VATICAN CITY (AP) -- In a few hours, Pope Francis will celebrate Easter Mass at the Vatican and deliver his "Urbi et Orbi" speech, Latin for "To the city and the world." Usually the pope also issues Easter greetings in dozens of languages.
Francis celebrated a trimmed back Easter Vigil service at St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday night, after having reached out to Muslims and women during a Holy Week in which he has begun to put his mark on the Catholic Church.
After the service Saturday night, the pope baptized four men as part of the ritual.
Typically, after the busy Easter week ceremonies, the pope would go to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo for a few days of vacation. Francis can't do that since the previous pope, Benedict XVI, is currently living there in retirement.
The Vatican says Francis will stay put in the Vatican.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says it is taking seriously a new threat by North Korea against its southern neighbor.
At the same time, the White House said Saturday's statement continued a pattern of "bellicose rhetoric" by North Korea.
The communist north warned the democratic south that their shared peninsula had entered a, quote, "state of war."
Analysts note that the Korean Peninsula has remained in a technical state of war for 60 years and say an all-out conflict is unlikely. But continued threats by the North against the South Korean government and the U.S. have raised fears that a misjudgment between the sides could result in a clash.
The White House said the U.S. is fully prepared and capable of defending its interests and allies in the region.
Business, labor close on deal for immigration bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A major hurdle to completion of a sweeping immigration bill is being removed as business and labor near agreement over a contentious new low-skilled worker program.
The dispute between the AFL-CIO and U.S. Chamber of Commerce is looking all but settled. Last week it threatened to derail talks among a bipartisan group of senators working on comprehensive legislation to secure the border, improve enforcement and provide eventual legal status to some 11 million illegal immigrants.
A last major sticking point between the two parties was wages for the tens of thousands of workers who would be allowed to come in under a new visa program covering hospitality workers, housekeepers, long-term care workers and many others. Now officials say they've essentially reached agreement on a formula to solve the wage issue.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Officials say a suicide bomber has attempted to force his way past the defenses of the city of Timbuktu, detonating himself on its outskirts, while a landmine exploded under army vehicle in another part of northern Mali, killing a total of three.
The twin attacks on Saturday came as French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') told French television that French forces had attained their objectives in Mali, a country which until January had lost its northern half to an al-Qaida cell and their allies.
After the extremists began a southward push, Hollande unilaterally authorized a military intervention, quickly liberating the main cities in the north. Outside the heavily fortified cities like Timbuktu, however, the jihadists are still present.
A military official based in Timbuktu says the suicide bomber was fired upon at a checkpoint and blew himself up and injuring at least one soldier.
For 10 months until this January, Timbuktu as well as much of the rest of northern Mali was ruled by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, as well as two other jihadist groups allied with the terror network.
MESQUITE, Nev. (AP) -- An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in a southern Nevada crash that killed five members of a California family and injured the suspect and three other people.
The Nevada Highway Patrol says the California teen was booked into the Clark County Detention Center after he was treated and released at University Medical Center in Las Vegas.
Troopers say the teen's sport utility vehicle struck a van from behind, causing both vehicles to roll early Saturday on Interstate 15 near Mesquite, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
The patrol says five of the seven people in the van were killed in the 3 a.m. wreck near the Utah line. The other two were hospitalized in critical condition. Authorities say all seven in the van were family members from Southern California.
Troopers say a passenger in the SUV also was treated at the hospital and released.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles police have released the name and photo of a man they say is a suspect in the abduction of a 10-year-old girl who vanished from her San Fernando Valley home last week and was found hours later wandering at a strip mall several miles away.
Authorities identified the man on Saturday as 30-year-old Tobias Dustin Summers. They say he is a child-kidnapping suspect.
Authorities also released a photo of Summers.
Dozens of detectives have worked around the clock looking for clues in the case since the 10-year-old girl was abducted from her home on Wednesday.
She was found hours later, scratched and barefoot, wandering near a Starbucks coffee shop.
Police say she had been dumped in front of a nearby hospital.
OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- Four people have been arrested in a shooting this month that left two teens dead and two others hurt at a makeshift memorial in Southern California for another boy and girl who were shot to death at the same site two years ago.
U-T San Diego reports (http://bit.ly/10bG6BG) two 19-year-old men and a 21-year-old man were booked into jail for investigation of first-degree murder and attempted murder in the shooting in Oceanside. A teenage boy also was taken into custody.
Police say 13-year-old Melanie Virgen and 15-year-old Edgar Sanchez were killed March 13 at Libby Lake Park. Two boys, both under 17, were wounded.
The four teens were attacked at the hilltop site of a makeshift memorial for another boy and girl who were shot to death on the same slope in May 2011.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Health officials say hundreds of patients of an Oklahoma oral surgeon accused of unsanitary practices showed up to be tested for HIV and hepatitis.
The Tulsa Health Department said 420 patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington showed up Saturday. Letters began going out a day earlier to 7,000 of the doctor's patients, warning them that poor hygiene at his clinics created a public health hazard.
Screenings resume Monday morning.
Thirty-eight-year-old Kari Childress showed up before testing began, mainly because she was nervous.
Childress said she had a tooth extracted at one of Harrington's two clinics five months ago. She said that people ""trust and believe in doctors to follow the rules, and that's the scariest part."
Inspectors found a number of problems at Harrington's clinics in Tulsa and suburban Owasso.
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