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Vatican Bishops Scrap Opening To Gays, Divorced Members

By Scott Neuman on October 18th, 2014 | Last updated: October 18, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Earlier this week an interim summary of the synod on family issues included conciliatory language on gays and on the taking of holy communion for divorced church members.

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Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

By Scott Neuman on October 18th, 2014 | Last updated: October 18, 2014 at 2:28 pm

A “mountain-sized” comet known as Siding Spring will pass very close to the red planet, where orbiters from the U.S., Europe and India, hope to get close – but not too close — to the action.

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Hong Kong Activists Clash With Police, Retake Protest Site

By Scott Neuman on October 18th, 2014 | Last updated: October 18, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Pro-democracy protesters have replaced barricades in the congested Mong Kong district of the city hours after authorities dismantled the obstacles.

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Hurricane Gonzalo Hits Bermuda; Ana To Skirt Past Hawaii

By Scott Neuman on October 18th, 2014 | Last updated: October 18, 2014 at 4:28 pm

In the British island territory, Gonzalo has wiped out power to roughly half of the island’s 70,000 inhabitants.

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Supreme Court Lets Texas Enforce Voter ID Law For Nov. Election

By Scott Neuman on October 18th, 2014 | Last updated: October 18, 2014 at 3:28 pm

With three justices dissenting, the high court’s ruling effectively blocks a lower federal court decision declaring the law restrictive and unconstitutional.

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Houston Narrows The Scope Of Controversial Subpoena Of Pastors’ Sermons

By Eyder Peralta on October 17th, 2014 | Last updated: October 17, 2014 at 8:28 pm

The subpoenas — at the crossroads of church and state and born out of a lawsuit over an equal rights ordinance — drew ire from national organizations and Sen. Ted Cruz.

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How The Florida Governor’s Debate Became #Fangate

By S.V. Dáte on October 17th, 2014 | Last updated: October 17, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign wanted organizers to cancel Wednesday night’s debate if Democrat Charlie Crist was allowed to use a fan at his podium.

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Washington, D.C., Pitches New Bridge Park As A ‘Model For Social Equity’

By Franklyn Cater on October 17th, 2014 | Last updated: October 18, 2014 at 2:28 pm

The park, built on piers left over from an obsolete, demolished bridge, would connect two disparate parts of the city in hopes of sparking new life and knitting two communities.

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Florida ‘Loud Music’ Shooter Michael Dunn Gets Life In Prison

By Scott Neuman on October 17th, 2014 | Last updated: October 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Dunn was convicted earlier this month in a second trial for the fatal shooting of black teenager Jordan Davis in 2012.

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Nigerian Truce With Boko Haram Raises Hopes For Schoolgirls’ Release

By Scott Neuman on October 17th, 2014 | Last updated: October 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm

The deal, announced by the country’s defense chief, included negotiations for the release of more than 200 girls who were abducted by the extremist group in April.

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