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Churches defend clergy loophole in child sex abuse reporting

Churches defend clergy loophole in child sex abuse reporting

Clergy in 33 states are exempt from laws requiring professionals such as teachers, physicians and psychotherapists to report information about alleged child abuse to police or child welfare officials.

58 mins ago
Top Pakistan diplomat urges flood aid, patience with Taliban

Top Pakistan diplomat urges flood aid, patience with Taliban

Pakistan’s foreign minister is recommending cooperation with the Taliban even though many U.S. officials say Afghanistan’s ruling faction has proved unworthy of it.

1 hr 8 mins ago
Progressive Democrats frustrated with 2022 primary losses

Progressive Democrats frustrated with 2022 primary losses

Progressive Democrats are facing a test of their power in November's midterm elections.

1 hr 18 mins ago
Kansas race tests which matters more: Economy or abortion?

Kansas race tests which matters more: Economy or abortion?

Kansas' only Democrat in Congress is hoping abortion-rights voters remain fired up enough to save her swing-district seat even if some of them blame her party for housing and grocery prices.

1 hr 18 mins ago
VP Harris seeks computer chip partners in Japan meetings

VP Harris seeks computer chip partners in Japan meetings

Vice President Kamala Harris will highlight a new U.S. law boosting support for computer chip manufacturing when she meets with Japanese technology executives on Wednesday.

3 hrs 28 mins ago
Biden keeps US target for refugee admissions at 125,000

Biden keeps US target for refugee admissions at 125,000

President Joe Biden is formally keeping the nation’s cap on refugee admissions at 125,000 for the 2023 budget year, despite pressure from refugee advocates to raise it even higher to meet the need after falling far short of that target this year.

3 hrs 49 mins ago
Manchin ends pipeline push, easing path for spending bill

Manchin ends pipeline push, easing path for spending bill

Democratic lawmakers have unveiled a stopgap spending measure to finance the federal government through Dec. 16.

4 hrs 9 mins ago
Jill Biden hosts White House reading for student poets

Jill Biden hosts White House reading for student poets

Jill Biden has hosted a White House reading by this year's group of National Student Poets.

6 hrs 29 mins ago
Jan. 6 panel delays hearing as Hurricane Ian aims at Florida

Jan. 6 panel delays hearing as Hurricane Ian aims at Florida

The House Jan. 6 committee has postponed a hearing scheduled for Wednesday as a hurricane hurtles toward the Florida coast.

6 hrs 44 mins ago
DEA: Fake pills containing fentanyl helping drive OD deaths

DEA: Fake pills containing fentanyl helping drive OD deaths

Federal officials say an increasing number of fake prescription pills containing potentially deadly fentanyl are helping drive overdose death rates to record levels in the U.S. And officials warn that some of the pills are being manufactured in rainbow colors designed to look like candy.

6 hrs 54 mins ago
South Carolina lawmakers won't pass stricter abortion laws

South Carolina lawmakers won't pass stricter abortion laws

Conservatives in the South Carolina House have rejected what they contend is a watered-down abortion measure, meaning the state likely will maintain its ban on the procedure at six weeks.

7 hrs 19 mins ago
NAACP says Jackson's water problems are civil rights issue

NAACP says Jackson's water problems are civil rights issue

The NAACP on Tuesday accused Mississippi of discriminating against Black residents by denying badly needed federal funds for drinking water infrastructure in Jackson and instead diverting money to largely-white communities that needed it less.

7 hrs 24 mins ago
Millions of Americans will save on Medicare fees next year

Millions of Americans will save on Medicare fees next year

For the first time in a decade, Americans will pay less next year on monthly premiums for Medicare’s Part B plan, which covers routine doctors’ visits and other outpatient care.

7 hrs 24 mins ago
McConnell backs post-Jan. 6 revisions to elections law

McConnell backs post-Jan. 6 revisions to elections law

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says he will “proudly support” legislation to overhaul rules for certifying presidential elections, bolstering a bipartisan effort to revise a 19th century law and avoid another Jan. 6 insurrection.

7 hrs 39 mins ago
Advanced anti-aircraft weapons head to Ukraine in 2 months

Advanced anti-aircraft weapons head to Ukraine in 2 months

The Pentagon will deliver the first two advanced NASAMS anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine in the next two months, providing Kyiv with a weapon that it has pressed for since earlier this year.

8 hrs 9 mins ago

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