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Australian court upholds sex abuse verdict of Cardinal Pell

Aug. 21, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian appeals court Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, in a decision cheered by scores of abuse survivors and victims' advocates demonstrating outside the court. A unanimous...

The Latest: Vatican to wait before investigating Pell

Aug. 21, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on an appeals court upholding the sex abuse convictions of Cardinal George Pell (all times local): 8 p.m. The Vatican says it will let Cardinal George Pell exhaust all his appeals of his sexual abuse convictions in Australia before taking up his case in its own canon...

10 Things to Know for Today

Aug. 21, 2019 5:40 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. HOW TRUMP VIEWS MARKET VOLATILITY, ECONOMY The U.S. president contends he does not fear a recession and is nonetheless considering new tax cuts to promote growth, but he acknowledges his aggressive China...

Trial to start in case of fatal shooting over parking spot

Aug. 21, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Jurors are set to hear opening arguments in the trial of a white man who is accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a dispute over a parking space in Florida. Opening arguments were set Wednesday for a Clearwater courtroom. Five men and a woman were seated as jurors...

Florida man guilty of killing his mother sentenced to life

Aug. 21, 2019 4:54 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who was found guilty of killing his mother has been sentenced to life in prison. News outlets report 33-year-old Yuzo Nishi was sentenced Tuesday in the 2016 death of 51-year-old Maria Bertalmio. Nishi was found guilty in June of second-degree murder. A Collier County...

Trial delayed in alleged threats to anti-LGBT delegate case

Aug. 21, 2019 4:39 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial has been delayed for a Virginia man accused of threatening a West Virginia delegate who equated the LGBTQ community to the Ku Klux Klan. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Monday bench trial for Jonathan George Benfer was delayed over several oversights. The absent...

Hearing set for case to force WV governor to live in capital

Aug. 21, 2019 1:10 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Can the governor of West Virginia be forced to live in the state capital? A persistent lawsuit seeking to do just that is back in court Wednesday. Republican Gov. Jim Justice has been frequently criticized by members of both major parties for not spending time at the Charleston...

Jury to weigh ex-school head's lawsuit against writer Sparks

Aug. 21, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A jury will decide whether the former head of a private Christian school that novelist Nicholas Sparks founded in his North Carolina hometown was unjustly fired, then defamed when the author said the educator suffered from mental illness. Attorneys are expected to summarize their...

Washington state grand jury indicts witness in homicide case

Aug. 20, 2019 11:37 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state grand jury has charged a witness with lying, according to an indictment signed by the special prosecutor in the shooting death of an assistant U.S. attorney. The Seattle Times reports the grand jury indicted Shawna Reid on charges of obstruction of justice and lying to a...

Honduras' ex-first lady convicted of fraud, embezzlement

Aug. 20, 2019 11:24 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A Honduran court convicted former first lady Rosa Elena Bonilla on Tuesday of embezzling about $600,000 in government money between 2010 and 2014, when her husband Porfirio Lobo was president. Bonilla's sentence will be announced Aug. 28 and could run between 58 and 87 years in...