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Jeff Anderson, an attorney for victims of sexual abuse by clergy, is joined by abuse victim Joe Iacono as he speaks during a press conference in Chicago, Sept. 17, 2019. Anderson says the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has paid $80 million in settlements to clients represented by his law firm alone since 2000. Anderson told reporters in Chicago Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 it's the first time he's publicly revealed a total sum of payments to 160 survivors by nearly 50 abusers over 20 years. The Minnesota-based lawyer says the payments averaged $500,000 per victim, with some payouts running into the millions of dollars. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
September 17, 2019 - 7:06 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has paid $80 million to 160 victims of sexual abuse by clergy represented by a single law firm since 2001, the lawyer who heads the Minnesota-based firm told reporters Tuesday. According to a statement issued later by the archdiocese, it has...
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Pods are lined up and used as interview rooms at a new tent courtroom at the Migration Protection Protocols Immigration Hearing Facility, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in Laredo, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
September 17, 2019 - 5:25 pm
NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — Abel Oset was seized with panic. After an 11-country odyssey that began when he and his namesake son fled Cuba, and included a moment on U.S. soil, he was crossing back into America. But he wasn't sure he'd be able to stay. The two were going to plead their case in a...
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FILE - This May 8, 2007, file photo shows the Purdue Pharma logo at its offices in Stamford, Conn. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)
September 17, 2019 - 5:24 pm
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A judge cleared the way Tuesday for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to stay in business while it pursues bankruptcy protection and settlement of more than 2,600 lawsuits filed against it in a reckoning over the opioid crisis. At the first court hearing since the Chapter 11...
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In this Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, photo, Rep. Karen Kwan and Rep. Jefferson Moss speak during a committee hearing at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Utah is the latest of nearly two dozen states across the country that are spending millions of their own money to make sure residents fill out next year's census form amid fears that undercounting could mean losing federal funding or crucial seats in Congress. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
September 17, 2019 - 4:37 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Nearly two dozen states are spending millions of dollars to make sure people participate in the 2020 Census amid concerns that undercounting could mean losing critical federal funding or seats in Congress. Utah became the latest on Monday as its GOP-dominated Legislature voted...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2013 file image made from video and released by WikiLeaks, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks in Moscow.Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked classified documents detailing government surveillance programs, is calling on French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him asylum. (AP Photo, File)
September 17, 2019 - 2:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government filed a lawsuit Tuesday against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, alleging he violated nondisclosure agreements by publishing a memoir without giving the government an opportunity to review it first. The Justice Department is seeking to...
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Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren addresses supporters at a rally at Washington Square Park, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
September 17, 2019 - 2:06 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Thousands of people packed under the marble arch of Manhattan's Washington Square Park to hear Elizabeth Warren on Monday. They didn't show up by accident. The crowd was the product of a carefully planned, data-driven strategy to identify supporters, attract them to a rally and...
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FILE - In this June 20, 2019, file photo students walk around a RAMS sign at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. Thinking of refinancing your student loans? Make sure you understand the pros and cons before deciding, and know how to make yourself look good to lenders. Here's how to check whether refinancing would make sense for you and how to improve your financial picture. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
September 17, 2019 - 12:39 pm
Glossy mailers promising low rates and cleverly crafted ads on your favorite podcast might leave you wondering: Should you refinance your student loans? With over $1.6 trillion in student loan debt in America as of March 2019, student loan refinance companies have an incentive to entice you. And a...
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September 17, 2019 - 11:25 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Ferry services to Greek popular island destinations face severe disruptions next week due to a strike called by the country's powerful seamen's union. The PNO union says the walkout will keep ferries tied up in port for 24 hours starting at 6 a.m. on Sept. 24. Coastal shipping...
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French police officers watch migrants packing their belongings in a camp of Grande Synthe, northern France, Tuesday, Sept.17, 2019. French police are evacuating at least 900 migrants from a gym near the English Channel, citing concerns about security and hygiene. (AP Photo)
September 17, 2019 - 10:48 am
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 3:45 p.m. The European Union's asylum office says the number of people seeking international protection in 30 European countries rose by a monthly 26% in July. EASO said in a statement that some 62,900 people applied for...
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General Motors employees Bobby Caughel, left, and Flint resident James Crump, shout out as they protest with other GM employees, United Auto Workers members and labor supporters outside of the Flint Assembly Plant on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 in Flint, Mich. Thousands of members of the United Auto Workers walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines early Monday as contract talks with the company deteriorated into a strike. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
September 17, 2019 - 9:33 am
DETROIT (AP) — Talks are set to resume Tuesday after a pause overnight, but there was no end to the strike against General Motors. Brian Rothenberg, spokesman for the UAW, said Tuesday "They are talking, they've made progress, we'll see how long it takes." The walkout by upward of 49,000 United...
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