In the wake of its own scandal almost a decade ago, the Catholic Church in the U.S. says it has reformed its policies for handling sexual abuse allegations and will remove from ministry every priest who is credibly accused of abuse. hide caption

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (left) announced the changes to "don't ask, don't tell" Thursday during a Pentagon news conference with Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Cars for sale at a Toyota dealership in Torrance, Calif. The automaker faces 89 class-action lawsuits related to its safety recall of millions of cars. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Inmates sit in crowded conditions at California State Prison in Los Angeles. Like many California prisons, L.A. County jails are releasing prisoners early — before serving their entire sentences — because of budget constraints. AP hide caption

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