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Neighbors riled as insular Hasidic village seeks to expand

Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:21pm

A quickly crowding Hasidic Jewish village that is working to expand its boundaries faces opposition from neighbors who fear more urban-style development by the insular community could overrun their slice of suburbia.

AP Exclusive: Ex-congregants reveal years of ungodly abuse

Mitch Weiss, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:07pm

From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror — waged in the name of the Lord.

'Hero' coach: Don't forget 2012 Ohio school shooting tragedy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 8:57am

The football coach who chased a shooter from an Ohio school five years ago and prayed with dying victims is uncomfortable with the attention he's received and says people must remember it was a tragedy that killed three boys and paralyzed a fourth.

Iranians cheer Farhadi's Oscar as rebuke of Trump policies

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 8:45am

The Oscar for Asghar Farhadi's "The Salesman" energized many of the filmmaker's fellow Iranians, who saw the win for best foreign film Monday as a pointed rebuke to the Trump administration and its efforts to deny them entry into the U.S.

Poland's populist govt brings hope to struggling rural areas

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 5:32am

Life has always been hard for Witold Pogorzelski, a farmer in eastern Poland. Fuel shortages in the communist era prevented him from transporting his produce. In the capitalist era, the nearby sugar factory that provided an income to him and his wife was forced to close.

Correction: Thailand-Tiger Zoo story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:45am

In a Feb. 24 story about a new zoo opening next to Thailand's Tiger Temple, The Associated Press incorrectly said the Buddhist temple was closed. The temple's tiger operation has been shut down but the temple itself remains open.

Former disciples describe storage annex for 'worst sinners'

Mitch Weiss, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 11:21pm

It was the most dreaded place on the Word of Faith Fellowship grounds — a one-story, four-room structure that former members of the sect say was reserved for the most brutal physical and emotional punishment.

Egypt's Christians flee terror in north Sinai security void

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 3:19pm

After Islamic militants barged into his uncle's house, shot him and his son dead, then looted the place and set it on fire, Said Sameh Adel Fawzy knew it was time to leave.

Francis becomes 1st pope to visit an Anglican church in Rome

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 11:25am

Pope Francis on Sunday became the first Catholic pontiff to visit an Anglican parish in Rome, using the historic occasion to press for greater closeness after centuries of mistrust, prejudices and hostility between the two churches.

The Latest: UN's Syria ambassador expected talk 'spoilers'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:10am

The Latest on developments in Syria and at peace talks in Geneva (all times local):

Survivors denounce Vatican handling of Peru abuse case

Nicole Winfield and Franklin Briceno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 9:14am

Victims of Latin America's latest charismatic Catholic leader-turned-sexual predator are denouncing the Vatican's handling of the case, saying the six-year delay and final resolution are anything but satisfactory for survivors of his sexual, psychological and physical violence.

Pope quietly trims sanctions for sex abusers seeking mercy

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 5:52am

Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope's own advisers question.

AP Exclusive: Analysts downplay threat from 7 nations in ban

Vivian Salama and Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:47am

Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States.

2 men of different faiths create translation of the Qur'an with references to the Bible

Carole Mikita  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:00pm

Two men of faith, one Muslim and one Christian, created a new book — a translation of The Qur'an into English, with references to the Bible. It's something that's never been done before.

Judge to hear arguments on Dakota Access oil pipeline work

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:29pm

A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday about whether to stop the final bit of construction on the disputed Dakota Access pipeline, perhaps just days before it could start moving oil.

The Latest: Liquor bill to allow open or walled off buffer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:22pm

The Latest on a proposal to overhaul Utah liquor laws (all times local):

Federal appeals court to consider Michigan county's prayers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:06pm

A full federal appeals court will consider whether a Michigan county's tradition of Christian-only prayers at public meetings violates the U.S. Constitution.

UK's problem-plagued inquiry into child sex abuse begins

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:26am

Britain's problem-plagued inquiry into child sex abuse finally began Monday, years after it was organized, amid revelations that entertainers, clergy and senior politicians were involved in abuse.

Copy this: Vatican stakes out rights to Pope Francis' image

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 1:26pm

God's love may be free, but the Vatican says it has a copyright on the pope.

Man pleads guilty in killing of priest at Phoenix church

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:33pm

A homeless ex-convict has pleaded guilty to murder and aggravated assault in the 2014 shooting death of a Catholic priest and the beating of another clergyman during a burglary at a Phoenix church.