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Italy’s church faces tax bill in the millions

ROME — Italy’s Catholic Church says it will open talks with the government to respond to a European Court of Justice ruling that says Italy has the right to recover millions of euros in property taxes. The Luxembourg-based court on Nov. 6 overturned a 2012 decision by the European ...

Pope gives Vatican’s sex abuse expert new role

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is giving a prominent new role to the Vatican’s most trusted sex crimes investigator as he seeks to improve the Holy See’s response to abuse at a time when the church and papacy are facing a credibility crisis. Francis on Tuesday named Archbishop Charles ...

Pope warns against telling lies

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is denouncing gossip as a form of “terrorism” and is warning the faithful against telling lies. Francis explored the Catholic commandment against “bearing false witness” during his Wednesday general audience. He warned the faithful in a chilly St. ...

Italy’s bishops respond to clergy sex abuse

VATICAN CITY — Italy’s Catholic bishops are declaring a new era of transparency and truth about clergy sex abuse, as awareness of the scandal that has convulsed much of the Catholic world begins to take hold in a country where it was long ignored. Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of ...

Women elected in record numbers

Women’s winning streak in this year’s elections has extended to statehouses across the country. More than 2,000 women will serve in state legislatures when those chambers convene for their upcoming sessions, representing roughly a quarter of all state lawmakers across the country. That ...

Migrants fill Tijuana shelters

TIJUANA, Mexico — Members of a migrant caravan started to meet some local resistance as they continued to arrive by the hundreds in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, where a group of residents clashed with migrants camped out by the U.S. border fence. About 100 migrants declined offers of ...

Fire evacuation plan questioned

MAGALIA, Calif. — Ten years ago, as two wildfires advanced on Paradise, residents jumped into their vehicles to flee and got stuck in gridlock. That led authorities to devise a staggered evacuation plan — one that they used when fire came again last week. But this time, Paradise’s ...

Nation

NEW YORK Man pleads not guilty in pipe bombs case NEW YORK — Florida man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to charges carrying a potential mandatory penalty of life in prison. Cesar Sayoc entered the plea through his ...

World

COLUMBIA Students fill streets in education march BOGOTA — Thousands of students have disrupted life in Colombia’s capital amid nationwide demonstrations called to press demands for President Ivan Duque to increase education spending. By early evening, police in Bogota used tear gas to ...

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Matthews International reports $29.6M in earnings Matthews International Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $29.6 million. The Pittsburgh-based company said it had profit of 93 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs and costs related to mergers ...

Walmart flexes muscle

NEW YORK — Walmart may be bruised by Amazon, but it’s learning how to fight back. The world’s largest retailer delivered strong third-quarter results Thursday, extending a streak of sales growth into its 11th straight quarter that was helped by services such as online grocery pickup. It ...

JC Penny withdraws profit guidance

NEW YORK — J.C. Penney withdrew its profit guidance and lowered its sales expectations for the year, leading to a big drop in its stock in early trading before shares recovered. Sales at stores open at least a year, a key gauge of a retailer’s health, declined 5.4 percent during the third ...

Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, ‘Hee Haw’ star, dies from pneumonia

Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show “Hee Haw” for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as “Yesterday When I was Young” and “Honeymoon Feeling,” has died. He was 85. Publicist Jeremy Westby said Clark died ...

Katherine MacGregor of ‘Little House’ dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katherine MacGregor, 93, who played petty, gossiping mother Harriet Oleson on TV’s “Little House on the Prairie,” has died. MacGregor died Tuesday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement community in Los Angeles, said Tony Sears, who is acting as her ...

WWII pilot’s remains set for Arlington burial

LATROBE (AP) — The remains of an Air Force pilot from Pennsylvania whose plane crashed off the coast of Croatia during World War II are coming home. The Defense Depart­ment’s POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Wednesday that the remains of Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Eugene P. Ford will be ...

Exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less, start younger

CHICAGO — Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health. The advice is the first update since the government’s physical activity guidelines came out a decade ago. Since then, the list ...

State GOP questions residency

HARRISBURG — Republicans who control Pennsylvania’s Senate want a Democrat who is the apparent winner in the race for an open suburban Pittsburgh seat to prove she meets the residency requirement to serve in the chamber, senators said Wednes­day. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, ...

Two dead, 44 hurt in crash

BYHALIA, Mississippi — A tour bus overturned Wednesday on an icy highway near Memphis, leaving two people dead and 44 others aboard with injuries as a pre-winter storm blasted parts of the South, authorities said. The Mississippi Highway Patrol said in a statement that the bus traveling ...

Caravan reaches US border

TIJUANA, Mexico — Migrants in a caravan of Central Americans arrived in Tijuana by the hundreds Wednesday, getting their first glimpse of the robust U.S. military presence that awaits them after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to the border. Several hundred people from ...

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May wins Cabinet backing for Brexit deal, faces pitfalls In a hard-won victory, British Prime Minister Theresa May has persuaded her Cabinet to back a draft divorce agreement with the European Union, a decision that triggers the final steps in the long and rocky road to Brexit. However, she ...