Social affairs

August 15, 2018 - 4:05 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A sweeping grand jury report into child sexual abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania said church officials gave a former priest a positive reference to work at Disney World, even though they'd fielded at least one allegation about him sexually abusing a boy. The ex...
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Tim Pawlenty stands with his wife, Mary, as he concedes his run for governor at his election night gathering at Granite City Food and Brewery, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Eagan, Minn. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)
August 15, 2018 - 3:53 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As the last Republican to win statewide in traditionally blue Minnesota, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty hoped to be the party's savior by running for his old job. Voters instead chose a lesser-known local official who didn't carry the stigma of the GOP establishment or of calling...
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August 15, 2018 - 12:30 pm
LONDON (AP) — Influential publisher John Calder, who championed avant-garde authors and battled censorship, has died, a colleague said Wednesday. He was 91. Alessandro Gallenzi of Alma Books said Calder died on Monday at Edinburgh's Western General Hospital after several weeks of declining health...
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Television personality and former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman listens during an interview with The Associated Press, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
August 15, 2018 - 12:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump's side, making her deeply unpopular with African-Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with a president who has hurled one insult after another at black people. Her falling out with Trump and her decision...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The diversity crisis in Hollywood may rage on, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is trying to open up access to the entertainment business for people from underrepresented communities. Academy Gold, an inclusive film academy internship program that just wrapped its second summer, helps students learn the ropes of the entertainment business and get a foot in the door before college graduation. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
August 15, 2018 - 12:20 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The diversity crisis in Hollywood may rage on, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is trying to open up access to the entertainment business for people from underrepresented communities at the most critical moment — when college graduation is in sight. Now its...
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August 15, 2018 - 12:19 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a third gender option for official records that will allow people to be registered as "diverse," complying with a ruling from the country's highest court. In November, the Federal Constitutional Court decided that people must be allowed to be...
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Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, center, a transgender woman and former utility executive, is greeted by her supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
August 15, 2018 - 8:59 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a night of firsts, Democrats in Vermont's primary chose the nation's first transgender gubernatorial nominee. In Minnesota, they picked a woman who would be the first Somali-American member of Congress. Connecticut Democrats nominated a candidate who could become the first...
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FILE- In this Jan. 30, 2018, file photo, tractor-trailers move cargo out of the Port of Savannah in Savannah, Ga. U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the second quarter, the fastest pace in more than three years, while labor costs actually fell. On Wednesday, Aug. 15, The Labor Department says the April-June increase in productivity followed a much weaker 0.3 percent rate of gain in the first quarter. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)
August 15, 2018 - 8:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the second quarter, the fastest pace in more than three years, while labor costs actually fell. The April-June increase in productivity followed a much weaker 0.3 percent rate of gain in the first quarter, the Labor...
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Arnelle Hardy, left, asks people in Lafayette Park across from the White House to join them in sending encouragement to the family of Aretha Franklin who is seriously ill, in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 15, 2018 - 8:55 am
DETROIT (AP) — People are praying for Aretha Franklin in the Detroit church where her father was once a pastor. The special vigil at New Bethel Baptist Church began before dawn Wednesday. The prayers come one day after Stevie Wonder visited the ailing Queen of Soul at her home. The Rev. Jesse...
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Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman and former electric company executive, applauds with her supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
August 15, 2018 - 1:54 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democrats embraced diversity Tuesday in a primary night of firsts, while Republicans in Minnesota rejected a familiar face of the GOP old guard in favor of a rising newcomer aligned with President Donald Trump. In Vermont, Democrats rallied behind the nation's first...
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