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SEATTLE | Ailing killer whale declared dead, but feds to keep looking

SEATTLE— Efforts to find a sick young orca from a critically endangered population of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest came up empty Thursday, and a scientist who tracks the animals declared her dead — though federal authorities said they’d keep looking. The grim news means scientists believe just 74 whales remain in a group … Continue reading SEATTLE | Ailing killer whale declared dead, but feds to keep looking

NORFOLK, Va. | East Coast military bases brace for Florence

NORFOLK, Va.— The Navy is moving people and ships ahead of Hurricane Florence , and the Air Force and Army are both flying advanced aircraft elsewhere as a safeguard. Some remaining Marines, meanwhile, are digging in their heels. Florence is headed for a region with some of the most well-known military bases in the country, … Continue reading NORFOLK, Va. | East Coast military bases brace for Florence

VATICAN CITY | Vatican begins push-back against ex-ambassador over Davis

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is starting to push back against Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, author of the bombshell accusation of sex abuse cover-up against Pope Francis, with a statement Sunday from its former spokesman about a controversial 2015 meeting Vigano organized. The Rev. Federico Lombardi and his English-language assistant, the Rev. Thomas Rosica, issued … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Vatican begins push-back against ex-ambassador over Davis

Correction: Missing Student-Robocalls story

In a story Aug. 31 about recorded phone calls citing the slaying of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of the suspect in her death. His name is Cristhian Bahena Rivera, not Cristhian Bahena River. A corrected version of the story is below: Supremacist group making robocalls about student’s … Continue reading Correction: Missing Student-Robocalls story

PHILADELPHIA | Archbishop asks pope to cancel conference on youth

PHILADELPHIA — The archbishop of Philadelphia has asked Pope Francis to cancel a bishops’ conference focusing on youth in the wake of the child sex abuse crisis roiling the Catholic Church. A spokesman for the archdiocese confirmed Saturday that Archbishop Charles Chaput made the request by letter, but he declined further comment, The Philadelphia Inquirer … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | Archbishop asks pope to cancel conference on youth

FRANKFORT, Ky. | Ex-candidate’s father indicted; charges stem from Senate bid

FRANKFORT, Ky.  — A federal grand jury on Friday indicted the father of former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes on charges that he used his company to fund her 2014 campaign and then lied about it. Jerry Lundergan faces 10 counts that include unlawful campaign contributions, false statements and falsifying records. Dale Emmons, … Continue reading FRANKFORT, Ky. | Ex-candidate’s father indicted; charges stem from Senate bid

DUBLIN | The Latest: Pope meets with 8 Irish abuse survivors

DUBLIN — The Latest on Pope Francis’ trip to Ireland (all times local): 7:20 p.m. The Vatican says Pope Francis has met with eight survivors of clerical and institutional abuse on the first day of his trip to Ireland, which is ground zero for the Catholic Church’s abuse scandal. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said Francis … Continue reading DUBLIN | The Latest: Pope meets with 8 Irish abuse survivors