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Bishop Robert Finn, of Kansas City, Mo., leaves a meeting at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall assembly in Baltimore in this Nov. 14, 2011, file photo. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Finn who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected priestly child abuser, answering demands of victims to crackdown on bishops who covered up for pedophiles. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Pope Francis OKs resignation of U.S. bishop for not reporting abuse

- Associated Press

Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a U.S. bishop who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected priestly child abuser in the first known case of a pope sanctioning bishops for covering up for pedophiles.

Steven Donziger will be speaking about Ecuador's indigenous community and environmental plight at the Georgetown Center for Latin American Studies on Tuesday despite a federal court finding that he violated multiple laws. (Associated Press)

Colleges embrace Chevron case lawyer Steven Donziger despite fraud accusations

- The Washington Times

Steven Donziger, a lawyer who was charged with fabricating evidence, promising bribes and even ghostwriting critical court documents in order to win a $19 billion judgment against Chevron for polluting Ecuador’s rainforests, is now on the college speaking circuit and touring many of America’s most prestigious universities.

Philadelphia VA employees who cooked books not reprimanded

- The Washington Times

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it has not decided whether to discipline any employees after a government watchdog’s investigation found managers in the agency’s Philadelphia office cooked the books to make it appear veterans’ benefits claims were being handled promptly.

In this July 16, 1956, file photo, a circus hand guides a big elephant down the ramp as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus arrives in Pittsburgh. The circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively on Thursday, March 5, 2015 that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. (AP Photo) ** FILE **

San Francisco poised to ban performances by exotic animals

- Associated Press

San Francisco is poised to ban performances using bears, lions, elephants and other wild animals and join dozens of other places that have some kind of prohibition on using exotic animals for entertainment.

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Women could get 1 year of birth control at once under D.C. bill

- The Washington Times

In a report on the contraceptives bill, the D.C. Council's Health and Human Services Committee noted that in 2008 the District had the highest rate of unintended pregnancies in the nation and that providing women with a 12-month supply of birth control at one time could help reduce gaps in contraceptive use that often lead to unintended pregnancies.

A police officer ties police tape to a handrail. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Majority of police force quits after Missouri town elects first black mayor

- The Washington Times

Most of the police force and several city officials quit their post in the tiny Missouri town of Parma last week after the city elected its first black mayor, leaving the mayor struggling to understand whether the mass resignation was tied to the divisive racial issues that have racked the state or the signs of a corruption ring.

This August 13, 2014, photo by St. Louis Post Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen shows Edward Crawford returning a tear gas canister fired by police who were trying to disperse protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.  Four days earlier, unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot to death by white police officer Darren Wilson. The killing ignited riots and unrest in the St. Louis area and across the nation. Cohen and members of the St. Louis Post Dispatch photo staff are winners of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography it was announced Monday, April 20, 2015, at Columbia University in New York. (Robert Cohen, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Columbia University via AP)

S.C. paper wins Pulitzer for reporting on domestic abuse

- Associated Press

The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for an examination of the deadly toll of domestic violence, while The New York Times collected three awards and the Los Angeles Times two.