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Actor James Gandolfini (AP Photo)

NJ flags to fly at half-staff for Gandolfini

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Monday in memory of “Sopranos” star and New Jersey native James Gandolfini. Gandolfini died Wednesday in Rome at […]

06/21/2013

Actor James Gandolfini (AP Photo)

Friend reports James Gandolfini died of heart attack

ROME (AP) — An autopsy on James Gandolfini has confirmed the “Sopranos” star died of a heart attack, with no evidence of substance abuse or foul play, a family spokesman said Friday. Michael Kobold told […]

06/21/2013

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations logo over insects for sale at a market. (AP Photo)

UN says: why not eat more insects?

ROME (AP) — The U.N. has new weapons to fight hunger, boost nutrition and reduce pollution, and they might be crawling or flying near you right now: edible insects. The Food and Agriculture Organization on […]

05/13/2013

Former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti (AP Photo)

Italy’s ex-premier Giulio Andreotti dies at 94

ROME (AP) — Giulio Andreotti was one of postwar Italy’s most powerful men: He helped draft the country’s constitution after World War II, served as its premier seven times and spent 60 years in parliament. […]

05/06/2013

Pope Francis (c) waves from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in celebration of Easter, Vatican. (AP Photo)

Pope makes Easter pleas for world peace

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis marked Christianity’s most joyous day with a passionate plea for world peace, celebrating his first Easter Sunday as pontiff in the enthusiastic company of more than 250,000 people who overflowed from St. Peter’s Square.

03/31/2013

Pope Francis washes foot of inmate at Casal del Marmo juvenile detention center, Rome, Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano photo. (AP Photo)

Pope washes feet of young detainees in ritual

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope. Two of the 12 were young women, an unusual choice.

03/28/2013

Video still from the British Museum

Pompeii exhibition brings doomed town to life

LONDON (AP) — Pompeii is the little Roman town that became a byword for sudden, violent death. A new exhibition at the British Museum wants it to be equally famous for raucous, exuberant life. Watch the museum’s video here.

03/26/2013

Pope Francis waves to crowds at his inauguration Mass at the Vatican. (AP Photo)

Pope Francis urges protection of nature, weak

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis laid out the priorities of his pontificate during his installation Mass, urging the princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people to protect the environment, the weakest, the poorest, let tenderness “open up a horizon of hope.”

03/19/2013

Penny and Phil Sound Bite

From ‘the end of the earth,’ Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (AP) – From “the end of the earth,” the Catholic Church found a surprising new leader Wednesday, a pioneer pope from Argentina who took the name Francis, a pastor rather than a manager to resurrect a church and faith in crisis.

03/14/2013

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Crowd disappointed by black smoke, but Vatican spokesman says consensus takes time

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The sight of thick black smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel is bringing sighs of disappointment from the thousands of people who’ve gathered there in the rainy, chilly weather, waiting for news that a new pope has been elected.

03/13/2013

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