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NFL Saints backed by church in effort to keep emails secret

By JIM MUSTIAN | February 20, 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney for New Orleans' Roman Catholic archdiocese Thursday strongly defended the New Orleans Saints' behind-the-scenes help in dealing with the clergy sex abuse crisis, saying the legal effort to release hundreds of confidential...

Trump picks pardon requests from wealthy pals and GOP donors

By MICHAEL BIESECKER | February 19, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a common thread among the 11 felons who found favor with President Donald Trump this week — all who were pardoned or set free had advocates among the president’s wealthy friends and political allies.In at least some cases,...

President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long

By JILL COLVIN, ZEKE MILLER, and MICHAEL TARM | February 19, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump went on a clemency blitz Tuesday, commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence and pardoning former New York City police commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others.Those...

11 big and not-so-big names granted clemency by Trump

By The Associated Press | February 18, 2020

Some were big names who grabbed national headlines while others were lesser known but also faced serious charges and prison. A look at who was granted clemency Tuesday by President Donald Trump and an overview of their criminal cases:PARDONSEdward DeBartolo,...

Trump pardons ex-San Francisco 49ers owner DeBartolo Jr.

By AAMER MADHANI, KEVIN FREKING, and JILL COLVIN | February 18, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in a gambling fraud scandal who built one of the most successful NFL teams in the game's history.DeBartolo, who owned the...

Ex-Wisconsin receiver surrenders, charged in double-homicide

February 15, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — A former University of Wisconsin football player who is the brother of a standout in the 2011 Super Bowl surrendered to Chicago police on Saturday in connection with the deaths of two people who were found with gunshot wounds on a road...

Judge orders open hearing on NFL team’s emails with church

By KEVIN McGILL | February 13, 2020

News outlets and the public will be able to attend a hearing next week in New Orleans on the confidentiality of emails between Roman Catholic officials and the city's NFL franchise concerning clergy sex-abuse scandals.A state judge in New Orleans ruled...

NFL team’s deep Catholic ties behind role in abuse crisis

By JIM MUSTIAN, REESE DUNKLIN, and BRETT MARTEL | February 12, 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Why would an NFL team, even one called the Saints, strike a behind-the-scenes alliance with the Roman Catholic Church on an issue as emotionally fraught as clergy sex abuse?It’s a question even die-hard Saints fans in this heavily...

Saints owner denies team had role in clergy sex abuse list

By JIM MUSTIAN | February 10, 2020

The owner of the New Orleans Saints said Monday that the NFL team played no role in determining which priests would be named in the list of “credibly accused” clergy published by the area's Roman Catholic Church.Gayle Benson, a devout Catholic who...

Kitchens among additions to Judge’s staff with N.Y. Giants

By TOM CANAVAN | February 5, 2020

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Recently fired Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens has been hired as the New York Giants tight end coach.New coach Joe Judge announced his 20-member staff on Wednesday, retaining six men from Pat Shurmur's staff and...

The Latest: Dems say delay due to coding error, results soon

February 4, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses (all times local):8:45 a.m.The Iowa Democratic Party says delays in reporting the outcome of Monday's caucuses were due to a coding issue that has been fixed. The party says...

Super Bowl halftime show draws praise, tears from US Latinos

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS | February 4, 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When the Super Bowl halftime show began, Yol-Itzma Aguirre and her relatives watched with anticipation. The El Paso, Texas, family was curious how Colombian-born Shakira and New York-raised Jennifer Lopez, two of the world's...