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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...

Wisconsin court: Judge's Facebook friendship could show bias

Feb. 20, 2019 11:19 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge's decision to become Facebook friends with a woman whose child custody case he was hearing created at least the appearance of bias, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday in ordering the case to be re-heard by another judge. The case, which is the first of its kind in...

Ending the silence on sex abuse: Vatican holds summit

Feb. 20, 2019 4:18 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — If Pope Francis needed a concrete example to justify summoning church leaders from around the globe to Rome for a tutorial on clergy sex abuse, Sister Bernardine Pemii has it. The nun, who recently completed a course on child protection policies at Rome's Jesuit university, has been...

Legal hurdles would look familiar in any new R. Kelly case

Feb. 19, 2019 8:32 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors will have to clear a series of high legal hurdles if they intend to charge R. Kelly and convict him, even if there's video evidence. One case illustrates the difficulties: The R&B star's own 2008 trial at which he was acquitted. At the heart of that child pornography trial...

Despite bill's demise, W.Va. teachers to strike for 2nd day

Feb. 19, 2019 7:59 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia teachers will remain on strike for a second day despite a move by the House of Delegates to effectively kill a complex education bill that had sent them to the picket lines. The leaders of three unions representing teachers and school service personnel made the...

The Latest: Teachers to strike a 2nd day in West Virginia

Feb. 19, 2019 7:45 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on a teachers' strike in West Virginia (all times local): 7:20 p.m. A teachers strike in West Virginia will head into a second day. The leaders of three unions representing teachers and school service personnel made the announcement Tuesday night that the walkout will...

Religious orders apologize for sex abuse inaction, cover-ups

Feb. 19, 2019 7:31 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic religious orders around the world apologized Tuesday for having failed to respond when their priests raped children, acknowledging that their family-like communities blinded them to sexual abuse and led to misplaced loyalties, denial and cover-ups. The two umbrella...

Man pleads guilty in rape, murder of Pennsylvania teen

Feb. 19, 2019 6:28 PM EST

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the rape, murder and dismemberment of a 14-year-old girl, and the victim's adoptive mother has agreed to plead guilty and serve a life sentence. Jacob Sullivan, 46, pleaded guilty to all charges in the 2016 death of Grace Packer. A jury...

Pressure builds to get civilians out of last IS-held enclave

Feb. 19, 2019 3:03 PM EST

AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) — Dozens of trucks arrived Tuesday at the outskirts of a besieged enclave held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, signaling renewed efforts to evacuate hundreds of civilians trapped in the militants' last patch of territory along the Euphrates River. A spokesman...

Sex abuse survivors say Vatican summit must deliver action

Feb. 17, 2019 1:29 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Roman Catholics who were sexually abused by clergy are insisting that decisive actions to confront the decades-long problem of pedophile priests and church cover-ups must come out of an upcoming Vatican summit. A founding member of the advocacy group Ending Clergy Abuse, Peter Isely,...