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FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo, Father Michael Pfleger speaks at Saint Sabina Catholic Church, in Chicago. In a letter written to the Saint Sabina community, Chicago Cardinal Blasé Cupich announced Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, he has asked Pfleger to step aside from his ministry following receipt of a sexual abuse allegation of a minor by Pfleger more than 40 years earlier. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Brothers accuse prominent Chicago priest of sexual abuse

Jan. 25, 2021 7:20 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers in their 60s on Monday described years of sexual abuse by a firebrand activist priest who has gained fame speaking out on national politics from the pulpit and for taking on drug dealers in South Side neighborhoods around his Chicago church. The abuse began in the 1970s when...

US Supreme Court won't hear rabbi's appeal of $22M case

Jan. 25, 2021 1:43 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a Connecticut rabbi's appeal of a $21.7 million jury verdict in a lawsuit that accused him of sexually abusing a teenage boy. The court provided no comments in its decision to let stand a federal appeals court ruling last year that...

Pastor gets 15-year term for sexually assaulting 2 children

Jan. 25, 2021 12:41 PM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A pastor who sexually assaulted two children for several years has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison. Josue Rodriguez, 62, of Jersey City, will not be eligible for parole as part of the sentence handed down Thursday. He had pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault...

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, Israeli-born Australian Malka Leifer, right, is brought to a courtroom in Jerusalem. Israel's Supreme Court on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, rejected an appeal challenging the extradition of Leifer, a former teacher wanted in Australia accused of sexually abusing several former students at a Jewish school in Melbourne, clearing the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal saga. Leifer is currently on a plane to Australia, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israel extradites woman wanted for sex crimes to Australia

Jan. 25, 2021 9:12 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities on Monday extradited a former teacher accused of sexually abusing her former students in Australia, capping a six-year legal battle that had strained relations between the two governments and antagonized Australia's Jewish community. Malka Leifer, who is wanted on 74...

FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, June 22, 2018, protesters demonstrate while blocking the street outside the Justice Ministry in Madrid, Spain.  The first comprehensive internal inquiry on sex abuse allegations by a religious order in Spain has identified 81 children and 37 adult victims by 96 Jesuits since the late 1920s, in a report released Friday Jan. 22, 2021, but associations of victims say it falls short of identifying perpetrators or those who covered up the abuses. (AP Photo/Paul White, FILE)

In a first for Spain, Jesuits admit to decades of sex abuse

Jan. 22, 2021 1:52 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The first comprehensive internal inquiry on sex abuse allegations by a religious order in Spain has identified 81 children and 37 adult victims of 96 Jesuits since the late 1920s, a much higher number than the cases that had so far been publicly known. Associations of victims are welcoming...

Portland police shooting of man under international scrutiny

Jan. 21, 2021 11:31 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The 2010 police killing of a Black man shot in the back after officers arrived to check on his welfare drew intense scrutiny in Portland, a grand jury rebuke, a march on City Hall and national attention from the Rev. Jesse Jackson. On Wednesday, Aaron M. Campbell’s death...

Winthrop sets program record with 20th straight victory

Jan. 20, 2021 7:58 PM EST

CLINTON, S.C. (AP) — Chandler Vaudrin had a season-high 20 points and Winthrop set a program record with its 20th straight victory dating to last season after beating Presbyterian 78-66 on Wednesday. Winthrop (15-0, 12-0 Big South Conference) topped its previous record of 19 straight wins set by the...

Virginia Tech forward Justyn Mutts (25) blocks a shot from Wake Forest guard Carter Whitt (35) during an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Andrew Dye/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

Radford helps No. 20 Virginia Tech beat Wake Forest 64-60

Jan. 17, 2021 9:23 PM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Virginia Tech kept turning the ball over, failing to secure loose rebounds and struggling to get offense from its two best scorers. Tyrece Radford and the rest of the 20th-ranked Hokies' supporting cast provided enough of a boost to offset that, including with some steady...

Nutall scores 33 in Sam Houston State's eighth straight win

Jan. 16, 2021 7:39 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Zach Nutall had 33 points and surpassed 1,000 for his career as Sam Houston extended its winning streak to eight games, defeating Houston Baptist 87-80 on Saturday. Nutall shot 6 for 9 on 3-pointers. He added nine rebounds. Demarkus Lampley had 20 points for Sam Houston (11-5, 5-0...

Man says Mormon church threatened expulsion for abuse report

Jan. 14, 2021 4:27 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man is claiming he was sexually abused as a Boy Scout and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints threatened ex-communication when he tried to report it 45 years ago. Attorneys for the man announced a lawsuit Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix...