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Congress strains to pass stopgap budget, avert shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he's confident that his GOP-controlled chamber will pass a stopgap government-wide funding bill, even as growing opposition from Senate Democrats made prospects in that chamber increasingly dicey....



Love in the air: Pope marries couple on papal plane in Chile
IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) -- It was all in a day's work for the ever-unpredictable Pope Francis....



Governors to Trump, Congress: Do more to solve opioid crisis
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency, the nation's governors are calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs, which are killing more than 90 Americans a day....



Trump protecting medical providers who oppose abortion
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Moving to solidify its standing with social conservatives, the Trump administration is creating an office to protect the religious rights of medical providers, including those who oppose abortion....



Amazon narrows list to 20 for its second headquarters
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon narrowed its search for a second headquarters city Thursday to 20 locations, concentrated mostly in the East and the Midwest. Toronto made the list as well, as the company kept its international options open....



Israel digs deep to thwart tunnel threat from Gaza Strip
KISSUFIM, Israel (AP) -- Massive earthworks and mounds of sandy soil line the Israel-Gaza border as the Israeli military forges ahead with an ambitious subterranean barrier to detect and prevent attack tunnels from reaching southern Israel from the Palestinian enclave....



Parents of 13 children charged with years of torture, abuse
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- The parents of 13 siblings who were allegedly held in captivity in their family's Southern California home were charged Thursday with committing years of torture and abuse that left their children malnourished, undersized and with cognitive impairments....



Phoenix police: Double-killing suspect tied to 7 more deaths
PHOENIX (AP) -- Phoenix-area police have evidence linking a 35-year-old man already charged with killing his mother and stepfather to seven additional homicides that occurred in a three-week span late last year, officials said Thursday....



Fauci: NIH in a "scramble" to prepare for any gov't shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A government shutdown would be disruptive to research and morale at the National Institutes of Health but would not adversely affect patients already in medical studies, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the agency's infectious disease chief said Thursday....



Lawyer: OJ Simpson is golfing a lot, staying in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- O.J. Simpson is not planning to move from Nevada to Florida like he told state parole officials before he was released in October from Nevada state prison, his Las Vegas lawyer said Thursday....