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Papal visit puts Andes presidents' eco-record under scrutiny

AGUARAGUE NATIONAL PARK, Bolivia -- In the vine-entangled forests of the Aguarague National Park, crude that seeped for decades out of abandoned wellheads saturates the soil and has stained the bedrock of creeks that provide water to the indigenous Guarani who live nearby.

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Forgiveness of Charleston church shooter prompts discussion

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night's revival to ponder the idea of forgiving the white man accused of killing nine of the historic black church's members, including the pastor.

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Texas wants its gold back inside the state's borders

AUSTIN, Texas -- Forget Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve. Texas has decided to start keeping its gold holdings within in its own borders. But what makes sense politically in such a sovereignty-loving place is creating a logistical conundrum.

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After year of Washington legal pot sales, taxes top $70M

SEATTLE -- Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day.

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Catholic leaders press GOP to heed pope on climate, poor

ANKENY, Iowa -- Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa implored candidates for president Thursday to take up Pope Francis' call for "profound political courage" by focusing their campaigns as much on improving the environment and income inequality as they have on opposing gay marriage and abortion in past elections.

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Greek campaigns, neck and neck, reach dramatic finale

ATHENS, Greece -- Greeks packed city squares for dueling rallies late into the night Friday, as polls showed a dead heat between the 'yes' and 'no' camps ahead of a bailout referendum Sunday that could be Greece's most important vote since it joined the European Union.

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