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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Donald Trump is defending his plan to bar all Muslim immigrants and visitors from entering the United States. The idea is being widely condemned by rival Republican presidential candidates, party leaders and others as un-American. But Trump insists to CNN that he's "doing what's right."
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is dismissing Donald Trump's comments on Muslims. Ryan told reporters after a closed-door meeting with fellow Republicans that such views are "not what this party stands for, and more importantly, it's not what this country stands for."
UNDATED (AP) — Six Syrian refugees have settled in their Dallas home over the initial objections of Texas officials who wanted to stop them. Meanwhile, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis says it has brought a Syrian refugee family into the state despite Gov. Mike Pence's request that it not do so.
PARIS (AP) — Members of California rock band Eagles of Death Metal have paid a solemn and silent tribute to the victims of last month's massacre in Paris. They revisited the theater where they survived a massacre by Islamic extremist suicide bombers who killed at least 89 people there.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis pushed open the great bronze doors of St. Peter's Basilica today to launch his Holy Year of Mercy. The pontiff declared that mercy trump moralizing in his Catholic Church.
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