The new pontiff has no real record of speaking out about sexual abuse cases, though one prominent priest under his leadership was convicted in 2009 in Buenos Aires.
The vice president's comments in an interview with NPR come despite signs that such a ban doesn't have enough support, even from members of his own party, to make it through the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Most newer cars have recorders that collect data at the moment of a crash and preserve key information. The data is meant to improve safety, but it's also useful in court. The federal government now wants to make the recorders mandatory on all new cars, but privacy advocates say people should have the option of turning their cars' recorders off.
Having a gay friend or family member has led many Americans to change their stance from opposing to supporting same-sex marriage.
Scientists told a Senate panel that getting caught off-guard by a space rock hurtling toward Earth would lead to devastating consequences.
The Gaza Kitchen weaves little-known stories of Gaza food and farming among Palestinian home-cooking recipes. It's an effort not just to document the flavors of modern and historic Gaza, but also to start a new conversation about the place and its people.
Dr. Frank Dumont never thought of himself as being on the front lines of suicide prevention. But after the death of a patient he was particularly close to, he sees his role changing. He's seeking to reduce suicides by asking his patients about guns in their homes.
Two prominent Democrats, including a former Republican governor who recently switched parties, hold commanding leads over the unpopular Scott, according to a poll.
The giant sinkhole is threatening a neighborhood in southern Louisiana. A salt mine collapsed last year, creating a series of problems regulators say they've never seen before, including tremors and oil and gas leaks and a sinkhole that covers 9 acres. Residents are losing patience.
If Pyongyang is the source of a cyberattack against South Korea's computer networks, it wouldn't be the first time.
A poll finds the central elements of the federal health law remain popular across partly lines. But the law as a whole is still polarizing and confusing to many Americans, the results suggest.
Some of the most powerful U.S. rocket engines ever built have been raised from the depths off Florida. The Apollo-era motors are to be restored and put on display. Meanwhile, NASA has pulled unused copies of the same engine out of storage and fired them up as part of its program to build new heavy lift rockets.
The Fed is staying the course with its $85 billion monthly bond-buying stimulus. Chairman Ben Bernanke is also expected to answer questions about the banking crisis in Cyprus.
William Richards was convicted of murder in 1997 after a forensic dentist identified a mark on the victim as a bite. Years later, the witness recanted after seeing a new forensic analysis. As forensic technology improves, more old convictions are likely to draw new challenges around the country.
Parents are routinely advised to switch toddlers to reduced-fat milk, a move many assumed would help protect kids against becoming overweight. But a new study is the latest of several to find that kids drinking low-fat milk tended to be heavier.
The new law bans high-capacity magazines and calls for background checks for private and online gun sales.
It's been 10 years since the United States went to war in Iraq. And it hasn't been easy for soldiers to adjust to life back home. Host Michel Martin speaks with former Marine, Dario DiBattista, about some of the odd experiences he's had since returning — including meeting the widow of a solider he recruited.
AP photographer Maya Alleruzzo has revisited physical sites photographed by various photographers in Iraq to see what has changed and what hasn't.
Seaweed might not be as flashy as coral, but it plays an important role on the reef. They compete for space, and rising carbon dioxide levels could someday tip the balance of power.
The company, a victim of a worldwide glut in solar panels, missed a $541 million bond payment and was forced into restructuring on Wednesday.