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For some traditional Roman Catholics, the Latin Mass thrives

ST. LOUIS — When Pope Francis was elected, he appeared to the crowd in St. Peter’s Square without the short, red velvet cape known as a mozzetta. Some Roman Catholics immediately cried foul, worried that the pope’s decision to forgo the more formal wear signaled a threat to traditional Catholic worship.

Tropical storm makes landfall on Hawaii

HONOLULU — The first storm in a one-two punch heading for Hawaii clamored ashore overnight Friday as a weakened tropical storm, while a second system close behind it strengthened and was on track to pass north of the islands.

US airstrikes hit militants in Iraq

WASHINGTON — U.S. fighters dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq on Friday, the Pentagon said, carrying out President Barack Obama's promise of military force to counter the advancing militants and confront the threat they pose to Iraqi civilians and Americans still stationed there.

LA stowaway prompts airport security investigation

SAN FRANCISCO ­— A woman who flew from San Jose to Los Angeles without a boarding pass was a homeless loner ordered into mental treatment earlier this year because of her past attempts to sneak aboard flights, officials said.

Major provisions of veterans health care bill

A bill approved by Congress aims to alleviate delays many veterans have faced in getting treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics and end the widespread practice of covering up long wait times for appointments. The legislation also makes it easier to fire hospital administration and other senior VA executives.

Deputy VA secretary cites leadership failures

DENVER — Failed leadership is one reason some veterans hospitals are falling short as others excel, Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said.

Space probe catches comet after decadelong pursuit (with video)

DARMSTADT, Germany — Turning what seemed like a science fiction tale into reality, an unmanned probe swung alongside a comet on Wednesday after a 4 billion-mile chase through outer space over the course of a decade.

How to create better, stronger passwords

NEW YORK — News that a Russian crime ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations makes now a good time to review ways to protect yourself online.

Report: Hackers steal 1.2 billion passwords

NEW YORK — Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to a report published Tuesday.

Poll: Highway funding a rocky road

WASHINGTON — Small wonder Congress has kept federal highway and transit programs teetering on the edge of insolvency for years, unable to find a politically acceptable long-term source of funds.

Former White House press secretary Jim Brady, shot with Reagan, dies

WASHINGTON — James Brady, the affable, witty press secretary who survived a devastating head wound in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan and undertook a personal crusade for gun control, died Monday. He was 73.

Scientists feel urgency trying to find Ebola cure

SEATTLE – Scientists working on an Ebola cure say the growing outbreak in West Africa lends urgency to their mission.

New Hampshire residents heaviest drinkers in US

America’s consumption of alcohol is low compared with that in other countries, but certain U.S. states still seem quite parched.

Rare summer relief so far for gas prices

The gasoline price roller coaster is running a strange course this summer.

Job market strengthens, but many don’t feel benefits

Though unemployment has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent, the Gallup Organization has found consumers’ view of the economy is the glummest it’s been in seven months.