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A girl looks away from the body of an assassinated man, who was killed by a gang member in San Salvador.

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The surreal reasons girls are disappearing in El Salvador: #15Girls


Refuse to share a pencil, reject a boy, say no to your imprisoned dad — all of these can get a teen girl killed in El Salvador's gang war.

Injured Doctors Without Borders staff are seen after an airstrike in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday. Doctors Without Borders has called the incident a war crime.

US general says Afghan forces called for Kunduz airstrike

John Campbell, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, said he was correcting initial reports that it was U.S. forces under fire from Taliban fighters. The weekend airstrike killed 22 civilians.

In the past 15 years, states have passed laws intended to reduce the toll of bullying.

Laws to stop bullying can protect teens if they're done right

Although every state in the nation now has anti-bullying laws, it wasn't clear if they have any bite in stopping bullies, until now.

The Supreme Court's new term: 5 cases to watch

A union case brought on by an O.C. public school teacher could have huge political consequences by crippling public employee unions and possibly all unions.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: US, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

The TPP is designed to encourage trade between the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

Synod could be defining moment of Francis' papacy

Sunday is the first day of a three-week meeting of Catholic bishops to tackle questions of marriage, divorce and homosexuality — issues that go to the heart of what it means to be a Catholic.

California governor signs bill closing ivory sales loophole

The measure by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, aimed to end the state's exemption for selling ivory imported before 1977.

Life ring from missing cargo ship recovered, Coast Guard says

Authorities lost contact with the El Faro, a 790-foot cargo vessel, after it sent an satellite distress message amid hurricane-force winds and waves in the Bahamas.

Pastors at forefront of helping Oregon town cope with grief

Religious faith is an important part of many people's lives in this rural part of Oregon, called by some "the Bible Belt of Oregon."

Doctors Without Borders calls Kunduz airstrike 'war crime'

Meanwhile, NATO has said that it will conduct an investigation into the attack on the city, which was briefly held by Taliban forces before being recaptured last week.

6 US airmen killed in Afghanistan plane crash identified

Also killed were five civilian passengers and an unknown number of people on the ground. The cause of the early Friday crash remains under investigation.

Oregon shooting: Authorities say gunman committed suicide

Janet Willis said her granddaughter Anastasia Boylan was wounded in the Thursday attack and pretended to be dead as Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer kept firing.

Vatican fires gay priest after he comes out on eve of bishops' meeting

Monsignor Kryztof Charamsa appeared at a news conference with his partner. In an interview he called the Church's stance on homosexuality "backwards."

Doctors Without Borders: 16 dead in Afghan clinic air strike

The dead included seven patients from the intensive care unit, among them three children, the charity said. A total of 37 people were injured.

What we know about the Oregon shooter

Authorities say they still don't have a motive for the shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College that killed 9 people and wounded 9 others.

Obama: We won't turn Syria into 'proxy war' between US and Russia

President Obama said he rejected the Russian assumption that all of those groups who oppose Syrian President Bashar Assad are terrorists.