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'Emanuel' explores life after tragic church shooting

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 11:48am

Jennifer Pinckney was hiding under a desk holding the mouth of her then-6-year-old daughter when Dylann Roof fired more than 70 shots in Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine black worshippers.

The Latest: Amnesty urges Egypt to investigate Morsi's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 11:08am

The Latest on former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's death during a court hearing (all times local):

Search warrant cites synagogue shooter's hatred of Judaism

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 10:28am

The sole gunman in a Southern California synagogue shooting in which a woman was killed told an investigator he adopted his hatred of Judaism 18 months before the fatal attack, according to a federal search warrant.

Closing arguments at trial of self-improvement group founder

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 9:07am

A secret society billed as a "sisterhood" that would empower women instead was a scam used to put them under the control of the sex-crazed leader of a purported self-help group, a federal prosecutor said Monday in closing arguments at a New York City trial.

Vatican formally opens debate on married priests in Amazon

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 3:34am

The Vatican formally opened debate Monday on letting married men be ordained as priests in remote parts of the Amazon where priests are so few that Catholics can go weeks or months without attending a Mass.

Pakistan police seek to unravel networks trafficking women

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 12:20am

With waves of arrests, Pakistani investigators are trying to unravel trafficking networks that convince impoverished Pakistanis to marry off their daughters to Chinese men for cash, and they say evidence is growing that many of the women and girls are sold into prostitution once in China.

Pakistani police target traffickers selling brides to China

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 12:04am

At first, in her desperate calls home to her mother in Pakistan, Natasha Masih couldn't bring herself to say what they were doing to her.

Ex-pastor in Texas accused of sexually abusing teen relative

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 16th - 9:07am

A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years.

Pope dons helmet to enter earthquake-hit cathedral in Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 16th - 5:37am

Pope Francis donned a white firefighter's safety helmet Sunday to enter a damaged cathedral during a visit to central Italy, where he gave encouragement to people still struggling three years after devastating earthquakes struck.

Notre Dame celebrates 1st Mass since devastating April fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 7:55pm

The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15th fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire.

Notre Dame celebrates 1st Mass since devastating April fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 5:25am

The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15th fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Chilean auxiliary bishop

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 2:22pm

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the auxiliary bishop of the Chilean capital city just 24 days after he appointed him to the post, church officials said Friday.

Alabama sheriff charged with scamming food bank, church

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 12:25pm

An Alabama sheriff was arrested Friday and agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of scamming a food bank and his own small-town church to pocket thousands under an old law that let state sheriffs profit from feeding prisoners.

The Latest: Oil firms commit to 'meaningful' carbon pricing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 7:56am

The Latest on a Vatican summit on climate change (all times local):

Major oil companies commit to carbon pricing at Vatican

Nicole Winfield and Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 6:06am

Some of the world's major oil producers pledged Friday to support "economically meaningful" carbon pricing regimes after a personal appeal from Pope Francis to avoid "perpetrating a brutal act of injustice" against the poor and future generations.

Vatican investigator of child sex abuse meets Polish bishops

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 3:50am

The Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, met with Poland's Catholic bishops on Friday to share his experience in tracking crimes, after the Polish church admitted knowing about hundreds of cases over the years where priests abused minors.

Judge declares mistrial on remaining counts in Benghazi case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 4:37pm

A U.S. judge has declared a mistrial on 15 remaining charges against a Libyan militant who was found guilty last week of playing an instrumental role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

Police: California man posted synagogue shooting threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 16th - 5:49pm

A San Francisco Bay Area man posted anti-Semitic threats in an online chatroom and threatened to commit a mass shooting at a synagogue, police said.

Ex-priest in molestation case returned to Arizona from Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 2:17pm

A former Catholic priest who fled from Arizona to Italy in 2003 after being indicted on child molestation charges has been returned to the state.

German court lifts city's ban on burkini swimsuits

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 5:33am

A German court has lifted a city's ban on the burkini, an all-encompassing swimsuit used by some Muslim women.