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Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”
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Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the “crime” of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church. Francis begged forgiveness for the pain...

Alabama county has eighth rabid fox attack
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Alabama county has eighth rabid fox attack

LOXLEY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s most popular county for tourism is facing a problem with attacks by rabid foxes. Officials say they’ve confirmed eight attacks by foxes infected with rabies in coastal Baldwin County since May. The fast-growing county includes the state’s prime beach areas, although no tourists have reportedly been affected. The most recent...

Pedestrian bridge planned for Homewood, Mountain Brook
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Pedestrian bridge planned for Homewood, Mountain Brook

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) — A pedestrian bridge connecting Homewood, Birmingham and Mountain Brook could be open by mid-2019. Homewood City Councilor Jennifer Andress, who is spearheading the project, says adding a pedestrian bridge, separate from the two-lane vehicular bridge over U.S. 280, will improve safety for walkers, runners and cyclists who regularly traverse the area....

Moon Possums? Voting begins on baseball team name
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Moon Possums? Voting begins on baseball team name

MADISON, Ala. (AP) — The Moon Possums, Comet Jockeys and Space Chimps are among the five possible names for the minor league baseball team moving to Madison. Team owner Ballcorps, LLC on Friday announced the proposed name. Thunder Sharks and Trash Pandas round out the final five names. Most of the proposed names gave a...

Airport project moving forward with December completion
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Airport project moving forward with December completion

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn University Regional Airport is still on schedule to be completed before the end of the year. Airport director William Hutto told the Opelika-Auburn News that the new $4.3 million runway is schedule for December completion. The four-phase project began in June with the demolition of the old terminal building....

Giuliani on hazards of Trump interview: ‘Truth isn’t truth’
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Giuliani on hazards of Trump interview: ‘Truth isn’t truth’

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Truth isn’t truth,” says President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, explaining why he’s wary about pushing the president into an interview that he says could be a perjury trap. Giuliani’s statement is reminiscent of a comment from another Trump aide last year about “alternative facts.” Giuliani used the line “truth isn’t...

Survey of economists: Some Trump policies could slow growth
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Survey of economists: Some Trump policies could slow growth

By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business economists are concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump’s economic policies, saying they fear his tariffs and higher budget deficits could eventually slow the economy. More than 90 percent of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics in a report...

US firms to Trump: Don’t raise tariffs on more Chinese goods
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US firms to Trump: Don’t raise tariffs on more Chinese goods

By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Fishermen off the Alaskan coast. A Florida maker of boat trailers. A building materials distributor in Tennessee. Those and hundreds of other American businesses are delivering the same plea to President Donald Trump as he considers imposing tariffs on nearly 40 percent of imported Chinese goods: Don’t...

Steve Bannon wants GOP to rally behind Trump
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Steve Bannon wants GOP to rally behind Trump

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon has a dire warning for Republicans — rally around President Donald Trump. During a Sunday interview with The Associated Press, the former chief strategist to Trump said he believes the GOP would lose 35 to 40 seats in the House if the election were held today,...

NOAA Fisheries approves Alabama snapper program
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NOAA Fisheries approves Alabama snapper program

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The federal government has approved a system developed by the state of Alabama to count the number of red snapper caught in the Gulf of Mexico. Gulf states, fishing groups and the NOAA Fisheries have disagreed for years about how many snapper can be caught. The decision means Alabama’s numbers can...