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Mormon church issues call for calm as 'blood moon' sparks apocalypse fears

Blood moonA rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the faithful to not get caught up in speculation about a major calamity.

Sunday night’s “blood moon” and recent natural disasters and political unrest around the world have led to a rise in sales at emergency-preparedness retailers.


At Philly's Independence Mall, Pope Francis Offers His Definition Of Religious Freedom

Pope FrancesPope Francis addressed thousands of people gathered at Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall on Saturday afternoon, just feet away from the building where the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution were adopted.

In his speech, the pope tied America's founding to the cause of religious freedom, championing diversity and “compassion for those in need.”


New York governor calls for national gun control in eulogy for aide

Andrew CuomoNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo renewed his call for national gun control legislation on Saturday as he delivered a eulogy for the top state attorney who was fatally wounded by a stray bullet in Brooklyn earlier this month.

State officials and family members gathered at Brooklyn's Emmanuel Baptist Church in a private service for Carey Gabay, 43, who was struck in the head at a pre-dawn outdoor celebration on Sept. 7 before the annual West Indian Day parade, an event plagued by violence in recent years.


Judge: Mentally disabled immigrants may return to U.S., reopen deportation cases

Border patrolHundreds of mentally disabled immigrant detainees deported after representing themselves in immigration court may return to the United States for a second chance to contest their expulsion, a judge ruled Friday.

U.S. District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee approved a class-action lawsuit settlement, clearing the way for immigrants with "serious mental disabilities" to request their cases be reopened. If approved, the United States will pay for transportation in some cases.


Obama welcomes Xi to the White House

Xi welcomed to White HousePresident Obama formally welcomed Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to the White House on Friday for tense talks that touch on cyber spying, military policy, economic issues, and climate change.

"Even as our nations cooperate, I believe -- and I know you agree -- that we must address our differences candidly," Obama told Xi during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House.


Saudi prince arrested in alleged Beverly Hills sex crime

saudi Prince arrestedA Saudi Arabian prince has been arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly forcing a worker at a Beverly Hills mansion to perform a sex act on him.

Los Angeles police said Majed Abdulaziz al-Saud, 28, was arrested on Wednesday and released the following day after posting a $300,000 (£197,000) bond .

He is scheduled to appear in court on October 19 to face a charge of "forced oral copulation".


At least 2 killed, 9 critically injured in Seattle ‘Ride the Ducks’ crash

Seattle bridge tourist bush crashRescue crews were called to the scene of a serious crash involving a bus and a ‘Ride the Ducks’ vehicle on the Aurora Bridge late Thursday morning.

The crash, that occurred around 11:15 a.m., blocked all northbound and southbound lanes of the SR 99 Bridge. At least two people were killed, and nine were critically injured in the crash, Seattle Fire said.


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