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FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 file photo, Afghans inspect damage of Ahmadi family house after U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Pentagon retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday, Sept. 17, that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed.

U.S. vows to pay relatives of Afghans killed in drone strike

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 file photo, Afghans inspect damage of Ahmadi family house after U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Pentagon retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday, Sept. 17, that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed.

October 16, 2021, 12:29pm Latest News

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Defense Department said Friday that it is committed to offering condolence payments to relatives of the 10 people who were killed in an errant U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, in August. Read story

Damaged wall of a mosque is seen following a suicide bombers attack in the city of Kandahar, southwest Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.  Suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan that was packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers, killing several people and wounding others, according to a hospital official and a witness.

Islamic State claims mosque bombing in south Afghanistan

Damaged wall of a mosque is seen following a suicide bombers attack in the city of Kandahar, southwest Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.  Suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan that was packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers, killing several people and wounding others, according to a hospital official and a witness.

October 16, 2021, 12:20pm Latest News

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing on a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan that killed 47 people and wounded scores more. Relatives laid the bodies of the victims to rest Saturday and called on the Taliban to protect them. Read story

A woman walks past houses by Lake Batur which were damaged by an earthquake-triggered landslide in Bangli, on the island of Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. A few people were killed and another several were injured when a moderately strong earthquake and an aftershock hit the island early Saturday.

Moderate earthquake rocks Bali, killing at least 3

A woman walks past houses by Lake Batur which were damaged by an earthquake-triggered landslide in Bangli, on the island of Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. A few people were killed and another several were injured when a moderately strong earthquake and an aftershock hit the island early Saturday.

October 16, 2021, 12:18pm Latest News

DENPASAR, Indonesia — A moderately strong earthquake and an aftershock hit Indonesia’s resort island of Bali early Saturday, killing at least three people and destroying dozens of homes. Read story

In this July 1908 photograph provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office, the U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear sits at anchor while on Bering Sea patrol off Alaska. The wreckage of the storied vessel that served in two World Wars and patrolled frigid Arctic waters for decades, has been found, the Coast Guard said Thursday. (U.S.

Wreck found in Atlantic is storied cutter

In this July 1908 photograph provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office, the U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear sits at anchor while on Bering Sea patrol off Alaska. The wreckage of the storied vessel that served in two World Wars and patrolled frigid Arctic waters for decades, has been found, the Coast Guard said Thursday. (U.S.

October 16, 2021, 6:00am Nation & World

BOSTON — The wreck of a storied military ship that served in two World Wars, performed patrols in waters off Alaska for decades, and at one point was captained by the first Black man to command a U.S. government vessel has been found, the Coast Guard said Thursday. Read story

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2021 file photo people participate in the Houston Women's March against Texas abortion ban walk from Discovery Green to City Hall in Houston.  A federal appeals court is temporarily allowing the nation's toughest abortion law to resume in Texas. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the order Friday, Oct. 8.

DOJ will ask court to halt Texas abortion law

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2021 file photo people participate in the Houston Women's March against Texas abortion ban walk from Discovery Green to City Hall in Houston.  A federal appeals court is temporarily allowing the nation's toughest abortion law to resume in Texas. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the order Friday, Oct. 8.

October 15, 2021, 7:54pm Nation & World

AUSTIN, Texas — The Biden administration said Friday it will turn next to the U.S. Supreme Court in another attempt to halt a Texas law that has banned most abortions since September. Read story

An air tanker drops retardant on a wildfire Wednesday in Goleta, Calif. Firefighters reported Friday the Alisal Fire containment jumped to 41 percent. Officials reopened U.S. 101, the region's main highway, and a rail line that runs next to the highway, Thursday. (Ringo H.W.

Firefighters report progress coralling big California wildfire

An air tanker drops retardant on a wildfire Wednesday in Goleta, Calif. Firefighters reported Friday the Alisal Fire containment jumped to 41 percent. Officials reopened U.S. 101, the region's main highway, and a rail line that runs next to the highway, Thursday. (Ringo H.W.

October 15, 2021, 5:04pm Nation & World

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters reported significant progress in corralling a wildfire in Southern California coastal mountains on Friday. Read story

The spaceship Shenzhou-13, atop a Long March-2F carrier rocket, is launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center today in northwest China's Gobi Desert.

China launches 3 astronauts on 6-month space station mission

The spaceship Shenzhou-13, atop a Long March-2F carrier rocket, is launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center today in northwest China's Gobi Desert.

October 15, 2021, 4:09pm Nation & World

BEIJING (AP) — China today sent three astronauts to its space station for a record-setting six-month stay as the country moves toward completing the new orbiting outpost Read story

FILE - In this June 15, 2021, file photo, Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, delivers the executive committee report during the annual denomination's annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Floyd is resigning after weeks of internal division over how best to handle an investigation into the denomination's response to sexual abuse reports. Floyd announced his departure Thursday, Oct. 14, in a statement critical of recent decisions related to the third-party review that is getting underway. He said he will leave the post at the end of the month.

Southern Baptist leader resigns amid rifts over sex abuse

FILE - In this June 15, 2021, file photo, Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, delivers the executive committee report during the annual denomination's annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Floyd is resigning after weeks of internal division over how best to handle an investigation into the denomination's response to sexual abuse reports. Floyd announced his departure Thursday, Oct. 14, in a statement critical of recent decisions related to the third-party review that is getting underway. He said he will leave the post at the end of the month.

October 15, 2021, 3:55pm Churches & Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A top Southern Baptist Convention administrator is resigning amid internal rifts over how to handle an investigation into the SBC's response to sexual abuse, a decision that underscores the broader ongoing turmoil in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Read story

A late-19th century photo provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows Francis Amasa Walker, the third president of MIT. Walker helped usher the struggling school into national prominence, but the former Civil War general and former head of the U.S. office of Indian Affairs also authored "The Indian Question," a treatise on Native Americans that helped cement the young nation's system of forcibly removing tribes from their native lands to live on far flung, remote reservations. Native American students and their supporters want the university to rename Walker Memorial, a classical-style building named in his honor.

MIT grapples with early leader’s stance on Native Americans

A late-19th century photo provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows Francis Amasa Walker, the third president of MIT. Walker helped usher the struggling school into national prominence, but the former Civil War general and former head of the U.S. office of Indian Affairs also authored "The Indian Question," a treatise on Native Americans that helped cement the young nation's system of forcibly removing tribes from their native lands to live on far flung, remote reservations. Native American students and their supporters want the university to rename Walker Memorial, a classical-style building named in his honor.

October 15, 2021, 2:45pm Nation & World

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — As the third president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Francis Amasa Walker helped usher the school into national prominence in the late 1800s. Read story

FILE - In this June 6, 2021 file photo, a youth receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the central Israeli city of Rishon LeZion. The pharmaceuticals Pfizer and BioNTech say they have requested that their coronavirus vaccine be licensed for children aged 5 to 11 across the European Union. If authorized, it would be the first opportunity for younger children in Europe to be get immunized against COVID-19.

U.S.: States can order COVID shots for younger kids next week

FILE - In this June 6, 2021 file photo, a youth receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the central Israeli city of Rishon LeZion. The pharmaceuticals Pfizer and BioNTech say they have requested that their coronavirus vaccine be licensed for children aged 5 to 11 across the European Union. If authorized, it would be the first opportunity for younger children in Europe to be get immunized against COVID-19.

October 15, 2021, 2:06pm Health

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are setting the stage for a national COVID-19 vaccination campaign for younger children, inviting state officials to order doses before the shots are authorized. Read story