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Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Oct. 21, 2015.

Biden isn't running for president

After weeks of intense speculation and rumors that he would enter the 2016 presidential race, Vice President Joe Biden has confirmed that he will not seek the White House. "The window on mounting a realistic campaign for president has closed,"
he commented Wednesday.

[Read more from the Washington Post]

Vatican: Pope Francis does not have brain tumor

The Vatican has categorically denied a report that Pope Francis is suffering from a brain tumor. A spokesman called the Italian newspaper that ran the story "seriously irresponsible" and assured that the pontiff is in good health.

[Read more from USA Today]

Just in time: Scientists develop self-driving DeLorean

In what is being described as a crucial step toward a self-driving automobile that can avoid accidents, mechanical engineers at Stanford University have announced "MARTY," an automated DeLorean whose name is inspired by "Back to the Future." Interesting timing, too, as Wednesday – which has been declared "Back to the Future Day" – happens to be the date Marty McFly arrived in the year 2015 in the sequel to the classic film.

[Read more from KCBS]

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