News Shorts, Weather and Sports for Wednesday, December 20, 2017
(BBC) The US Senate has approved the most sweeping overhaul of the US tax system in more than three decades. Republicans say the tax cuts for corporations, small businesses and individuals will boost economic growth. Democrats, who all voted against it, say it is designed to benefit the ultra-rich at the expense of the national deficit.
For final approval, the legislation must go back to the House on Wednesday for a procedural issue.
If it passes, as expected, it will be President Donald Trump’s first major legislative triumph.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston whose failures to stop child molesters in the priesthood sparked what would become the worst crisis in American Catholicism, died early Wednesday, the Vatican said. He was 86.
Law had been sick and was recently hospitalized in Rome.
Law was once one of the most important leaders in the U.S. church. He broadly influenced Vatican appointments to American dioceses, helped set priorities for the nation’s bishops and was favored by Pope John Paul II.
But in January 2002, The Boston Globe began a series of reports that used church records to reveal that Law had transferred abusive clergy among parish assignments for years without alerting parents or police. Within months, Catholics around the country demanded to know whether their bishops had done the same.
(BBC) Harvey Weinstein’s former personal assistant has told the BBC how she was silenced after alleging sexual assault against her boss. Zelda Perkins says she thought her only option was to sign a non-disclosure agreement, which stopped her from speaking out. Lawyers for Mr Weinstein told the BBC he “categorically denies engaging in any non-consensual conduct or alleged threatening behaviour”. Ms Perkins told BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis that while the film maker is now seen as a “repulsive monster”, at the time he was “an extremely exciting person to be around”.
(NWI Times)PORTER TOWNSHIP — A 60-year-old driver was killed in a single-vehicle crash early Tuesday on Ind. 2, just north of Hebron, Porter County sheriff’s police said. Ronald L. Sheets, of Hebron, was traveling north on Ind. 2 in a red 2008 Ford F-150 about 6:15 a.m. when he attempted to pass another vehicle in the area of County Road 450 South, officials said. Sheets hit a patch of black ice on the road and lost control, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said. The F-150 went off the road into a ditch and rolled several times, coming to rest 50 to 75 yards from the road in a cornfield, officials said.
(NWI Times) VALPARAISO — A 22-year-old Chicago man faces numerous charges after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase Monday night following an attempted traffic stop.
Porter County police said they attempted to stop the vehicle along U.S. 20 in Burns Harbor just before 9 p.m. after learning it was reported stolen in Chicago.
A Portage police officer placed spike strips at U.S. 6 and County Road 450 West, which flattened three of the vehicle’s tires, police said. The pursuit ended near the IMAX movie theater in Portage.