NEW YORK — Lindsay Whalen has decided to retire from USA Basketball. Don’t worry Minnesota Lynx fans, she still plans to play in the WNBA for a few more years. “I felt like it was a good time to step away from USA Basketball,” Whalen told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “I never imagined I’d be on the 2012 and ‘16 Olympic teams and have it end with that in Rio. I felt good about that. Obviously, I went back and forth a lot. I love USA
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WASHINGTON — Pope Francis’ fifth trip to Latin America in just five years as leader of the Roman Catholic Church demonstrates his careful attempt to recapture the soul of the church in the region. During his weeklong travel through Chile and Peru, the Argentine-born pope’s message often has stood in marked contrast to those delivered by two predecessors, Benedict XVI and John Paul II, who also made several trips to the continent once known for and often defined by its fervent