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The Latest: Spain diocese establishes clergy sex abuse panel

Feb. 20, 2019 11:22 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the Vatican summit on dealing with sex abuse of minors (all times local): 5:05 p.m. A Roman Catholic diocese in northwest Spain has become the country's first to establish a panel to protect and support local victims of clergy sex abuse. Bishop of Astorga Juan Antonio...

Chicago police seek follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett

Feb. 18, 2019 7:15 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police said Sunday they're still seeking a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett after receiving new information that "shifted" their investigation of a reported attack on the "Empire" actor. The trajectory of the investigation "shifted" after detectives questioned two brothers...

Smollett developments leave some baffled, others outraged

Feb. 17, 2019 7:57 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The national outrage that simmered after actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked by people shouting racial and anti-gay slurs was fueled in part by celebrities who spoke out loud and strong on social media. But the outrage has now been replaced by surprise, doubt and bafflement as the...

Tradition of nonpartisan selection of judges may end in Iowa

Feb. 17, 2019 11:06 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa was in the forefront of a national effort to reduce partisanship in the courts nearly 50 years ago when it decided to stop electing judges and instead rely on nominations by a panel of citizens and lawyers. In all, about three dozen states adopted similar systems aimed at...

Chicago police release 2 men questioned in Smollett case

Feb. 16, 2019 7:23 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police released without charges two Nigerian brothers arrested on suspicion of assaulting "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett and said they have new evidence to investigate as a result of questioning them. "The individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released...

Chicago police release 2 men questioned in Smollett case

Feb. 15, 2019 11:12 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police late Friday released without charges two Nigerian brothers arrested on suspicion of assaulting "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett and said they have new evidence to investigate as a result of questioning them. "The individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been...

2020 Dems hit early voting states; Weld explores GOP bid

Feb. 15, 2019 9:33 PM EST

Several Democratic presidential candidates are spending the long holiday weekend on the campaign trail, while a Republican has announced he's creating an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 run. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Kamala Harris of California are visiting early voting states on Friday...

The Latest: Calif. Gov. Newsom endorses Harris for president

Feb. 15, 2019 9:31 PM EST

The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates on the campaign trail(all times local): 9:30 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is endorsing Sen. Kamala Harris for president in 2020. The Democrat said in an MSNBC interview Friday: "I think the American people could not do better" than Harris. He added later in a...

Airlines to give customers 'nonbinary' choice under gender

Feb. 15, 2019 6:36 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Major U.S. airlines say they will soon change their ticketing process to give passengers the option of identifying themselves as other than male or female. The gender option on airline sites will soon include choices such "undisclosed" or "unspecified." There could also be the optional title...

Bombshell book alleges a Vatican gay subculture, hypocrisy

Feb. 15, 2019 2:26 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A gay French writer has lifted the lid on what he calls one of the world's largest gay communities, the Vatican, estimating that most of its prelates are homosexually inclined and attributing much of the current crisis in the Catholic Church to an internal struggle. In the explosive book, "In...