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Charitable giving by individual Americans drops in 2018

Jun. 18, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Charitable giving by individual Americans in 2018 suffered its biggest drop since the Great Recession of 2008-09, in part because of Republican-backed changes in tax policy, according to the latest comprehensive report on Americans' giving patterns. The Giving USA report, released Tuesday,...

Judge declares mistrial on remaining counts in Benghazi case

Jun. 17, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. judge has declared a mistrial on 15 remaining charges against a Libyan militant who was found guilty last week of playing an instrumental role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks. The mistrial in the case of Mustafa al-Imam was declared Monday in Washington after a jury could not reach a...

Ex-pastor in Texas accused of sexually abusing teen relative

Jun. 16, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years. Stephen Bratton is accused of subjecting the relative...

Ex-priest in molestation case returned to Arizona from Italy

Jun. 15, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Catholic priest who fled from Arizona to Italy in 2003 after being indicted on child molestation charges has been returned to the state. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office announced that 70-year-old Joseph John Henn appeared before a judge on Friday after Italian authorities...

Vatican investigator of child sex abuse meets Polish bishops

Jun. 14, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, met with Poland's Catholic bishops on Friday to share his experience in tracking crimes, after the Polish church admitted knowing about hundreds of cases over the years where priests abused minors. Scicluna attended the...

Bishops OK anti-abuse steps, but skeptics seek tougher moves

Jun. 14, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Under intense public pressure, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops approved new steps this week to deal more strongly with the clergy sex-abuse crisis. But activists and others say the moves leave the bishops in charge of policing themselves and potentially keep law enforcement at arm's...

Jury reaches partial verdict in trial of Benghazi militant

Jun. 13, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal jury has reached a partial verdict in the case against a Libyan militant accused of playing an instrumental role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks. The jury in Washington found Mustafa al-Imam guilty on two counts. It did not reach a verdict on 15 others, and deliberations will...

Southern Baptist leader bemoans abuse crisis, vows action

Jun. 13, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Sharing a stage with tearful survivors of sex abuse, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention apologized Wednesday for the abuse crisis besetting his denomination and outlined an array of steps to address it. "We are broken-hearted and angry," said the Rev. J.D. Greear as...

Catholic bishops approve new sex-abuse reporting hotline

Jun. 12, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. Catholic bishops voted Wednesday to create a new national sex-abuse hotline run by an independent entity, a decision that represents one of the church's most tangible steps yet in confronting its sex-abuse crisis. The hotline, which would field allegations that bishops committed abuse...

Ex-Mormon bishop given 4 months in sex abuse of teenage boy

Jun. 12, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — A former bishop with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been sentenced to four months in jail after being found guilty of sexual abuse of one teenage boy and lewdness with another. The Deseret News reports that during sentencing Wednesday in the Salt Lake City...