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The Pope And Obama Share A Knack For Inspiring The Young

Obama Holds Talks With King Abdullah In Saudi Arabia

The Diamondbacks' D-bat Dog is an18-inch corn dog filled with cheese, bacon and jalapeño.

Batter Up: Baseball Just Got Its Most Decorated Corn Dog

Inside the kitchen of the Arizona Diamondbacks, chef Michael Snoke has created a monster: 18 inches of meat that's skewered, wrapped in cornbread, stuffed with bacon and infused with cheddar cheese and jalapeños.

All that rests on a bed of fries. And for $25, it's all yours.

"I have created the D-Bat," he says.

The Diamondback's executive chef has wanted to get in on the culinary competition that's sprung up between Major League Baseball teams.

Arizona guard Gabe York (1) pulls down a rebound as teammate Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23) watches during a regional semifinal NCAA college basketball tournament game against San Diego State, Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.

Would March Be Less Mad If Players Were Paid?

Would March Madness be terribly different if the players were paid?

Probably not. The college basketball tournament might become more professionalized, but it wouldn't look much different from what we're seeing right now.

"I don't see it changing one iota," says ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas.

Products produced by prison labor in China are on display at the Laogai Museum in Washington, D.C.

Made In China — But Was It Made In A Prison?

An Oregon woman was looking at her Halloween decoration last year when she found a letter written by an inmate from one of China's re-education-through-labor camps. The letter spoke of brutal forced labor in the camp.

Pope Francis leads a mass at St Peter's basilica on Friday at the Vatican.

Breaking Tradition, Pope Confesses His Sins In Public

Pope Francis broke tradition, again, today by confessing his sins in public.

As The Catholic News Service reports, the pope was leading a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica when it came time to hear confessions. Instead of heading into an empty confessional to hear the confessions of fellow priests, Francis walked across the aisle and knelt before a priest.

A lot more people now know who Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst is, which was the point of the hog-castration line in her campaign ad.

In Politics, Hog Castration Cuts Through The Ad Clutter

One candidate talks fondly about castrating hogs in her youth and suggests that could be a useful skill in Washington.

Another fires semi-automatic weapons at a 2-foot-high stack of paper representing the Affordable Care Act before feeding it through a wood chipper.

Yet another has a group of crying babies stand in for his opponents.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev in April 2009.

Defense Says FBI Wanted Marathon Bombing Suspect As Informant

Defense attorneys for suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say sometime before the bombing his older brother, Tamerlan, was approached by the FBI and was asked to be an informant.

In a letter from February made public in a motion filed in federal court today, the attorneys say the FBI made "more than one visit" to talk to Tamerlan and two of his associates.

A 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt coupe sits on display at General Motors headquarters in Detroit in 2009.

GM Recalls More Cars Over Possible Faulty Ignition Switches

General Motors is recalling an additional 824,000 small cars in the U.S., adding to the 1.37 million it recalled domestically last month, citing possible faulty ignition switches.

Worldwide, the latest announcement affects a total of 971,000 vehicles, on top of the 1.6 million recalled globally in February.

Getting kids to exercise regularly and eat right can reduce their risk of heart disease down the road.

A Third Of School-Age Kids May Have Risky Cholesterol Levels

Of all the things parents worry about when it comes to their children's health, high cholesterol probably isn't very high on the list.