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1st of Tanzanian albino kids with missing limbs goes home

09/03/2015 04:49 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Kabula Nkarango Masanja returned home to Tanzania with a new American prosthetic arm replacing the limb that was chopped off with a machete by followers of African witchcraft. 
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Rock-throwing that injured teacher results in jail sentences
09/03/2015 05:19 PM EDT - LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Three young men apologized to their victim on Thursday after a judge sentenced them to time behind bars for throwing a rock from an interstate overpass, striking the woman in the head and causing her severe brain damage. Full Story

2 papal parades, more passes available after ticket outcry
09/03/2015 10:39 PM EDT - PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After an outcry over plans to keep most of Pope Francis' audience at his biggest Philadelphia events several blocks away, organizers Thursday announced the pontiff will parade through downtown twice and said they would set aside 30,000 tickets for the public to get a closer view. Full Story

Trio charged with running $54M green-energy Ponzi scheme
09/03/2015 06:54 PM EDT - PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three people were charged Thursday with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel and "carbon-negative" housing developments, neither of which were ever fully developed, federal prosecutors said. Full Story

House Dems ask pope to address poor, environment in US visit
09/03/2015 05:43 PM EDT - WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are pushing Pope Francis to address the minimum wage, hunger and the environment in his historic speech to Congress later this month, hoping his embrace will give momentum to three party priorities. Full Story

Pope visit this month presents unprecedented security issues
09/03/2015 12:59 PM EDT - NEW YORK (AP) — Those planning security for the New York City leg of the upcoming United States visit of Pope Francis have circled Sept. Full Story

Biden says he's not sure if he will seek presidency
09/03/2015 10:39 PM EDT - ATLANTA (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday he was unsure if he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination, telling a Jewish audience that his decision will hinge on whether he and his family have the "emotional energy to run. Full Story

Candidates seeking Iowa boost look to 99-county tour
09/03/2015 03:43 AM EDT - NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Is it a savvy strategy or a campaign gimmick? Many presidential candidates see a path to success in Iowa by visiting all 99 counties in the leadoff caucus state. Full Story

Big cities scramble to be prepared for an oil train disaster
09/03/2015 02:33 AM EDT - PHILADELPHIA (AP) — They rumble past schools, homes and businesses in dozens of cities around the country — 100-car trains loaded with crude oil from the Upper Midwest. Full Story

US Muslims hope new billboards reclaim Islam's message
09/03/2015 09:03 AM EDT - BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of billboards with Muslim themes are sprouting nationwide, proclaiming what organizers say is the true message of Islam and its prophet, Muhammad: peace and justice, not extremism and violent jihad. Full Story

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Onions deliver a robust soup for little effort

Talk about a vegetable that's everywhere. The humble onion is one the most common aromatic vegetables, popping up in so many ways across so many cuisines. Full Story
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VENICE WATCH: 'Beasts' teen star impresses; Tucci talks food

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Full Story