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Lawsuit: Church pressured Mississippi victims into unfair settlements

Posted earlier today in National

Two impoverished Mississippi men who say they were sexually assaulted by Franciscan missionaries filed a federal lawsuit Thursday claiming that Catholic officials pressured them into signing settlements that paid them little money and required them to remain silent about the alleged abuse.



Vape debate: Are e-cigarettes wiping out teen smoking?

Posted earlier today in National

In almost any other year it would be hailed as a public health victory: The smoking rate among U.S. high schoolers took its biggest hit ever this year, federal figures show, falling to a new low.



AG Barr: Epstein's death was a 'perfect storm of screw-ups'

Posted earlier today in National

Attorney General William Barr said he initially had his own suspicions about financier Jeffrey Epstein's death while behind bars at one of the most secure jails in America but came to conclude that his suicide was the result of "a perfect storm of screw-ups."



AP-NORC/USAFacts Poll: Facts missing from American democracy

Posted earlier today in National

At a time when many Americans say they're struggling to distinguish between fact and fiction, the country is broadly skeptical that facts underlie some of the basic mechanisms of democracy in the United States -- from political campaigns to voting choices to the policy decisions made by elected officials.



Biden courts Southern black mayors for 2020 endorsements

Posted earlier today in National

Joe Biden met Thursday with a group of Southern black mayors representing millions of voters in urban centers who could play a key role in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.



AP: Catholic boards hailed as fix for sex abuse often fail

Posted earlier today in National

Facing thousands of clergy sex-abuse cases, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards.



Feds release data on wages, debt for specific college majors

Posted yesterday in National

For the first time, the U.S. Education Department has published data allowing students to compare salary and debt levels for specific college programs rather than for entire institutions only.



US schools try to diversify mainly white teaching ranks

Posted yesterday in National

It wasn't until she became a high school senior that Kayla Ireland had another black person as a teacher in Waterbury, a former manufacturing hub where the students are mostly minorities and the educators are generally white.



Democrats spar at debate over health care, how to beat Trump

Posted yesterday in National

Democratic presidential candidates clashed in a debate over the future of health care in America, racial inequality and their ability to build a winning coalition to take on President Donald Trump next year.



Trump directed Ukraine quid pro quo, key witness says

Posted yesterday in National

Ambassador Gordon Sondland declared to impeachment investigators Wednesday that President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani explicitly sought a "quid pro quo" with Ukraine, leveraging an Oval Office visit for political investigations of Democrats. But he also came to believe the trade involved much more.



AP source: FBI has asked for interview with whistleblower

Posted yesterday in National

The FBI last month requested an interview with the whistleblower whose complaint fueled the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and Ukraine, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.



Disney Plus blames past hacks for user accounts sold online

Posted yesterday in National

Disney said Disney Plus account passwords being sold in underground hacking forums are coming from previous breaches at other companies, predating last week's launch of its streaming service.



UAW president steps down as GM sues rival over union bribery

Posted yesterday in National

United Auto Workers President Gary Jones abruptly resigned Wednesday, capping a tumultuous day that saw union leaders move to oust him, and General Motors accusing rival Fiat Chrysler in a lawsuit of bribing union officials to get more favorable contract terms from the UAW.



In rare move, N. Carolina county removes Confederate statue

Posted yesterday in National

A North Carolina county removed a Confederate statue from a historic courthouse early Wednesday, joining the handful of places around the state where such monuments have come down in recent years despite a law protecting them.



AMA calls for total ban on all e-cigarette and vaping products

Posted 11/20/2019 in National

The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.



Democratic debate: Rising Buttigieg could face attacks

Posted 11/20/2019 in National

Pete Buttigieg's dramatic rise from little-known Indiana mayor to a leading Democratic presidential candidate faces its toughest test on Wednesday, with rivals poised to lob debate-stage attacks in an effort to stall his momentum.



GOP-requested witness rejects Trump 'conspiracy theories'

Posted 11/20/2019 in National

Sought by Republicans to testify, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine spoke up instead for Democrat Joe Biden in Tuesday's impeachment hearings, rejecting "conspiracy theories" embraced by President Donald Trump and some of his allies.



Alabama man charged in killing of rival college football fan

Posted 11/20/2019 in National

An Alabama sheriff says two football fans "got into it" while watching the Louisiana State University-Alabama game and one is accused of fatally shooting the other during a fight.



As Epstein died, guards allegedly shopped online and slept

Posted 11/20/2019 in National

Two jail guards responsible for monitoring Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself were sleeping and browsing the internet instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday charging the guards with lying on prison records to cover themselves.



Suspect's DNA sought in case of UFC fighter's stepdaughter

Posted 11/20/2019 in National

Investigators are seeking a DNA sample from a man charged in the kidnapping of a missing college student who's the stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris.



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