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Jesuits release list of 89 U.S. priests accused of sex abuse

Dec 18, 2018 - 9:46 AM

The disclosures by the Jesuit provinces of Maryland and USA Midwest are the latest chapter in the ongoing sexual abuse scandal roiling the Catholic Church

U.S. judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal

Dec 15, 2018 - 4:32 PM

The ruling came one day before the Saturday, December 15 deadline to sign up for Affordable Care Act coverage in 2019

OBAMACARE. An Obamacare logo is shown on the door of the UniVista Insurance agency in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. File photo by Rhona Wise/ AFP

Museum devoted to magic of cinema to open in Los Angeles

Dec 14, 2018 - 10:38 PM

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is set to open in 2019, with the first temporary exhibition devoted to Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 4, 2018 a view of the fully restored 1939 Iconic building facade at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures' future home one Wilshire and Fairfax is seen during the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences unveiling ceremony, in Los Angeles, California. - Nearly a century after the idea was first floated, a museum dedicated to the magic of cinema is finally set to open in Los Angeles, with the first temporary exhibition devoted to Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, slated to open by the end of 2019, will be devoted to the past, present and future of film, offering visitors a look behind the screen and into how movies are made. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

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Dec 14, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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Miss USA apologizes over 'xenophobic' remarks vs Miss Cambodia, Miss Vietnam

Dec 14, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'My life, friendships, and career revolve around me being a compassionate and empathetic woman. I would never intend to hurt another,' says Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers

KISS AND MAKE UP. Miss USA apologizes following backlash over what some say were 'xenophobic' comments made about Miss Cambodia and Miss Vietnam. Photo from Miss Australia's Instagram

Facebook teaches New Yorkers about privacy at 'pop-up' kiosk

Dec 14, 2018 - 9:52 AM

The public relations exercise, a one-day event at the midtown holiday market in Bryant Park, is a first for Facebook in the United States, and follows a similar presentation in September in London

TALKING PRIVACY. Facebook employee Dan Shinaberry (R) talks to visitors as the social network Facebook opens a pop-up kiosk for one day on December 13, 2018, in Bryant Park in New York, where it will field questions about its data-sharing practices and teach users how to understand its new privacy controls. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Facebook's California campus evacuated due to bomb threat

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:24 PM

The evacuation is temporary – no suspicious packages or other devices are found by the San Mateo bomb unit

BOMB THREAT. The Facebook sign and logo is seen in Menlo Park, California on November 4, 2016. Photo by Josh Edelson/ AFP

Google CEO spars with U.S. lawmakers on bias, privacy

Dec 12, 2018 - 2:31 AM

(UPDATED) The hearing on Google's 'data collection, use and filtering practices' offers an opportunity for lawmakers to confront the CEO over claims that the internet giant skews its search results for political reasons

GOOGLE'S SUNDAR PICHAI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before the House Judiciary Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building on December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. adds Pakistan to blacklist for religious freedom violations

Dec 12, 2018 - 12:33 AM

State Secretary Mike Pompeo says he had designated Pakistan among 'countries of particular concern' in a congressionally mandated annual report, meaning the US government is obliged to exert pressure to end freedom violations

MIKE POMPEO. Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo speaks during his confirmation hearing before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, on April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Heavy screen time appears to impact childrens' brains – study

Dec 10, 2018 - 8:52 AM

The study indicates 9 and 10-year-old kids spending more than 7 hours a day using smart devices or playing video games show signs of premature thinning of the cortex, the brain's outermost layer that processes sensory information

Trump's potential next chief of staff pick leaving White House

Dec 10, 2018 - 8:02 AM

Nick Ayers, the 36-year-old chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, tweeted that 'I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause,' referring to Trump's campaign

NICK AYERS. US Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers (L) walks with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster in Washington, DC, October 23, 2017. File photo by Jiim Watson/AFP

Trump chooses army general to lead Joint Chiefs of Staff

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:18 PM

The Joint Chiefs of Staff is made up of the heads of the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and National Guard

GENERAL. In this file photo taken on July 13, 2018, US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley announces that Austin, Texas, will be the new headquarters for the Army Futures Command during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/AFP

