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Cardinal rebukes pope over Chile 'slander' comments on abuse

Cardinal rebukes pope over Chile 'slander' comments on abuse

LIMA, Peru — Pope Francis' top adviser on clerical sex abuse implicitly rebuked the pontiff over his accusations of slander against Chilean abuse victims, saying Saturday that his words were "a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse.
Germany's Social Democrats consider opening govt talks

Germany's Social Democrats consider opening govt talks

BERLIN — The leaders of Germany's Social Democrats made a final push Saturday to try and convince party members to approve opening talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming a new coalition government, saying it was the best optio
Paul Bocuse, globe-trotting master of French cuisine, dies

Paul Bocuse, globe-trotting master of French cuisine, dies

PARIS — Paul Bocuse, the master chef who defined French cuisine for nearly half a century and put it on tables around the world, a man who raised the profile of top chefs from invisible kitchen artists to international celebrities, has died at 91, Fr
Autopsy: Roy Halladay had amphetamine, morphine in system

Autopsy: Roy Halladay had amphetamine, morphine in system

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — An autopsy report says retired star pitcher Roy Halladay had evidence of amphetamine, morphine and an insomnia drug in his system when he died in a small plane crash in Florida last year.

Turkish ski bus accident kills 11, injures 44

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish officials say a bus carrying mostly people going on a ski trip has crashed into trees on the side of a road, killing 11 passengers and injuring 44 others.
Church conservatives question pope's airborne nuptials

Church conservatives question pope's airborne nuptials

LIMA, Peru — The honeymoon, as it were, is apparently over.
North Korea offers to resume pre-Olympic visit to South

North Korea offers to resume pre-Olympic visit to South

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korea on Saturday proposed sending a delegation led by the leader of a hugely popular girl band to South Korea to check preparations for a trip by a North Korean art troupe during next month's Winter Olympics.
Governor denies parole for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

Governor denies parole for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

LOS ANGELES — The governor of California once again denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who blamed herself at her parole hearing for letting him control her life. Gov.

Florida man sentenced to life for killing wife, her 2 kids

DELAND, Fla. — A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife and her two children. News outlets report that a judge made official on Friday the only punishment 36-year-old Luis Toledo could receive.
Russian police face the unexpected: crocodile in basement

Russian police face the unexpected: crocodile in basement

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg — a crocodile in the basement. The Fontanka.