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Indignities aplenty on Spicer's rocky ride with Trump

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 8:05pm

From Day One, it was clear that Sean Spicer was in for a rocky ride as President Donald Trump's press secretary.

The Latest: UN deplores Palestinians deaths in Jerusalem

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 5:00pm

The Latest on developments in Israel (all times local):

3 Palestinians, 3 Israelis killed in violence over holy site

Mohammed Daraghmeh and Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:32pm

Escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions over the Holy Land's most contested shrine boiled over into violence on Friday that killed six people — three Palestinians in street clashes in Jerusalem and three Israelis in a stabbing attack at a West Bank settlement.

Kentucky told to pay attorney fees in same-sex marriage case

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:22pm

A federal judge has ordered Kentucky taxpayers to pay more than $220,000 in legal fees because a county clerk refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2015.

Myanmar propaganda? Army takes media on reporting trip

Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:35pm

Myanmar's military has a big public relations problem: It stands accused of committing genocide.

Analysis: Trump's Sessions remarks show penchant for shaming

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:18pm

The art of humiliation appears to be a key operating principle for President Donald Trump, and his remarks about Attorney General Jeff Sessions are the latest example of the ease with which the president is willing to air grievances about members of his team.

Hindu nationalist leader Kovind chosen India's new president

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 7:51am

A Hindu nationalist leader backed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been chosen India's new president, a largely ceremonial position.

Parents who 'gifted' daughter to man get prison sentence

Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 19th - 3:40pm

A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday sentenced a married couple to up to seven years in prison each for giving their oldest daughter to a cult-like figure who sexually assaulted the girl and her five sisters.

Metal detectors at Jerusalem shrine trigger new tensions

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 18th - 12:20pm

A dispute over metal detectors is escalating into a new showdown between Israel and the Muslim world over a Jerusalem shrine that has triggered major Israeli-Palestinian confrontations in the past.

Vatican court rejects motions to dismiss in hospital case

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 18th - 8:44am

A Vatican tribunal rejected attempts by two former executives of the pope's children's hospital to dismiss an embezzlement case, asserting Tuesday it could prosecute them on charges they diverted nearly a half-million euros in hospital donations to renovate a top cardinal's penthouse.

Report: Hundreds of boys abused at German choir school

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 18th - 7:01am

At least 547 members of a prestigious Catholic boys' choir in Germany were physically or sexually abused between 1945 and 1992, according to a report released Tuesday.

The Latest: Vatican court refuses to stop embezzlement case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 18th - 6:00am

The Latest on the Vatican embezzlement trial (all times local):

Philippines' Duterte asks Congress to extend martial law

Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 18th - 2:50am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to extend martial law in the southern third of the country until the end of the year because the rebellion there will not be completely quelled by July 22, the end of his 60-day martial law proclamation, his spokesman said Tuesday.

Quran submerged in lard mailed to California Islamic center

Sophia Bollag, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:32pm

Police are investigating the mailing of a Quran submerged in a tub of what appeared to be pork lard to a Northern California Islamic center.

Connecticut governor visits woman taking sanctuary in church

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 11:11am

U.S. immigration officials said Friday they consider a woman trying to avoid deportation by seeking sanctuary in a Connecticut church to be a fugitive, but acknowledge they have a policy that restricts them from entering a house of worship except in extraordinary circumstances.

93-year-old woman dragged 20 feet during church carjacking

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:41pm

A 93-year-old woman in Florida was dragged 20 feet as she tried to stop two carjackers in a church parking lot.

Idaho professor fired after showing LGBT support on Facebook

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 19th - 10:55am

A former Brigham Young University-Idaho professor says she was fired after posting a critical view of the Mormon church's policies against same-sex couples on Facebook.

Justices urged to reject Trump plea to tighten travel ban

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 18th - 10:56am

Opponents of President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and visitors from six mostly Muslim countries are urging the Supreme Court to leave in place a federal judge's order that would relax restrictions on entry into the United States.

Boston launches poster campaign to combat Islamophobia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 18th - 6:55am

Boston has launched a new public service campaign to fight Islamophobia by offering the public ways to address aggression toward others because of their appearance or beliefs.

EU criticizes Russia over Jehovah's Witnesses ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 18th - 6:04am

The European Union is criticizing Russia over its nationwide ban on the Jehovah's Witnesses religious denomination, saying all must be able to practice their religion without interference.