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US, Japan say Pacific trade talks make headway

TOKYO (AP) -- Closing two days of around the clock negotiations, U.S. officials said Friday that they reached a breakthrough with Japan to move forward a stalled regional trade pact even though gaps remain that could still upend a final agreement....

Study: US manufacturers gaining competitiveness

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. manufacturers have grown more competitive over the past decade compared with factories in China, Brazil and most of the world's other major economies....

APNewsBreak: Ecuador expels US military group

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuador has ordered all 20 Defense Department employees in the U.S. Embassy's military group to leave the country by month's end, The Associated Press has learned....

Vatican: Pope's private calls don't reflect policy

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- What Pope Francis may tell Catholics in private telephone conversations doesn't reflect church policy, the Vatican's spokesman said Thursday....

Vatican: Pope's private calls don't reflect policy

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The Vatican's spokesman says that what Pope Francis reportedly tells Catholics in private conversations doesn't reflect church policy....

Vatican: Pope's private calls don't reflect policy

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The Vatican's spokesman says that what Pope Francis reportedly tells Catholics in private conversations doesn't reflect church policy....

Czech man faces fine after near miss with train

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Czech police say a man faces a fine after having a near miss with a train while walking over a level crossing....

Czech man faces fine after near miss with train

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Czech police say a man faces a fine after having a near miss with a train while walking over a level crossing....

Martyrs, miracles and the stuff of making saints

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Catholic Church makes saints to give the faithful role models. The process is cloaked in secrecy and open to criticism, given that it deals with science-defying miracles and notoriously politicized choices. In Sunday's dual papal canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII, it also involves rule-breaking, fast-track procedures....

Martyrs, miracles and the stuff of making saints

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Catholic Church makes saints to give the faithful role models. The process is cloaked in secrecy and open to criticism, given that it deals with science-defying miracles and notoriously politicized choices. In Sunday's dual papal canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII, it also involves rule-breaking, fast-track procedures....