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Nebraska deputy charged with sex assault linked to 5 others

OMAHA, Neb. — A Nebraska sheriff's deputy charged with sexually assaulting a woman more than a decade ago now is linked to at least five other victims before he joined the department in 2015, according to court records.

Police: Texas man confessed in hammer death of daughter, 2

ORANGE, Texas — A police affidavit says a Southeast Texas man found naked and stained with blood told officers that he killed his 2-year-old daughter, who had been bludgeoned with a hammer .
Spain: Pro-separatist protesters clash with police

Spain: Pro-separatist protesters clash with police

BARCELONA, Spain — Protesters backing Catalonia's secession from Spain clashed with police and blocked major roads and train tracks across the northeastern region on Thursday during a strike called to protest the trial of a dozen separatist leaders.
Fire guts oldest part of Bangladeshi capital, killing dozens

Fire guts oldest part of Bangladeshi capital, killing dozens

DHAKA, Bangladesh — In the day since a devastating fire erupted in the oldest part of Bangladesh's capital, Awal Hossain has been searching for his younger brother.
Fendi honours Lagerfeld and fashion's 'longest love story'

Fendi honours Lagerfeld and fashion's 'longest love story'

MILAN — Fendi paid understated tribute Thursday to Karl Lagerfeld, who died this week and was the Rome-based fashion house's creative director for 54 years.
Syracuse coach Boeheim strikes, kills pedestrian on highway

Syracuse coach Boeheim strikes, kills pedestrian on highway

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a man walking on an interstate late Wednesday night as he tried to avoid hitting the man's disabled vehicle, police say.
US home sales tumbled 1.2 per cent in January

US home sales tumbled 1.2 per cent in January

WASHINGTON — U.S. home sales fell 1.2 per cent in January to their worst pace in more than three years, as persistent affordability problems have put a harsh chill in the real estate market.

Ex-'Idol' contestant to live with parents before drug trial

NORFOLK, Va. — A former "American Idol" and "Fear Factor" contestant who was arrested last year in Virginia with nearly 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) of fentanyl will be allowed to live with her parents in New Jersey while awaiting trial.
Pope offers 21 proposals to fight abuse at start of summit

Pope offers 21 proposals to fight abuse at start of summit

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis opened a landmark sex abuse prevention summit Thursday by offering senior Catholic leaders 21 proposals to punish predators and keep children safe, warning that the faithful are demanding concrete action and not just words
Police: 'Empire' actor turns self in to face charge

Police: 'Empire' actor turns self in to face charge

CHICAGO — "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in early Thursday to face accusations that he filed a false police report when he told authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope ar