Warrant: New Mexico observatory closure linked to child porn

U.S. 09/20/18, 17:28

An observatory in the mountains of southern New Mexico that mysteriously closed earlier this month sparking popular rumors of alien visitors appears to be linked to a child pornography investigation.A search warrant filed in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces last week shows that the FBI began investigating after a ...

Native American teens pulled from college tour want changes

U.S. 09/20/18, 16:34

An attorney for two Native American brothers pulled from a Colorado State University tour earlier this year asked the school for policy changes, saying Thursday that campus officers violated the teens' constitutional rights by stopping them and patting them down without any suspicion of a crime.A letter from American Civil ...

Anti-abuse activists pan US Catholic bishops’ new proposals

U.S. 09/20/18, 16:29

Lawyers and advocates for victims of clergy sex-abuse are assailing as inadequate some new steps announced by U.S. Catholic bishops to curtail the abuse scandals that have deeply shaken the church this year.The initiatives, announced Wednesday, include developing a code of conduct for bishops regarding sexual abuse and harassment, and ...

Slayings raise alarms for women who practice sports alone

U.S. 09/20/18, 15:04

It was decades ago, but Sara Schwendinger remembers perfectly the panic she felt when she realized a car was following her as she ran along a country road at dusk, just outside her small Wisconsin hometown.She desperately tore into a cornfield and listened as the vehicle stopped."I remember hiding in ...

Cornell review finds academic misconduct by food researcher

U.S. 09/20/18, 14:39

Cornell says a prominent professor of food research has resigned after an investigation found he committed academic misconduct.The school says Brian Wansink will retire at the end of the school year next June and that he has been removed from his teaching positions. Thursday's announcement comes a day after a ...

Cardinal hires judge to review church sex abuse policies

New York 09/20/18, 13:11

Hoping to restore the faith of those disillusioned by how the Catholic church has handled sexual abuse allegations, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York appointed a former federal judge Thursday to review its procedures and protocols.Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced the appointment of Barbara Jones, saying many Catholics had told ...

Puerto Rico marks 1 year since Maria with choirs, protests

U.S. 09/20/18, 12:55

The uplifting strains of one of Puerto Rico's most beloved songs filled the air at 6:15 a.m. on Thursday as a choir stood in the coastal town where Hurricane Maria made landfall at that moment exactly one year ago.The serenade in Yabucoa, a fishing and farming town of 37,000 still ...

In Florence-battered Wilmington, fear turns to fatigue

U.S. 09/20/18, 12:16

The sun rises blazing hot over Wilmington, and the line for ice is shorter than it was the day before. The lines across town for tarps and bottled water have dwindled, as well, and Brian Gray takes that as a hopeful sign that desperation is giving way to something else.Hurricane ...

Trump blasts GOP spending plan that lacks money for wall

U.S. 09/20/18, 11:42

A spending plan pushed by congressional Republicans is "ridiculous" because it does not include funding for a border wall with Mexico, President Donald Trump said Thursday.Trump tweeted that he wants to know "where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill," adding that "REPUBLICANS ...

Update: Official says multiple people killed in shooting

U.S. 09/20/18, 11:19

The Latest on the shooting in Maryland (all times local):11:10 a.m.An official says multiple people have been killed in a shooting Harford County, Maryland.The law enforcement official has knowledge of the shooting but wasn't authorized to discuss details by name and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press.The ...

Sentencing options for Cosby include prison, jail, probation

U.S. 09/20/18, 10:45

Bill Cosby could be sent to prison next week for drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 in what became the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.Cosby is due in court Monday for a two-day sentencing hearing that follows his conviction in the spring ...

Official: 3 people killed in Maryland shooting

U.S. 09/20/18, 10:37

Three people were killed Thursday morning in a shooting in northeast Maryland, according to a law enforcement official. The law enforcement official had knowledge of the shooting but wasn't authorized to discuss details by name and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press. The official stressed that the number ...

Releasing tax returns an issue again – in governor’s races

U.S. 09/20/18, 09:00

The candidate had just chided the media minutes earlier for not being tougher on his opponent when the moderator asked him what might be his least favorite campaign question: Why won't you release your tax returns?It wasn't a scene from the 2016 presidential race. Rather, it was from this year's ...