after actor's death

Singapore to reduce military training after actor's death

Singapore's military said Thursday it will reduce the length, intensity and frequency of its training programs after an actor in the reserves died from injuries he sustained overseas.
Agency: Deadly California fire caused by homeowner equipment

Agency: Deadly California fire caused by homeowner equipment

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Belt buckles and beer: Federal shutdown hits businesses hard

Belt buckles and beer: Federal shutdown hits businesses hard

WASHINGTON — From power restaurants in Washington and a belt-buckle maker in Colorado to a brewery in California, businesses that count heavily on federal employees as customers are feeling the punishing effects of the government shutdown.

Football great Joe Montana looking to score with marijuana

SAN FRANCISCO — Hall-of-Fame quarterback Joe Montana, looking to hit pay dirt in the legal marijuana industry, is part of a $75 million investment in a pot operator, it was announced Thursday.
Redford says he's ready for smaller onstage role at Sundance

Redford says he's ready for smaller onstage role at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah — Robert Redford has been kicking off the Sundance Film Festival with an opening day press conference for 34 years, but Thursday, he said he was ready to take a backseat role.
Ice disk freezes out an attempt to hack peace sign into it

Ice disk freezes out an attempt to hack peace sign into it

WESTBROOK, Maine — A giant disk of river ice has proved too much for a New Jersey attention-seeker who tried to carve a peace sign on it.

Rapper C-Murder denied chance for retrial in 2002 slaying

NEW ORLEANS — The rapper known as C-Murder failed to have his conviction in a 2002 fatal shooting in a New Orleans area nightclub thrown out or retried.
Baby pudu named for Korean pop star debuts at LA Zoo

Baby pudu named for Korean pop star debuts at LA Zoo

LOS ANGELES — Fans of a Korean pop star have raised more than $2,000 to name a baby deer at the Los Angeles Zoo after their favourite doe-eyed singer.
Lawyer: Chris Brown accuser under 'psychological pressure"

Lawyer: Chris Brown accuser under 'psychological pressure"

PARIS — The lawyer for a woman who filed a rape complaint in Paris against American singer Chris Brown and two other men said Thursday that his client was under "great psychological pressure" at a luxury hotel when "non-consensual sex" allegedly took