Facebook CEO defends refusal to take down some content

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Georgetown University, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is defending the social media platform's refusal to take down content it considers newsworthy even if it goes against their standards

Share of Americans with no religious affiliation growing

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 11, 2017 file photo, the sun sets on a Baptist church in Georgia. According to new data released Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, by the Pew Research Center, the portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christian. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christians

U.S., Turkey agree on Turkish cease-fire with Syrian Kurds

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the U.S. ambassador's residence during a news conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after their meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Ankara, Turkey. Pence says the U.S. and Turkey have agreed to a cease-fire in Syria. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Vice President Mike Pence is announcing that Turkey has agreed to a cease-fire in Syria to allow the Kurdish forces it was battling to withdraw from an area says that Turkey has agreed to a cease fire in Syria

Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, center, is greeted by Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, center left, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. Britain and the European Union reached a new tentative Brexit deal on Thursday, hoping to finally escape the acrimony, divisions and frustration of their three-year divorce battle. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Britain's prime minister and European Union leaders have reached a long-sought Brexit deal

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Plan to close notorious Rikers Island jail complex approved

FILE - In this March 16, 2011, file photo, a security fence surrounds inmate housing on the Rikers Island correctional facility in New York. New York City lawmakers are considering a plan to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex and replace it with four smaller jails. The City Council is set to vote Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 on a plan to build the jails that would replace Rikers.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

New York City lawmakers have voted to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex, which has become synonymous with violence and neglect, and replace it with four smaller jails intended to be more modern and humane

Chicago teachers strike, first day deal unlikely

Striking Chicago Public Schools teachers and supporters rally in front of CPS headquarters in downtown Chicago on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Striking teachers went on strike after their union and city officials failed to reach a contract deal in the nation's third-largest school district

Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has died

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington.  U.S. Rep. Cummings has died from complications of longtime health challenges, his office said in a statement on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah E. Cummings has died to complications from longstanding health challenges, his office said. He was 68.

In Iraq, concern that Syria chaos would bring back IS

Iraqi security forces secure the Iraq-Syria border around the Rabiaa border crossing, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Najah al-Shammari, Iraq's defense minister said that some members of the Islamic State group were able to flee northern Syria and cross into Iraq. The Iraqi official added that some of them are still at large while others were detained. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraq's defense minister has expressed concerns that the Islamic State group would take advantage of Turkey's invasion of northern Syria to destabilize Iraq

Obama endorses Trudeau in unprecedented endorsement

Canada's Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks during a campaign stop at the Botanical Garden in Montreal on Wednesday Oct. 16, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

Barack Obama is urging Canadians to re-elect Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, an apparently unprecedented endorsement of a candidate in a Canadian election by a former American president

The Louvre wants this $450 million Leonardo in its big show, but its mystery owner appears to be balking

The world's most expensive painting, the "Salvator Mundi," purportedly by Leonardo da Vinci, was supposed to go on display next week in the world's most famous museum, the Louvre, in a blockbuster exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of...

Chicago teachers to strike in nation's 3rd largest district

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates hold a press conference after members turned down the district's latest offer, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 in Chicago. Chicago parents and community groups are scrambling to prepare for a massive teachers' strike set to begin Thursday, prompting the city to preemptively cancel classes in the nation's third-largest school district. (Matthew Hendrickson/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago parents and community groups are scrambling to prepare for a massive teachers' strike set to begin Thursday, prompting the city to preemptively cancel classes in the nation's third-largest school district

Mexico: Families of slain police angry, AMLO defends policy

Relatives mourn next to the coffin containing the remain of police officer Pablo Sergio Reynel, one of the police officers killed in an apparent cartel ambush, during a memorial service in Morelia, Mexico, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. The families of the 13 slain police officers gathered to mourn their loved ones outside a funeral home in the western state of Michoacan on Tuesday, many of them angry at the government and police chiefs they believe sent them to a certain death. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Families of 13 Mexican police officers killed in an apparent cartel ambush have gathered at a funeral home in Michoacan state, many of them angry at the government and police commanders they believe sent their loved ones a certain death

Felicity Huffman starts serving prison time in college scam

FILE - This Sept. 13, 2019 file photo shows actress Felicity Huffman leaving federal court after her sentencing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal in Boston. A representative for Huffman says she reported to a federal prison in California to serve a two-week sentence on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Last month a federal judge in Boston sentenced Huffman to 14 days in prison, a $30,000 fine, 250 hours of community service and a year's probation after she pleaded guilty to fraud conspiracy for paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her daughter's SAT answers. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

"Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman has reported to a federal prison in California to serve a two-week sentence in a college admissions scandal.

EU: Brexit deal in sight but UK must still do more

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, right, shakes hands with Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney during a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EU officials are hoping a Brexit deal with Britain may be sketched out within hours, but negotiations have stretched into early Wednesday in the latest effort at producing an agreement in more than three years of false starts and sudden reversals

Former WH aide: John Bolton called Giuliani a 'hand grenade'

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, second from right, arrives to appear before a joint House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Committee on Oversight and Reform for a deposition on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

A former top White House adviser on Russia told House impeachment investigators on Monday that there were concerns at high levels of President Donald Trump's administration about Rudy Giuliani's activities in Ukraine

Giant pumpkin weighing 2,175 pounds sets California record

Leonardo Urena of Napa, Calif., reacts after learning his pumpkin weighed in at 2,175 lbs., a new California weight record on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

A 51-year-old Northern California pumpkin hobbyist has won this year's Half Moon Bay pumpkin contest

Victim's parents urge U.S. diplomat's wife to return to England for investigation

Charlotte Charles, mother of Harry Dunn, who died after his motorbike was involved in an August 2019 accident in Britain with Anne Sacoolas, wife of an American diplomat, speaks at a news conference joined by family members Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in New York. The family is seeking answers after Sacoolas returned to the United States after being granted diplomatic immunity following the crash.

The parents of a motorcyclist killed in a traffic crash with an American diplomat's wife are urging the woman to return to Britain

Hong Kong police say homemade bomb targeted officers

Protesters light their torches during a peaceful rally in central Hong Kong's business district, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. The protests that started in June over a now-shelved extradition bill have since snowballed into an anti-China campaign amid anger over what many view as Beijing's interference in Hong Kong's autonomy that was granted when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Hong Kong police say a homemade remote-controlled explosive device intended to "kill or to harm" police officers was detonated during violent protests across the territory on Sunday

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