Social issues

FILE - A 2015 file photo shows West Virginia Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, then-bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. A lawsuit accusing Bransfield of molesting boys and men has been settled. The terms of the recent settlement are confidential, Wheeling-Charleston Diocese spokesman Tim Bishop said in a statement, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. The diocese declined further comment. (Scott McCloskey/The Intelligencer via AP, File)
August 21, 2019 - 3:48 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit accusing the former bishop of West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese of molesting boys and men has been settled. The terms of the recent settlement are confidential, Wheeling-Charleston Diocese spokesman Tim Bishop said in a statement. The diocese declined further...
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Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross speaks with the media outside Police Administration Building at 8th and Race in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Ross abruptly resigned Tuesday, a day after a woman in the department claimed in a lawsuit that he allegedly ignored her claim of another officer's sexual harassment. (Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
August 21, 2019 - 3:07 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two female police officers whose sexual harassment lawsuit led Philadelphia's police commissioner to resign have received promises from the city they won't be retaliated against or endure more transfers while the case plays out. Cpl. Audra McCowan and Patrol Officer Jennifer...
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Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross speaks with the media outside Police Administration Building at 8th and Race in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Ross abruptly resigned Tuesday, a day after a woman in the department claimed in a lawsuit that he allegedly ignored her claim of another officer's sexual harassment. (Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
August 21, 2019 - 3:04 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two female police officers whose sexual harassment lawsuit led Philadelphia's police commissioner to resign have received promises from the city they won't be retaliated against or endure more transfers while the case plays out. Cpl. Audra McCowan and Patrol Officer Jennifer...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2019 file photo provided by the National Park Service is a female condor in Zion National Park, Utah. Seven environmental and animal protection groups have filed the first lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's recent rollbacks to the Endangered Species Act. Their lawsuit filed Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in federal court in San Francisco comes after the federal government announced last week it was rescinding some protections for wildlife. (National Park Service via AP, File)
August 21, 2019 - 3:03 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Seven environmental and animal protection groups have filed the first lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's recent rollbacks to the Endangered Species Act. Their lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco comes after the federal government announced last...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2016, file photo, novelist Nicholas Sparks attends a special screening in Los Angeles. The trial is getting underway, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in a lawsuit that accuses Sparks of defaming the former headmaster of a private Christian school he founded in North Carolina. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
August 21, 2019 - 1:26 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal jury began deliberations Wednesday over whether the former head of a private Christian school that novelist Nicholas Sparks founded in his North Carolina hometown was browbeaten into resigning, then slandered by the author when he described the educator as suffering...
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FILE - In this July 6, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, center, meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in before the Northeast Asia Security dinner at the U.S. Consulate General Hamburg in Germany. In August 2019, Trump angered some Asian American voters after the New York Post reported that he mocked the accents of Moon and Abe at a fundraiser in the Hamptons. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
August 21, 2019 - 1:22 pm
When Amanda Berg heard that President Donald Trump mocked the accents of the leaders of South Korea and Japan at a recent fundraiser, it brought back painful memories from her childhood. Berg, a Korean American who grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, recalled kids doing the "stereotypical pulling at...
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FILE - In this March 25, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump and visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walk along the Colonnade of the White House in Washington. Netanyahu on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, is steering clear of Trump’s comments questioning the loyalty of American Jews who support the Democratic Party, ignoring condemnation from Jewish critics who accuse him of voicing longstanding anti-Semitic tropes. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
August 21, 2019 - 12:12 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Wednesday steered clear of Donald Trump's comments questioning the loyalty of American Jews who support the Democratic Party, in sharp contrast to the tide of condemnation from Jewish critics who accused him of trafficking in anti-Semitic stereotypes...
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Iceland's Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, right, meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Thingvellir National Park, about 40km from Reykjavik in Iceland, Monday Aug. 19, 2019. Merkel met with Jakobsdottir on Monday ahead of a meeting with Nordic leaders in Reykjavik on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Egill Bjarnason)
August 21, 2019 - 11:58 am
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland's leader has announced she will skip U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's visit to her Nordic nation, opting instead to keep a prior commitment to attend a trade union conference in Sweden. Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir said she's planned for months to give the...
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August 21, 2019 - 10:08 am
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's largest prison faces "alarming" conditions driven by staffing shortages, record overtime and inmates who are secretly using synthetic drugs and contraband cellphones, according to the state's watchdog for correctional services. The state's Inspector General of...
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In this July 17, 2019 photo provided by Market Mentors, LLC, John Nettis from PASS, left, demonstrates techniques for fighting with Amanda Moyer, director of account services at Market Mentors at the Market Mentors office in Springfield, Mass. (Justin Bedard/Market Mentors, LLC via AP)
August 21, 2019 - 8:27 am
NEW YORK (AP) — At a four-hour meeting last month, Michelle Abdow's staffers got to experience some of the sights, sounds and even smells they could encounter if someone invaded their office and began shooting. Security experts and local law enforcement officers gave Abdow's 23 staffers active...
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