Pope opens family meeting and sparks are expected to fly
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Few Vatican meetings have enjoyed as controversial a run-up as the three-week gathering of bishops on family issues that opens Sunday: There have been allegations of manipulation and coercion. Secret caucuses to plot strategy. A de-facto law passed to take the wind out of the debate. And on the eve of the synod, a Vatican monsignor outing himself, urging the pope to hear his voice, and denouncing widespread homophobia in the church.
Survivor: Gunman spared 'lucky one' to give police message
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The gunman who opened fire in an Oregon college shot one classmate after saying he could save her life by begging, and others were killed after being told to crawl across the floor, according to relatives of students in the classroom.
Gusty wind may add to weather risks on soggy East Coast
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Flooding from days of record-setting rain along the heavily populated East Coast washed out bridges and homes and forecasters warned wind gusts topping 35 mph could down trees and power lines across the Carolinas and Virginia in coming hours.