L. Carol Ritchie

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Crowds Jam St. Peter's For Historic Day Of Four Popes

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of people filled St. Peter's Square and the streets of Rome on Sunday to witness the extraordinary sight of two popes — one reigning and one retired — declaring two of their predecessors as saints.

The ceremony was the first time two pontiffs — John XXIII and ...


S. Korea Prime Minister Offers Resignation Over Ferry Sinking

Saturday, April 26, 2014

South Korea's prime minister says he will resign over the ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing — and left the victims' families in anguish for days, as fruitless rescue attempts were made.

Chung Hong-won also apologized to a country increasingly angry over the handling of ...


Obama Tours Mudslide Devastation, Pledges Solidarity With Families

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

President Obama, aboard Marine One, took an aerial tour of devastation caused by a massive mudslide a month ago that left at least 41 people dead near the town of Oso, Wash.

The president, who made a stop in the state on his way to Japan for the start of ...


Relatives Grieve As Divers Pull Bodies From S. Korean Ferry

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The recovery operation at the site of a sunken ferry off the South Korean coast continues Sunday, as police boats brought bodies ashore to the deafening cries and screams of family members, said CNN.

The grim work is just beginning: About 250 people are still missing. The death ...


In Jordan Spieth, Golf World Looks For Its Next Tiger — Again

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The golf world loves discovering a player who might be the Next Big Thing, someone who could take Tiger Woods' place someday as world's best golfer.

This weekend's Masters at Augusta National could be on the verge of serving up the newest candidate.

Jordan Spieth, who was tied for the ...


Kentucky To Play UConn In NCAA Final

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Eighth-seeded Kentucky will face seventh-seeded UConn in an unlikely NCAA title matchup Monday with the highest combined rankings in tournament history. Neither team was even in the tournament last year.

UConn roared past Florida, the tournament's overall No. 1 seed, and Kentucky pulled off a one-point thriller in the final ...


Defying Taliban Threats, Afghans Vote For Next Leader

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Millions of Afghans lined up to vote for a new president Saturday, despite warnings of violence from the Taliban.

Saturday's historic vote begins what would be the first democratic transfer of power for Afghanistan; President Hamid Karzai has served for two terms and is not allowed to run for a ...


More Satellite Images, But Still No Sure Sign Of Missing Jet

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Update at 11:15 a.m. ET. "The Object Was Not Sighted" Today Australian Authorities Say:

Aircraft searching the Indian Ocean on Saturday for any sign of a Malaysia Airlines jet that's been missing for two weeks did not spot the large object seen in a newly analyzed satellite image,


Prime Minister: 'Deliberate Action' Disabled Missing Jet's Systems

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Malaysia's prime minister says he is now certain that someone disabled the communication systems on the passenger jet that disappeared last week with 239 people aboard.

The missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flew more than six and a half hours after its last communication with air traffic control, Malaysia's Prime ...


Modern Mardi Gras Is Fun For The Whole(some) Family

Monday, March 03, 2014

It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and I'm going with my kids.

"What?" you may ask. "That festival of drunken debauchery?"

That's where you're wrong. For the fourth year in a row, we were at the family-oriented, kid-friendly celebration that's joyous, musical, raucous — and entirely legal.

The kids mingle ...


Head Of Ukrainian Parliament Assumes Presidential Power

Sunday, February 23, 2014

This post was updated at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's opponents are moving quickly to take government power, although no one is certain how permanent those moves will be.

The Ukrainian legislature has voted to give the president's powers temporarily to the Parliament speaker, Oleksandr Turchinov.

On Sunday, ...


Ukrainian President Voted Out; Opposition Leader Freed

Saturday, February 22, 2014

This post was updated at 3:10 p.m. ET.

Ukraine's parliament has voted to push President Viktor Yanukovych out of office hours after he fled the capital and denounced events in the country as "a coup d'etat" in a television interview.

The legislature also voted to release Yanukovych's jailed arch-rival, former ...


Four-Legged Athletes Compete With Olympic-Sized Heart

Sunday, February 09, 2014

In Sochi this week, athletes are competing in a display of human grace and skill. Many will win. Many more will lose, and many tears will be shed.

In New York Saturday night, athletes of a different breed competed in a display of canine finesse and dexterity. Many won. If ...


Christie On Bridge Closure: 'The Answer Is Still The Same'

Monday, February 03, 2014

First there were revelations — and an apology from the New Jersey governor — that his aides had punished the mayor of Fort Lee by closing lanes that lead to the George Washington Bridge.

Then came the claim that Chris Christie himself knew about the closures, ...


IMF, UN Staff Among 21 Killed In Kabul Restaurant Attack

Saturday, January 18, 2014

A suicide attack at a Kabul restaurant popular with foreign nationals killed at least 21 people on Friday, including the country director for the International Monetary Fund and four United Nations employees.

The attacker exploded a bomb at the restaurant gates, clearing the way for two gunmen to enter and ...


Thousands Still Without Power As More Snow Due To Fall

Sunday, December 29, 2013

A massive post-Christmas package of precipitation is headed up the East Coast today. The storm is predicted to dump snow and ice from Boston on up and promises to vex residents already a week without power since the last winter storm.

The storm is carrying drenching rain through the Carolinas, ...


Four U.S. Military Personnel Held By Libyan Government Released

Friday, December 27, 2013

Updated 11:14 p.m. EDT

Reuters is reporting that the four American military personnel detained earlier Friday night have been released.

The Reuters report quotes an anonymous U.S. defense official.

More than two years after the fall of Moammar Gadhafi, Libya is plagued by security issues and awash heavy weapons in ...


Winter Storm Moves Into Mid-Atlantic

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Freezing rain has been creeping across Tennessee on its way to the mid-Atlantic as the stunning cold, snow and ice that gripped Texas and the west on Saturday advance eastward.

The storm is expected to turn Virginia and Pennsylvania into an icy mess today and scrabble north into New York ...


Thousands Feared Dead After Typhoon Haiyan

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The vicious typhoon that raged through the center of the Philippines appears to have killed hundreds, if not thousands of people, and officials were reportedly struggling Sunday to distribute aid to survivors left homeless and destitute.

Deaths in the province of Leyte — mainly from drowning and collapsed buildings — ...


Mandela Is Released From The Hospital

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Former South African President Nelson Mandel was released from a hospital where he has been treated for a recurring lung infection since June 8.

His condition remains critical, but doctors feel he can still receive intensive care at home, the government said.

"Madiba's condition remains critical and is ...