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Cardinal Pell Makes Statement Following Announcement of Charges

Cardinal George Pell spoke of his innocence and said he is looking forward to having his day in court after Australian authorities charged him with historical sexual offences.

Christianity

Group Sues Uber Over Lack of Wheelchair Access

A Washington, D.C.-based civil rights group has filed a lawsuit against Uber, alleging that the ride-hailing company has chosen to not to include wheelchair-accessible vehicles in its services.<p>The Equal Rights Center brought the lawsuit under the American with Disabilities Act, which prohibits …

Uber

Australian Police Charge a Top Vatican Cardinal With Sex Offenses

SYDNEY — Australian police have charged a top Vatican cardinal with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See.<p>Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis' chief financial adviser and Australia's most senior Catholic, is the …

Christianity

Woman gives birth mid-flight on Spirit Airlines to healthy baby boy

Cristina Penton was 36 weeks pregnant when she boarded Spirit Airlines flight 971 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Dallas. Little did she know she’d be stepping off the flight with one more passenger in tow.<p>Penton, her two children and the passengers and crew of Spirit flight 971 welcomed baby …

Spirit Airlines

EPA Accused of Interfering With Top Science Adviser’s Congressional Testimony

Congressional Democrats have demanded an independent investigation into allegations that a senior Environmental Protection Agency official interfered politically with congressional testimony by one of the agency's top scientific advisers.<p>In testimony before a House science subcommittee on May 23, …

Government

Mandatory Evacuations After Wildfire Breaks Out In California

Dozens of homes were evacuated after a quick-moving brush fire broke out near residences in the hills of Los Angeles.

Science

11-Year-Old Texas Boy Invents Device to Prevent Hot Car Deaths

Bishop Curry looks for ways to fix the world.<p>For an 11-year-old boy, he's unusually curious about big-picture problems, his dad says — from natural disasters to civil rights. And he's always loved to tinker.<p>That's why it wasn't a surprise when Bishop, after seeing an upsetting local news report …

United States

Trump Immigration Policies Face First Legislative Hurdle

President Trump is pushing for the passage of the 'No Sanctuary for Criminals Act' and 'Kate's Law'. The proposals would toughen penalties for sanctuary cities and impose mandatory minimum sentences on illegal immigrants who re-enter the U.S. after being convicted of certain crimes and then …

Immigration

Martin Shkreli Built Hedge Fund Empire on ‘Lies,’ Prosecutor Says at Trial Start

NEW YORK — A federal prosecutor has told jurors in opening statements at the securities fraud trial of a former pharmaceutical company CEO that he built a bogus hedge fund empire on "lies upon lies."<p>Assistant U.S. Attorney Karthik Srinivasan accused Martin Shkreli on Wednesday of losing investors' …

Capitalism

11-Year-Old Invents Device to Help Prevent Leaving Children In Hot Cars

After seeing news coverage of a child dying in a hot car, 11-year-old Bishop Curry invented a device that can help save lives by alerting parents when they've left their child behind in a car.

Health

Lawmaker Blames Utah Wildfire on Environmentalists

Insisting that logging could have cleaned up dead, bug-infested trees that are fueling a Utah wildfire, Utah Rep. Mike Noel, a Republican state lawmaker, blamed federal mismanagement and lawsuits by "tree hugger" environmentalists for the blaze that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of …

Environment

Fact Check: No Evidence Undocumented Immigrants Commit More Crimes

The Trump administration on Wednesday was all about crime committed by undocumented immigrants.<p>President Donald Trump met at the White House with the victims of crimes perpetrated by undocumented immigrants, the Department of Homeland Security championed increased arrests, and the Department of …

Immigration

Gene Testing for Most Effective Drugs Could Help Save Lives

An apparent breakthrough in the field of personalized medicine: people can now test their genetic profiles to see how they might process a variety of drugs from pain relievers to more complex cancer treatments.

Medicine

American Journalist Austin Tice Remains Held Captive in Syria

Austin Tice, a freelance journalist and former Marine, went missing in Syria five years ago. His parents tell Lester Holt that they have evidence that he is still alive, and are fighting to bring him home.

