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27 dead in floods, landslides on Indonesia's Sumatra island

Oct. 13, 2018 9:17 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Torrential rains triggered flash floods and landslides on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing at least 27 people, including a dozen children at a school, officials said Saturday. A flash flood with mud and debris from landslides struck Mandailing Natal district in North...

Pennsylvania AG: Cardinal faces no penalties by resigning

Oct. 12, 2018 5:20 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (AP) — Amid unfolding sex-abuse scandals, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as archbishop of Washington. But the pope's gentle words and lack of condemnation angered those who feel top Catholic leaders continue to shirk responsibility for the global...

Correction: Tropical Weather-The Latest story

Oct. 12, 2018 3:41 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — In a story Oct. 11 about Hurricane Michael, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Karen Clark & Company is an insurance company. Karen Clark & Company is a risk-modeling firm. A corrected version of the story is below: The Latest: Georgia crops hit hard by...

CORRECTION: Arizona Shelter-Child Abuse story

Oct. 11, 2018 7:30 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — PHOENIX — In a story Oct. 10 about the closure of a Phoenix-area shelter for unaccompanied migrant children, The Associated Press erroneously reported that some shelter staff members physically abused three children. Federal officials alleged the abuse took place but no charges have...

Bishop: 66 sex abuse claims against 27 priests since 1937

Oct. 9, 2018 10:34 AM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — A Catholic bishop in Kentucky says his diocese has received 66 sexual abuse allegations against 27 priests since 1937, the year the diocese was founded. Bishop William Medley of the Diocese of Owensboro told news outlets in a statement Monday that the diocese has compiled statistics...

Vatican expert wants accountability on abuse summit agenda

Oct. 8, 2018 2:55 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The pope's summit early next year on preventing sex abuse should also address holding bishops accountable when they fail to protect their flocks from pedophile priests, the Vatican's leading sex abuse expert said Monday. Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna said the February summit of...

Activists push for more clergy sex abuse charges in Poland

Oct. 8, 2018 12:35 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish activists met with opposition lawmakers Monday to demand criminal punishment for Catholic priests convicted of sexually abusing children and extending the statute of limitations for prosecutions. The meeting brought the lawmakers together with psychologists, lawyers and the...

Missouri man charged with restraining children with zip ties

Oct. 5, 2018 3:22 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A western Missouri man was charged with restraining his ex-girlfriend's son and his daughters with zip ties and keeping them in cardboard boxes overnight on multiple occasions. Gary Wyant, 32, of Lawson, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 11 felony counts of child abuse and two counts of...

Chile church says sorry for conduct guidelines for priests

Oct. 2, 2018 9:58 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's Roman Catholic Church has apologized for a set of conduct guidelines for priests dealing with children that has caused outrage just as the South American country is being rocked by a widespread clerical sex abuse scandal. The recommendations include asking priests not to...

AP: Lawmakers buy industry fix to protect schools from guns

Oct. 2, 2018 8:07 PM EDT

Security companies spent years pushing schools to buy more products — from "ballistic attack-resistant" doors to smoke cannons that spew haze from ceilings to confuse a shooter. But sales were slow, and industry's campaign to free up taxpayer money for upgrades had stalled. That changed last February, when...