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Pope calls on Christians to abolish death penalty

"The commandment, 'Thou shalt not kill,' has absolute value, and concerns both the innocent and the guilty," Pope Francis says.

Here's the immigration rule Clinton, Sanders say they oppose

It's often called the “three- and 10-year bar.” The rule prevents immigrants who've lived in the US without legal status from coming back legally for up to 10 years.

Pope suggests contraception can be condoned in Zika crisis

Pope Francis said Wednesday there's a clear moral difference between aborting a fetus and preventing a pregnancy and that "avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil."

Coliseum vs. Colosseum: LA's 2024 Olympic bid competition

Los Angeles, Paris, Rome and Budapest, Hungary, delivered their first detailed bid files to the International Olympic Committee by Wednesday's deadline. See what they're pitching.

Trade, human rights, China form backdrop at ASEAN summit

President Obama and leaders from 10 Southeast Asian nations met in SoCal amid the hot-button issues of trade, security and the rising influence of China.

Obama uses Rancho Mirage's Sunnylands as Western White House

President will turn 200-acre estate into a center of international diplomacy as he welcomes Southeast Asian leaders to two-day summit about economic and regional security issues.

Love, lost and found: 'Things just fell into place'

Old high school sweethearts just happened to find each other on social media at the right time. Like a Cinderella story with a modern twist, the two reunite decades later.

Reaction: The death of Justice Antonin Scalia

Politicians and government leaders issue their thoughts on the passing of the outspoken court justice.

Justice Antonin Scalia, known for biting dissents, dies at 79

Perhaps the leading voice of uncompromising conservatism on the nation's highest court, he was found dead Saturday while staying at a luxury ranch in West Texas.

Scalia death sparks election-year fight over filling vacancy

Heated election-year fight immediately begins over whether President Obama should fill the high court vacancy. Republicans argue the nomination should fall to the next president.

​In victory or dissent, Scalia was a man of strong opinions

The late Supreme Court justice deeply influenced a generation of conservative legal thinkers and was a lightning rod for criticism from the left almost from the moment President Reagan put him on the court in 1986.

Sorry, sushi burrito: Japanese program certifies authentic cuisine

In a world of California rolls and Big Mac sushi, Japan is launching a new program to certify the 89,000 Japanese restaurants outside the country that uphold traditional washoku cuisine values.

How to get dads to take parental leave? Seeing other dads do it

In California, paid leave has been available to working parents since 2004. Seventeen percent of California men took leave the first year it was offered; 26 percent did five years later.

International community sharply criticizes North Korea's rocket launch

"Irresponsible," "senseless," "deplorable," "destabilizing," "totally unacceptable": Nations from the U.S. to Russia have denounced the launch, which violates U.N. Security Council resolutions.

North Korea rocket launch seen as covert missile test

The launch follows North Korea's widely disputed claim last month to have tested a hydrogen bomb.

North Korea moves up planned rocket launch to next week

Pyongyang says it will be launching an "observation satellite," but many nations view the launch as a concealed long-range missile test. The launch had previously been scheduled between Feb. 8 and 25.