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The 13th-century Gothic cathedral of Ste. Cecile towers over the Tarn river in the beautiful town of Albi in southwestern France. (Corrina Lothar/Special to The Washington Time)

Southwestern France is rich in history and charm

The fields, rivers and lakes of the southwestern region of France are especially inviting in September and October. Ancient villages sit on hilltops, and medieval castles dot the landscape.

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Pittsburgh Steelers' LeGarrette Blount (27) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Trent Cole (58) and others during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Bell, Blount play after arrest, Steelers lose

- Associated Press

Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount played in a preseason game one day after they were arrested for marijuana possession.

** FILE ** Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber, are seen in an undated photo provided by Samaritan's Purse. Brantly became the first person infected with Ebola to be brought to the United States from Africa, arriving at at Emory University Hospital, in Atlanta on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Samaritan's Purse)

2 American Ebola patients released from hospital

- Associated Press

After nearly three weeks of treatment, the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, officials said Thursday.

Major League Baseball Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred participates in the ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge outside the organization's headquarters in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Manfred participated with more than 160 other MLB employees to raise more than $16,000 for the ALS Association. (AP Photo/Vanessa A. Alvarez)

Ohio diocese discourages ALS ice bucket challenge

- Associated Press

A Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its 113 schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, saying the group's funding of embryonic stem cell research is "in direct conflict with Catholic teaching."

FILE -- In this file photo taken June 19, 2013, Mount Rainier is seen from a helicopter flying south of the mountain and west of Yakima, Wash. Officials on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, said that the bodies of three climbers have been retrieved from a glacier on the mountain in the same area where six went missing in May. A crew on a training flight spotted the bodies in an avalanche debris field after they were exposed by melting snow. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Bodies of 3 climbers retrieved from Mount Rainier

- Associated Press

The location of the three bodies was revealed by the melting snow, but getting to them was another matter. They were high on a glacier at one of the most treacherous spots on Mount Rainier, an area pummeled by falling ice and rocks.

Kansas told to turn over 'In Cold Blood' files

- Associated Press

A Kansas judge ordered the state Thursday to release more documents to people trying to write a book about the 1959 "In Cold Blood" murders.

Challenger slams Bentley, who stresses record

- Associated Press

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Parker Griffith in a speech Thursday called Robert Bentley a failed governor of a failed state, who is "so afraid of the tea party that he sits idle while Alabama burns."

Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola

- Associated Press

Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.

In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo, Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin pose for a picture at their home, in High Point, N.C. Roman numerals indicate the date, June 2, 1966, that Gerber and Berlin consider the true anniversary of their relationship.  The couple are suing to have the state of North Carolina recognize their marriage. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

Vegas offering all but marriage to LGBT tourists

- Associated Press

Las Vegas tourism officials want the LGBT community to know that they and their money are more than welcome in Sin City, even if they can't get married there.

Evan Reed, center, stands with his attorneys Ben Goneck, left, and David Gorcyca during a preliminary hearing on a sexual assault charge Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Detroit. Reed, a Detroit Tigers minor league pitcher, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a downtown Detroit hotel. He's charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Judge drops rape charge against ex-Tigers pitcher

- Associated Press

A judge on Thursday dismissed rape charges against former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed, saying the testimony of the woman who accused him wasn't credible and prosecutors failed to show that force or coercion took place.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court with his daughter Cailin Young, in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. McDonnell begins the second day of testimony in his own defense on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Ex-Virginia governor talks about troubled marriage

- Associated Press

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote a long, forlorn email to his wife three years ago trying to save his marriage, calling her his "soulmate," yet he also said he grew so weary of her yelling that he began taking refuge in his office late at night rather than go home.

IU grad wins $100,000 technology startup prize

Associated Press

A recent Indiana University graduate has won a $100,000 technology prize that will finance his new startup company devoted to improving hearing aids and prosthetics.