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Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday.
McCarrick, 88, is the highest-ranking churchman to be laicized, as the process is called. It means he can no longer celebrate Mass or other sacraments, wear clerical vestments or be addressed by any religious title.
The scandal swirling around him was particularly damning to the church's reputation in the eyes of the faithful because it apparently was an open secret that he slept with adult seminarians. Francis removed McCarrick as a cardinal in July after a U.S. church investigation determined that an allegation he fondled a teenage altar boy in the 1970s was credible.
Defiant in the wake of a stinging budget defeat, President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving to secure more money for his long-promised wall by exercising a broad interpretation of his presidential powers that is certain to draw stiff legal challenges.
In his emergency proclamation, Trump painted a dark picture of the border as "a major entry point for criminals, gang members, and illicit narcotics" and one that threatens "core national security interests." Overall, though, illegal border crossings are down from a high of 1.6 million in 2000.
At least five people are dead and the alleged gunman has been killed following a shooting at an industrial complex in Aurora, Illinois, officials said Friday.
Aurora police have confirmed that five police officers were also shot as they tried to get to the shooter inside the building. All five have been transported to local hospitals, and a sixth officer suffered a knee injury.
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Let the lawsuits begin.
President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court.
That might have been the only thing Trump said Friday that produced near-universal agreement.
The American Civil Liberties Union announced its intention to sue less than an hour after the White House released the text of Trump's declaration that the "current situation at the southern border presents a border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens core national security interests and constitutes a national emergency."
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When you want results in a polarized Washington, sometimes it pays to simply leave the professionals alone to do their jobs.
That seems to especially be the case now in an era in which liberal House Democrats are sharing power in Washington with a GOP-led Senate and President Donald Trump.
It's a lesson relearned after a hard-won deal on border security sailed through the House and Senate by sweeping votes on Thursday as part of a $333 billion catchall spending bill to close the books on the bitter shutdown battle.
An adorable polar bear cub gets her check-up from veterinarians at the Berlin Zoo on Valentine's Day. (Video: Tierpark Berlin)
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Colin Kaepernick and the NFL have resolved their grievances, Kaepernick's attorneys and the league said Friday in a statement that didn't go into many details.
Attorneys Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas released the statement on behalf of Kaepernick and his former San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid, who initiated NFL players' kneeling protests against police brutality during the national anthem. The NFL released the same statement.
According to the three-sentence statement, the agreement comes after several months of dialogue, but won't comment on it because it is subject to a confidentiality agreement.
Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman gives an update on the status of the cops involved in Friday's shooting
When he took the job 15 years ago, Horry County Emergency Manager Randy Webster figured his biggest disasters would be wind and surge rolling over his county's beaches, South Carolina's top tourist destination.
Instead, his worries have shifted inland, where rivers overflowing their banks have caused two massive floods in three years.
"We're getting into this sort of unknown territory," Webster said. "We typically in emergency management have some point of reference to work with. Two floods like this — it's unheard of."
Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman released the names of the 5 victims who were gunned down Friday by their coworker at the Henry Pratt company.
The wildly popular musical "Hamilton" ended in chaos Friday night in San Francisco's Orpheum Theater.
What audience members thought was an active shooter ended up being a medical emergency, officials said.
People reportedly heard there was someone with a gun inside the theater and started screaming, leading others into a panic, running out of the theater and sending the "Hamilton" cast backstage.
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Police in Aurora, Illinois have identified the five victims of Friday’s fatal shooting at the Henry Pratt Company building.
Authorities say that the victims were killed after the gunman, identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin, was fired by the company on Friday. After his employment was terminated, Martin pulled out a firearm, a .44 caliber pistol, and opened fire.
Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said that three of the victims were killed in the room where the termination meeting took place. A fourth victim was killed near the room, and a fifth victim was killed on another floor, according to authorities.
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Italian fashion house Gucci announced a major push Friday to step up diversity hiring as part of a long-term plan to build cultural awareness at the luxury fashion company following an uproar over an $890 sweater that resembled blackface.
Gucci also said it will hire a global director for diversity and inclusion, a newly created role that will be based in New York, plus five new designers from around the world for its Rome office.
It also will launch multi-cultural scholarship programs in 10 cities around the world with the goal of building a "more diverse and inclusive workplace on an ongoing basis."
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The city of Portland, often in the spotlight for its liberal leanings, has been roiled by the revelation that a police lieutenant in charge of containing protests texted repeatedly with the leader of a far-right group involved in those demonstrations.
The mayor asked the police chief Friday to investigate "disturbing" texts between Lt. Jeff Niiya, who is the head of the Police Bureau's rapid response team, and the leader of a Washington-based group called Patriot Prayer that has repeatedly crossed into Oregon to stage right-wing rallies and marches.
The events in Portland and other West Coast cities routinely draw crowds of self-described anti-fascists, who show up in force to try to shut down leader Joey Gibson and his followers.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel robustly defended European nations' decision to stand by the Iran nuclear deal in a spirited backing Saturday of her multilateral approach to global affairs, but U.S. Vice President Mike Pence promptly accused Europe of once again undermining the United States.
Merkel's comments at the Munich Security Conference, an annual gathering of top global defense and foreign policy officials, followed days of tensions between Washington and Europe over Iran.
U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement last year, leaving the others involved — Germany, Britain, France, China, Russia and the European Union — scrambling to try and keep it alive.