Religious scandals

Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades unveils the FIFA World Cup trophy during its world tour at a stop at the international airport in the southern city of Larnaca, Cyprus, on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. The trophy will visit some 50 countries as it make its journey round the world to Moscow for the start of the World Cup 2018 in Russia. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
February 17, 2018 - 2:58 pm
Russian soccer players were protected from being caught doping under direct government orders that laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov said he followed to ensure cheating was covered up as part of a far-reaching conspiracy. Outlining his involvement in soccer for the first time to The Associated...
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February 17, 2018 - 8:20 am
MOUNT WASHINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Voters in a Louisville, Kentucky, suburb will soon choose a successor for a Republican state lawmaker who killed himself last year after a woman publicly accused him of sexually assaulting her in his basement when she was a teenager and he was her pastor. Dan Johnson...
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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Santa Marta chapel at the Vatican, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
February 17, 2018 - 8:17 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission by naming new members Saturday, after coming under fire for his overall handling of the scandal and his support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. The announcement of the...
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A reporter raises her hands to ask a question of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, after he announced that the office of special counsel Robert Mueller says a grand jury has charged 13 Russian nationals and several Russian entities, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Washington. The defendants are accused of violating U.S. criminal laws to interfere with American elections and the political process. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
February 17, 2018 - 7:01 am
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A reporter raises her hands to ask a question of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, after he announced that the office of special counsel Robert Mueller says a grand jury has charged 13 Russian nationals and several Russian entities, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Washington. The defendants are accused of violating U.S. criminal laws to interfere with American elections and the political process. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
February 17, 2018 - 3:01 am
Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. ---------------- TOP STORIES ---------------- TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel has accused 13 Russians of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety shows Devin Patrick Kelley. Records released Friday Feb. 16, 2018 detail a June 2013 investigation of allegations against Kelley, four years before the November 2017 mass shooting at a tiny church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Sheriff's deputies didn't pursue a sexual assault investigation against Kelly who shot and killed 26 people at the Texas church, even though the woman reporting it signed a complaint detailing the alleged attack. (Texas Department of Public Safety via AP, File)
February 16, 2018 - 6:52 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Sheriff's deputies didn't pursue a sexual assault investigation against the gunman in a mass shooting at a Texas church, even though the woman reporting it signed a complaint detailing the alleged attack, according to records released Friday. The records also contradict the reason...
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Pope Francis arrives at the Basilica of Saint Anselmo prior to walking in procession to the Basilica of Santa Sabina before the Ash Wednesday mass opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians before Holy Week and Easter, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Pope Francis is marking Ash Wednesday with prayer and a solemn procession between two churches on one of ancient Rome's seven hills. (Filippo Monteforte/POOL PHOTO via AP)
February 15, 2018 - 10:39 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Thursday that Pope Francis meets frequently with victims of sexual abuse, seeking to defuse a mounting scandal over his unbridled support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. Spokesman Greg Burke said Francis meets in...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, Greek Prime minister Alexis Tsipras during discussions in Athens. In a formal request to parliament, on Monday Feb. 12, 2018, Prime Minister Tsipras' party launched the process for parliament to probe ten past administration officials, including two former prime ministers, for alleged money-laundering including possible bribes from Swiss drug-maker Novartis.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, FILE)
February 15, 2018 - 9:02 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek former prime minister accused of involvement in a pharmaceutical bribery scandal filed a criminal complaint Thursday against current Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and six other people, including the deputy justice minister and three prosecutors. Antonis Samaras, the...
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February 15, 2018 - 8:58 am
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest accused of molesting two boys in North Dakota in the 1990s has pleaded not guilty. Fernando Sayasaya was recently returned to the United States from the Philippines, where he had been since 1998. He entered his pleas Thursday to two counts of felony gross...
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In this Feb. 11, 2018 photo, Juan Carlos Cruz, victim of Chilean pedophile priest Fernando Karadima, poses for a portrait in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cruz will testify on Feb. 17, 2018 before the Vatican's onetime sex crimes investigator in a spinoff case that has raised questions about Pope Francis' already shaky track record on combatting sex abuse and cover-up. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
February 14, 2018 - 8:40 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — When a Vatican court convicted a Chilean predator priest of sex crimes, it went out of its way to affirm the credibility of his victims. Their testimony had been consistent and corroborated, while their motives in coming forward had been only to "free themselves of a weight that...
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