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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2019, file photo, Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, accompanied by other members of the clergy, leaves St. Mathews Cathedral after the annual Red Mass in Washington. Pope Francis on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, named 13 new cardinals, including Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first Black U.S. prelate to earn the coveted red hat. In a surprise announcement from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said the churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal’s rank in a ceremony on Nov. 28. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Black D.C. archbishop's rise marks a historic moment

Oct. 25, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory is set to become the first Black U.S. prelate to assume the rank of cardinal in the Catholic Church, a historic appointment that comes months after nationwide demonstrations against racial injustice. Gregory’s ascension, announced on Sunday...

Ex-Minister gets 30-year sentence for repeatedly raping girl

Oct. 24, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The former minister of a Connecticut church who was convicted of repeatedly raping a girl beginning when she was 6 has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Orane Cole, 45, continued to maintain his innocence during the sentencing hearing Friday in Bridgeport Superior Court, the...

Judge cancels Amish brothers' probation, sends to prison

Oct. 23, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

MARSHFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Two Amish brothers who were convicted of molesting a 13-year-old girl are headed to prison for 15 years for violating their probation. The Springfield News-Leader reports that a small group of anti-sex abuse demonstrators picketed Thursday at the hearing in which a Webster County...

Baltimore SWAT officer charged with child sex abuse

Oct. 23, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore Police SWAT team officer was charged with child sex abuse in Harford County, according to court records. Donald P. Hildebrandt, 50, was charged this week with four counts, including sex abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, The Baltimore Sun...

Virginia Beach woman accused in infant's death in 2019

Oct. 23, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Beach woman was charged with felony homicide in the death of an infant in her care more than a year ago, police said. Shylan Csatlos, 39, also was charged with felony child abuse, The Virginian-Pilot reported Friday. Csatlos is being held without bond in the Virginia...

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2020, file photo, Australian Cardinal George Pell waves as he arrives at Rome's international airport in Fiumicino. Australian state police said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 it was not investigating the transfer of money from the Vatican to Australia, throwing doubt on Italian media speculation that it might be linked to the overturned convictions of Cardinal George Pell for child sex abuse. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Australian police not investigating Vatican money transfer

Oct. 22, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian state police said Friday they're not investigating the transfer of money from the Vatican to Australia, throwing doubt on Italian media speculation that it might be linked to the overturned convictions of Cardinal George Pell for child sex abuse. Italian newspaper...

FILE - In this July 2, 2020, file photo, Audrey Strauss, acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a photo of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell during a news conference, in New York. Transcripts released Thursday show the ex-girlfriend of financier Jeffrey Epstein was combative and defensive under tough questioning four years ago about her ex-boyfriend’s interactions with underage girls. Ghislaine Maxwell said she

Epstein ex Maxwell denied getting Prince Andrew sex partners

Oct. 22, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend denied introducing Britain’s Prince Andrew to underage sex partners in a defensive and combative deposition made public Thursday, calling the prince's accuser an “awful fantasist.” “Are we tallying all the lies?”...

FILE - James Safechuck, from right, director Dan Reed and Wade Robson pose for a portrait to promote the film

Lawsuit of Michael Jackson sexual abuse accuser dismissed

Oct. 22, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has dismissed the lawsuit of one of two men who alleged that Michael Jackson abused them as boys in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland." Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark A. Young on Tuesday found that James Safechuck, 42, could not sue the two corporations...

Ansley schools settle lawsuit over student's alleged rape

Oct. 22, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

ANSLEY, Neb. (AP) — A central Nebraska school paid $650,000 to settle a lawsuit over the alleged rape of a 15-year-old disabled student during a basketball game. Ansley Public Schools was sued by the victim's mother, who claimed in the federal lawsuit the school did not do enough to protect her daughter...

Judge throws out extortion charges against megachurch leader

Oct. 22, 2020 3:17 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Citing insufficient evidence, a judge on Wednesday threw out extortion charges against the leader of a Mexican megachurch but left in place accusations of child rape and human trafficking. The California attorney general's office failed to show that Naasón Joaquín García,...