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2 members of secretive sect plead guilty to fraud charges

Emery P. Dalesio and Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:53pm

A father and son who belong to a secretive evangelical church in North Carolina pleaded guilty Friday to federal criminal charges in an unemployment benefits scheme that former congregants have said was part of a plan to keep money flowing into the church.

Judge orders higher-calorie meals for Alaska Muslim inmates

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:33pm

A U.S. judge on Friday ordered Alaska corrections officials to provide Muslim inmates with nutritionally sufficient, pork-free meals when they break their Ramadan fasts at night.

Real-world debates permeate Venice Biennale on architecture

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 10:43am

Real-world debates permeate this year's Venice Biennale on architecture, from commemorating spaces once part of the U.S. slave trade to maintaining the delicate status quo at religious sites in the Holy Land.

Guatemala minister: Sheldon Adelson flew officials to Israel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 10:23am

United States casino magnate Sheldon Adelson provided Guatemala's official delegation a Boeing 767 to travel to Israel for the relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a Guatemalan government official said Friday.

Correction: Vatican-Priest Shortage story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 8:28am

In a story May 21 about the shortage of Catholic priests, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the number of Catholics rose from 1.27 million to 1.29 million between 2014 and 2015. The number of Catholics rose in that period from 1.27 billion to 1.29 billion, according to Vatican statistics.

In Gaza, border opening brings relief and anxiety

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:52pm

Just after daybreak, Hamed al-Shaer came down the narrow stairway of his family's home in southern Gaza pulling a black suitcase and said goodbye to his mother. They hugged at the gate and he kissed her hands in a show of devotion as she struggled to control her emotions.

Judge set to order proper meals for Muslim inmates in Alaska

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:01pm

A judge plans to issue an order Friday requiring that an Alaska jail provide suitable meals to Muslim inmates as they break their daily fasts during Ramadan.

In Egypt, a marionette maker strings together memories

Ahmed Hatem, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:10am

In a tiny Cairo workshop, Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar designs and builds marionettes from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art.

Cardinal: Nicaragua talks at impasse, suspended indefinitely

Luis Manuel Galeano, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 8:18pm

Talks between President Daniel Ortega's administration and opposition and civic groups on resolving weeks of deadly unrest broke down Wednesday after government opponents demanded earlier elections and changes in electoral laws.

Muslim inmates sue Alaska corrections officials over policy

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:44pm

Muslim inmates are suing state corrections officials, arguing that they are not provided adequate nourishment as they break their daily fasts during Ramadan at an Alaska jail.

Lawsuits seek removal of Arkansas Ten Commandments display

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:28pm

Opponents of a Ten Commandments display at the Arkansas state Capitol filed federal lawsuits Wednesday to have the monument removed, arguing it's an unconstitutional endorsement of religion by government

Florida man charged with hate crimes in mosque bomb threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 9:27am

A Florida man has been charged with federal hate crimes after allegedly phoning bomb threats to a mosque.

Utah man who sold machine-gun converters sentenced to prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:55pm

A Utah man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for illegally making and selling more than 1,400 machine-gun converter devices for AR-15-style rifles.

Vatican, Italy taking homeless to Diamond League meet

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 1:50pm

The Vatican and the Italian Athletics Federation are teaming up to bring an estimated 250 homeless people, migrants and poor to watch the upcoming Golden Gala at Rome's Olympic Stadium.

Correction: Priest Shortage story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:10am

In a story May 23 about applicants to a Roman Catholic seminary in Rhode Island, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the number of applicants that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence had received. Carolyn Cronin, a spokeswoman for the diocese, says four men are going through the application process. She says none of the applicants are from the Diocese of Providence.

Pakistani mob demolishes mosque belonging to minority sect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:40pm

Sunni extremists have demolished a mosque belonging to Pakistan's minority Ahmadi sect in the eastern city of Sialkot, the latest mob attack on minorities in the country.

Man who said church shooting was hoax jailed on gun charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 9:44pm

A conspiracy theorist arrested after telling a Texas church that the killing of more than two dozen of its worshippers was a hoax is free on bond after another arrest — this time on a weapons charge.

More than $8M awarded to victim of cult in trafficking case

Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:23pm

More than $8 million was awarded Wednesday to a woman who alleged that the spiritual leader of a cult forced her to work without pay for a decade.

Iran's Khamenei criticizes US over hard-line stance

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:40pm

Iran's supreme leader criticized the U.S. on Wednesday over its hard-line stance toward the country since President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a landmark nuclear deal with Western powers.

The Latest: Alaska agency responds to Muslim inmate lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:11pm

The Latest on a lawsuit by Muslim inmates against Alaska corrections officials (all times local):