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Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church.
Francis begged forgiveness for the pain suffered by victims and said lay Catholics must be involved in any effort to root out abuse and cover-up. He blasted the clerical culture that has been blamed for the crisis, with church leaders more concerned for their reputation than the safety of children.
"With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives," Francis wrote.
President Donald Trump on Monday railed against special counsel Robert Mueller in a second day of angry tweets that drew comparisons to Watergate, insisted his general counsel isn't a "RAT" like President Richard Nixon's and accused Mueller's team of "looking for trouble."
"If you FIGHT BACK or say anything bad about the Rigged Witch Hunt, they scream Obstruction!" he tweeted.
Also Monday, Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani took to Twitter to clarify his viral comments on "Meet the Press" from a day earlier when he said that "truth isn't truth." He said he was referring to "a situation where two people make precisely contradictory statements."
President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer made an even more startling statement on "Meet the Press" Sunday than "truth isn't truth." It had to do with Rudy Giuliani’s claim that the top Trump campaign officials who met with Russians in the June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting didn’t know the particpants were representatives of the Russian government, according to NBC's First Read team.
"Well, all they knew is that a woman with a Russian name wanted to meet with them," Giuliani said.
That's a claim that doesn't pass the smell test. In fact, the June 3, 2016 email that publicist Rob Goldstone sent Donald Trump. Jr. about the meeting specifically said it was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
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Goats have to commute, too.
The MTA says two goats were spotted roaming on the above-ground N tracks near Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn Monday, though the transit agency assured the animals were not affecting service.
The MTA says it called NYPD and Animal Control about the goats, who were on the tracks between the Fort Hamilton and New Utrecht stations, before 11 a.m.
A South Florida man who thought he may have lost out on finding a new best friend during Saturday's Clear the Shelters animal adoption event decided to give the search one more try, and he wasn't disappointed.
Noe Rivas traveled from his Homestead home to Miami-Dade Animal Services in Doral where he picked out a new pit bull mix to join his family. He was all set to leave with his new friend but there was one problem: Miami-Dade doesn't allow residents to own or keep pit bulls.
Across the country thousands of animals are finding forever homes. Watch some of these lucky pets as they meet their new families for the very first time.
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Melania Trump said Monday that social media can be used for good but may also be "distracting and harmful when used incorrectly."
She made the comments at a cyberbullying summit in Rockville, Maryland, where she was attending a panel discussion with representatives from various social media platforms participating in the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Cyberbullying Prevention Summit.
"Let's face it: Most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults, but we still need to do all we can to provide them with information and tools for successful and safe online habits," she said, after noting that social media can be used positively or be a distraction.
Jessica Crowley used to dwell on an unpleasant thought. When her children began college, she'd still be repaying her own student loans.
But a few months ago, the company where she works announced a new benefit: student loan assistance.
Now, New York Air Brake, which makes train control systems, pays Crowley $166 a month toward her student loan balance, which means she'll be debt-free sooner than she thought.
A British woman survived nearly half a day in the Mediterranean Sea after falling off a cruise ship this weekend, NBC News reported.
The unidentified woman was sitting at the back of a Norwegian Cruise Line ship's deck when she fell, she told broadcaster HRT in Croatia, where she was taken after being rescued. She fell 60 miles from shore, according to The Associated Press.
"I was in the water for 10 hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me," she said, adding, "I am very lucky to be alive."
A port authority captain in Pula, where she was hospitalized, said the Adriatic Sea's temperature is "very warm," and that gave her good chances for surviving.
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Two people familiar with the federal investigation of Michael Cohen told The Associated Press prosecutors are preparing criminal charges against Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer that could be brought before month's end.
These people confirmed reports Cohen could face charges including bank fraud related to his financial dealings with the taxi industry. The people weren't authorized to discuss the probe and spoke Monday on condition of anonymity.
The New York Times reported Sunday night, based on anonymous sources, that prosecutors have been focusing on more than $20 million in loans obtained by taxi businesses that Cohen and his family own. Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis declined comment.
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Italian actress Asia Argento — one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment — recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him when he was 17, the New York Times reported.
Argento, 42, settled the notice of intent to sue filed by Jimmy Bennett, who is now 22, for $380,000 shortly after she said last October that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein raped her, the Times reported.
Argento and Bennett co-starred in a 2004 film called "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things" in which Argento played Bennett's prostitute mother.
The color choice wasn't a coincidence. It was a statement. One Simone Biles felt compelled to make even as the organization she competes for struggles to find a compassionate and compelling message to sexual abuse survivors.
The Trump administration will hold six days of hearings starting Monday in Washington on the next barrage in an escalating trade war between the world's two largest economies: President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs of 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 billion in Chinese goods that could kick in as early as next month.
Once in effect, the tariffs would immediately inflate the prices that American companies would have to pay for Chinese components they need to build their products. Those companies would have to decide whether to pass those costs on to their customers or absorb the higher prices themselves.
The first shots have already been fired: In July, Trump slapped 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports. Taxes on an additional $16 billion are set to kick in this week. China is counterpunching with tariffs of its own.
Beverage and snack giant PepsiCo announced plans Monday to acquire at-home carbonated drink maker SodaStream for $3.2 billion.
Purchase, New York-based PepsiCo agreed to pay $144 per share in cash for SodaStream's outstanding stock, a 32 percent premium to its 30-day volume weighted average price.
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Police in Nashville are searching for a pair of "cold-blooded killers" who gunned down two people celebrating a birthday and may be linked to a string of recent crimes, NBC News reported.
Bartley Teal and Jaime Sarrantonio were fatally shot outside a bar and music venue around 3 a.m. Friday in what police said was a robbery. Two others in their group were not shot.
Police are investigating whether that shooting was related to the fatal shooting of Kendall Rice as he walked to a bus stop three days earlier, along with four attempted robberies, according to local newspaper The Tennessean.
"It's definitely scary," said Hannah Thompson, who lives in Nashville. "It struck a lot of fear in me and makes me nervous to get home at night."
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