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Pope Francis marks 1-year anniversary with simple tweet, 'Please pray for me'

Pope Francis isn’t giving up Twitter for Lent. And why should he? His simple tweet on Thursday, to mark his first year leading the Catholic Church, was “favorited” more than 14,000 times and shared 9,200 times in eight hours. “Please pray for me,” the pontiff wrote on Thursday to his 3.7 million followers. He delivered similar words from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica after he was elected pope last year. The Twitter message was the only acknowledgment from Pope Francis, 77, one year into the job.

Poland wrestles with the legacy of a secret CIA torture site

STARE KIEJKUTY, Poland — From a hilltop overlooking a military base in this picturesque village 100 miles due north of Warsaw, a charming country house is just visible across a shimmering blue lake. This is where the CIA allegedly tortured suspected terrorists during its hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Bring us your tired, your poor, but not your job applications

NEW YORK — Before, applicants could claim asylum and work right away in the United States. But since the 90s, rules and red tape keep them waiting for months. Reform rests in the hands of Congress.

Those times the CIA used American spies to spy on Americans

Accusations that the Central Intelligence Agency overstepped its bounds and spied on Americans are as old as the agency itself.

'Atomic peace mission' has spawned an arsenal-in-waiting

TOKYO — When Taro Kono was growing up as the son of a major Japanese political party leader, he had what he calls a 'fever for the atom.' Like many of his countrymen, he regarded nuclear power plants as his country’s ticket to postwar prosperity, a modern, economical way to meet huge energy needs on an island with few natural resources.

Obama goes 'Between Two Ferns' with Zach Galifianakis (and it's hilarious)

Zach Galifianakis interviews President Barack Obama for his online talk show "Between Two Ferns." (Screegrab/Funny or Die) It doesn't get much better than this.

This river otter attacked a Florida alligator and ate it alive

Nature has officially gone insane. Last week we gaped in horror at these photos of a 10-foot python strangling and swallowing an entire crocodile in northern Queensland, Australia. The epic, 5-hour struggle ended when “the snake uncoiled itself, came around to the front, and started to eat the crocodile face-first,” according to an eyewitness.  

5 of the most SXSW things happening at SXSW so far

South by Southwest (SXSW) - the annual film, technology, music, art, culture, interactive, everything festival in Austin Texas - is back.It's still early in a festival that will perhaps be most remembered for Edward Snowden's virtual appearance, but there's already been plenty of stuff for tech nerds to enjoy.

7 of the world's worst cruise ship disasters

This week marks the opening of Cruise Shipping Miami, the cruise industry's largest show, where industry professionals are focusing on how to get people who have never been on a cruise to try one for the first time. It can be tricky, they say, since newbies are often afraid they'll be bored, held to a strict eating schedule that doesn't suit them or surrounded by retirees. Others have followed the news and are worried about pirates, puking and just plain staying alive.
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