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Bush denounces 'crazy message of hate' in campaign

Sergio Bustos, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:40pm

Jeb Bush implored his Republican presidential rivals Monday to reject the "crazy message of hate" that he sees at play in the campaign and cast himself as a "committed conservative," but not an "angry" one, in remarks rooted in Donald Trump's inflammatory rhetoric and the backlash that followed.

Hispanics energized by Argentinian pope's first visit to US

Claudia Torrens, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:42pm

Vianel Garcia told family members they could sleep on the floor of her East Harlem hair salon when Pope Francis visits the city in September so they can try to catch a glimpse of him when he makes a stop at a school across from her business.

Israeli police enter Jerusalem holy site, block Arab youths

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 7:21am

Israeli police entered a holy Jerusalem site on Sunday to prevent Arab youths from attacking visiting Jews marking a biblical holiday, a police spokesman said.

End of Boy Scouts' ban on gays prompts elation and alarm

David Crary and Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:11pm

The lifting of the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay adult leaders prompted some gay Eagle Scouts to quickly rejoin the movement on Tuesday. But the Mormon church — the nation's largest sponsor of Scout units — warned that it may split away to form a global scouting organization of its own.

'I am an American' says man who tried to join Islamic State

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 11:11am

A Georgia man who wrote he was "ready for jihad" before buying a one-way ticket overseas to try joining the Islamic State group was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday after he sobbed to the judge, "I am an American."

Sheriff's office: Man dies from snake bite at church service

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 10:30am

A Kentucky sheriff's office says a man has died from a snake bite suffered during a church service.

Gay Catholic teacher says firing felt 'like a death'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 7:40am

A suburban Philadelphia Catholic educator says being fired over her same-sex marriage felt like a death inside.

Mass held to protest Satan statue that crowds lined up for

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 4:11pm

Several hundred people attended a Mass at a Detroit Catholic church to protest an 8½-foot-tall bronze statue of Satan that crowds of people also lined up to see.

Changes in funding could change online offerings in Kansas

Mary Clarkin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 11:20am

Virtual school opportunities for Kansas students blending traditional classroom learning with online classes could nearly vanish in a couple of years.

Pope signs himself up for World Youth Day using tablet

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 8:40am

Pope Francis opened the registration period for next year's World Youth Day in Poland, using a tablet computer to sign himself up from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the traditional Sunday blessing.

Albertville church hosts regular blood drives for 3 decades

Kerry Yencer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 7:11am

For the past three decades, twice-a-year American Red Cross blood drives have been a constant at North Broad Street Church of Christ.

China sentences 5 on charges of spreading cult teachings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 2:20am

A court in northeast China sentenced five people to prison Saturday for spreading the teachings of a banned religious group that's been linked to a killing of a woman in a McDonald's restaurant last year.

Philippine church accusing Chris Brown faces own legal probe

Oliver Teves, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 7:30pm

A politically influential and secretive Christian church involved in a legal dispute with American R&B singer Chris Brown has been caught in a rising tide of its own troubles, including allegations of abductions and misuse of funds.

Egypt raises death toll from Nile boat collision to 31

Merrit Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 6:21am

Egyptian search teams have retrieved 13 more bodies from this week's boat collision on the Nile River, bringing the death toll from the tragedy to 31, the health ministry said Friday.

Top Iraq Shiite cleric calls for protection of army families

Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 6:01am

Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Friday called on the government in Baghdad to do more to protect the families of Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State group, saying they are an "easy prey" for extremists bent on revenge attacks.

Cleric suspected of child abuse in US jailed in Australia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 1:11am

An American clergyman suspected of child sexual abuse at a Pennsylvania school was sentenced on Friday to three years in an Australian prison for molesting three children in Melbourne more than 30 years ago.

NC court upholds taxpayer-funded grants for private schools

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 5:01pm

A divided state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of a Republican-backed program that spends taxpayer money on tuition for students at private and religious schools.

Chinese leader's US visit questioned amid religious persecution

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 4:21pm

Heightened religious persecution in China is casting a cloud over Chinese President Xi Jinping's (shee jihn-peengz) scheduled U.S. visit in September.

Canadian beauty queen speaks out over persecution in China

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 3:12pm

The cause of human rights in China is attracting glamor to Capitol Hill. Last week, Richard Gere. This week, a contender for Miss World.