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FILE - In this Monday, April 18, 2005 file photo, U.S. Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick attends a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. On Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 the Vatican announced Pope Francis defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, files)
February 16, 2019 - 12:13 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and of sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday. McCarrick, 88, is the highest-ranking Catholic...
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FILE - In this April 23, 2002 file photo Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of the Archdiocese of Washington, waves as he arrives at the Vatican in a limousine. On Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 the Vatican announced Pope Francis defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)
February 16, 2019 - 9:41 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick (all times local): 3:40 p.m. A U.S. Catholic church leader says the Vatican's defrocking of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick shows no bishop is above the church's law. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, whose own...
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, smiles as she listens to a patron while visiting a coffee shop on Main Street in Concord, N.H., Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Gillibrand visited New Hampshire as she explores a 2020 run for president. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
February 15, 2019 - 8:55 pm
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...
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President Donald Trump gestures to the audience as he heads to the Oval Office after speaking during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
February 15, 2019 - 8:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Let the lawsuits begin. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border Friday and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court. That might have been the only thing Trump said Friday that produced near-...
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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2016, file photo, a man walks past the Salt Lake Temple, a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Parents of Mormon missionaries will be able to hear their children's voices a lot more often under new rules announced Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, that allow the proselytizing youngsters to call home every week instead of only twice a year. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
February 15, 2019 - 6:54 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Parents of Mormon missionaries will be able to hear their children's voices a lot more often under new rules announced Friday that allow the proselytizing youngsters to call home every week instead of only twice a year. The move is aimed at encouraging families to be more...
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French writer Frederic Martel gestures during an interview with Associated Press, in Paris, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. In the explosive book "In the Closet of the Vatican" author Frederic Martel describes a gay subculture at the Vatican and calls out the hypocrisy of Catholic bishops and cardinals who in public denounce homosexuality but in private lead double lives. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
February 15, 2019 - 2:26 pm
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...
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February 15, 2019 - 1:33 pm
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Authorities in Nigeria's Kaduna state are reporting at least 66 deaths in a wave of violence just before the country's presidential election. Samuel Aruwan, a spokesman for Kaduna state's governor, said Friday that the victims include 22 children. He blamed a "criminal element...
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In this 2019 photo provided by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Aimee Maddonna smiles while sitting with her children at her home in Simpsonville, S.C. The South Carolina mother has sued both the state and federal government, saying she’s a victim of religious discrimination on the part of a federally funded foster-care agency that turned her down because of her Catholic faith. Maddonna says the agency in 2014 initially encouraged her to become a foster parent but cut off ties once realizing that she is Catholic and not a “born-again” Christian, as the agency’s internal rules require. (Courtesy of Aimee Maddonna/Americans United for Separation of Church and State via AP)
February 15, 2019 - 12:55 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Catholic mother says a federally funded South Carolina foster agency abruptly stopped working with her and won't allow her to foster children because she's "not the right kind of Christian." In a federal lawsuit filed Friday, Aimee Maddonna and her lawyers say Miracle Hill...
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Kyi Lin, center, the gunman who shot a prominent Muslim lawyer who was a close adviser of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is escorted by police at Yangon Northern District Court in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. The court found Kyi Lin guilty of premeditated murder and illegal weapons possession and sentenced to death for the Jan. 29, 2017 shooting of lawyer Ko Ni in broad daylight at Yangon airport. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
February 15, 2019 - 8:56 am
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar sentenced two men to death on Friday for the killing of a prominent Muslim lawyer who was a close adviser to the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The Yangon Northern District Court found Kyi Lin guilty of premeditated murder and illegal weapons...
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Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol near the site of Thursday's explosion in Pampore, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Security officials say the death toll from a car bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir has climbed to at least 40 after rebels fighting against Indian rule struck a paramilitary convoy in the single deadliest attack in the divided region's volatile history. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
February 15, 2019 - 5:01 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India's prime minister warned Friday of a "crushing response" to the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir, an attack killed 41 and is now the deadliest in the divided region's volatile history. Prime Minister Narendra Modi placed the blame for...
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