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Today in History

Jan. 18, 2019 12:06 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2019. There are 347 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Jan. 18, 1957, a trio of B-52's completed the first non-stop, round-the-world flight by jet planes, landing at March Air Force Base in California after more than 45 hours aloft....

Arrest warrant issued for former Dallas priest

Jan. 16, 2019 12:25 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Texas priest accused of molesting teenagers more than a decade ago after a new alleged victim came forward. Edmundo Paredes is believed to have fled Texas after sexual assault allegations involving three teenagers were made public in August. The...

Pope wants bishops to punish sex abusers, not cover up cases

Jan. 16, 2019 8:40 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is insisting that bishops attending his high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit will learn the laws to use against predators, how to care for victims and will make sure that no cleric abuse cases are covered up again. The Vatican on Wednesday provided details about the Feb....

Today in History

Jan. 16, 2019 12:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2019. There are 349 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 16, 1920, Prohibition began in the United States as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect, one year to the day after its ratification. (It was later...

Guam Catholic Church enters bankruptcy amid sex abuse claims

Jan. 15, 2019 9:07 PM EST

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam's Catholic Church filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, a move that will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of child sexual abuse lawsuits and enter settlement negotiations. Ford Elsaesser, an attorney representing the church, said the Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition was...

Former major leaguer Wetteland charged with child sex abuse

Jan. 15, 2019 7:08 PM EST

DENTON, Texas (AP) — John Wetteland, a former All-Star and World Series MVP, has been charged in Texas with continuous sex abuse of a child under age 14. Wetteland, 52, was arrested Monday and freed on $25,000 bond, according to Denton County jail records. Wetteland lives in the Dallas-area suburb of...

Baltimore church leaders handing over files amid abuse probe

Jan. 15, 2019 4:51 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Catholic archdiocese in Baltimore has delivered over 50,000 pages of internal files to Maryland's top law enforcement official amid an investigation into child sex abuse and is in the process of handing over more, church leaders announced Tuesday. Archbishop William Lori described the...

California appeals justice facing sex misconduct discipline

Jan. 14, 2019 8:42 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California state appeals court justice was accused Monday of repeatedly groping a colleague's breasts, suggesting they have an affair and telling a police officer who served as his driver that he wanted to have sex with her in his chambers. The Commission on Judicial Performance...

Defendant in deadly store attack accused in earlier assault

Jan. 14, 2019 5:49 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man accused of killing a woman and sexually assaulting two others inside a suburban St. Louis religious supplies store in November was charged Monday with sexually assaulting another woman two months earlier. Thomas Bruce, 53, is charged with kidnapping, sexual abuse, assault, burglary...

R. Kelly accuser says he threatened to reveal her sex life

Jan. 14, 2019 5:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly wrote a letter threatening to reveal embarrassing details of a woman's sexual history if she didn't drop a lawsuit accusing him of sexual abuse, the woman and her lawyer said Monday. In the letter, a person identifying himself as R. Kelly warned a lawyer for the woman, Faith...