Trump attacks Paris climate agreement, cites France protests

Dec 08, 2018 - 10:03 PM

US President Donald Trump's comments came admi the UN climate talks in Poland, where 200 nations gather to agree on a rulebook on the 2015 climate accord

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Trump names ex-Bush official William Barr as new attorney general

Dec 08, 2018 - 1:05 AM

(UPDATED) William Barr would succeed Jeff Sessions, whom Trump forced to resign last month amid rising pressure on the White House from the Russia collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he walks to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, December 7, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump nominates ex-Fox News anchor Nauert as U.N. envoy

Dec 08, 2018 - 12:49 AM

(UPDATED) Trump says Nauert, who is in line to take over from Nikki Haley, had done well at the State Department. 'She's very talented, very smart, very quick, and I think she's going to be respected by all,' Trump said.

HEATHER NAUERT. In this file photo taken on November 30, 2017, US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump says China trade talks 'going very well'

Dec 07, 2018 - 10:20 PM

Traders are initially buoyed by the apparent deal agreed at the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires but questions are quickly raised about the details – and whether the world's top two economies could actually resolve their differences

TALKS. Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) waves to the press as he walks with US President Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 7, 2017.  File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

China to 'immediately' implement U.S. trade truce measures

Dec 06, 2018 - 4:41 PM

Few details have been made public about what the two sides will negotiate, a lack of clarity that has unsettled stock markets

GAO FENG. Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng speaks at a press conference in Beijing, days ahead of an imminent US-China trade war, on July 5, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

U.S. radio stations pull 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' in wake of #MeToo

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:00 PM

A radio station in the state of Ohio was first to announce it was pulling the song from its playlist last weekend after receiving complaints

Samsung 5G phone out by first half of 2019 in U.S.

Dec 04, 2018 - 1:06 PM

A proof of concept will be shown this week at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii

S9. Pictured is one of Samsung's 2018 flagships, the S9


Top U.S., Mexico diplomats meet in Washington amid migrant crisis

Dec 03, 2018 - 3:16 PM

The United States and Mexico are grappling with how to handle the thousands of Central American migrants who are camped at the common border -- in the short and long terms

MIGRATION. Central American migrants –mostly from Honduras – wanting to reach the United States in hope of a better life, remain at a shelter in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico on November 24, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP)

Republican wins Mississippi's racially-charged Senate runoff

Nov 28, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Incumbent Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith's victory preserves the 53-47 majority that Republicans will hold in the Senate when the new Congress convenes in January

REPUBLICAN WIN. Incumbent Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith manages to hold her US Senate seat in the final race of 2018. File photo from Smith's Facebook page

Trump swoops in to support Republican in tense Senate race

Nov 27, 2018 - 4:17 PM

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is locked in an unexpectedly tight runoff vote on November 27 in what should have been reliable Republican territory for the final Senate race of the 2018 midterms

TRUMP IN MISSISSIPPI. US President Donald Trump (C), Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (L), Vice President Mike Pence (2nd from R) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R) participate in a roundtable on the FIRST STEP Act in Gulfport, Mississippi on November 26, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

California's deadliest wildfire finally tamed

Nov 26, 2018 - 8:08 AM

A total of 153,336 acres are affected by the fire, with nearly 14,000 homes and hundreds of other structures destroyed

A FIRE TAMED. Chris and Nancy Brown embrace while looking over the remains of their burned residence after the Camp fire tore through the region in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

U.S. agents fire tear gas at migrants trying to cross from Mexico

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Border officials in San Diego, California, say on Twitter they temporarily closed the San Ysidro crossing point – one of the busiest between the two countries – to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The order was lifted some hours later.

BLOCKED. Mexican Police officers block the way to Central American migrants wanting to reach the El Chaparral border crossing close to the Mexico-US border, in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on November 25, 2018. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

YouTube rolling out free, ad-supported movies in U.S.

