NEW YORK (AP) - Allegations that disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick engaged in sex with adult seminarians have inflamed a long-running debate about the presence of gay men in the Roman Catholic priesthood. Some conservatives are demanding a purge of all gay priests, a challenging task given that few are open about their sexual orientation. Moderates want the Church to eliminate the need for secrecy by proclaiming that gay men are welcome if they can be effective priests who commit to celibate lives.
UNION CITY, N.J. (AP) - A new era of headaches is starting for New York-area commuters. Monday marks the first full weekday of lane closures on the approach to the Lincoln Tunnel, already one of the worst bottlenecks in the northeastern U.S. One lane will be closed in each direction for the next 2 ½ years to accommodate the rebuilding of an 80-year-old bridge. New Jersey's transportation commissioner says there will be "a tremendous amount of pain for everyone who lives and travels in this corridor."
(AP) - Throughout Aretha Franklin's career, "The Queen of Soul" often returned to Washington _ the nation's capital _ for performances that at times put her in line with key moments in U.S. history. She sang for diplomats, welcomed emperors and brought one president _ Barack Obama _ to tears. Franklin died Thursday at her home in Detroit at 76.
NEW YORK (AP) - Police say a man in a wheelchair who was firing at a building during a Brooklyn party was shot by an off-duty police officer. The 30-year-old handicapped man is expected to survive and is being treated at Brookdale Hospital on Sunday. He was hit once in the hip. The gunshots rang out at about 4 a.m. Sunday in the East Flatbush neighborhood.
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