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Beloved 600-year-old white oak tree takes final bow

Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:15am

A white oak tree that has watched over a New Jersey community and a church for hundreds of years began its final bow Monday as crews began its removal and residents fondly remembered the go-to spot for formal photos, landmark for driving directions and the remarkable piece of natural history.

The Latest: Crews start taking down 600-year-old tree

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:53am

The Latest on the removal of a 600-year-old tree where George Washington once had a picnic. (all times local):

Report: US cases of anti-Semitism increased last year

Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:24pm

The Anti-Defamation League found an increase in cases of anti-Semitic intimidation and vandalism last year, evidence that anti-Jewish bias intensified during the election.

Amid North Korea crisis, Pence becomes Trump emissary abroad

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:51pm

As tensions rose on the Korean peninsula, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who has President Donald Trump's trust but little diplomatic experience to go with it, became the top American official headed to the region after North Korea again failed to successfully launch a ballistic missile.

Plight of Palestinian refugees now spans 5 generations

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:31am

As a boy, Palestinian Abdullah Abu Massoud fled the war over the creation of Israel in 1948 and sought refuge in the nearby Gaza Strip.

Pope comforts sister of French priest slain by extremists

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 12:35pm

Pope Francis on Saturday comforted the sister of an elderly French priest who was slain by Islamic militants in a church in Normandy as the pontiff paid tribute with a special prayer service to the courage of 20th- and 21st- century Christian martyrs.

Chinese jihadis' rise in Syria raises concerns at home

Bassem Mroue and Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 4:32am

Many don't speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little known to the outside world, but the Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organized, battled-hardened and have been instrumental in ground offensives against President Bashar Assad's forces in the country's northern regions.

26 hostages, including Qatar royals, freed in bargain

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 1:32am

Qatar has secured the release of 26 hostages after nearly a year and a half in captivity, including members of its ruling family, in what became possibly the region's most complex and sensitive hostage negotiation deal in recent years.

More charges filed in Detroit in genital mutilation probe

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 5:04pm

Two more people have been charged in Detroit in an investigation of alleged genital mutilation against two girls in a Muslim sect.

The Latest: US, Indonesia companies sign investment deals

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 10:25pm

The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia (all times local):

Nervous about China, Southeast Asia gets Trump's attention

Matthew Pennington and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 7:16pm

Southeast Asia, a focus of past U.S. presidents, has been overlooked thus far for the Trump administration, but Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Indonesia Thursday marked a sign of change and he announced the president would follow him to the region later this year.

The Latest: Revelers say 4/20 event not as free-spirited

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 6:55pm

The Latest on the 4/20 marijuana celebrations (all times local):

Group complains judge who called rapist 'good man' is biased

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 5:22pm

A Utah judge who called a convicted rapist a "good man" during sentencing showed bias for the defendant because he was a former Mormon bishop, according to an official complaint filed Thursday by a gay rights group.

Lawmaker's invocation reignites dispute over prayer in House

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 7:24pm

An ongoing fight in the Arizona House over what constitutes a real prayer has heated up again.

3 judges to hear appeal of Hawaii ruling blocking travel ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 6:20pm

A three-judge panel of a federal appeals court will hear arguments in an appeal of a Hawaii federal judge's ruling blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Germany to appeal US case involving Nazi art sale

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 3:45pm

German officials plan to appeal a decision by a U.S. judge that the heirs of Jewish art dealers can sue in a U.S. court over art allegedly looted by the Nazis.

Church pastor where 9 were killed blasts political ad

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:07pm

The pastor of a South Carolina church where nine black members were killed in a racist attack said Thursday that a political ad calling politicians weak and panicked for taking down the Confederate flag after the massacre was distasteful.

The Latest: Candidate won't pull ad that angered pastor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:46pm

The Latest on the pastor of a Charleston church where nine people were killed complaining about a political ad (all times local):

The Latest: Victim plans complaint vs. judge in rape case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:07pm

The Latest on complaints against a Utah judge who called a convicted rapist a "good man" during sentencing (all times local):