Poll: US Catholics fault pope’s handling of sex abuse crisis

U.S. 10/02/18, 18:31

As sex abuse scandals continue to buffet the Roman Catholic Church, Catholics in the U.S. are steadily losing confidence in Pope Francis' handling of the crisis, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.The survey, released Tuesday, found that 31 percent of U.S. Catholics felt the pope was ...

Prosecutor: Teen suspect in library shooting to plead guilty

U.S. 10/02/18, 18:02

A teenager who opened fire at a rural New Mexico library last year will plead guilty in the August 2017 shooting that killed two librarians and injured four other people, authorities said Tuesday.Under an agreement signed by Nathaniel Ray Jouett, the Clovis teenager will plead guilty to a total of ...

Tornado prompts nursing home evacuation; no serious injuries

Pennsylvania 10/02/18, 17:47

Authorities say a tornado struck a nursing home in northwestern Pennsylvania, blowing a roof off one building and causing moderate to heavy damage. No serious injuries were reported.Meteorologist Mike Griffin of the National Weather Service office in Cleveland said the EF-2 twister packing winds up to 115 mph struck the ...

Post-Florence coal ash tests at 1 site yet to raise alarms

U.S. 10/02/18, 17:40

Sludge washed from buried coal-ash pits by Hurricane Florence's floodwaters hasn't polluted a neighboring North Carolina river with heavy metals at levels concerning to human health, state environmental officials said.Three old coal-ash dumps capped with soil and trees at Duke Energy Corp.'s closed H.F. Lee power plant in Goldsboro plant ...

Florida enjoying defensive turnaround after early loss

Florida 10/02/18, 17:35

CeCe Jefferson's eyes filled with tears as he tried to explain what it felt like to watch Kentucky beat Florida for the first time in more than three decades last month.The Gators defensive end who grew up about an hour's drive north of Gainesville was suspended the first two games ...

Steady QB Sam Ehlinger leading Texas offense, Sooners loom

Texas 10/02/18, 17:12

To see the progress by No.19 Texas, look no further than quarterback Sam Ehlinger.The Longhorns (4-1, 2-0) finally look like a Big 12 contender again and the sophomore quarterback is quietly putting together the kind of season that can earn a place in the school record book. He wins games, ...

No. 17 Miami looks to finally stop home drought against FSU

Florida 10/02/18, 17:05

The last time Miami won a home game against Florida State, the Hurricanes wound up celebrating on the turf of the fabled Orange Bowl.That stadium was bulldozed a decade ago.The Hurricanes haven't won at home over their biggest rival since 2004, a streak that No. 17 Miami (4-1, 1-0 Atlantic ...

From Africa to the anteroom: Flake, Coons forge rare bond

U.S. 10/02/18, 16:48

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware forged their friendship in Africa, thousands of miles from the divisiveness of Washington.Both spent formative time there in the early 1980s. As senators, they traveled to the continent multiple times together, fighting wildlife trafficking, promoting economic development, ...

Prosecutor mulls Louisiana trial after Mississippi hung jury

U.S. 10/02/18, 16:41

A Louisiana prosecutor says his office will confer with Mississippi counterparts before trying a man accused of murder in both states.Assistant District Attorney Geary Aycock tells The News-Star of Monroe that no decision has been made on trying Quinton Tellis there after a Mississippi jury couldn't reach a verdict on ...

US to LGBTQ Diplomats: Marry, or Lose Your Visa

U.S. 10/02/18, 16:40

New rule 'ensures consistent treatment between opposite-sex partners and same-sex partners by requiring that … [partners] marry to qualify for derivative diplomatic visas,' State Department official says

Apollo founder gives Wharton $50 million, school’s biggest gift

Pennsylvania 10/02/18, 16:24

By StaffMarc J. Rowan, the double Wharton School graduate (BS ’84, MBA ’85) who cofounded $250 billion private equity and real estate investment group Apollo Global Management and chairs Wharton’s Board of Overseers, and his wife Carolyn have given his alma mater $50 million for professors and programs.The school said Rowan’s gift is its ...

US secretary of state heads to North Korea for nuclear talks

U.S. 10/02/18, 15:45

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading back to North Korea for another round of talks aimed at getting Kim Jong Un to give up nuclear weapons. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters on Tuesday that Pompeo will meet with Kim on Sunday, following a daylong visit to Japan. This ...

Delta Air Lines partners with startup to improve pet travel

U.S. 10/02/18, 14:54

Delta is partnering with a pet travel pod startup, as it changes its prices and policy for transporting passengers' animal companions, the airline announced Tuesday.Delta Air Lines Inc. struck a long-term partnership with CarePod, saying the Singapore-based startup will help it carry and monitor pets better and give real-time updates ...

Zoo elephant is being ‘unlawfully imprisoned,’ group says

New York 10/02/18, 14:48

An animal welfare group says an elephant named Happy who has lived alone since her mate was fatally injured is being "unlawfully imprisoned" by a New York City zoo.In a legal petition filed Tuesday in Orleans County, the Nonhuman Rights Project says Happy has similar rights to a human being ...