Workshops and other discussions around lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues were scheduled to be held at St. John the Evangelist Church on Sept. 26, the day the pope arrives in Philadelphia for a two-day visit. Pope Francis will attend a summit on families being held in the city, and LGBT Catholic groups have asked for an official presence at the gatherings to express their view that gays and lesbians should be more included in the Church. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has said he would allow the presence of openly gay and transgender Catholics at the World Meeting of Families but did not want the groups to lobby for their issues during the event.
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, in his first court appearance on federal racketeering charges, proclaimed his innocence Monday and accused the Justice Department of making his family and friends collateral damage.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The 12-year-old girl said she had been raped by a foreign soldier, one of many who had come to Central African Republic to calm sectarian violence. So the military commander brought her in front of a dozen of his soldiers and asked: Can you identify him?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is quietly reviewing the future of America's three-decade deployment to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, fearful the lightly equipped peacekeepers could be targets of escalating Islamic State-inspired violence. Options range from beefing up their protection or even pulling them out altogether, officials told The Associated Press.
The meeting in Newark, New Jersey, which focused on pursuing a federal grant to address the plan, brought Christie and U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez of New Jersey together with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is the unlikely scene of a court battle that could determine whether a former Salvadoran military colonel is prosecuted for the notorious slayings of Jesuit priests more than two decades ago during El Salvador's civil war.
All Detroit police-marked squad cars will have dashboard cameras within a year and all officers will be equipped with body cameras within three years under a program intended to protect both citizens and officers, city officials said on Tuesday. Several U.S. states and cities have approved or expanded the use of body and dashboard cameras in the past year since a white officer fatally shot an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri, increasing public pressure to monitor police use of force. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the city's goal is to build a police department where every officer-citizen interaction is recorded.
The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for tips leading to the recovery of two paintings by N.C. Wyeth stolen from a Maine collector two years ago in what officials on Tuesday called the most significant art theft in that state's history. Six oil paintings by Wyeth, the patriarch of a line of painters known for Maine seascapes, were taken in May 2013 from the home of a prominent real estate developer in the state. Four have been recovered in a Beverly Hills, California, pawn shop, Vincent Lisi, the special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Boston, told reporters.