FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2015 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats seem certain to block Republican legislation banning most late-term abortions in a Senate showdown with plenty of political significance but little suspense. I'm asking colleagues to open their hearts and help defend the defenseless," McConnell said Monday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Senate Dems block GOP bill that would curb late abortions

Senate Democrats blocked Republican legislation Tuesday prohibiting most late-term abortions, the second time since this summer’s release of videos involving Planned Parenthood that they’ve derailed an abortion-related drive by the GOP.

Pope Francis listens to families inside the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Pope Francis left Cuba on Tuesday for his first trip to the U.S., wrapping up a four-day visit to the communist island with an appeal to the people to rediscover their Catholic heritage and live a "revolution of tenderness." (Tony Gentile/Pool via AP)

Pope Francis heads for US and a deeply divided Washington

During his six-day, three-city visit to the U.S., the pope will meet with President Obama, address Congress, speak at the United Nations in New York and take part in a Vatican conference on families in Philadelphia.

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Macy’s plans to add 85K seasonal holiday hiring workers

The pace of hiring at a retailer can serve as an indicator of expectations for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for 20 percent of the industry’s annual sales, according to the National Retail Federation.

Pope Francis greets a child on a wheelchair during a meeting with a group of Cuban youth in Havana, Cuba, Sunday Sept. 20, 2015. Pope Francis met with Fidel Castro on Sunday before finishing the day with a vespers service in Havana's cathedral, and then meeting with the youths. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Pope marks special anniversary by flying to Cuba’s east

Pope Francis is marking a special personal anniversary by travelling to the Cuban city of Holguin, where he’ll emphasize another focus of his papacy, preaching the faith in places far from the international spotlight.