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

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 and government authorities to ensure that ordinary church activities can be carried out, while encouraging the opening of “a new chapter” in official bilateral cooperation.

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10 Things to Know for Today

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  1. 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.
  2. HOW FRIENDS DESCRIBE KAVANAUGH’S SECOND ACCUSER
    Deborah Ramirez is being called by those who know her as intensely private and one who rarely talks about her days at Yale University in the 1980s.

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JUNEAU, Alaska | Alaska governor declares emergency for native languages

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 .

It also directs the state to use traditional Alaska Native place names on public signs. The order instructs state commissioners to designate a tribal liaison tasked with producing a plan to boost collaboration with Alaska Native partners.

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LONDON | Westminster Abbey gets Hockney-designed stained glass window

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 red.

The 81-year-old artist, known for depicting sun-dappled Los Angeles swimming pools and wooded English hills, took inspiration from the monarch’s love of the countryside and the landscape of his native county of Yorkshire.

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

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 prison after being accustomed to a life filled with handlers and household help. He could eventually be sent to a state prison that has separate units for geriatric prisoners and programs for sex offenders.

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

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 figure in golf for the better part of two decades, and he created an enormous buzz with his 80th career victory.

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SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France | ‘Everyone loves Sergio’: Garcia proving worth 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 golf was not in question.

But his form wasn’t quite there and he knew it.

“It feels like it’s kind of getting a little farther away,” Garcia said, recalling the doubts that set in after failing to make the weekend in all four majors.

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SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain | It’s elimination day at the Women’s World 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 off many times in recent years. Japan has had the better of the rivalry lately by winning the last three Asia Cups.

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Federal Reserve Board News: Federal Reserve Board announces approval of application by Compass Bank

Federal Reserve Board News: Federal Reserve Board announces approval of application by Compass Bank

WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced its approval of the application under section 9 of the Federal Reserve Act by Compass Bank, Birmingham, Alabama, to establish a branch in Houston, Texas.

Board’s order relating to this action: PDF

SOURCE: news provided by FEDERALRESERVE.ORG on September 25, 2018

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WASHINGTON | Senate panel to hear from internet execs on privacy policies

WASHINGTON | Senate panel to hear from internet execs on privacy policies

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is hoping Congress can come up with a new set of national rules governing how companies can use consumers’ data that finds a balance between “privacy and prosperity.”

But it will be tricky to reconcile the concerns of privacy advocates who want people to have more control over the usage of their personal data — where they’ve been, what they view, who their friends are —and the powerful companies that mine it for profit.

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