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Editorial Roundup: US

Feb. 19, 2020 4:42 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Feb. 19 The Bergen Record in New Jersey on Michael Bloomberg's Democratic Presidential nominee bid: So-called moderate Democrats in New Jersey and New York are flocking to the self-funded candidacy of billionaire Michael Bloomberg, pausing...

In this Aug. 25, 2011 photo, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, papal delegate for the Legionaries of Christ, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Vatican City. Benedict XVI had entrusted De Paolis, one of the Vatican’s most respected canon lawyers, to turn the Legion around in 2010, after revelations that its founder, the late Rev. Marcial Maciel, had raped his seminarians, fathered three children and built a cult-like order to hide his crimes. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Priests of disgraced Legion face trial for obstruction claim

Feb. 17, 2020 1:54 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The Vatican effort to reform the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order is coming under new scrutiny, with four Legion priests and a Legion lawyer due to stand trial on charges they tried to obstruct justice and extort the family of a sex abuse victim. The preliminary hearing is scheduled...

In this picture taken on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 Yolanda Martinez Garcia cries during an interview with the Associated Press at her home, in Milan. Her son was sexually abused by one of the priests of the Legion of Christ, a disgraced religious order. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Disgraced religious order tried to get abuse victim to lie

Feb. 17, 2020 1:52 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The cardinal’s response was not what Yolanda Martínez had expected — or could abide. Her son had been sexually abused by a priest of the Legion of Christ, a disgraced religious order. And now she was calling Cardinal Valasio De Paolis -- the Vatican official appointed by...

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2019 file photo, Roger Stone, a longtime Republican provocateur and former confidant of President Donald Trump, waits in line at the federal court in Washington. A Justice Department official tells the AP that the agency is backing away from its sentencing recommendation of between seven to nine years in prison for Trump confidant Roger Stone.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trial team quits Roger Stone case in dispute over sentence

Feb. 12, 2020 7:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The four lawyers who prosecuted Roger Stone quit the case after the Justice Department overruled them and said it would take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it would seek for President Donald Trump’s longtime ally and confidant. The departures on...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump hypes 'comeback,' impeachment acquittal

Feb. 10, 2020 12:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the world is witnessing a great American economic revival that he brought on by reversing course from the Obama years. Yet the economy is not so different from the robust one he inherited and disparages at every turn. Trump's State of the Union speech came...

This photo provided by the Chicago police department shows Travis McCoy.  Charges were filed against the parents of a 1-year-old boy who was shot in the head as his parents struggled over a gun inside a Chicago home, police announced Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Travis McCoy, 26, was charged with felony false alarm to 911 and misdemeanor child endangerment. Adriana Smith, 28, is charged with felony obstruction of justice and misdemeanor child endangerment.  (Chicago Police via AP)

Parents charged after Chicago boy shot in struggle over gun

Jan. 30, 2020 7:37 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The parents of a 1-year-old boy who was shot in the head as his parents struggled over a gun inside a Chicago home were each ordered held on Thursday in lieu of $10,000 bond. Travis McCoy, 26, is charged with felony false alarm to 911 and misdemeanor child endangerment. Adriana Smith, 28, is...

Former LSU student drops appeal in frat hazing death case

Jan. 28, 2020 4:55 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A former Louisiana State University student and Phi Delta Theta member convicted in the hazing death of a pledge has waived his right to appeal. Matthew Naquin, 21, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, was convicted in July 2019 of negligent homicide in the hazing death of 18-year-old Max...

In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as White House deputy counsel Mike Purpura speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrong on Bolton; more claims from trial

Jan. 28, 2020 12:20 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump stated falsely Monday that House Democrats never called his former national security adviser to testify in their impeachment inquiry. Actually they did. Trump's tweet about John Bolton came as the Senate entered the second week of the impeachment trial, where his...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump's guiding principle is the idea that he's the president - and that means he can do what he wants. It's governed how he operates with his staff, world leaders and lawmakers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump's idea of executive power is also impeachment defense

Jan. 25, 2020 6:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has always been a man of absolutes. Something is the best or the worst, a person is a winner or a total loser, an event has never happened before, even when it has. Absolutism was the unwritten credo of his career in business and is the guiding light of his presidency as he...

In this image from video, President Donald Trump's personal attorney Jay Sekulow speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump defense misrepresents Mueller findings

Jan. 22, 2020 2:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In opening arguments of the impeachment trial, President Donald Trump's defense misrepresented the findings of a special counsel's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election by claiming the president was cleared of obstruction of justice. A look at some of his legal team's...