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Pennsylvania bishops mostly silent on prosecutor's challenge

Aug. 16, 2018 6:33 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Reeling from a landmark grand jury report on child sexual abuse, the leadership of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic Church is under pressure to support a change in state law to give those victims — now adults — a temporary opportunity to file lawsuits on decades-old abuse...

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...

'Weaponization of faith': Examples from clergy abuse report

Aug. 16, 2018 9:26 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A landmark grand jury report on clergy abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania detailed how priests often used religious rituals, symbols of the faith and the threat of eternity in hell to groom, molest and rape children. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro called...

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...

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...

Lavish court spending in poor West Virginia triggers scandal

Aug. 14, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A $42,000 antique desk. A $32,000 blue suede sectional sofa. A $7,500 inlaid wooden floor map of West Virginia's 55 counties. A scandal involving lavish office renovations and other financial abuses by the highest court in one of the poorest states in America has triggered an...

Key dates in the Pennsylvania church abuse scandal

Aug. 14, 2018 4:37 PM EDT

A new grand jury report released Tuesday details widespread sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania's eight Roman Catholic dioceses, alleging over 300 priests victimized more than 1,000 children over the past six decades, and that church officials took steps to conceal and protect abusive clergymen. Victim advocates...

Heavy rains prompt rescues, confusion in Pennsylvania

Aug. 13, 2018 11:36 PM EDT

DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Heavy rains triggered flash flooding in parts of central and eastern Pennsylvania on Monday, closing down a heavily traveled interstate and sending water into homes in the mountainous coal regions. State highway and emergency management officials reported numerous closed roads in a wide...

The Latest: Officials say rafting group appears to be safe

Aug. 13, 2018 11:27 PM EDT

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on heavy rains in Pennsylvania (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Emergency officials say they are fairly confident Monday evening that a group of rafters is safe after a report that they were missing on Lehigh River. Nearly 150 rafters appear to be safe almost three hours...

Church abuse report, 2 years in works, may soon be released

Aug. 12, 2018 11:03 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A damning report into allegations of decades of child sexual abuse at the hands of clergy members and efforts to cover it up in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses is expected to be released in the coming days. The public disclosure of the findings, the result of an almost...