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U.S. settlement with Navajo Nation is largest ever for a tribe

In a historic settlement, the federal government will pay the Navajo Nation more than half a billion dollars to settle claims that it mismanaged reservation funds for more than 60 years, the tribe and the government announced Wednesday.<p>At $554 million, the settlement is the largest obtained by a …

Former Vatican envoy placed under house arrest

<b>(CNN) -</b> The Vatican announced on Tuesday that it has placed a former ambassador under house arrest while he faces charges for "serious acts of abuse of minors."<p>Jozef Wesolowski is accused of molesting young boys during his stint as the pope's official representative in the Dominican Republic. …

Lawyers want to question Trotter about alleged $2,000 cash payoff

Lawyers for a Chicago man charged with illegally lobbying on behalf of the oppressive regime in Zimbabwe want to cross-examine Illinois state Sen. Donne Trotter about a cash bribe that was allegedly passed to him as part of an undercover FBI sting five years ago.<p>The purported bribe came to light …

Biden says use of term 'Shylocks' was a poor choice

Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday his use of the term "Shylocks," which some consider anti-Semitic, was "a poor choice of words."<p>His statement came a day after the national director of the Anti-Defamation League issued a mild rebuke of the vice president's use of the word, saying Biden …

Emir tells Merkel Qatar does not fund ISIL

Qatar's ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has denied accusations that his country funds the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant, telling Germany that his own country is threatened by the armed group.<p>Last month, a German minister accused Qatar of financing ISIL, and the US has expressed …

Rand Paul Eats Up Hoax That John McCain Met With ISIS

The libertarian senator claims John McCain was pictured with the jihadists, even though that's been proven false.<p>In an interview with The Daily Beast …

Why the U.S. Has a Special Responsibility to Help Liberia with Ebola

When U.S. President Barack Obama announced a dramatic expansion of American aid and military personnel to help combat Ebola in Liberia on Sept. 16, …

Texas set to execute Lisa Coleman for gruesome murder of child

When emergency services arrived at the home Lisa Coleman shared with her lover they found the bruised and emaciated dead body of nine-year-old Davontae Williams clad only in bandages and a diaper.<p>Ten years later, Coleman is set to be executed in Texas for her role in the boy’s death. Barring the …

How 3 CEOs Got Ousted—and Goodell Could Be Next

Colleagues of mine are taking bets on whether Commissioner Roger Goodell of the NFL will still be in charge by this week’s end. His days are …

Ex-sheriff's deputy gets 50 years in child sex abuse case

A former McHenry County sheriff’s deputy who had investigated online sex crimes was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday for the repeated sexual abuse of a child.<p>Gregory Pyle, who pled guilty in January to crossing a state line to engage in a sexual act with child under the age of 12, told the …

Iran Court Sentences ‘Happy’ Dancers to 6 months and 91 Lashes

The sentences faced by the young people who answered Pharrell Williams’ call are suspended for the moment, but could be carried out any time in the …

Thailand murders: two British brothers questioned

Two British brothers have been questioned by police investigating the murder of two Britons who were bludgeoned to death on a popular island resort in southern Thailand.<p>A spokesman for the Royal Thai police said on Wednesday that Christopher and James Ware, who are believed to have spent time with …

The Scottish Independence Debate Gets Nasty

Scotland’s independence referendum is just days away and, in some corners, the debate has turned hostile.<p>As Scots are preparing to head to the polls …

Cocaine found in Vatican librarian's car

A car bearing Vatican diplomatic plates was stopped in France with 4kg of cocaine and 200g of cannabis on board.<p>The car belongs to the 91-year-old Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mejia, emeritus librarian at the Holy See, who retired in 2003 and who is bedridden after a heart attack. Pope Francis, a …

Walmart Spokesman Said to Resign Over Résumé Deceit

In the middle of a probe over alleged corruption in its international division, Walmart has caught its own spokesman falsifying a major detail about …

Auschwitz guard charged with being accessory to 300,000 murders

Prosecutors in Germany have charged a 93-year-old man with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp.<p>Oskar Groening is accused of helping operate the death camp in occupied Poland between May and June 1944, when 425,000 Jews from Hungary …

11 wildfires in California force thousands to evacuate

Nearly 1,500 firefighters Monday evening battled a rapidly spreading fire in the steep forests east of Sacramento, one of 11 major wildfires burning in California.<p>The King Fire in El Dorado County swept through an estimated 8,600 acres, a jump from the 3,900 acres reported earlier in the day, and …

Man seriously injured in Elgin house explosion

A man was seriously injured when his house in northwest suburban Elgin exploded, apparently after a gas leak.<p>The man, in his 50s, told authorities he lit the furnace at his home in the 1100 block of Morningside Drive Monday night, went to bed and then woke up to the house exploding around him, …

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Vatican accepts resignation of Cardinal Seán Brady, leader of Catholic Church in Ireland

<b>The Vatican has announced that it has accepted the resignation of the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Cardinal Seán Brady.</b><p>Last month, Dr Brady, who has been the leader of Ireland's Catholics for 18 years, confirmed that he offered his resignation to Pope Francis in July.<p>His tenure had …

Pope Francis Blesses Salvatore D'argento, Severely Paralyzed Man Who Made Risky Journey To Vatican

A disabled Italian man has rarely seen the streets outside his home in the almost 20 years that he's been paralyzed.<p>On Wednesday, 42-year-old Salvatore D’argento decided that a trip to see the pontiff was worth the risk to his fragile physical health.<p>D’argento claims there "are no adequate words to …

The Vatican Defrocked 848 Priests For Child Abuse in the Past 10 Years

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>For the first time, the Vatican has revealed a statistical picture of the internal fallout from the …

A Catholic Nun Spent Her Life Fighting for LGBT Rights, Even Against Vatican Wishes

The following post is an excerpt from the new book, If Nuns Ruled the World (Open Road, September 2014), which aims to shatter stereotypes about Catholic nuns. This chapter profiles Sister Jeannine Gramick, who has dedicated her life to fighting for the rights of gays and lesbians in the Catholic …

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Scottish referendum: David Cameron begs Scots not to leave the UK

If you don't like me, I won't be here forever, the Prime Minister tells voters during an impassioned final plea in Aberdeen<p>David Cameron begged the people of Scotland not to leave the United Kingdom as he promised them that he “won’t be here forever”.<p>In a final plea before Thursday’s referendum, …

North Korean court sentences Matthew Miller to six years' hard labour

North Korea has sentenced an American citizen to six years of hard labour for entering the country illegally and committing "hostile acts" against the secretive state.<p>State media said Matthew Miller had been convicted after a brief court hearing on Sunday morning. The court refused him permission …

The Global Problem With Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment

It’s a public health conundrum: Current screening guidelines lead to an overdiagnosis of diseases like cancer, which results in overtreatment for …