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Spying claims spur calls for Washington lawmaker ouster

Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 10:18am

Washington state's liberal reputation is well-known, but voters in a conservative legislative district have re-elected Republican lawyer Matt Shea to the Legislature six times — as he has raged against Communists and atheists he thinks will destroy the U.S. and lobbied for a breakaway 51st "Liberty State."

Congo police detain ex-health minister in Ebola funds probe

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 7:04am

Police in Congo have detained the former minister of health amid an investigation into the use of Ebola funds as confirmed Ebola deaths rose to near 2,000 and confirmed cases of the virus exceeded 3,000 in the sprawling African nation.

Malaysia's 2 top opposition Malay parties forge alliance

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 13th - 11:51pm

Two major opposition parties in Malaysia forged a political alliance Saturday to consolidate support from the country's majority ethnic Malay Muslims, a move that could threaten Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's government in the next general election.

Far from debate spotlight, Williamson keeps campaigning

Ashraf Khalil, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 13th - 10:32pm

Marianne Williamson's voice dropped to a near whisper, then soared preacher-style to the rafters.

AP Photos: Nepal festival season starts with goddess, dance

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 13th - 7:24pm

Devotees pulled a girl believed to be a living goddess, Kumari, around Nepal's capital on a wooden chariot as tens of thousands of people lined the streets to get a glimpse and receive a blessing.

Suspect arrested in fire at historic Minnesota synagogue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 13th - 5:44pm

Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in a fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota.

The Latest: Fugitive priest sentenced in US sex abuse case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 13th - 1:23pm

The Latest on the sentencing of a former New Mexico priest convicted of sex abuse case (all times local):

Missouri investigation: 12 ex-clergy could face prosecution

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 13th - 9:22am

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Friday referred 12 former priests for potential criminal prosecution but stopped short of recommending charges against any top church leaders, despite concluding the Roman Catholic Church was involved in "long, sustained and far-reaching cover-up."

The Latest: Nagasaki archbishop welcomes Francis' visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 13th - 2:10am

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Thailand and Japan in November (all times local):

Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Nannapat Purod, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 13th - 1:19am

Pope Francis will travel to Thailand and Japan in November for a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honor the small Catholic communities in each country.

Judge orders release of far-right extremist in gun case

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 12th - 11:07pm

A federal judge on Friday ordered the immediate release of a man whose relatives reported concerns about his behavior and far-right extremist rhetoric after last year's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.

Fugitive ex-priest sentenced to 30 years in sex abuse case

Morgan Lee and Mary Hudetz, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 12th - 9:49pm

A former Roman Catholic priest who fled the country decades ago was sentenced Friday in New Mexico to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing an altar boy at a veterans' cemetery and military base.

AP PHOTOS: Moroccans feast, light up sky on Shiite holy day

Mosa'ab Elshamy, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 12th - 4:15am

Women thrumming drums, children devouring rich pastries, red flares lighting up the sky — these are telltale signs that Moroccans are marking Ashoura.

Retired Wisconsin priest acquitted of sexual assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 13th - 3:08pm

A Wisconsin jury on Friday acquitted a retired Catholic priest on charges alleging that he had sexually assaulted an altar boy over several years, starting in 2006.

Jehovah's Witnesses ask court to reverse $35M abuse verdict

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 13th - 1:34pm

An attorney for the Jehovah's Witnesses asked the Montana Supreme Court on Friday to reverse a $35 million verdict against the church for not reporting a girl's sexual abuse to authorities.

Missouri officer on leave over anti-Muslim postings

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 12th - 12:00pm

A Missouri police officer has been placed on administrative leave for allegedly posted anti-Muslim comments on Facebook.

Catholic diocese in upstate New York files for bankruptcy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 12th - 9:11am

A Roman Catholic diocese in upstate New York has become the latest to declare bankruptcy amid a wave of lawsuits over alleged sexual abuse of children.

Priest testifies in trial of fired unwed Missouri teacher

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 12th - 7:04am

A Catholic priest says "fornication" not pregnancy was the problem in the case of a teacher who alleges that she was fired from a Catholic school in Kansas City, Missouri, because she was pregnant and unmarried

Mississippi students protest religious program's time change

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 12th - 2:22am

Students at a Mississippi high school were back in class a day after protesting the removal of their prayer group from school hours to after school.