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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump challenged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to "compare IQ tests," delivering a sharp-edged ribbing that threw a bright spotlight on his seemingly shaky relationship with his top diplomat. The White House insisted the president was only joking....

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump challenged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to "compare IQ tests," delivering a sharp-edged ribbing that threw a bright spotlight on his seemingly shaky relationship with his top diplomat. The White House insisted the president was only joking....

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COUVA, Trinidad (AP) -- Twenty-eight years after the United States ended a four-decade World Cup absence with a stunning victory at Trinidad, the Americans' chances for the 2018 tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela in even more astonishing fashion....

COUVA, Trinidad (AP) -- Twenty-eight years after the United States ended a four-decade World Cup absence with a stunning victory at Trinidad, the Americans' chances for the 2018 tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela in even more astonishing fashion....

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is looking to promote his tax plan as a boon for truckers as his cross-country tour takes him to Pennsylvania for his latest stop....

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is looking to promote his tax plan as a boon for truckers as his cross-country tour takes him to Pennsylvania for his latest stop....

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan is offering his advice in the feud between President Donald Trump and Sen. Bob Corker: "Talk it out among yourselves."...

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan is offering his advice in the feud between President Donald Trump and Sen. Bob Corker: "Talk it out among yourselves."...

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A maintenance worker said Wednesday he told hotel dispatchers to call police and report a gunman had opened fire with a rifle inside Mandalay Bay before the shooter began firing from his high-rise suite into a crowd at a nearby musical performance....

A maintenance worker said Wednesday he told hotel dispatchers to call police and report a gunman had opened fire with a rifle inside Mandalay Bay before the shooter began firing from his high-rise suite into a crowd at a nearby musical performance....

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MADRID (AP) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demanded Wednesday that the leader of Catalonia clarify whether he has declared the region's independence, issuing a veiled threat that the central government could limit or rescind Catalan autonomy if he has....

MADRID (AP) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demanded Wednesday that the leader of Catalonia clarify whether he has declared the region's independence, issuing a veiled threat that the central government could limit or rescind Catalan autonomy if he has....

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MOSCOW (AP) -- Another summit, another dog....

MOSCOW (AP) -- Another summit, another dog....

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The couple behind HGTV's "Fixer Upper" is opening up about the reasons for ending the show after its fifth season, which premieres next month....

NEW YORK (AP) -- The couple behind HGTV's "Fixer Upper" is opening up about the reasons for ending the show after its fifth season, which premieres next month....

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By Matthew FowlerVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' @Pontifex Twitteraccounts reached more than 40 million followers just a few months before thefifth anniversary of when Pope Benedict XVI launched the initiative.The papal Twitter accounts, in nine different languages,have grown by over 9 million followers in the past 12 months, representing the interestand attention of "the people -- ordinary people, Christians and non-Christians,political leaders -- for the Holy Father's tweets," the VaticanSecretariat for Communication said Oct. 11.The accounts, it said, are a way for Pope Francis to personallyconnect with people around the world. "Every day, through his tweets, Pope Francis makeshimself available to men and women through social media, at times offering a spiritualthought," it said, "other times sharing with his followers areflection on events of great significance for the internationalcommunity."The secretariat's prefect, Msgr. Dario Vigano, told VaticanRadio that "the pope tak...

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' @Pontifex Twitter accounts reached more than 40 million followers just a few months before the fifth anniversary of when Pope Benedict XVI launched the initiative.

The papal Twitter accounts, in nine different languages, have grown by over 9 million followers in the past 12 months, representing the interest and attention of "the people -- ordinary people, Christians and non-Christians, political leaders -- for the Holy Father's tweets," the Vatican Secretariat for Communication said Oct. 11.

The accounts, it said, are a way for Pope Francis to personally connect with people around the world.

"Every day, through his tweets, Pope Francis makes himself available to men and women through social media, at times offering a spiritual thought," it said, "other times sharing with his followers a reflection on events of great significance for the international community."

The secretariat's prefect, Msgr. Dario Vigano, told Vatican Radio that "the pope takes great care of his social profiles, to such an extent that he closely and carefully checks all the tweets, which are then published."

It shows the pope's concern and "care for relationships" even over the internet, even though the pope has admitted he is not savvy with new technologies, Msgr. Vigano said. The pope knows, he said, that the web is "a network not of wires but of people."