Nov 19, 2018 - 1:48 PM

No word yet on whether the free movies will hit Philippine shores or other regions


Toll rises to 77 in deadliest California wildfire

Nov 19, 2018 - 1:06 PM

More than 10,000 homes are destroyed in the blaze which has devoured an area roughly the size of Chicago, and essentially wiped the community of Paradise off the map

DEATH TOLL RISES. Alameda County Sheriff Coroner officers search for human remains at a burned residence in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Republican Rick Scott wins Florida Senate seat

Nov 19, 2018 - 7:57 AM

Rick Scott edges out Bill Nelson by just over 10,000 votes, or 50.05% to 49.93%, official final results showed.

RICK SCOTT. In this file photo taken on October 8, 2018, Florida Governor Rick Scott addresses the Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual convention at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Cambodia genocide verdict a signal to other perpetrators – U.S.

Nov 17, 2018 - 10:01 PM

'Let this be a message to other perpetrators of mass atrocities, even those at the highest levels, including former heads of state, that such actions will not be tolerated and they will ultimately be brought to justice,' says US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert

VERDICT. Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin (C), speaks as Legal Counsel of the United Nations, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Miguel de Serpa Soares (2nd-R) looks on during a press conference after the verdict of two former Khmer Rouge leaders at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh on November 16, 2018.Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

New Amazon HQ split between New York, Washington suburbs

Nov 14, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Both districts offer a variety of tax and infrastructure incentives to lure the huge corporate prize, but Amazon says one important element was access to a qualified workforce

The rapidly developing area known as Long Island City in the borough of Queens is seen on November 13, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. lawmakers return to work, spending showdown ahead

Nov 14, 2018 - 8:41 AM

'The reality is that we still have a series of important, outstanding subjects to tackle between now and the end of this year,' says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

BACK TO WORK. In this file photo, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, June 27, 2017. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Deadliest fire in California history kills 42 people

Nov 13, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Thousands of firefighters spend a fifth day digging battle lines to contain the "Camp Fire" in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Sacramento, while search teams are on a grim mission to recover the dead

SEARCHING FOR THE DEAD. Alameda County Sheriff Coroner officers search for human remains at a burned residence in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Macron hosts Trump amid row over European defense

Nov 10, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Their body language are markedly less warm than during Trump's last visit to Paris in July 2017, underscoring a general cooling in relations

US-FRANCE RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with French president Emmanuel Macron prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on November 10, 2018, on the sidelines of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. Photo by Christophe Petit-Tesson/POOL/AFP

Fil-Am teen among those killed in California shooting incident

Nov 09, 2018 - 11:55 AM

The Phiippines' Department of Foreign Affairs expresses its condolences to the family of Alaina Punzalan Housley, a freshman student at Pepperdine University

FIL-AM TEEN. Alaina Punzalan Housley was among those killed in a California bar shooting on November 7, 2018. Photo from the Remembering Alaina Housley Facebook page

Florida braces for recounts in governor, Senate races

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:24 AM

Democrats Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia are aiming to become the states' first African-American governors, but the races are tilting in favor of their Republican rivals

RECOUNT. Democratic candidates Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia are aiming to become the states' first African-American governors. File photos from Gillum and Abrams' official Facebook pages

FilAm bets make history in San Francisco elections

Nov 08, 2018 - 4:27 PM

Two Filipino Americans are poised to become the new members of the City Council of South San Francisco

MAKING HISTORY. Flor Nicolas (L) and Mark Nagales are set to join  the City Council of South Francisco. Photos from Nagales and Nicolas' campaign websites.


Marijuana, abortion, greyhounds: The local issues on U.S. midterm ballots

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:38 AM

From legalizing recreational marijuana to banning greyhound racing, here are local initiatives that Americans voted on during the midterm elections

VOTE. Americans also vote on local initiatives during the US midterm elections 2018. File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

Nancy Pelosi: Former U.S. House speaker eyes gavel once more

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:13 PM

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is expected to become speaker of the House, a position she held for 4 years from 2007, when she made history as the first woman ever to rise to that post

PELOSI. In this file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference at the National Press Club. File photo from Shutterstock

Colorado elects first openly gay governor in U.S.

