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FILE - This April 11, 2019 file photo shows Katy Perry at the 10th annual DVF Awards at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. A jury has found that Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse,” copied a 2009 Christian rap song. The nine-member federal jury in Los Angeles returned the unanimous verdict Monday, July 29, 2019. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
July 30, 2019 - 1:29 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury on Monday found that Katy Perry's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" improperly copied a 2009 Christian rap song in a unanimous decision that represented a rare takedown of a pop superstar and her elite producer by a relatively unknown artist. The verdict by a nine-member federal jury...
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Pope Francis salutes from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Sunday, July 28, 2019. Francis on Sunday bowed his head in silent prayer for the migrants, perhaps as many as 150, who perished last week in shipwrecks of smuggler’s boats near the Libyan coast. He invited faithful in St. Peter’s Square to join him in praying for the victims and their families. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
July 28, 2019 - 6:08 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is appealing for swift, decisive action by governments so that more migrants don't die at sea. Francis on Sunday bowed his head in silent prayer for the migrants, perhaps as many as 150, who perished last week in the Mediterranean Sea in shipwrecks of smugglers'...
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, is greeted by a street busker during his visit at the Old Town in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, July 26, 2019. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said in an interview Friday that he will push ahead with sweeping and potentially unpopular economic reforms, including a more business-friendly labor law, in his final term because he is no longer constrained by politics. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
July 26, 2019 - 9:02 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo said in an interview Friday that he will push ahead with sweeping and potentially unpopular economic reforms, including a more business-friendly labor law, in his final term because he is no longer constrained by politics. Widodo also told...
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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2011 file photo, Cuba's Cardinal Jaime Ortega celebrates a Mass, in Havana. Cuba's Roman Catholic Church said Friday, July 26, 2019, the former archbishop of Havana who helped organize the first papal visit to communist Cuba has died. Ortega was 83. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)
July 26, 2019 - 9:32 am
HAVANA (AP) — Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, a sugar worker's son who oversaw the first papal visit to Cuba, helped lower barriers to believers in the communist country and played a role in mediating improved U.S.-Cuba ties, died Friday at age 82. His death was announced by his successor,...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2003 file photo, guard towers and razor wire ring the compound at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., the site of the last federal execution. Democratic presidential candidates may have a delicate balancing act when dealing with the Justice Department's announcement that it will begin executing federal death row inmates for the first time since 2003. The Democratic Party is more unified in its opposition to capital punishment than in years past, but a majority of Americans continue to support the death penalty. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
July 26, 2019 - 8:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The question to Michael Dukakis, the Democratic presidential candidate in 1988, was brutally personal. "If Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?" Bernard Shaw, a CNN anchor, asked, referring to the Massachusetts...
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July 26, 2019 - 6:55 am
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Saudi Arabia has stopped issuing visas to people from Congo while citing the Ebola outbreak there, even as the World Health Organization recommends against travel restrictions. Some Muslims in Congo had planned to take part in the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia next...
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FILE - In this March 19, 2019, file photo, Aya Al-Umari wears the T-shirt that her brother, Hussein Al-Umari, 35, teased her about the last time she saw him, before he was killed on March 15 in the attack at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Aya Al-Umari says she feels like her brother will be accompanying her and will constantly be in her prayers when she travels to Mecca next month to take part in the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Al-Umari is one of 200 relatives and survivors from the Christchurch mosque shootings who is traveling to Saudi Arabia as a guest of King Salman. (AP Photo/Juliet Williams, File)
July 26, 2019 - 4:53 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Aya Al-Umari said she feels like her brother will be accompanying her and will constantly be in her prayers when she travels to Mecca next month to take part in the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Al-Umari is one of 200 relatives and survivors from the Christchurch mosque...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2019, file photo, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi chairs the opening session of the 30th Arab Summit in Tunis, Tunisia. Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, the country's first democratically elected leader, has died at 92, his office announced Thursday July 25, 2019. (Fethi Belaid/ Pool Photo via AP, File)
July 25, 2019 - 11:55 am
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, the North African country's first democratically elected leader and a symbol of the generation of Tunisians who shook off French rule in the 1950s, has died. He was 92. In a hasty ceremony hours after Essebsi died, the leader of parliament...
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July 25, 2019 - 6:16 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named a Brazilian journalist, Christiane Murray, as his deputy spokeswoman in the latest important appointment boosting the presence and prestige of women at the Vatican. The 57-year-old Murray joined Vatican Radio in 1995 and has recently been helping to...
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FILE - A 2015 file photo shows West Virginia Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, then-bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. In a news conference scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, 2019, West Virginia's Roman Catholic Diocese says it's set to discuss its "future leadership," 10 months after the resignation of Bransfield. (Scott McCloskey/The Intelligencer via AP, File)
July 23, 2019 - 7:32 am
WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Pope Francis named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan to lead the Wheeling-Charleston diocese in West Virginia on Tuesday following a scandal over the former bishop's sexual harassment of adults and lavish spending of church money. The 72-year-old Brennan replaces Bishop...
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