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Storm destroys church as threat continues in Midwest, South

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 12:10pm

Authorities say an apparent tornado demolished a church as a large system of storms threatened several states across the South and Midwest.

Pope visits Milan housing project; urges compassion for poor

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 11:05am

Pope Francis focused his one-day visit Saturday to the wealthy northern Italian city of Milan on those marginalized by society, visiting families in a housing project and exhorting clergy and nuns to minister to the peripheries.

Escape from madness: Walking away from a cult of killers

John Hollenhorst  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:45pm

The daughter of a cult leader whose orders led to about three dozen murders in the 1970s and 1980s has emerged from the shadows to tell her story. The killings — including at least three in Utah — were the backdrop to Anna LeBaron's early life

Judge clears way for retrial of ex-Philadelphia monsignor

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:24pm

A Catholic church official's 14-year legal odyssey over his handling of sex-abuse complaints won't end anytime soon after a Philadelphia judge said Friday he would be retried on child endangerment charges.

US Jews wrestle with arrest of Jew in bomb threats case

Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:29pm

Jewish groups had pointed to scores of bomb threats against their communities as the most dramatic example of what they considered a surge in anti-Semitism. Some blamed a far-right emboldened by President Donald Trump. Now, that picture has been complicated by the arrest of an Israeli Jewish hacker who authorities say is responsible for the harassment.

Putin meets Le Pen, denies French election interference

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:16pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin made his preferences in the French presidential election clear Friday by hosting far-right candidate Marine Le Pen at the Kremlin, but analysts are skeptical about Russia's ability to sway the outcome of the vote.

Pope urges EU: Resist 'false' security promised by populists

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:33pm

Pope Francis urged European leaders on Friday to resist the "false forms of security" promised by populists who want to wall themselves off and instead bank on a future of greater solidarity and union.

Arab autocrats: Exiled, killed or fighting for survival

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:09am

Egypt's ousted former President Hosni Mubarak was released Friday after six years in custody but he is not the only autocratic ruler in the Middle East that was caught up in Arab Spring revolts that swept across the region in 2011.

Pakistan: More bloggers charged, cleric's rally blocked

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:58am

Three more bloggers were accused of blasphemy Friday in an Islamabad anti-terrorism court, while elsewhere in the city hundreds of security forces prevented a radical cleric from holding a protest to condemn another five bloggers, who were earlier charged with insulting Islam — an offense punishable by death in this Islamic country.

Key events in the life of the ousted Egyptian president

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:35am

Key events in the life of the ousted Egyptian president, who has been released from detention and returned home.

Hamas TV channel builds Jerusalem set in Gaza

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 6:41am

Quiet on the set! Surrounded by militant training sites on uprooted Jewish settlement lands, the first movie set in the Gaza Strip is growing, depicting the history-rich, volatile alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City.

Indonesia police fire tear gas on Muslims protesting church

Achmad Ibrahim and Ali Kotarumalos, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:01am

Indonesian police fired tear gas on Friday to disperse hard-line Muslims protesting against the construction of a Catholic church in a satellite city of the capital, Jakarta.

At Baghdad rally, Iraq cleric threatens to boycott elections

Ali Abdul-Hassan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:50am

An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric addressed thousands of anti-government protesters who filled the streets of downtown Baghdad on Friday, threatening to boycott the country's upcoming provincial elections if the committee overseeing the vote is not overhauled.

Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centers

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:52pm

A 19-year-old American-Israeli Jew was arrested Thursday as the prime suspect in a wave of bomb threats against U.S. Jewish community centers, a startling turn in a case that had stoked fears of rising anti-Semitism in the United States.

Utah getting toughest drunken driving limit in the US

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:27pm

Utah's governor signed legislation Thursday giving the predominantly Mormon state the strictest drunken driving threshold in the country, a change that restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard industry say will hurt tourism.

Peru mudslide survivor: I prayed to God for strength

Franklin Briceno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:47pm

Clinging to a trunk against a massive current of mud outside her home, Evangelina Chamorro cried out to her husband.

Police: Mom beat, choked girl over incorrect Bible verses

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:29pm

A woman severely beat her daughter, tried to strangle her and kicked her out of their house for incorrectly reciting Bible verses, police say.

The Latest: US government opposes Hawaii injunction request

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:20pm

The Latest on challenges to President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban (all times local):

UN rights council approves fact-finding mission in Myanmar

Jamey Keaten and Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:15am

The U.N.-backed Human Rights Council on Friday approved a resolution by consensus to "dispatch urgently" an international fact-finding mission to Myanmar to probe alleged abuses by military and security forces, particularly against the minority Rohingya Muslim community.

Pope's sex abuse adviser seeks to keep survivor voice heard

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

Pope Francis' top adviser on sex abuse insisted Thursday that the pontiff is "thoroughly committed" to rooting out abuse from the church but acknowledged his advisory commission must regroup following the clamorous resignation of Irish survivor Marie Collins.