POPE FRANCIS MEETS IN HAVANA FRI WITH HEAD OF RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH, PATRIARCH KIRILL *

IT WAS FIRST MEETING BETWEEN A POPE AND RUSSIAN PATRIARCH SINCE SPLIT BETWEEN TWO CHURCHES NEARLY 1,000 YEARS AGO *

POPE HEADED TO MEXICO LATER FRI TO BEGIN FIVE-DAY TRIP DURING WHICH HE'LL VISIT PLACES MOST AFFECTED BY POVERTY, VIOLENCE AND IMMIGRATION *

DEM PRES HOPEFUL SEN BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT) GETS BACKING OF BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT IN HIS HOME STATE *

DOZENS OF ACTIVISTS GATHERED AT VT STATEHOUSE FRI, CALLING FOR RACIAL JUSTICE AGENDA IN STATE, INCLUDING MORE HIRING OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN TEACHERS AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND MORE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR STATE AGENCY HIRING PRACTICES *

EVENT CAME DAY AFTER LONG-TIME CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER REP JOHN LEWIS (D-GA) ENDORSED HILLARY CLINTON, SAYING HE DOESN'T RECALL MEETING SANDERS DURING KEY EVENTS OF 1960S CIVIL RIGHTS ERA *

CLINTON PICKED UP ENDORSEMENT OF CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS PAC ON THURS *

TWO 15-YR-OLD FEMALE STUDENTS KILLED FRI IN SHOOTING AT HIGH SCHOOL IN PHOENIX SUBURB OF GLENDALE *

POLICE REPORTEDLY SAY BODIES WERE FOUND LYING NEXT TO EACH OTHER WITH A WEAPON NEARBY, THAT THIS IS NOT AN ACTIVE-SHOOTER SITUATION AND THAT THEY ARE NOT SEARCHING FOR OTHER SUSPECTS *

CIRCUMSTANCES OF WHAT LED TO SHOOTING ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION AND RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO GIRLS IS UNCLEAR *

HOUSE BACKS BILL TO EASE CALORIE-LABELING REQUIREMENTS BY LARGELY PARTY LINE VOTE OF 266-144 *

FDA RULES SET TO BE IMPLEMENTED BY DEC REQUIRE RESTAURANTS AND STORES THAT SELL PREPARED FOODS IN AT LEAST 20 OR MORE OUTLETS TO POST CALORIE CONTENT OF FOOD "CLEARLY AND CONSPICUOUSLY" *

LATEST MEASURE LEAVES LABELING REQUIREMENTS IN PLACE BUT MAKES IT EASIER FOR SOME BUSINESSES TO COMPLY *

DEMS ARGUE PEOPLE WANT MORE INFO, NOT LESS, WHEN DECIDING WHAT TO EAT, WHILE REPUBS SAY LABELING RULES ARE TOO BURDENSOME *

BILL NOW MOVES TO SENATE, WHERE ITS FATE IS UNCERTAIN *

CONGRESS SENDS PRES OBAMA LEGISLATION AIMED AT PUNISHING N KOREA FOR PUSHING AHEAD WITH ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM *

HOUSE VOTED 408-2 FRI TO IMPOSE MORE STRINGENT SANCTIONS ON N KOREA FOR ITS RECENT FOURTH NUCLEAR TEST AND SUN'S LAUNCH OF ROCKET SEEN BY WEST AS COVER FOR BANNED BALLISTIC-MISSILE TEST *

BILL PASSED THE SENATE EARLIER THIS WEEK *

U.S. AND CUBA TO SIGN AGREEMENT ON RESTARTING COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE SHORTLY AFTER CUBA'S 1959 COMMUNIST REVOLUTION *

U.S. OFFICIALS SAY DEAL WILL BE SIGNED NEXT WK *

AGREEMENT WILL LET U.S. AIRLINES BID ON ROUTES FOR DOZENS OF U.S.-CUBA FLIGHTS PER DAY *

RESUMING COMMERCIAL PASSENGER FLIGHTS WOULD BE BIGGEST TRADE DEVELOPMENT SINCE COUNTRIES ANNOUNCED IN 2014 THEY WOULD NORMALIZE TIES *

MI GOV AGREES TO TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS ON FLINT WATER CRISIS *

DEMS HAVE DEMANDED GOV RICK SNYDER (R) EXPLAIN HIS ROLE IN COST-CUTTING MOVE THAT LED TO LEAD CONTAMINATION OF WATER IN FLINT *

SNYDER SAYS HE ASKED TO TESTIFY ABOUT HOW LOCAL, STATE AND FED OFFICIALS FAILED CITY WHEN IT SWITCHED ITS WATER SUPPLY FROM DETROIT'S TO CORROSIVE FLINT RIVER IN 2014 *

HOUSE CMTE CHAIRMAN HAS ALSO SUMMONED EPA HEAD TO TESTIFY *

NO HEARING DATE HAS BEEN SET *

U.S. TEMPORARILY DEPLOYS ADDITIONAL PATRIOT MISSILE BATTERY IN S KOREA IN RESPONSE TO N KOREA'S NUCLEAR TEST AND LONG-RANGE ROCKET LAUNCH *

ANNOUNCEMENT COMES AS U.S. AND S KOREA PREPARE TO BEGIN TALKS ON DEPLOYING MORE SOPHISTICATED U.S. MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM IN S KOREA *

U.S. MILITARY COMMAND IN S KOREA SAYS AIR DEFENSE BATTERY UNIT FROM TX HAS BEEN CONDUCTING BALLISTIC MISSILE TRAINING USING PATRIOT SYSTEM WITH AMERICAN FORCES BASED NEAR SEOUL *

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