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Catholic Church to pay $1.75 million to father over son’s abuse

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Illinois-based Catholic group agreed on Friday to pay $1.75 million to the father of a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly sexually abused by one of its priests in Florida after the two met in an Internet chatroom. The Order of the Carmelites, a religious group known…

Wisconsin recall Republican insists he doesn’t ‘smoke rocks’

The Republican candidate running to unseat a Democratic Wisconsin state Senator in next week’s recall election said Thursday that a child abuse investigation against him was “just another false accusation.” But discerning voters might think otherwise, considering his history. “I read a social services report yesterday that says I smoke…

New Missouri law requires drug tests for welfare recipients

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) signed new legislation this week that will allow the state’s social workers to administer drug tests to welfare recipients, the result of which could jeopardize their state aid, the Associated Press reported. Those who test positive for drug use and agree to a substance abuse…

LulzSec hacker: ‘There’s no going back’

In an exclusive interview published on Monday by New Scientist, a key member of the notorious hacker group LulzSec spoke directly for the first time about how he sees himself and his motivations. “I’m a man who believes in human rights and exposing abuse and corruption,” the hacker known as…

Supreme Court rejects Abu Ghraib detainees’ abuse appeal

The Supreme Court Monday rejected an appeal from former detainees at Abu Ghraib, the Baghdad prison U.S. military forces shared use of with the Iraqi government between 2003 and 2006. The detainees wanted to sue U.S. contractors for abuse in interrogation situations, Politico reported. The plaintiffs, Iraqis who had been…

Belgian child sex abuse victims sue Catholic church

GHENT, Belgium (AFP) – Dozens of victims of a child sex scandal in the Belgian Catholic church on Wednesday announced the launch of legal action against the Holy See, the first such suit in Europe. Lawyers and victims said at a news conference a summons was on its way to…

Florida to require drug testing for all welfare recipients

Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) signed legislation into law on Tuesday that requires anyone applying for temporary government assistance to pay for and undergo drug screening. Under the new law, applicants for the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program who test positive for illegal drug use won’t be eligible…

Bahraini pro-democracy female doctors reportedly abused, tortured

MANAMA — Out of prison but in fear of being rearrested, Bahraini Shiite women doctors have spoken of abuse and torture by police after being accused of backing pro-democracy protests in the Sunni-ruled monarchy. Although medics usually enjoy protection in conflicts by virtue of their profession, many Shiite doctors and…

Vatican ‘means business’ in preventing priest sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican told bishops around the world Monday that they must make it a global priority to root out sexual abuse of children by priests. The Roman Catholic Church told bishops in a letter that they should cooperate with civil authorities to end the abuse that…

Wall Street Journal launches WikiLeaks imitation

WASHINGTON — The Wall Street Journal launched a WikiLeaks rival called “SafeHouse” on Thursday, calling for online submissions to help uncover fraud and abuse in business and politics. “If you have newsworthy contracts, correspondence, emails, financial records or databases from companies, government agencies or non-profits, you can send them to…

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