VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis suffered a major blow when his top financial adviser, Cardinal George Pell, was charged in his native Australia with multiple counts of sexual assault from years ago, bringing a criminal case in the long-running abuse scandal inside the frescoed walls of the Vatican for the first time.
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LEXINGTON, S.C. — A South Carolina couple is looking for some bigger baby clothes after their son was born at a whopping 14.4 pounds.
TOKYO — A 14-year-old boy is taking his country by storm with a record-breaking start to his pro career in the Japanese version of chess.
Sota Fujii broke a 30-year-old record with his 29th win in a row. His face was plastered across front pages of major newspapers Tuesday, getting bigger display than the bankruptcy filing of Japanese air bag maker Takata.
LONDON — Britain’s Prince Harry has suggested that no one in the royal family really wishes to rise to the throne and that it is duty, rather than desire, that prompts them to continue serving the British people.
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump said he had a secret.
He dangled it on Twitter. He parried reporters’ questions about it. He milked the moment, drawing out the drama for weeks.
That big tease played out in 2011, when Trump promised to reveal what his private investigators had found in Hawaii about President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. (Trump never did release anything.)
MIAMI — Tens of thousands of Cubans living in the U.S. are adapting to a harsh new reality: After enjoying decades of favoured status dating back to the Cold War, many of them now face the same deportation risks as any other immigrants.
MILFORD, Va. — EDITOR’S NOTE: On June 12, 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down as unconstitutional 16 state bans on interracial marriage. The ruling came in a lawsuit brought by Richard and Mildred Loving, a white man and black woman who had been jailed for being married to each other.
OMAHA, Neb. — The winning bid for a private lunch with billionaire Warren Buffett may top several million dollars in an online auction to benefit a California homeless charity that wraps up Friday night.
DENVER — In a step toward possible sainthood, the remains of a former slave have been moved to a Catholic cathedral in Denver, where people lined up Wednesday to honour her and pray for her help.
OXON HILL, Md. — Ananya Vinay showed little emotion as she plowed through word after mystifying word in the final rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Later, as she stood beside the confetti-covered stage, the newly crowned champion flashed a toothy grin as she inadvertently revealed how much confidence she’d brought to the competition.