From sedan chairs to a bullet-proof Ferrari, the transports used by pontiffs share a storied tradition as rich as that of the Catholic Church. Correspondent Seth Doane visits the Vatican Museum's Carriage Pavilion at Vatican City, where various modes of "popemobile" dating back centuries are on display.
- USA TODAY
Frederick Woods, now 70, was 24 when he and two other men kidnapped 26 school children and their bus driver in Northern California and buried them.
The pastor later apologized after a video of his rant went viral.
The Los Angeles Police Department released new video and sought the public's help with identifying the people seen on video looting and vandalizing a 7-Eleven store following a street takeover earlier this week.
- Chicago Tribune
R. Kelly’s former goddaughter breaks down at his federal trial, telling jury he filmed them having sex while she was a minor
The woman had been testifying for more than four hours Thursday about her clandestine sexual relationship with R&B superstar R. Kelly as an impressionable young teenager when she was asked about one of the central mysteries in the case. Why, after two decades of silence, did she finally decide to come forward and speak out? There was a lengthy, silent pause in the Chicago federal courtroom. ...
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) -Pope Francis has decided there is not sufficient evidence to open a Church investigation into Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet over allegations of sexual assault, the Vatican said in a statement on Thursday. Ouellet, a prominent Vatican official, was named earlier this week in a class action lawsuit against the Quebec Catholic diocese that alleged cases of sexual assault by some 88 priests and staff working at the diocese starting in 1940. In the filing in Quebec Superior Court, an anonymous complainant alleged that Ouellet inappropriately touched her, and made comments that made her feel uncomfortable between 2008 and 2010 when Ouellet was archbishop of Quebec and she was working as an intern in her 20s.
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An Arizona judge overseeing a high-profile lawsuit accusing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of conspiring to cover-up child sex abuse has ruled that the church may not refuse to answer questions or turn over documents under the state’s “clergy-penitent privilege.” Clergy in Arizona, as in many other states, are required to report information about child sexual abuse or neglect to law enforcement or child welfare authorities. Judge Laura Cardinal ruled on Aug. 8 that the late Paul Adams waived his right to keep his confessions secret when he posted videos of himself sexually abusing his two daughters on the Internet, boasted of the abuse on social media, and confessed to federal law enforcement agents, who arrested him in 2017 with no help from the church.
- KABC – Los Angeles
A bystander's video shows a man stepping out of a pickup truck after a crash in Van Nuys and calmly walking away from the scene.
An adorable elephant in Shandong province of eastern China was caught on video returning a little boy’s shoe after it fell into his enclosure at a zoo. The video, uploaded to Twitter on Wednesday by Now This, shows the elephant grabbing the tiny shoe with his tusk and carefully reaching up to the boy as the child grabs his shoe back.
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“We have done our research and know that we aren’t breaking any laws,” the coffee shop’s owner said.
- The Daily Beast
via GoFundMeIn the wake of the Highland Park Fourth of July parade mass shooting, the story of 8-year-old Cooper Roberts’ survival was embraced by many following updates on the boy’s recovery.And more than a month after the massacre, Roberts is long out of intensive care—but his family says he is now in “constant pain” and “hopeless, sad, and angry” at the realization he is paralyzed.In a sobering and gut-wrenching statement released Tuesday, the Roberts family said they want people to see the u
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Florida Christian school says it will only refer to students by 'biological gender,' asks gay and transgender students to leave
Grace Christian School in Valrico, Florida, told parents in an email it will refer to students only by their birth genders and will ask gay and trans students to leave.
- Miami Herald
“Yesterday my world ended.”
One brother's body has been recovered, while the other remains missing, per multiple reports
Two people were bitten by sharks on the same day earlier this week off the coast of Myrtle Beach, the local police department said.
- Associated Press
Unchecked development has hit this once laid back beach town on Mexico’s Caribbean coast so hard that developers are now eager — even desperate — to build condominiums and hotels in a shantytown. While police are trying to evict squatters so towering condos can be built next to wood and tarpaper shacks, residents are fighting back, saying they are tired of foreign investors excluding local people from their own coast. In the latest clash on July 27, police accompanying a backhoe fired tear gas and tried to knock down some squatters’ homes in the shadow of a new, balconied condo building.
- The Daily Beast
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Getty/Reuters Disgraced former Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg recently found himself in a tough spot I know all too well. Like Weisselberg, I was prosecuted for tax fraud by the government. And like him, I was “dead to rights” and looking for a way to mitigate my circumstances. If you really want to know how all this works, how the government handles offenders like us, and what he’s going through, I’m your guy.It’
- KGO – San Francisco
Surveillance video shows the group roaming through the bakery, demanding money and a safe. Two minutes was all it took for the thieves to get in and out- missing police by moments- as an officer was sitting in front of the bakery while the attack was happening in the back.
A video of a man fighting with a teen in Valencia has gone viral and the LA County Sheriff Santa Clarita Valley Station is investigating.
Lana Batochir, 34, was on a raft with friends when a larger boat reversed into them, police said, dragging Batochir and another with it
Japanese hikers survive 10 days lost in the wilderness — immediately apologize for ‘causing trouble’ upon rescue
Two Japanese women who spent 10 days lost in the mountains immediately apologized to emergency responders for “causing trouble” after being rescued. The two unnamed hikers, a 61-year-old from Nagoya and a 69-year-old from Ichinomiya, were climbing the 1,895-meter-tall (approximately 6,217 feet) Mount Misen in central Japan, reported The Asahi Shumbun.