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Feds: Child exploitation focus of Pennsylvania church probe

Oct. 19, 2018 12:04 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two years ago, a federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh considered filing a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over its handling of child sex-abuse complaints, but left office before he could make the bold move. A colleague in Philadelphia is now taking new aim at the...

Man who killed Wetterling faces civil trial in related case

Oct. 19, 2018 11:52 AM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A man who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted as a child by the same man who abducted and killed Jacob Wetterling will get a chance to tell his story in court. Jared Scheierl was 12 when Danny Heinrich assaulted him in Minnesota, nine months before 11-year-old Jacob was kidnapped...

Capital Gazette editor wins Editor of the Year Award

Oct. 19, 2018 11:29 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The editor of a Maryland newspaper where five people were killed in a mass shooting in June has won the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award. The National Press Foundation announced the award Friday to Rick Hutzell, who's editor of Capital Gazette Communications in Annapolis,...

Suspect says he didn't mean to kill Bulgarian journalist

Oct. 19, 2018 11:23 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A 21-year-old suspect in the rape and slaying of a Bulgarian television journalist said Friday that he killed Viktoria Marinova, but didn't mean to. Handcuffed and surrounded by police officers, Severin Krassimirov spoke to reporters inside a courtroom where he appeared for a custody...

Kentucky woman gets life in prison for slaying of boyfriend

Oct. 19, 2018 11:19 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky woman has been sentenced to life in prison for killing her on-again, off-again boyfriend. News outlets report 27-year-old Shayna Hubers was sentenced Thursday in the 2012 shooting death of 29-year-old Ryan Posten. She was convicted of murder in his slaying in August. She also...

Shooter in Colorado Walmart slayings of 3 faces sentencing

Oct. 19, 2018 10:54 AM EDT

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — The man who pleaded guilty to gunning down three people in a suburban Denver Walmart last year will be sentenced Friday, but more than 11 months after the crime, his motive remains a mystery. A judge is expected to send 48-year-old Scott Ostrem to prison for the rest of life without...

20 men jailed for sex abuse of teenagers in northern England

Oct. 19, 2018 10:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Twenty men have been jailed for raping and abusing more than a dozen teenage girls in the city of Huddersfield in northern England. The men were found guilty in a series of trials this year. A judge lifted the reporting restrictions Friday. Amere Singh Dhaliwal, whom prosecutors said was the...

Pope accuser strikes back, blames gay priesthood for abuse

Oct. 19, 2018 10:04 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican ambassador who accused Pope Francis of rehabilitating a disgraced ex-American cardinal is doubling down on his claims, asserting that the "scourge of homosexuality" in the priesthood is responsible for sex abuse and that the Vatican is being hypocritical in refusing to...

Trump: 'Very Severe' consequences if Saudis killed Khashoggi

Oct. 19, 2018 9:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has acknowledged it "certainly looks" as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened "very severe" consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him. His warning came as the administration toughened its response to a...

Teacher found dead, accused of sexually assaulting student

Oct. 19, 2018 7:18 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Police say a middle school English teacher in Georgia has been found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound after being accused of sexually assaulting a sixth-grade boy. News outlets report a Gwinnett County police release says 28-year-old Zachary Meadors was found dead in a...