Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill  in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, making history as the first pontiff to do so. Listening behind the pope are Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Pope Francis urges Congress to embrace migrants

Pope Francis is calling for a “delicate balance” in fighting religious extremism to ensure that fundamental freedoms aren’t trampled at the same time.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, center, greets Pope Francis at the Midday Prayer of the Divine with more than 300 U.S. Bishops at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via AP)

Pope praises US bishops’ response to abuse, angering victims

Pope Francis praised American bishops Wednesday for their “generous commitment'” to helping victims of clergy sex abuse, drawing an angry rebuke from advocates who said the bishops acted only under the threat of hundreds of lawsuits.

The VW Logo is photographed at a car  at the Car Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Volkswagen has   admitted that it intentionally installed software programmed to switch engines to a cleaner mode during official emissions testing.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

VW CEO: ‘I am endlessly sorry’ brand is tarnished

The apology came as Volkwagen admitted that some 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide contain software that evades emissions controls, not just the half a million cars that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said violate the Clean Air Act.

Okaloosa Sheriff's Office personnel work at the scene of of a law office in Shalimar, Florida where a sheriff's deputy was shot by a man who later fled to the nearby town of Niceville and barricaded himself in a hotel before exchanging gunfire with deputies. He was taken into custody just before 10:30 a.m. Central time.  (Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)

Officials: Man shot at Florida Panhandle deputies; 1 wounded

A gunman shot and critically wounded a Florida Panhandle sheriff’s deputy during a confrontation Tuesday and then barricaded himself inside a motel, where he exchanged gunfire with other deputies before he was captured.

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.