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Coast Guard leader: More money needed to compete in Arctic

Mar. 21, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Strapped with an aging fleet, the U.S. Coast Guard is about to award a contract for a much-needed new icebreaker to help compete against Russia and China for a presence in the Arctic, but the service needs more funding for operations and infrastructure, its commandant said Thursday. Adm....

Lawyers to release list of accused Illinois Catholic clergy

Mar. 19, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys who have represented clergy abuse victims across the United States say they are releasing a report that lists the names of every Catholic priest and lay person in Illinois who has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct. On Wednesday, the attorneys say they will release a...

Tennessee to try anti-harassment bill again next year

Mar. 19, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee House panel says more work is needed before the GOP-dominant statehouse can pass legislation strengthening anti-harassment protections for independent contractors. The issue has hit home in Nashville's country music industry as women have spoken out against the sexual...

Governor 'glad' to meet with woman who accused lawmaker

Mar. 19, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday that it took "a lot of courage" for a woman to meet with him last week about her accusations of sexual misconduct against a state lawmaker. The Republican told reporters that he was glad to meet Christi Rice and hear her story, but declined to...

Gillibrand: 'Post-investigation' errors in misconduct claim

Mar. 19, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand acknowledged Tuesday that there were some "post-investigation human errors" when her Senate office investigated allegations of sexual misconduct against various staffers. Gillibrand, campaigning in Iowa for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination,...

Pediatrician gets at least 79 years for assaulting patients

Mar. 18, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania pediatrician was sentenced Monday to at least 79 years in prison for sexually assaulting 31 children, most of them patients, as his now-adult victims blasted not only their abuser but the system that let him get away with it for so long. Dr. Johnnie Barto of...

Warner Bros.' chief Tsujihara steps down following scandal

Mar. 18, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Warner Bros. chief Kevin Tsujihara, one of the highest ranking Hollywood executives to be felled by sexual misconduct allegations, stepped down from the studio Monday following claims that he promised roles to an actress with whom he was having an affair. WarnerMedia chief executive John...

R. Kelly case spotlights abuse of girls in the era of #MeToo

Mar. 18, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The girls, a dozen of them 15 to 18 years old, file into a conference room in a downtown Brooklyn office building, taking seats in chairs carefully arranged in a circle. On the floor in front of them is a makeshift altar of comforting objects: A string of Christmas lights, plastic toys and...

Vatican pushes back about work conditions at UN mission

Mar. 16, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is pushing back against whistleblower reports about problematic work conditions at its U.N. mission in New York under its former ambassador, in the latest scandal implicating the Holy See's diplomatic corps. The Vatican's U.N. mission said the visa status of its diplomatic,...

Workers on Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign have unionized

Mar. 15, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

Workers on Bernie Sanders' 2020 Democratic campaign have unionized, becoming the first presidential campaign staffers in history to do so. Sanders, campaigning in South Carolina on Friday, said he was proud of the distinction. "We cannot just support unions with words, we must back it up with actions," he...