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Federal prosecutors open clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand secret files and testimony from high-ranking leaders in what victims' advocates say is the first such probe ever launched by the U.S. ...

UN: Ebola outbreak is worrying but not a global emergency

GENEVA (AP) - The World Health Organization says it is "deeply concerned" by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo but the situation does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency. After convening an expert group to assess the epidemic on Wednesday, the U.N. health agency said "response ...

Richardson’s treatment for brain cancer raises some concerns

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — How severely brain cancer is affecting Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson remains unclear, as a curtailment of his public schedule and delegation of some duties to a deputy raise questions about his future in the state's second-highest office. Richardson, 69, ...

Mysterious paralyzing illness found among kids in 22 states

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK - U.S. health officials on Tuesday reported a jump in cases of a rare paralyzing illness in children, and said it seems to be following an every-other-year pattern. At least 62 cases have been confirmed in 22 states this year, and at least 65 ...

Student gunman kills 19, wounds 50 at school in Crimea

MOSCOW (AP) — An 18-year student strode into his vocational school in Crimea, a hoodie covering his blond hair, then pulled out a shotgun and opened fire on Wednesday, killing 19 students and wounding more than 50 others before killing himself. It wasn't clear what prompted Vladislav ...

Trump asks Turkey for audio, video evidence on Khashoggi

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has asked Turkey for a recording that could reveal gruesome details of what happened to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Donald Trump said Wednesday. But he's not confirming there is any such recording, as reported by Turkish media, and he's continuing to ...

Rising drug prices widen health gap

By LINDA A. JOHNSON AP Medical Writer TRENTON, N.J. — For Bridgett Snelten, changing her health insurance meant enduring wild blood sugar swings, bouts of vomiting and weight gain. The Sandy, Utah mother of two young girls has diabetes and has had to change health insurance plans three ...

Tough-as-nails rocker Elle King learns to love herself

By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A few weeks ago, Elle King was in a rehearsal hall in Nashville, Tennessee, going over guitar licks from a new song with her band mates who were all wearing matching jackets that read "Brethren" on the back. The musicians were trying ...

Migrants moving again in Guatemala, Trump targets Democrats

By SONIA PEREZ D. Associated Press CHIQUIMULA, Guatemala — More than 2,000 Honduran migrants traveling en masse through Guatemala resumed their journey toward the United States on Wednesday as U.S. President Donald Trump sought to turn the caravan into a political issue three weeks ...

Melania Trump visits babies, moms affected by opioid crisis

By KRISTEN DE GROOT Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — First lady Melania Trump toured a hospital's neonatal care unit Wednesday to learn about the treatment given to newborns experiencing opioid withdrawal, after she was initially delayed by mechanical problems on her plane. Her flight ...

Pennsylvania priest pleads guilty to sexual abuse of two boys

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (AP) — One of two Roman Catholic priests charged as a result of the damning Pennsylvania grand jury investigation admitted he sexually abused children, pleading guilty Wednesday to corruption of minors and child endangerment. The Rev. David Lee Poulson , 65, of Oil City, was ...

Church abuse bill in limbo on lawmakers’ final voting day

By MARC LEVY Associated Press HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania's Legislature plowed through its final scheduled voting day of 2018 on Wednesday with no resolution to legislation responding to a state grand jury report accusing hundreds of Roman Catholic priests of sexually abusing children over ...

Orange County, California’s diversity emboldens Democrats

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press FULLERTON, Calif. — Pushy midday shoppers nose their carts through the Korean market, stocking up on bottled kimchi and seaweed spring rolls. A few doors away, customers grab pho to go at a Vietnamese takeout counter. Across the street, lunchtime ...

Bills on new evidence head to Wolf

HARRISBURG (AP) — Bills to give people convicted of crimes more time to bring newly discovered evidence to court and make it easier to use DNA evidence to establish innocence are on their way to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk. The House and Senate voted overwhelmingly this week for both proposals. ...

Shoe-shiner who gave $200K to hospital dies at 76

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A part-time shoe-shiner who donated more than $200,000 in tips over 30 years to a Pittsburgh children's hospital died early Tuesday. Albert Lexie died of an undisclosed health condition, according to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center officials. He was 76. Every ...

Nevada’s famous pimp expected to win election despite death

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's most famous pimp tried to bring the state's legal brothel industry into the mainstream. Dennis Hof's fame made him an attention-grabbing figure in an otherwise quiet industry. And, despite being found dead on Tuesday, he's poised to win an election to the state ...

Tauren Wells wins 4, including new artist, at Dove Awards

By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Christian artist Tauren Wells won four awards including new artist and contemporary Christian artist of the year at the 49th annual Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards. Wells, who was the former lead singer for Christian rock ...

Kanye West meets Uganda’s president, gifts pair of sneakers

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Kanye West handed Uganda's president a pair of his autographed sneakers on Monday during a visit to the East African nation in which the rapper is said to be recording music in a tent. The 74-year-old President Yoweri Museveni said he and West held "fruitful ...

Chance The Rapper goes undercover to raise money for arts

CHICAGO (AP) - Chance the Rapper is so serious about raising money for arts education programs in Chicago that he took a second job as a Lyft driver to spread the word. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Chicago-born Grammy-winning hip-hop artist who has given millions of dollars to Chicago ...

Prosecutors disclose more misconduct by Weinstein detective

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and TOM HAYS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A police detective already facing allegations that he coached a witness in Harvey Weinstein's criminal sexual assault case was accused Wednesday of urging one of the movie mogul's accusers to delete material from her cell ...