Islamic State (ISIS)

One Year Later, NYPD Still Searching for Clues in 2016 Central Park Explosion

In an effort to generate new leads, New York City investigators announced a $45,000 reward Wednesday for new information that leads to an arrest in the year-old case.

NYPD

Man Destroys 2 State Capital Ten Commandments Monuments in 3 Years

Michael Reed, 32, was arrested for ramming his vehicle into a newly erected Ten Commandments monument at the Arkansas statehouse. He was arrested in 2014 for a similar act of vandalism at the Oklahoma statehouse.

Archaeology

U.S. Drivers Are Paying the Lowest Gas Prices in 12 Years

Gas prices have continued to drop as some 44 million Americans prepare to travel during the July 4th holiday weekend. In some parts of the country, prices are now under two dollars a gallon.

United States

Senate Health Care Bill: With Vote Stalled, What Happens Now?

Can Republicans push through an Obamacare replacement on their own, or will they have to turn to Democrats and make a deal?

Health Care

U.S. Announces Changes to Security Screening for Flights to the U.S.

Travelers flying to the U.S. can expect additional carry-on bag checks, including more swabbing for explosives, and, eventually, next-generation bag screening, the government announced Thursday.

United States

Motion Picture Academy Invites Largest Class Ever in Diversity Push

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 774 new members to join Wednesday in a push to continue to diversify its ranks.<p>The 2017 class is the academy's largest class ever, according to Variety, breaking last year’s record of 683 invited new members and is part of the organization’s …

The Oscars

iPhone 10th Anniversary: A Look Back at the Smartphone’s Humble Beginnings

No video, no third party applications, no selfies. What did the first generation iPhone look like?

Apple

Hero of London Bridge Attack Gives First Interview

Wayne Marques, the first police officer at the scene, took on three terrorists with just his baton, and sustained serious injuries making time for others to escape.

London Bridge

'I was called Nutella': Girl's powerful anti-bullying video goes viral

When the Andrews family moved from Georgia to Bellevue, Washington, last August, Chantey and Travis Andrews encouraged their children to be excited about new friends and experiences. Their daughter, Nasir, was eager to make friends when she started fourth grade. But soon that enthusiasm turned to …

Parenting

Trump Highlights Crimes by Undocumented Immigrants

WASHINGTON — President Donald on Wednesday highlighted illegal immigration — an issue that propelled him on the campaign trail — as he met at the White House with family members who had lost loved ones to crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.<p>"You lost people that you love because our …

Immigration

Forty Arrested Protesting Health Care on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — Forty protesters were arrested Wednesday for staging sit-ins and demonstrations on Capitol Hill against the Republican healthcare plan, according to police.<p>Protesters chanted “kill the bill, don’t kill me,” outside the offices of GOP senators like Pat Toomey, R-Pa., Tom Cotton, R-Ark., …

Health Care

11 things I wish I'd known before I changed my last name

I always wanted to change my name. As a little girl saddled with an unwieldy combination of hard-to-pronounce first and last names, I took it for granted that one day I’d fall in love with someone with an ordinary, easy-to-pronounce name and adopt it as my own.<p>But when that day finally came, I was …

Love

These are the best amusement and water parks in the US

Keeping the kids entertained when school's out can be a tough task for any parent. That’s probably why amusement and water parks were invented. They’ll not only keep children busy for hours, but also tire them out from all the excitement.<p>With the summer season in full swing, TripAdvisor just …

Walt Disney Company

What to expect when you don't change your last name after marriage: 9 things to know

My husband and I got married in September 2016. Wedding planning was stressful, but we were on the same page about pretty much everything: Band instead of a DJ. Photo booth was a must. Short, but sweet ceremony. It was smooth sailing ... Or so I thought.<p>A few months before our wedding, he brought …

Marriage

Haley: Trump’s Warning to Syria Saved Many Innocent Lives

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley tells the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the White House’s warning statement to Syria also reminded Iran and Russia “that while they choose to back Assad, this was something we were not going to put up with.”

Syria

U.S. to Hold Off on Further Airline Laptop Bans

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security has put off plans to impose further bans on laptop computers and other electronic devices in airline carry-on baggage for flights to the U.S. from Europe, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday.<p>Instead the U.S. will require airlines …

Airlines