Pope Francis is the first pope from Latin America, a choice that makes sense strategically as the church becomes less Europe-centric. But how he will direct the church, which is still dealing with the fallout of the sexual abuse crisis and other challenges, remains unclear.
Among fast-fashion chains, "made in the USA" labels are hard to find. Forever 21 has reaped billions ordering clothes from around the world. American Apparel, however, boasts that each of its garments are made domestically. The key to its profitability may lie in the limited types of garments it sells.
There were more signs on Wednesday that the economy has returned to a modest growth path after losing momentum in the fourth quarter. Retail sales were up more than expected, and two separate surveys showed business executives feeling pretty good about the outlook for their businesses.
The Los Angeles Archdiocese has agreed to pay $10 million to settle a priest sex abuse case. The settlement is the first since documents detailing the involvement of high-ranking church officials — including Cardinal Roger Mahony — in moving and protecting abusive priests. Mahony was at the Vatican where he was one of the 115 cardinals who gathered to select the new pope.
The Senate on Wednesday began working through the trillion dollar spending bill to keep government running through the end of September. Amid all the talk about budgets, the legislation is actually the only one that's necessary to avoid a March 27 government shutdown. Meanwhile, President Obama continued his charm offensive with a visit with House Republicans. Melissa Block talks to Tamara Keith.
M.L. Schultze talks to Melissa Block about the opening day of the trial of two Steubenville High School football players accused of raping a sixteen year old girl in Ohio. The case has attracted nationwide attention, in part due to photos and comments about the incident that were circulated on social media.
Victims of sexual assault in the military testified Wednesday on Capitol Hill. They spoke of commanders who brushed aside their charges and a culture that ridiculed women. It's why most victims never come forward, according to Pentagon polls.
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