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Pope Francis meets with US Vice President Mike Pence, left, on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Pence told Pope Francis, “You made me a hero

US Vice President Pence to Pope Francis: You made me a hero

Jan. 24, 2020 1:03 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, discussing the anti-abortion march in Washington and telling the pontiff, "You made me a hero" back home by granting him a private audience. The pope and the vice president had a private hour-long...

President Donald Trump arrives to address the nation from the White House on the ballistic missile strike that Iran launched against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. troops, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Pentagon: 34 US troops had brain injuries from Iran's strike

Jan. 24, 2020 12:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Friday that 34 U.S. troops were diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries suffered in this month's Iranian missile strike on an Iraqi air base, and that half of the troops have returned to their military duties. Seventeen of the 34 are still under medical observation,...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a visit to an anti-narcotics police base in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Pompeo heads to Ukraine next week as impeachment winds down

Jan. 24, 2020 12:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Ukraine next week, making his first trip to the country at the heart of President Donald Trump's impeachment. As Trump's Senate trial on impeachment charges continues, the State Department announced Friday that Pompeo would travel to Kiev as part...

Pentagon: 34 US troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries from Iranian missile strike Jan. 8 on Iraqi air base

Jan. 24, 2020 12:29 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon: 34 US troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries from Iranian missile strike Jan. 8 on Iraqi air base.
In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, image from China's CCTV video, a patient is carried on a stretcher to an ambulance by medical workers in protective suits in Wuhan, China. China is swiftly building a hospital dedicated to treating patients infected with a new virus that sickened hundreds and prompted unprecedented lockdowns of cities home to millions of people during the country's most important holiday. (CCTV via AP)

China expands lockdown against virus, fast-tracks hospital

Jan. 24, 2020 12:24 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China expanded its lockdown against the deadly new virus to an unprecedented 36 million people and rushed to build a prefabricated, 1,000-bed hospital for victims Friday as the outbreak cast a pall over Lunar New Year, the country's biggest, most festive holiday. The number of confirmed...

Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gather in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Thousands of supporters of an influential, radical Shiite cleric gathered Friday in central Baghdad for a rally to demand that American troops leave the country amid heightened anti-US sentiment after a drone strike ordered by Washington earlier this month killed a top Iranian general in the Iraqi capital. (AP Photo)

Iraqis rally against US troops, demanding they leave

Jan. 24, 2020 12:21 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Waving national flags and banners denouncing U.S. President Donald Trump, tens of thousands of Iraqis marched peacefully through Baghdad on Friday to demand the ouster of U.S. troops from their country in a protest organized by a populist Shiite cleric. Later Friday night, two...

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined from left by Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., talks to reporters about the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in Washington, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats argue Trump's blocking of probe rates removal, too

Jan. 24, 2020 12:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic House prosecutors are launching their final arguments Friday at Donald Trump's impeachment trial after an impassioned plea to senators to convict him because in the U.S. “right matters.” As Democrats press their case before skeptical Republican senators for the...

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2020, file photo specialist Brian Giannettino works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 24. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Stocks fall as fears about deadly virus grow; Dow drops 125

Jan. 24, 2020 12:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell in midday trading Friday over increased fears that a deadly virus could continue spreading globally. A Chicago woman has become the second U.S. patient diagnosed with the new virus from China, health officials said. Health authorities worldwide have been taking measures to...

Central American migrants walk carrying a handmade U.S. flag and banners, after crossing the Suchiate River from Guatemala in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Hundreds of Central American migrants hoping to reach the United States marooned in Guatemala walked en masse across the river leading to Mexico in a second attempt to convince authorities there to allow them passage through the country. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Normalcy returns to Guatemala-Mexico border after caravan

Jan. 24, 2020 10:46 AM EST

FRONTERA HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — From the roadside stand where his family sells mole, barbecue and chicken stew, Miguel Ángel Vázquez has seen all the caravans of Central American migrants and asylum seekers stream past his front door in recent years, throngs of people driven to flee poverty and...

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates after defeating Australia's John Millman in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Federer tops Australia's Millman in 5 sets at Melbourne Park

Jan. 24, 2020 10:28 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — This was the sort of match, riveting and rollicking, that keeps Roger Federer in tennis — even with all of those Grand Slam titles and other accomplishments, even at age 38, even with two sets of twins to raise. Two points from defeat at the Australian Open, in a packed...