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Strong emotions as Obama visits grieving Oregon town

Gun-rights activists and others gave voice to strong emotions on Friday when President Barack Obama came to meet privately with grieving families whose loved ones were killed on a college campus in Roseburg, Oregon.

Pressure builds on Paul Ryan to run for House speaker

The pressure is on Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2012, to run for House speaker in the chaotic aftermath of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s sudden decision to abandon his campaign for the post.

Overhaul of Florida’s districts hurts would-be House speaker

A Florida judge called Friday for a sweeping overhaul of the state’s 27 congressional districts, including one held by one of the Republicans seeking to become the next U.S. House speaker.

Pentagon giving up on building new Syrian rebel force

The U.S. is abandoning its goal of having America’s military train a new force of moderate Syrian rebels, turning its focus to equipping, arming and supporting established groups already fighting against the Islamic State group inside Syria, officials said Friday.

Israel struggles to contain wave of stabbing attacks

The U.N. Security Council is urging the use of unarmed drones in the peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, but the government there says that could cause “disagreement and hostility” as a peace deal tries to take hold.

Pope turns bishops’ attention to family crises in Mideast

Pope Francis directed the attention of the world’s bishops to real-world crises Friday by denouncing the escalation of conflicts in Syria and Iraq and urging greater diplomacy to end the “humanitarian crisis of enormous proportions.”

North Korea readies massive anniversary celebration

North Korea is holding what is expected to be one of its biggest celebrations ever Saturday for the 70th anniversary of its ruling party’s creation, an attention-getting event that is the government’s way of showing the world and its own people the Kim dynasty — now in its third generation — is firmly in control and its military a power to be reckoned with.

Nobel Peace Prize boosts struggling Tunisian democracy

It was the fall of 2013 and Tunisia’s newfound democracy was in grave danger.

Anti-violence programs shut down as Chicago shootings climb

Captured in a documentary that brought national attention to Chicago’s violence, Operation CeaseFire deployed former gang members and felons to intervene in feuds that too often ended in fatal gunfire on the city’s streets.

Officials: Broken rail caused West Virginia train derailment

A fiery oil train derailment in southern West Virginia last February resulted from a broken rail that started with a crack that should have been detected but was missed in two inspections, federal investigators said Friday.

Farmers look at devastating losses as flood rolls downstream

Thad Wimberly tugs on a clump of peanuts, shaking off the mud as he cracks the soggy shells to inspect his crop.

Trio of suicides leaves Alaska village in grief

An entire village on Alaska’s western coast is grieving the back-to-back suicides of three young adults —with each subsequent death influenced by the preceding one.

More, smaller icebergs could show up in Alaska tanker lanes

Icebergs that threaten tankers carrying oil from the trans-Alaska pipeline are likely to be smaller but more numerous over the next two decades, according to a study by a citizens oversight group.

Trio use stolen gun to rob, kill 2 in Northern California

A homeless trio used a handgun stolen from an unlocked car to rob and kill a yoga teacher and a backpacker in California, authorities said Friday.

Analysis: GOP is party desperately in search of a leader

The GOP is a party in chaos, desperately in search of a leader.

Egypt to restore King Tut mask after botched epoxy job

The restoration of King Tutankhamun’s world-famous golden mask will begin Saturday, over a year after the beard was accidentally broken off and hastily glued back with epoxy, Egypt’s state-run news agency said Friday.

Million Man March anniversary inspires memories

The Million Man March is remembered by many who were there as a watershed event, despite the fact its impact on the way America regards African-American men remains an open question 20 years later.

1 dead, 3 wounded in shooting at Northern Arizona University

An overnight confrontation between two groups of students escalated into violence Friday when a freshman at Northern Arizona University opened fire on four fraternity members, killing one and wounding three, authorities said.

US stocks waver, still on track for best week this year

Stocks are little changed late-afternoon trading Friday, but the market is still on track to close out its best week this year.

Alabama school system uses gun-sniffing dogs to find threats

A black lab, QT, and Hoss, a German spotted pointer, are part of a pilot program with Calhoun County Schools that combines a different way of detecting threats with scientific know-how developed in Alabama.