VATICAN CITY | Pope urges Chinese Catholics to trust, reconcile after deal

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged Chinese Catholics on Wednesday to trust him and make concrete gestures of reconciliation following a landmark deal over bishop appointments that is aimed at ending decades of estrangement between the Vatican and Beijing. In a letter to the Chinese faithful, Francis also called for greater dialogue between local priests … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope urges Chinese Catholics to trust, reconcile after deal

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: SENATE GOP BEGINNING TO SCHEDULE KAVANAUGH VOTES Mitch McConnell predicted the Supreme Court nominee would win approval despite uncertainty about how pivotal Republicans would vote in a roll call now expected early next week. HOW FRIENDS DESCRIBE KAVANAUGH’S … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

JUNEAU, Alaska | Alaska governor declares emergency for native languages

JUNEAU, Alaska — Gov. Bill Walker has declared an emergency for Alaska Native languages, aiming to promote and preserve all 20 recognized indigenous languages in the state. The order signed this week directs the state education commissioner to work with partners to promote indigenous languages in public education, KTOO Public Media in Juneau reported . … Continue reading JUNEAU, Alaska | Alaska governor declares emergency for native languages

LONDON | Westminster Abbey gets Hockney-designed stained glass window

LONDON — A stained glass window by artist David Hockney, based on a design he sketched on an iPad, has been unveiled at London’s ancient Westminster Abbey. The window was commissioned to celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and depicts a landscape of blossoming hawthorn trees in hues of blue, green, yellow, orange and … Continue reading LONDON | Westminster Abbey gets Hockney-designed stained glass window

NORRISTOWN, Pa. | Cosby’s defenders decry him as victim of racism and sexism

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A publicist for the once-beloved Bill Cosby complained that his conviction and three- to 10-year prison term for sexual assault stem from a racist and sexist justice system, as the defense vowed to appeal the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. Cosby, 81, spent his first night alone in a Pennsylvania … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa. | Cosby’s defenders decry him as victim of racism and sexism

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France | McIlroy says Tiger Woods 1 of 12 Americans at Ryder Cup

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Rory McIlroy says the goal for Europe in the Ryder Cup is to beat the Americans, not just Tiger Woods. McIlroy was paired in the final group with Woods at East Lake when the 14-time major champion won for the first time in more than five years. Woods has been the dominant … Continue reading SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France | McIlroy says Tiger Woods 1 of 12 Americans at Ryder Cup

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France | ‘Everyone loves Sergio’: Garcia proving worth at Ryder Cup

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France  — As the missed cuts mounted, Sergio Garcia started to fear his status as a constant in Europe’s Ryder Cup team was coming to an end. He was a major champion at long last. His Ryder Cup record — 22 1/2 points in eight appearances — spoke for itself. His gravitas in European … Continue reading SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France | ‘Everyone loves Sergio’: Garcia proving worth at Ryder Cup

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain | It’s elimination day at the Women’s World Cup

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain — Win or go home, that’s what at stake on Wednesday in the quarterfinal qualifier round. Four games are on the schedule, with Japan against China starting the competition. Nigeria will then play Greece, France faces Turkey and Spain meets Senegal. The two Asian nations are no strangers, having faced … Continue reading SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain | It’s elimination day at the Women’s World Cup