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Chicago’s next archbishop Blase Cupich calls for immigration reform, shows off his humor

Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich, named by Pope Francis Saturday to succeed Cardinal Francis George as archbishop of Chicago, described himself as a collaborative leader, revealed a sense of humor and used the occasion to speak out for immigration reform.

UAW workers approve Lear Corp. contract

HAMMOND — Workers at a Lear Corp. plant in Hammond that makes automotive seats approved an agreement Sunday that will end a two-tiered pay system that left some workers earning much less than others. The United Auto Workers said in a statement that members of …

Local Scotswoman disappointed Scotland voted against independence

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Anne Sharp, of Chesterton, has been an American citizen since 1985, but Thursday’s vote by her former countrymen on whether to become independent had her glued to the news stations. Scotland voted against independence from the United Kingdom by a 55 percent to 45 percent …

2 al-Shabab suspects arrested in Frankfurt

German authorities have arrested two suspected members of the Somali-based extremist group al-Shabab after they landed at Frankfurt airport.

Pope in Albania urges Muslims to condemn extremism

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Pope Francis called Sunday for moderate Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who “pervert” religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held up the Balkan nation as a model for interfaith harmony. “To kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege. To discriminate in the name of God is inhuman,” Francis told representatives of Albania’s Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic communities during his half-day visit to Tirana.

Yemen’s prime minister resigns: state media

Yemen’s prime minister resigned Sunday, the state news agency reported, following days of violence that left more than 140 dead and prompted thousands to flee their homes. The official SABA news agency gave no details on the move by Mohammed Salem Bassindwa, and it was not immediately clear if his resignation had been accepted by the president.

NIPSCO lowers estimated gas, electric rate hikes

MERRILLVILLE (AP) — Regulatory documents show Northern Indiana Public Service Co. has lowered its estimates of how much electricity and natural gas bills will go up under its seven-year modernization plans. The documents recently filed with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission estimate natural gas rates …

State: Submit plans, get domestic violence money

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute stuck by its plan Friday to withhold $1.2 million in state aid for domestic violence prevention groups until they detail how they’ll spend the money according to certain state requirements. The institute’s decision marked a small victory for …

New Indiana Toll Road operator due amid bankruptcy

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The debt-ridden private company running the Indiana Toll Road intends to transfer its operations to a new entity under a bankruptcy filing planned for Monday, but a spokeswoman stressed Saturday that tolls, motorists and employees won’t be affected. Chicago-based ITR Concession Co. …

Vaccine exemptions for students rising in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The number of exemptions being granted from vaccine requirements is growing in Indiana, but state officials say they don’t have an accurate count because many parents won’t let their child’s immunization status be reported. The Indiana State Department of Health reports 233 …

Man found dead along Starke County highway

GROVERTOWN (AP) — Police in Starke County say a man was found dead after being hit by a vehicle about a mile from where he left his wrecked truck. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department says 33-year-old Christopher Howard from the community of Grovertown was reported …

Indiana jobless rate down to 5.8 percent

Indiana’s unemployment rate declined for the first time in four months in August, dropping slightly to 5.8 percent. Figures released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Development show Indiana’s jobless mark fell one-tenth of a percentage point last month from July’s rate. The agency …

Expansions planned at 2 Indiana RV factories

ELKHART (AP) — A company is planning expansion projects at two recreational vehicle factories in northern Indiana. Thor Industries says the projects will boost production at its Heartland RV plant in Elkhart and for its Keystone subsidiary in Goshen. Thor officials say it is spending …

Parents say good start for solo Muncie high school

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — There was a crowd of parents gathered in Lisa Letsinger’s business classroom at Central High School. She was taking time with each one, discussing how their children were doing in class. Geneieve Evans was getting a good report about her son, …

Embattled Rep. Turner to resign after elections

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INDIANAPOLIS — Embattled state Rep. Eric Turner announced Friday he will resign from his seat after the November election to take a job with a Christian megachurch training group in Atlanta. Turner’s timing in stepping down means his seat will be in the hands of …

How they voted

WASHINGTON — This is how Northwest Indiana’s congressional delegation — U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski, Republican, and Peter J. Visclosky, Democrat, and U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly, Democrat, and Dan Coats, Republican — voted on key legislation. HOUSE PRO BONO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION: The House passed a …