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There has been "little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement" over the nearly 1,700 priests and clergy members credibly accused of child sexual abuse by the Roman Catholic Church, according to an AP investigation.

Why it matters: Since leaving the church, "dozens have committed crimes, including sexual assault and possessing child pornography," per AP.

  • The priests, deacons, monks and lay people have taught in schools, counsel sexual assault survivors, volunteer at nonprofits helping at-risk kids and foster children, notes AP.

The big picture: Many of the accused priests and clergy members were never formally charged and lived as private citizens after leaving the church. Deciding if a priest is credibly accused is often an internal matter since individual dioceses set their own standards, per AP.

  • Roman Catholic dioceses around the U.S. want to "publish the names of those it considers to be credibly accused." That opens "a window into the daunting problem of how to monitor and track priests," writes AP.
  • The names of more than 5,100 clergy members have already been shared.

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Wolf Blitzer marks 15 years in "The Situation Room"

Wolf Blitzer on the White House beat in 1993, along with NBC's Brian Williams, CBS' Rita Braver and ABC's Brit Hume. Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty Images H

Aug. 8, 2005 — "The Situation Room's" debut on CNN wherein the host first said: "I'm Wolf Blitzer and you're in The Situation Room, where news and information from around the world arrive in one place simultaneously!"

The state of play: When the pandemic took off in the U.S. in March, Blitzer started working 7 days a week for 60+ days, until he took a Sunday off. Then he continued 7 days a week until he took a few days off.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 4,945,795 — Total deaths: 161,456 — Total recoveries: 1,623,870 — Total tests: 60,415,558Map.
  3. Politics: Trump says he's prepared to sign executive orders on coronavirus aid.
  4. Public health: Fauci says chances are "not great" that COVID-19 vaccine will be 98% effective
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A growing body of research has made it clear that airborne transmission of the coronavirus is possible.

Why it matters: That fact means indoor spaces can become hot spots. Those spaces also happen to be where most business and schooling takes place, so any hope for a return to normality will require better ways of filtering indoor air.