Tag: National News

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick for sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and defrocked, as calls rose Saturday for Pope Francis to reveal what he knew about the once-powerful American prelate’s apparently decades-long predatory sexual behavior. The announcement Saturday, delivered in uncharacteristically blunt language for the Vatican, meant that […]

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Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday. The punishment for the once-powerful prelate, who had served as the archbishop of Washington and had been […]

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Photos of the week: Feb. 9-16

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. “Space, Light and Sound” bathed the Washington National Cathedral in color Monday night. (Courtesy Washington National Cathedral/Danielle E. Thomas) The Associated Press contributed to this gallery. Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in […]

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Diocese finds Kentucky students didn’t start confrontation

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky diocese investigation has determined that Catholic school boys didn’t instigate a confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial that went viral on social media. Covington Bishop Roger Foys initially condemned the students’ behavior after a video showed one teenager face-to-face with a Native American man. Days later, Foys apologized for “making […]

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Kentucky bishop says Covington students were not instigators

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky diocese investigation has determined that Catholic school boys didn’t instigate a confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial that went viral on social media. Covington Bishop Roger Foys initially condemned the students’ behavior after a video showed one teenager face-to-face with a Native American man. Days later, Foys apologized for “making […]

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NORAD plans military exercise for DC area on Wednesday

WASHINGTON — A North American Aerospace Defense Command defense exercise is scheduled for Wednesday in the D.C. area. Operation Noble Eagle is expected to take place between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. During the exercise, NORAD said helicopter activity is likely to be visible. According to a NORAD statement, “two U.S. Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin […]

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DC remains leader in green energy and environmental design

WASHINGTON — If D.C. were a state, it would rank first again on an annual list of the top 10 states for leadership in energy and environmental design, the most widely-used green building rating system. The U.S. Green Building Council’s annual report card ranks states based on the number of LEED-certified square feet per person. Virginia […]

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WATCH: Trump’s State of the Union address

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is set to deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday. Trump is expected to touch on a wide range of issues in his speech, from the ongoing debate over a border wall to infrastructure. The State of the Union will be at 9 p.m. A livestream will appear […]

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Triathlon program by Sandy Hook family gets help to expand

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A youth triathlon program founded by the family of a child killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting is expanding with the help of a national organization. The Race4Chase training program is a free camp designed to promote healthy lifestyles by teaching kids how to swim, ride a bike and run. […]

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National Zoo reopens Tuesday; national parks prepare to resume operations

WASHINGTON — The national parks are preparing to resume operations, and the National Zoo will reopen on Tuesday, along with other Smithsonian museums affected by the partial government shutdown. Pending passage of a continuing resolution to fund the government, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 29 at their regularly scheduled […]

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Kentucky bishop apologizes for reaction to viral encounter

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A northern Kentucky bishop has apologized for his diocese’s reaction to a videotaped encounter last week at the Lincoln Memorial between a group of high school students and Native American marchers. An initial joint statement from the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School on Saturday had condemned the students […]

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The Latest: McConnell blames ‘far-left activists’ and media

PARK HILLS, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on reaction from a recent encounter between white teenagers, Native American marchers and a black religious sect outside the Lincoln Memorial. (all times local): 1 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says “far-left activists” and the media are to blame for threats against students at Kentucky’s Covington High […]

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Why TSA, FAA workers can’t just go on strike to end the shutdown

(NEW YORK) — All over Twitter and Facebook, citizen commentators are offering a solution to end the partial U.S. government shutdown: airport workers should just go on strike. “How many hours after all the TSA workers went on strike would the government be reopened?” tweeted consultant David Rothkopf, a sentiment echoed throughout the Twittersphere, calling […]

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Twitter suspends account that helped ignite controversy over viral encounter

By Donie O’Sullivan, CNN Business Twitter suspended an account on Monday afternoon that helped spread a controversial encounter between a Native American elder and a group of high school students wearing Make America Great Again hats. The account claimed to belong to a California schoolteacher. Its profile photo was not of a schoolteacher, but of […]

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After outrage, new context in viral video of Native American, smiling teen

WASHINGTON — Viral video of a Native American elder standing face to face with a smiling teenager in a “Make America Great Hat,” surrounded by laughing schoolmates at the Lincoln Memorial, sparked news reports and social media outrage, apologies and complaints of mob justice. Two days later, details of what brought a Covington Catholic High […]

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The true story behind MLK’s iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech

This article originally appeared on WTOP.com on August 23, 2013. WASHINGTON – If not for two spontaneous, subtle, impeccably-timed acts, the iconic phrase “I Have a Dream” delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial may have never been spoken. Among King’s inner circle were two people he spoke with virtually every […]

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PHOTOS: 2019 Women’s March – the scene from DC and around the US

WASHINGTON — See images of the 2019 Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and beyond. The first Women’s March in January 2017 drew hundreds of thousands of protesters. This year, marchers may also include furloughed workers impacted by the partial government shutdown. Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about […]

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WATCH: 2019 Women’s March on Washington

WASHINGTON – Thousands are expected to gather in D.C. on Saturday for the third-annual Women’s March on Washington. Before the march kicks off, attendees are being advised to gather at Freedom Plaza starting at 10 a.m. The march is set to begin at 11 a.m. at the corner of of Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th Street Northwest.  It will […]

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Photos of the week: Jan. 12-19

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. The first snowfall of the year arrived over the weekend, leaving the entire WTOP listening area coated in snow. Boulder Bridge above Rock Creek is seen in the snow. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) The Associated Press contributed to this report. […]

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Women’s March returns to DC amid shutdown and controversy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The third annual Women’s March is returning to Washington this week amid inclement weather, ideological schisms and the longest government shutdown in American history. The original Women’s March in 2017 drew hundreds of thousands of protesters; the exact size of the turnout is still subject to politically charged debate, but it’s generally […]

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