In a recent report on Twitter by Twiplomacy.com, which ranks world leaders' impact on the social media platform, the @Pontifex accounts had the second-most followers among world leaders, only 200,000 followers behind the U.S. president, @realDonaldTrump. Since the report, both the president and the pope's followers have continued to grow, with Trump's account exceeding the 40.3 million mark, maintaining a tight lead over Pope Francis.

Twiplomacy ranked the pope as coming in third among world leaders with the most interactions and being the most influential because of his average of 41,000 retweets.

The pope also communicates digitally via Instagram, the social image channel. His account, @Franciscus, was approaching 5 million followers since its creation March 19, 2015. The majority of Instagram followers are from the ages of 25-34, with the United States and Brazil being the countries where it is most followed.

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IMAGE: CNS photo/Tyler OrsburnBy WASHINGTON(CNS) -- The Trump administration's newly released immigration policy proposals"do not provide the way forward for comprehensive immigration reform rooted inrespect for human life and dignity, and for the security of our citizens," saidBishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas."Theyare not reflective of our country's immigrant past, and they attack the mostvulnerable, notably unaccompanied children and many others who fleepersecution," the bishop said in an Oct. 10 statement as chairman of the U.S.Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration."Mostunfortunately, the principles fail to recognize that the family is the fundamentalbuilding block of our immigration system, our society and our church," BishopVasquez said.Hisremarks came in response to a 70-point immigration policy proposal fromPresident Donald Trump released the evening of Oct. 8. BishopVasquez also urged Congress to act quickly on a bill to legalize the Obama-eraDeferred ...

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WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Trump administration's newly released immigration policy proposals "do not provide the way forward for comprehensive immigration reform rooted in respect for human life and dignity, and for the security of our citizens," said Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas.

"They are not reflective of our country's immigrant past, and they attack the most vulnerable, notably unaccompanied children and many others who flee persecution," the bishop said in an Oct. 10 statement as chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration.

"Most unfortunately, the principles fail to recognize that the family is the fundamental building block of our immigration system, our society and our church," Bishop Vasquez said.

His remarks came in response to a 70-point immigration policy proposal from President Donald Trump released the evening of Oct. 8.

Bishop Vasquez also urged Congress to act quickly on a bill to legalize the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, and allow the approximately 800,000 youth -- known as "Dreamers" -- who have benefited from DACA stay in the country.

"We exhort Congress to take up legislation and move forward promptly to ensure true protection for Dreamers once and for all," the bishop said.

Trump said that in any bill to legalize DACA, Congress must include funding for a U.S-Mexico border wall and more Border Patrol agents -- as laid out in his policy proposals -- or he won't sign such a measure.

On Sept. 5, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the program, which began under then-President Barack Obama in 2012, would end under the Trump administration.

DACA provides a work permit and temporary reprieve from deportation for youth brought to the U.S. as children without legal permission, if they meet certain criteria. Sessions said the program was "unilateral executive amnesty," and said its beneficiaries had taken away jobs from "hundreds of thousands of Americans."

Trump campaigned on a promise that he'd get rid of the DACA program, but after Sessions' announcement on ending the program, Trump was working with Democrats to find a way to help the "Dreamers" stay in the country.

Late Sept. 13, the two top Democrats in Congress, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the minority leader in the House of Representatives, and Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader in the Senate, said they met with the president to hash out a deal, and they reportedly had agreed to "a fix."

Since the release of Trump's 70-point immigration proposal, Pelosi and Schumer have said any DACA deal with Trump was off. Trump's proposal includes 27 different suggestions on border security; 39 improvements to enforcement on immigration laws in the U.S.; and four major changes to the legal immigration system.

"Since July, Congress has introduced legislative solutions for Dreamers, including the Dream Act," Bishop Vasquez said in his statement. "The administration should focus attention on ensuring that a legislative solution for Dreamers is found as soon as possible.

"Every day that passes without that solution, these youth experience growing apprehension for their futures and their families," he continued. "Each passing day brings us all a step closer to March 2018, when DACA recipients will begin to lose legal work privileges, and far worse, face the threat of deportation and family separation."

Bishop Vasquez added: "Together with so many others of goodwill, we shall continue to offer welcome and support to these remarkable young people, and we shall not stop advocating for their permanent protection and eventual citizenship."

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