Washington, D.C.

Pope to become first to address joint session of Congress

House Speaker John Boehner announced that Pope Francis would visit the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 24 and become the first head of the Roman Catholic Church to address a joint session of Congress. "It will be a historic visit," Boehner said. The pope will arrive in Washington on Sept. 22. He will then travel to New York on Sept. 25 and speak at the United Nations. From Sept. 25 to 27, Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families conference in Philadelphia.


Harvards bans professor, undergrad sexual relationships

Harvard University has banned professors from having "sexual or romantic relationships" with undergraduates, joining a list of campuses that have taken similar steps. Many colleges discourage but don't ban sex between professors and students. But recent moves by Harvard, Yale University and the University of Connecticut suggest the tide may be turning.

south carolina

Campus locked down amid apparent murder-suicide

Two people died in an apparent murder-suicide on the University of South Carolina's campus in busy downtown Columbia. The shooting happened around 1 p.m. as students were changing classes. Even as police cars with sirens blaring rushed to the new School of Public Health and the university sent out an alert that everyone should stay inside, people were walking around campus. State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said the shooting was "very isolated" but he wouldn't say who was involved.


Singer Gary Glitter convicted of sex crimes against young girls

A British jury convicted former glam rock singer Gary Glitter of a string of sex abuse offenses against three young girls in the 1970s. Glitter, 70, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was found guilty of one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13. He will be sentenced on Feb. 27. The maximum sentence in Britain for unlawful sex with a minor is life imprisonment.


Overnight curfew, enforced for more than 10 years, is lifted

Seeking to normalize life in the embattled capital, Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that the authorities would lift a nighttime curfew in Baghdad that has been in force, with some interruptions, since 2003. Al-Abadi also barred unauthorized gunmen from entering four Baghdad neighborhoods and ordered the removal of checkpoints from some roads.


Drone kills Al-Qaida leader who encouraged Paris attack

A senior member of Al-Qaida who had issued a statement saying the group had encouraged the terrorist attacks in Paris was killed in a drone strike Saturday, the militant group said. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula said that the drone strike destroyed a car in southern Yemen, killing four members. One of them was Harith al-Nadhari, an ideologue who had praised the attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the group said.

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