HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. lawmakers are planning a trip to Europe to help address concerns abroad about alleged NSA spying. The delegation also hopes to convince Europeans of the need to continue joint anti-terrorism efforts. Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy says lawmakers making the trip will likely include members of both parties and both chambers. He says he expects they'll travel to Europe this year.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Vatican is taking the unusual step of conducting a worldwide survey on how parishes deal with sensitive issues such as contraception, divorce and gay couples. The survey asks how priests minister to same-sex couples and their children — and to men and women living together outside of marriage. The poll was sent in mid-October to every national bishops' conference with instructions to get the widest possible response.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A strong earthquake has rocked central Chile, causing buildings to sway in the capital of Santiago. There are no immediate reports of major damage or deaths. The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that the quake had a magnitude of 6.6. Chile is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries. A 2010 quake killed more than 500 people and destroyed 220,000 homes.
DOUGLASS, Kan. (AP) — A close call for a school bus that ran off a rural bridge in Kansas and plunged into a creek. The children aboard, about 10 of them, were forced to climb from the windows and seek safety on top of the bus. The driver was apparently injured. The accident happened in Douglass.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have been handing out Halloween treats to local students and children of military parents on the South Lawn of the White House. Trick-or-treaters will head home with jelly beans, a White House Sweet Dough Butter Cookie and dried fruit in their goodie bags. Decorations included spider webs and fog. Entertainment includes eerie music and stilt walkers.