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(Vatican City) -- Pope Francis will not walk in a traditional religious procession in Rome tonight to save his strength for upcoming travel. The Vatican says there's no call for alarm about the 77-year-old Pontiff's health. Francis is known to suffer from sciatica , a painful...
(Undated) -- The nation's unemployment lines are shorter. This morning's report by the Labor Department shows first-time claims for unemployment benefits fell to 312-thousand last week, a drop of six-thousand from the week before. The biggest jumps in first-time claims are in...
(Undated) -- Electrocar and rocket tycoon Elon Musk says he will put the first human beings on Mars no later than 2026. Musk also told CNBC on Wednesday that he will go public with his SpaceX firm after the Mars mission gets underway. Musk believes the SpaceX goal for Mars is...
(Undated) -- Food trucks are serving up meals that often top restaurant quality. A study of food inspection reports from seven major U.S. cities also finds the rolling eateries are safer on average than restaurants. Researchers at the Institute for Justice noted the surprising...
(Albany, NY) -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign a bill making it a crime to give your pet a tramp stamp or piercing. The moves comes after a Brooklyn tattoo artist posted a photo of his recently-inked dog on Instagram. The hapless canine is now sporting a...
(Washington, DC) -- President Obama will make a statement about the growing crisis in Iraq at 12:30 this afternoon, Eastern time. The President has been under increasing pressure to do something about the militant insurgency in Iraq. He has previously ruled out sending U.S...
(Boston, MA) -- Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev are trying to make the case for his November trial to be moved to Washington, DC. The defense cites its own survey saying that Washingtonians are the least prejudiced about the case. Court documents...
(New Brunswick, NJ) -- A 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead several months ago is being cared for in a New Jersey hospital. Jahi McMath was kept on life support after operations to remove her tonsils, and tissue from her nose and throat left her brain dead at...
(Undated) -- Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is urging U.S. lawmakers to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Murdoch made his case in Wednesday's "Wall Street Journal." Murdoch believes that getting rid of quotas on special visas and promoting paths to citizenship would boost U.S...