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Pence becomes the first major candidate to leave a race that has been dominated by his former boss-turned-rival, Donald Trump.
Pope Francis used his Christmas message to make a plea for an immediate end to the fighting in Ukraine, which he decried as “senseless.” He also addressed long-running conflicts in the Middle East.
Forecasters are warning of treacherous holiday travel and life-threatening cold for much of the nation as an arctic air mass blows into the already-frigid southern United States.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature added the migrating monarch butterfly for to its “red list” of threatened species and categorized it as “endangered” — two steps from extinct.
The teen, who was shot in the back by a police officer, was unarmed and had his arms raised to surrender, according to a lawsuit. The bullet severely damaged part of the seventh-grader’s spine.