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Taxpayers foot bill for Pennsylvania politician's car wrecks

Aug. 16, 2018 2:12 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania state representative has had three car accidents in three years — with repairs and insurance claims covered by state taxpayers, records show. Rep. Margo Davidson, a Democrat who represents Delaware County, has a total bill for repairs and claims exceeding $30,000...

Polish president vetoes law on EU Parliament elections

Aug. 16, 2018 9:48 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish president on Thursday vetoed legislation on elections to the European Union Parliament that would have benefited large political parties and made it harder for small parties to reach a threshold to win seats. Andrzej Duda said the legislation would have left "a large number...

Church sex scandal: Abuse victims want a full reckoning

Aug. 16, 2018 6:40 AM EDT

Six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania joined the list this week of those around the U.S. that have been forced to face the ugly truth about child-molesting priests in their ranks. But in dozens of other dioceses, there has been no reckoning, leading victims to wonder if the church will ever truly take...

California considers limiting broad 'felony murder' law

Aug. 16, 2018 2:06 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Hein was 18 when he and three other teenagers were charged in the 1995 stabbing death of the 16-year-old son of a Los Angeles police detective. One of Hein's friends pulled a knife during a fistfight over marijuana. James Farris III died; Jason Holland testified that he...

Bishops accused of brushing off sexual abuse complaints

Aug. 15, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while visiting her in the hospital after she had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the youngster's mouth with holy water. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who sexually...

Tighter regulations could take bite out of Airbnb profits

Aug. 15, 2018 8:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb faces tightening regulations in New York City that could take a big bite out of its profits, and on Wednesday the short-term rental company offered a counter-measure designed to appease hostile politicians: a $10 million contribution to charities. At a Manhattan news conference,...

Debt forces hunt for Lincoln-item auctioneers

Aug. 15, 2018 4:59 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The hunt for auctioneers to settle a $9.7 million debt by selling off parts of a valuable collection of Lincoln artifacts, including an iconic stovepipe hat and gloves bloodied the night he was assassinated, began Wednesday, but the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum...

The 411 on 529s

Aug. 15, 2018 10:13 AM EDT

It's back-to-school time and let's face it — education can be expensive. The College Board reports that the average cost of in-state tuition, fees, room and board at a public four-year college in the U.S. was $20,770 last year. And that's just a starting point — out-of-state tuition, private...

New Zealand bans most foreigners from buying homes

Aug. 15, 2018 4:01 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand has banned most foreigners from buying homes as it tries to tackle runaway housing prices. Previously the housing market was open to investors worldwide, but the government on Wednesday passed legislation that allows only New Zealand residents to buy homes. In...

Report: Pennsylvania priests molested over 1,000 children

Aug. 14, 2018 7:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — since the 1940s, and senior church officials, including a man who is now the archbishop of Washington, D.C., systematically covered up the abuse, according to...