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Pope lets more bishops go as part of Chile sex abuse fallout

Sep. 21, 2018 8:54 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignations of two more bishops in Chile, as fallout mounted from widespread sex abuse scandals there. Without citing reasons, the Vatican said the latest to leave their posts were the bishops of San Bartolome de Chillan, Monsignor Carlos Eduardo...

Arizona licenses for nonprofit housing migrant kids at risk

Sep. 21, 2018 12:23 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona officials have moved to revoke the licenses for a nonprofit that houses immigrant children after it missed a deadline to show that all its employees passed background checks. Texas-based Southwest Key demonstrated an "astonishingly flippant attitude" toward the state's concerns about...

Anti-abuse activists pan US Catholic bishops' new proposals

Sep. 20, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers and advocates for victims of clergy sex-abuse are assailing as inadequate some new steps announced by U.S. Catholic bishops to curtail the abuse scandals that have deeply shaken the church this year. The initiatives, announced Wednesday, include developing a code of conduct for...

Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart released from prison

Sep. 19, 2018 10:50 PM EDT

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart and stood by as the Utah girl was sexually assaulted was released from prison Wednesday amid concerns that she remains a threat 15 years after the chilling crime. Wanda Barzee, 72, quietly left the state prison in the Salt Lake City suburb of...

Nevada detective fired after sex abuse charge in Utah

Sep. 19, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

MESQUITE, Nev. (AP) — A veteran Nevada police detective was fired Wednesday following his arrest last week on charges accusing him of sexually abusing a southern Utah teen he met on a social networking app geared toward gay and bisexual men. Gary Erickson, who was arrested Sept. 12 in Las Vegas, is...

Oklahoma board denies commutation in domestic violence case

Sep. 19, 2018 7:02 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board has denied a request to commute the 30-year prison sentence of a woman convicted of failing to report the abuse of her children by her boyfriend, who received only two years behind bars for the abuse. The board denied the request for 34-year-old...

Jehovah's Witnesses accused of mishandling abuse in Montana

Sep. 19, 2018 6:42 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two women who say they were sexually abused as children have alleged that the Jehovah's Witnesses failed to report their abuser to authorities in Montana and instead punished him internally by expelling him from the congregation until he repented the following year. A trial begins...

Bills' McCoy says child abuse allegations are 'ridiculous'

Sep. 19, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy said allegations that he abused his 6-year-old son were "ridiculous" and being made by people attempting to further their own agendas. "These people honestly have so much to gain by doing this," McCoy said after practice Wednesday. "But I'm...

Paraguay suspends judges over sentence for abusive priest

Sep. 19, 2018 4:32 PM EDT

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Three Paraguayan judges who gave a Roman Catholic priest convicted of abusing a 14-year-old a minor sentence have been suspended, authorities said Wednesday. A report by a special jury in charge of the prosecution of magistrates said judges Fabian Iglesias, Nelio Prieto and Blas...

Argentina: Key points in study of pedophile priest Grassi

Sep. 18, 2018 10:39 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Here are some key points from a church counter-inquiry into the legal case against a famous Argentine priest accused of sexual abuse. The four-volume study was commissioned by Argentina's bishops' conference, then led by Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, before he was named Pope...