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Editorials from around New England

Oct. 11, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT We need to stop calling the pattern of sex abuse in the Catholic Church a travesty. It was a criminal conspiracy and the state hasn't done enough to hold the guilty accountable. Hartford Courant Oct. 6 The latest revelations about sexual abuse aren't new but they...

Religious right sticks by Trump as political heat rises

Oct. 11, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

As the threat of impeachment looms, President Donald Trump is digging in and taking solace in the base that helped him get elected: conservative evangelical Christians who laud his commitment to enacting their agenda. Trump told reporters last week that "the biggest pastors" have assured him that Christians are...

Alabama preacher convicted of sexually abusing underage girl

Oct. 11, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

DEMOPOLIS, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama preacher has been convicted of sexually abusing an underage girl in 2016. Al.com reports 63-year-old Gregory Lucy pleaded guilty in Marengo County court this week to one count of first-degree sex abuse. Three other counts of sexual abuse and one count of attempted rape...

Gaudreau scores winner in shootout, Flames beat Stars 3-2

Oct. 11, 2019 1:08 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau didn't watch the beginning of a shootout, though he had the best view in the house for the end. Gaudreau put a backhand past Dallas goalie Ben Bishop to give the Calgary Flames a 3-2 victory over the Stars on Thursday night. Tyler Seguin was the only one of three Stars who...

The Latest: Group want Handke award revoked

Oct. 10, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the 2019 Nobel Prizes (all times local): 10:48 p.m. The Mothers of Srebrenica group that gathers relatives of the victims of the 1995 massacre in the Bosnian enclave is demanding that the Nobel committee revoke Peter Handke's prize for literature. The...

Germany probes synagogue suspect, pledges better security

Oct. 10, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

HALLE, Germany (AP) — German investigators puzzled Thursday over how the suspect in a botched attack on a synagogue on Judaism's holiest day managed to amass at least 4 kilograms (nearly 9 pounds) of explosives and acquire four firearms, an arsenal they said he planned to use in a massacre. While many...

Pope accepts resignation of NYC bishop accused of abuse

Oct. 10, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a New York City bishop who was accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in the 1980s, the Vatican said Thursday. Auxiliary Bishop John Jenik denied the allegation when it was first brought to the New York City archdiocese last year. He...

Kenyan man's search for his father runs into church cover-up

Oct. 9, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

SAMBURU, Kenya (AP) — When Sabina Losirkale went into labor, her sister Scolastica recalls, priests and religious sisters filled the delivery ward waiting to see the color of the baby's skin — and if their worst fears had come to pass. Scolastica and dozens of villagers peered in from behind the...

More accusers come forward after pastor's sex crimes arrest

Oct. 9, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

BELMONT, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina prosecutors say three people have come forward and accused a pastor of sexually assaulting them, after the man was arrested on similar accusations. News outlets report after 24-year-old Nicholas Martin's arrest Sunday, three more people contacted Gaston County police and...

Priest takes plea deal in sexual abuse investigation

Oct. 8, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after a Detroit-area jury said it was having trouble reaching a unanimous verdict in his sexual abuse trial. The attorney general's office says the Rev. Patrick Casey pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated assault. He was accused of...