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'Keepers' survivors file court motion to seek full release of Maryland AG report on Catholic Church abuse

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BALTIMORE — Abuse survivors who were featured in “The Keepers,” a widely viewed 2017 Netflix documentary about clergy sexual misconduct at a Baltimore Catholic girls’ school in the 1960s and ’70s, have filed a court motion calling for the full release of a report by the Maryland attorney general on sexual abuse by clergy and other ...Read more

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Late Sacramento priest newly accused of child sex abuse as Catholic Church lawsuits pile up

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A late clergyman who served the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento for four decades has been accused for the first time of sexually assaulting a child, joining dozens of Sacramento clergy previously implicated in the Catholic Church’s decades-old abuse scandal.

In a lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court, a 60...Read more

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South Africa president in peril as panel sees case for his impeachment

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An advisory panel established by South Africa’s parliament found there are grounds for lawmakers to investigate President Cyril Ramaphosa in connection with a scandal over a robbery at his game farm, a finding that could ultimately cost him his job.

“In light of all the information placed before the panel, we conclude that this information ...Read more

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House committee gets access to long-sought Trump tax returns

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WASHINGTON — A U.S. House committee can now get a look at six years of Donald Trump’s tax returns, a week after the Supreme Court cleared the way for their release.

A Treasury spokesperson on Wednesday said the department complied with the court’s decision and made the documents available to the Ways and Means Committee, though wouldn’t...Read more

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'Underlying anxiety' won't leave University of Idaho campus until killer is caught, dean says

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MOSCOW, Idaho — Many students are back on campus this week following the slayings of four University of Idaho students in Moscow.

U of I Dean of Students Blaine Eckles told the Idaho Statesman in an interview Wednesday that he’s glad to see students return to finish the semester but is concerned for their safety.

“I’m pleasantly ...Read more

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Missouri Secretary of State Ashcroft, expected to run for governor, opposes same-sex marriage measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — One of the leading candidates for governor in the 2024 election is making same-sex marriage an early issue in his campaign.

Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft sent a letter Tuesday to retiring U.S. Sen. Roy ...Read more

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5 people found dead at home in Chicago suburb, officials say

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CHICAGO — Five people were found dead Wednesday in a Buffalo Grove home, officials of the suburban village said.

Police had been dispatched to a single-family residence at 11:12 a.m. to conduct a well-being check on a woman and forced their way inside after being unable to make contact. Officers found five bodies inside the home, a news ...Read more

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Minneapolis City Council committee overrides critics, approves proposed police oversight commission

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MINNEAPOLIS — Despite a barrage of criticism for a proposal to revamp civilian oversight of the Minneapolis Police Department, a City Council committee narrowly approved the ordinance Wednesday with several modifications.

The current oversight structure "wasn't good enough," said Council Vice President Linea Palmisano at a public hearing in ...Read more

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Defense lawyer and prosecutors at odds over disqualifying one another in Jennifer Farber Dulos murder case

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Michelle Troconis’ defense attorney, Jon Schoenhorn, and prosecutors argued again this week over their efforts to disqualify each other from her murder conspiracy case in a dispute over the handling of a contested letter.

The lawyers met privately in Superior Court in Stamford and appeared in court briefly on Wednesday. ...Read more

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Months after release from federal prison, TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau could face jail again

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CHICAGO — TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau was warned years ago by a federal judge that a 10-year prison sentence for contempt wasn’t going to magically erase the whopping $37.6 million civil penalty he still owes for lying about his controversial weight-loss book.

“He told me he was broke when he had hundreds of millions of dollars going ...Read more

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Dozens excused from jury pool in murder trial of former Fort Worth police officer

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Jury selection in the murder trial of former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean resumed Wednesday with the court excusing 29 out of 74 prospective jurors who were individually questioned by 4 p.m.

On Monday, Judge George Gallagher divided the original jury pool of almost 200 people into two groups based on whether they ...Read more

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'Average' hurricane season brought death, mayhem to Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla. — This year’s hurricane season ended Wednesday, the last day of November, with a portfolio of nearly normal storm activity during the past six months — except for the havoc on lives and property in Florida.

Of 14 named storms that rode the Atlantic basin in 2022, Florida was unbothered by all but two, hurricanes Ian and ...Read more

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Execution of Idaho death row inmate delayed after state unable to obtain lethal injection drugs

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BOISE, Idaho — Idaho’s first execution in more than a decade, scheduled next month for death row inmate Gerald Pizzuto, was postponed Wednesday after the state prison system acknowledged that it has been unable to obtain the necessary lethal injection drugs.

Idaho Department of Correction Director Josh Tewalt, tasked with carrying out ...Read more

British Royals William, Kate hold court at Boston City Hall

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BOSTON — The visiting royals enjoyed something of a Boston tea party with Mayor Michelle Wu and Gov.-Elect Maura Healey in City Hall before a brief and soggy address about the climate to a crowd outside.

Prince William thanked “all the hearty Bostonians” who spent the Wednesday afternoon getting rained on as they waited for him to speak ...Read more

Protests in China are not rare -- but the current unrest is significant

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Street protests across China have evoked memories of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations that were brutally quashed in 1989. Indeed, foreign media have suggested the current unrest sweeping cities across China is unlike anything seen in the country since that time.

The implication is that protest in China is a rarity. Meanwhile, the ...Read more

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Catfishing cop pretended to be 17, 'groomed' California girl before killing her family, police say

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LOS ANGELES — The 28-year-old Virginia cop who killed three family members of a Riverside teenager had posed online as a teen to “groom” the 15-year-old girl, the Riverside Police Department said Wednesday.

Austin Lee Edwards portrayed himself as a 17-year-old while communicating online with the girl, using “grooming” methods such as ...Read more

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Iran authorities kill man celebrating World Cup loss to US, activists say

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Iranian police fatally shot a man celebrating the country’s World Cup elimination Tuesday, according to human rights groups.

Activists said Mehran Samak, 27, was killed after honking his car horn at a protest celebration in Bandar Anzali, the Guardian reported.

Samak was “targeted directly and shot in the head by security forces,” the ...Read more

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Mistrial in Danny Masterson rape trial after jury deadlocks

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LOS ANGELES — The judge in Danny Masterson’s rape trial declared a mistrial Wednesday after jurors said they were unable to reach a decision on the actor’s innocence or guilt.

The jury deadlocked after hearing weeks of testimony from three women who accused Masterson of raping them and others who corroborated their accounts. In failing to...Read more

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Man who killed 'Gone Girl' actress Lisa Banes in hit-and-run gets 1 to 3 years in prison

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NEW YORK — The unlicensed driver who fatally mowed down “Gone Girl” actress Lisa Banes with his moped on a Manhattan street was sentenced to one to three years in prison Wednesday — infuriating her loved ones after he tried to dodge accountability one last time.

The sentence handed down to Brian Boyd by state Supreme Court Judge Gregory...Read more

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False active-shooter alarms at Georgia schools cause panic, massive police response

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Hoax active-shooter alerts sent some Georgia schools into lockdown on Wednesday, drawing huge emergency responses as frantic parents tried to locate their kids.

It started at Savannah High School in Savannah and spread to at least eight other schools in what seemed to be a “swatting” prank, in which false emergencies send law enforcement ...Read more