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Documents Reveal Decades Of Child Abuse Among Some Chicago Priests

Papers documenting allegation of sexual abuse by priests in the Chicago Archdiocese were released to the public today by victims' attorneys. The documents cover only 30 of at least 65 priests for whom the Chicago church says it has substantiated claims of child abuse. The papers, put online, were made available through settlements between Church and victims' lawyers. Church officials said most of the abuse occurred before 1988, none after 1996, and that all were ultimately reported to authorities.
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High Court Considers Legality Of 'Fair Share' Union Fees

The justices heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could decimate public employee unions. At issue is whether nonunion workers can be forced to pay fees that help cover the cost of negotiating a union contract from which they benefit.
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Table's Laid And Guests Are Ready: Syria Peace Talks Set To Begin

A peace conference on Syria is due to begin Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland. The start of the conference comes after more than three years of violent conflict and 24 hours of uncertainty over Iran's surprise invitation. But the invitation has been withdrawn, and the diplomats are set to assume their places at the negotiating table.
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One Killed, Suspect In Custody In Purdue University Shooting

The shooting suspect and his alleged victim were reportedly teaching assistants in electrical and computer engineering, under the same professor. The shooting sparked a partial evacuation order Tuesday afternoon.
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'Hispanic' Or 'Latino'? Polls Say It Doesn't Matter — Usually

As more and more politicians and businesses court the Hispanic/Latino demographic, there's more and more confusion about how to refer to the people who fit into it.
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Animal Welfare And The Food We Eat

Two pork producers say they'll improve treatment of their hogs and sows in a move that's been applauded by animal welfare groups. We explore animal welfare and the food we eat.

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Charges Filed Against Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell

Prosecutors charged former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, with accepting gifts illegally. We explore the charges and the political implications.

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Security Concerns At The Sochi Olympics

When the Olympics open in Sochi on Feb. 7, visitors will encounter a Russian city under virtual lockdown. Terror threats and recent bombings blamed on separatists in the neighboring Caucasus have forced unprecedented levels of security, a move many say may mar the spirit of the games. We find out what the scene is like in Sochi, and how serious the threats are from Russia’s neighboring Islamist insurgency.

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Report Details Alleged 'Systematic' Killing By Syria's Assad

The report by three former war crimes prosecutors is based on what are said to be thousands of photographs of dead prisoners that allegedly were smuggled out by a Syrian defector. The revelation comes just ahead of Syrian peace talks set to begin in Switzerland.
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Egyptian Military Clamps Down On Freedom Of Speech

Mohamed Fahmy is a producer with Al Jazeera English and his job has landed him in jail. His crime: speaking to Muslim Brotherhood members. Since the ouster of President Morsi, opposition channels have been shuttered, and according to the committee to protect journalists, security forces have been given free rein to target anyone viewed as sympathetic to the Brotherhood.

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