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Jared Polis will succeed Democrat John Hickenlooper, who has been in office since 2011

COLORADO. Networks project that Democratic Congressman Jared Polis has won the governor's race in Colorado. File photo from Polis' official Facebook page

Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib become first Muslim women in U.S. Congress

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Ilhan Omar, 37, and Rashida Tlaib, 42, are Democrats from the Midwest and outspoken advocates of minority communities

ADVOCATES. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to the US Congress. File photos from Facebook

2 Native American women break ground in election to U.S. Congress

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The two are among a record number of Native Americans who ran in the midterm elections for congressional seats, governor's offices, state legislatures and other elected posts

FIRST. Democrat candidates Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland become the first Native American women elected to Congress. Davids file photo from Twitter, Haaland file photo from Wikipedia

U.S. prepares more Russia sanctions over Britain nerve gas attack

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:36 PM

Three months after the Untied States declared Russia violated a US law that seeks the elimination of chemical and biological weapons, the State Department tells Congress in a legally-mandated follow-up Moscow had not come into compliance

NOVICHOK ATTACK. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) talks with Wiltshire Police's Chief Constable Kier Pritchard (2L) as they stand near The Mill Pub in Salisbury, southern England, on March 15, 2018, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia went before being discovered on a nearby bench on March 4, following an apparent nerve agent attack. File photo by Tony Melville/AFP

U.S. jury convicts New York subway bomber

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Akayed Ullah is found guilty by a unanimous jury as Americans went to the polls in the midterm elections. His trial in Manhattan lasted a week.

AKAYED ULLAH. This undated handout photo obtained December 11, 2017, courtesy of New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission shows pipe bomb suspect Akayed Ullah. Handout photo by NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission/AFP

Ted Cruz reelected to Senate in Texas in win for Republicans

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Ted Cruz overcomes major deficits in fundraising to ultimately defeat his charismatic rival Beto O'Rourke, whose campaign electrified Democrats across the country

WIN FOR REPUBLICANS. In this file photo, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a Get Out The Vote Bus Tour rally at the Redneck Country Club on November 5, 2018 in Stafford, Texas. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NY Democrat rock star makes history

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'We have made history tonight,' the grinning 29-year-old tells cheering supporters at her victory party in Queens

Democrats seize U.S. House but Trump averts 'blue wave'

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:47 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Democrats will now be able to block legislation and light a fire under Donald Trump's feet with investigations of his opaque finances and Russian interference in the 2016 election

US CONGRESS. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Democrats snatch first House seats from Republicans in U.S. midterm elections 2018

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Democrats must gain 21 more seats in the 435-member House of Representatives to regain control of the chamber, which is currently led by President Donald Trump's Republicans

FIRST HOUSE SEATS. Democrats seize their first two Republican-held seats of the US midterm elections, as networks project the win of Jennifer Wexton (L) and Donna Shalala (R). Wexton file photo from Facebook, Shalala file photo from Twitter

Voters crowd polling stations as U.S. delivers verdict on Trump

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:23 AM

Millions of Americans head to the polls Tuesday, November 6, in the first major voter test of Donald Trump's chaotic, often controversial presidency

US VOTES. Voters fill out their ballots at Minneapolis College of Art and Design on November 6, 2018 in Minneapolis, United States. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. midterms: Key factors of the 2018 elections

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:03 AM

Here are the key factors in the battle for political control in Washington and across the country

ISSUES. AFP looks into the key factors in the battle for political control in Washington and across the country. Shutterstock; Trump file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP; Border file photo by Orlando Estrada/AFP; Shooting file photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images/AFP

Races to watch in U.S. midterm elections 2018

Nov 06, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Here is a look at some of the most interesting contests

SENATE RACE. Incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz is facing Democratic Representative Beto O'Rourke. Photos from Shutterstock

Election Day test for Trump as America votes

Nov 06, 2018 - 4:55 PM

(4th UPDATE) With control of Congress and Trump's agenda at stake, early voting has hit record levels and turnout appears high across the country

ELECTIONS. California's multi-language 'I Voted' stickers on offer for early voters at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office in Norwalk, California on November 5, 2018, a day ahead the November 6 midterm elections in the United States. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/