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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2014, file photo, names and faces of gamers are shown as they compete in a round of the League of Legends championship series video game competition at the Penny Arcade Expo, a fan-centric celebration of gaming in Seattle. The head of North American esports operations for Riot Games has a message for concerned League of Legends fans: “We’re not cutting budget.” (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
September 08, 2018 - 3:43 pm
The head of North American esports operations for Riot Games has a message for concerned League of Legends fans: "We're not cutting budget." Chris Hopper told The Associated Press on Friday night the company has no plans to pull back on spending, insisting the North American League of Legends...
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Popular Mobilization Forces parade in Basra, 340 miles (550 km) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. A local military commander for an alliance of powerful Shiite militias, many of them backed by Iran, vowed a response Saturday to weeklong protests that have turned violent in the southern city of Basra, raising the specter for more escalation in the oil-rich southern region. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
September 08, 2018 - 1:38 pm
BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi security forces deployed on the streets of Basra on Saturday, a day after protesters in the southern city stormed the Iranian consulate and torched government buildings in violence that rocked the oil-exporting Shiite heartland and sparked alarm across a conflict-weary...
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In this Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 photo, Chris Damian poses in Minneapolis. Damian believes having more nuanced conversations about hard topics like sex abuse by priests and allegations of cover-ups by church leaders can bring about change. Damian, 27, has organized a group of Catholic young adults to respond to the church crisis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
September 08, 2018 - 10:47 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Roman Catholics in the U.S. are raising their voices in prayer and protest to demand change amid new revelations of sex abuse by priests and allegations of widespread cover-ups. They are writing letters to church leaders, holding prayer vigils and coming up with recommendations...
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Faithful and pilgrims gather in St.Peter's Square, as Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 08, 2018 - 9:55 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis told newly ordained bishops Saturday that they must reject all forms of abuse and work in communion to fight the clerical culture that has fueled the sex abuse and cover-up scandal rocking his papacy. Francis cited his recent letter about combatting abuse during an...
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FILE - In this July 21, 2015 file photo, United States' Steven Lopez celebrates winning a bronze medal by defeating Venezuela's Javier Medina in the men's taekwondo under-80kg category at the Pan Am Games in Mississauga, Ontario. The U.S. Center for SafeSport has on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, permanently banned the two-time Olympic taekwondo champion for sexual misconduct involving a minor. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
September 08, 2018 - 9:10 am
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Center for SafeSport has permanently banned two-time Olympic taekwondo champion Steven Lopez for sexual misconduct involving a minor. The center has been investigating Lopez for about four months and made his ban permanent Thursday night. He can appeal. He was suspended in...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2015, file photo, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick speaks during a memorial service in South Bend, Ind. A 2006 letter from Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, a top Vatican official confirms that the Holy See received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of now-resigned U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, lending credibility to bombshell accusations of cover-up at the highest echelons of the Catholic Church (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
September 08, 2018 - 1:46 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — A 2006 letter from a top Vatican official confirms that the Holy See received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of now-resigned U.S. cardinal, lending credibility to bombshell accusations of a cover-up at the highest echelons of the Roman Catholic Church. Catholic...
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FILE - In this Monday, April 16, 2018 file photo adult film actress Stormy Daniels speaks outside federal court in New York. The company set up by Donald Trump's former personal attorney has agreed to rescind Daniels' hush-money agreement and drop its planned $20 million lawsuit against the porn actress for violating the agreement. An attorney for the company, Essential Consultants, said in a Friday night, Sept. 7, 2018, court filing that the company wants Daniels to repay the $130,000 she was paid as part of the agreement. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
September 07, 2018 - 11:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The company set up by Donald Trump's former personal attorney offered Friday to rescind Stormy Daniels' hush-money agreement and drop its planned $20 million lawsuit against the porn actress for allegedly violating the deal. An attorney for Essential Consultants said the company...
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An assortment of the Belgian newspapers with references to racism on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. Belgium's media and political class are demanding change as two high-profile cases of racism rock the kingdom, raising troubling questions about white attitudes a few weeks before local elections. Headline at top right in French reads, 'Racism is unacceptable' at center the headline reads in Dutch 'A good chance racism will go unpunished'. (AP Photo/Lorne Cook)
September 07, 2018 - 5:24 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — Media outlets and politicians in Belgium expressed shock and dismay Friday after two high-profile reports of racism rocked the kingdom this week, raising troubling questions about white attitudes a few weeks before local elections. Cecile Djunga, a black weather presenter with state...
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From left, Monica Mastel, John Dean, and Paul Clement, are sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the final stage of the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
September 07, 2018 - 4:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After two marathon days questioning Brett Kavanaugh, senators concluded his Supreme Court confirmation hearing Friday by hearing from friends, foes and legal experts making their cases for and against the judge who is likely to push the high court further to the right. Abortion...
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This Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, combo of file photos shows athletic shoes worn by professional athletes. After years of building billion-dollar brands around sports celebrities, shoe and apparel makers now find themselves flashpoints in the political, racial and cultural clashes surrounding the Trump administration and some athletes are increasingly using their shoes as a form of expression. (AP Photo)
September 07, 2018 - 3:14 pm
A pair of shoes are set aflame with a cigarette lighter, captured on video and shared widely online to protest a political statement made by the manufacturer. The New Balance shoes were burned by their owners two years ago after a spokeswoman indicated the company's support for President Donald...
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