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Popes John XXIII, John Paul II join ranks of saints
Pope Francis canonized into sainthood two 20th-Century popes at a Mass Sunday conducted before hundreds of thousands of people at the Vatican's St. Peter's Square, lauding his predecessors as "men of courage." The crowd roared when Pope Francis read the formal proclamation of sainthood for Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II. The event drew scores of global leaders as well as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, whose decision to step down last year put Francis at the helm of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics.
NBA outraged over Clippers owner's racist remarks
Condemnation grew against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Sunday as NBA players, former players and organizations lashed out about racist comments in a recorded phone call allegedly said by Sterling — and called on new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to act. Charlotte Bobcats owner and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan issued a statement that said, "There is no room in the NBA - or anywhere else - for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed."
Storms rake swath of USA
Fierce thunderstorms with hail, some threatening to spawn tornadoes, swirled across the Midwest Sunday. The weather is expected to bring April to a soggy close with a couple of inches of rain this week across the Midwest and East Coast. Hail and high winds hit Texas, Oklahoma and eastern Kansas early Sunday, according to AccuWeather.com. Nebraska was the first state to have reported tornado.
South Korean PM says resigning 'right thing' to do
South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won resigned Sunday amid public outrage over the government's response to the sinking of the Sewol ferry, a tragedy that has left more than 300 people dead or missing. President Park Geun-hye's office said she would wait until the ferry recovery effort has been fully resolved before formally accepting Chung's resignation.
South Korean executive power is largely concentrated in the president, so the prime minister's resignation appears to be largely symbolic.
G7 to 'move swiftly' on more Russia sanctions
The United States and other nations in the Group of Seven say they have agreed to "move swiftly" to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia in response to its actions in Ukraine. Russian warplanes entered Ukrainian airspace several times on Friday. In a joint statement by the White House, the G-7 nations say they will act urgently to intensify "targeted sanctions," which could be levied as early as Monday.
Report: George Clooney engaged to Amal Alamuddin
George Clooney's bachelorhood used to be one of the few things you could count on in Hollywood. Not so much anymore.People and US Weekly are reporting that the the Oscar winner, 52, is engaged to British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 36, whom he began dating last fall. Alamuddin, who was born in Beirut, studied at Oxford and NYU and is fluent in three languages, is his first non-Hollywood partner in recent memory; however, her background in international law and human rights means she still has plenty in common with Clooney, who has long been an advocate for refugees in Darfur.