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George Pell
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Top Vatican Cardinal Charged

Australian police charged Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis' chief financial adviser and Australia's most senior Catholic, with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See


U.S. Issues New Visa Criteria For Six Muslim Nations

The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a "close" family or business tie to the U.S., after the Supreme Court partially restored President Trump's controversial executive order

A puppet of U.S. President Trump is seen as protesters gather outside Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington

Protesters Crash Trump Hotel Campaign Fundraiser

A small crowd gathered outside the Trump International Hotel to protest the proposed Senate health care bill and the $35,000 to $100,000-a-ticket fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign that was going on inside

Trump meets Senate Republicans at the White House in Washington

Just 17% of Americans Approve of Health Care Bill

A poll found that only 17% of Americans support the Senate's health care bill, while 55% disapprove of it. The research was conducted before the CBO found the bill would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured

Exploring Denver International Airport

No Laptop Ban, But Airport Security to Increase

The U.S. will increase its aviation security measures for inbound international flights rather than implementing a previously-considered plan to expand a ban on laptops and tablets, the Department of Homeland Security announced

Michael Bond death

Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Dead at 91

Michael Bond, creator of globe-trotting teddy Paddington bear, died after battling a brief illness, according to publisher HarperCollins. He was 91. His books have sold some 35 million copies worldwide and also was turned into a movie


Trump Accepts Invite From France's New President

President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation from newly inaugurated French President Emmanuel Macron to visit France next month. The two leaders, who have met previously, stand in opposition on several key issues

Republican National Convention

Paul Manafort Registers as Foreign Agent

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for political consulting work he did for a Ukrainian political party

Ten Commandments Arkansas

Ten Commandments Monument Was Quickly Destroyed

The Ten Commandments monument installed on grounds for the Arkansas State Capitol was destroyed in less than 24 hours. The granite monument was installed Tuesday, and early on Wednesday someone drove a vehicle into it


Maduro Says Helicopter Fired on Venezuela Court

President Nicolas Maduro said a helicopter fired on Venezuela's Supreme Court in a confusing incident that he claimed was part of a conspiracy to destabilize his government. The gunfire took place as Maduro was speaking live on state television