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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis indicated Friday that he will seek to have the church act `'with determination" against clergy sex abuse cases. The pope pushed for decisive action during a meeting with the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, the Vatican said in a statement. `'The Holy Father recommended that the congregation continue the line sought by Benedict XVI, to act with determination in regard to cases of sexual abuse," the Vatican said.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's proposed budget will call for reductions in the growth of Social Security and other benefit programs by including a proposal to lower cost-of-living adjustments to government social safety net spending, a senior administration official says. By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A group of Republicans and Democrats in the House is finalizing a sweeping immigration bill that offers work permits and the eventual prospect of citizenship to millions of people living illegally in the United States, aides say. That path to citizenship, however, is likely to take at least 15 years for many, longer than envisioned by Senate immigration negotiators or by President Barack Obama.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy has enjoyed a four-month stretch of robust job gains, and on Friday the government will report whether that trend endured into March. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is proposing cuts to Social Security as an attempt to compromise with Republicans on the budget. A senior administration official says the budget Obama will offer to Congress next Wednesday would reduce the deficit by $1.8 trillion over 10 years. It includes a revised inflation adjustment called "chained CPI" that would curb cost-of-living increases in Social Security and other benefit programs.
NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney is honing in on its home department as part of a bigger plan to turn its stores into mini-malls of sorts. By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Pelfrey looked around as he stepped on the mound to appreciate the moment. Less than a year after Tommy John surgery, he was back in a major league game. Pelfrey pitched into the sixth inning in his Minnesota debut, Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe hit home runs and the Twins took the season-opening series from the Detroit Tigers with an 8-2 victory Thursday. “If I was a crier, I probably would’ve cried. But I don’t do that too much. I was pretty proud, walking out there,” Pelfrey said. “This is my reward for busting my butt.”
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rick Pitino is one proud papa. A day after his son Richard Pitino agreed to become the next head coach at Minnesota, Rick Pitino proclaimed the 30-year-old up-and-comer “more than ready” for the challenge. Richard Pitino only has one year of head coaching experience, but he has served as an assistant under his father at Louisville and under Billy Donovan at Florida.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rick Adelman’s path to 1,000 career coaching victories didn’t begin when he was thrust into the interim head coaching job with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1989. It started on a snowy night in Denver some 30 years ago, a few hours after the Blazers lost to the Nuggets. Adelman was an assistant under Jack Ramsay then, and the championship-winning head coach was distraught after watching his team drop the game.
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings will start their final season at the Metrodome at home, against Houston in an exhibition game the weekend of Aug. 8-10. The NFL announced the preseason schedule on Thursday, but most exact dates and times haven’t been set. The Vikings will play at Buffalo the weekend of Aug. 15-17 and at San Francisco on Aug. 25 before hosting Tennessee on either Aug. 29 or 30. The San Francisco game will be televised nationally by NBC. The regular season schedule will be released later this month.