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This undated identification photo released via the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board website shows Paul Shanley, released Friday, July 28, 2017, from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater, Mass. Shanley, now 86, was a figure in the Boston Roman Catholic priest sex abuse scandal. He was released after completing a 12-year sentence for the rape of a boy in the 1980s. (Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board via AP)
July 28, 2017 - 8:57 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A defrocked priest at the center of Boston's Roman Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal was released from prison on Friday and settled into an apartment across the street from a children's dance studio. Paul Shanley, who had been convicted of raping a boy in the 1980s, moved to the town...
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This undated identification photo released via the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board website shows Paul Shanley, released Friday, July 28, 2017, from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater, Mass. Shanley, now 86, was a figure in the Boston Roman Catholic priest sex abuse scandal. He was released after completing a 12-year sentence for the rape of a boy in the 1980s. (Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board via AP)
July 28, 2017 - 12:56 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A notorious figure in Boston's Roman Catholic priest sex abuse scandal was quietly released from prison Friday morning after completing a 12-year sentence for the rape of a boy in the 1980s. Paul Shanley, 86, was released from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater,...
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July 28, 2017 - 11:43 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's highest court is delaying implementation of a ruling involving domestic violence protections for same-sex couples amid criticism from both sides that the decision actually leaves all unmarried couples less protected. The state Supreme Court on Friday issued a...
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From left, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speak to reporters at the Capitol as the Republican-controlled Senate unable to fulfill their political promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare" because of opposition and wavering within the GOP ranks, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
July 28, 2017 - 5:15 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of President Barack Obama's health care law who wanted to get rid of the penalty people were assessed for not having health insurance will have to wait longer for relief after the Senate early Friday defeated the GOP's scaled-back version of legislation repealing the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015, file photo, a full-scale mock-up of a high-speed train is displayed at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The California Supreme Court is set to issue a ruling that could have big implications for the state's $64 billion high-speed rail project. The court will decide Thursday, July 27, 2017, whether federal law exempts rail projects such as the planned bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco from the state's strict environmental review law known as CEQA. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
July 27, 2017 - 10:00 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. law does not allow state-owned rail projects to completely bypass California's strict environmental regulations, the state Supreme Court said Thursday in a decision that ensures further legal complications for the planned $64 billion bullet train between Los Angeles and...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015, file photo, a full-scale mock-up of a high-speed train is displayed at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The California Supreme Court is set to issue a ruling that could have big implications for the state's $64 billion high-speed rail project. The court will decide Thursday, July 27, 2017, whether federal law exempts rail projects such as the planned bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco from the state's strict environmental review law known as CEQA. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
July 27, 2017 - 8:38 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. law does not allow state-owned rail projects to completely bypass California's strict environmental regulations, the state Supreme Court said Thursday in a decision that ensures further legal complications for the planned $64 billion bullet train between Los Angeles and...
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President Donald Trump points to his supporters as first lady Melania Trump watches after speaking at the Covelli Centre, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Youngstown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 26, 2017 - 7:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the effort by congressional Republicans to pass a health care bill (all times local): 7:50 p.m. A group of 10 Republican and Democratic governors are calling on Senate leaders to heed John McCain's plea for bipartisan work on overhauling Obamacare. In a letter late...
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July 26, 2017 - 12:38 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a South Carolina court's ruling on domestic violence protections for unmarried same-sex couples (all times local): 12:30 p.m. South Carolina's top prosecutor wants a court to reconsider its ruling that found part of the state's criminal domestic violence law...
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July 25, 2017 - 6:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Five U.S. Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders were barred from going to Israel under a new law that prohibits entry to the Jewish state by foreign activists who advocate a boycott of the country. Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said in a statement Tuesday that the five had a...
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Polish President Andrzej Duda makes a statement in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, July 24, 2017. Duda announced that he will veto two contentious bills widely seen as assaults on the independence of the judicial system. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
July 25, 2017 - 11:14 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The office of Poland's president said Tuesday that he has signed into law one of three contested bills that critics say limit the independence of the judiciary. President Andrzej Duda announced Monday after days of protests that he would veto two of the bills. His office said...
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