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Pope apologizes for his remarks to bishops about gay priests

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis apologized Tuesday after he was quoted using a vulgar and derogatory term about gay men to reaffirm the Catholic Church's ban on gay priests. The ruckus that ensued underscored how the church's official teaching about homosexuality often bumps up against the ...

Storms produce outages in Texas after deadly weekend across US

HOUSTON (AP) — Strong storms with damaging winds and baseball-sized hail pummeled Texas on Tuesday, leaving one person dead and about 1 million businesses and homes without power as much of the U.S. recovered from severe weather, including tornadoes, that killed at least 24 people during the ...

Netanyahu: Deadly Israeli strike in Rafah was a ‘tragic mistake’

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that a "tragic mistake" was made in an Israeli strike in the southern Gaza city of Rafah that set fire to a camp housing displaced Palestinians and, according to local officials, killed at least 45 people. The strike only ...

Biden says each generation has to ‘earn’ their freedom

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden marked Memorial Day with a pledge that the country would continue the work of the nation's fallen toward a more perfect union, "for which they lived, and for which they died." Delivering remarks at a solemn remembrance ceremony at Arlington National ...

The tyranny of the majority

“Which is better — to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away or by three thousand tyrants one mile away?” — The Rev. Mather Byles (1706-1788) Does it really matter if the instrument curtailing liberty is a monarch or a popularly elected legislature? This conundrum, along ...

Biden can’t blow debates with Trump

Until he challenged Donald Trump to debate, President Joe Biden seemed in denial about the state of the race. He’d been saying for some time that the polls were wrong. This was disturbing for a couple of reasons, the first being that, if anything, the polls have underpredicted, not ...