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AP Analysis: Trump's 'disloyal' jab may boost base, not Jews

Jill Colvin and Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 4:28pm

President Donald Trump's branding of American Jews who vote for Democrats as "disloyal" to their religion and Israel prompted alarms of anti-Semitism. But his ultimate aim appears to be dividing Democrats, peeling off Jewish support and shoring up his white evangelical Christian base.

Lawsuit accusing ex-bishop of drunken sexual assault settled

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 3:06pm

A lawsuit accusing the former bishop of West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese of molesting boys and men has been settled.

Priest accused of stealing nearly $100K from parish

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 2:47pm

A Pennsylvania Roman Catholic priest is accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from his parish and spending it on a beach house and men he met on dating apps.

As Trump questions loyalty of US Jews, Israeli PM is quiet

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 11:53am

Israel's prime minister on Wednesday steered clear of Donald Trump's comments questioning the loyalty of American Jews who support the Democratic Party, in sharp contrast to the tide of condemnation from Jewish critics who accused him of trafficking in anti-Semitic stereotypes.

Jury to weigh ex-school head's lawsuit against writer Sparks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 11:06pm

A jury will decide whether the former head of a private Christian school that novelist Nicholas Sparks founded in his North Carolina hometown was unjustly fired, then defamed when the author said the educator suffered from mental illness.

The Latest: Vatican to wait before investigating Pell

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 7:03pm

The Latest on an appeals court upholding the sex abuse convictions of Cardinal George Pell (all times local):

Australian court upholds sex abuse verdict of Cardinal Pell

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 5:43pm

An Australian appeals court Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, in a decision cheered by scores of abuse survivors and victims' advocates demonstrating outside the court.

Bosnia's bid to form a new govt fails over divisions on NATO

Eldar Emric, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 5:24am

The three members of Bosnia's multi-ethnic presidency failed on Tuesday to break a 10-month deadlock on forming a new government amid deep divisions over the Balkan country's bid to join NATO.

Cardinal Pell's appeal verdict due but may not be final word

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 10:14pm

The most senior Catholic cleric found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn the outcome of his appeal on Wednesday though the verdict still may not be the final word on his convictions for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral more than two decades ago.

Pell's appeal pitted word of former choirboy against priest

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 7:29pm

Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his convictions for child molestation was largely a question of who the jury should have believed, his accuser or a senior priest whose church role was likened to Pell's bodyguard.

Pell's appeal argued 'solid obstacles' precluded convictions

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 7:23pm

Cardinal George Pell's lawyers argued in his appeal that there were more than a dozen "solid obstacles" that should have prevented a jury from finding him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of molesting two choirboys.

A look at the Islamic State affiliate's rise in Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 11:42pm

A suicide bombing at a wedding party in Kabul claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate has renewed fears about the growing threat posed by its thousands of fighters, as well as their ability to plot global attacks from a stronghold in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan.

'Miracle house' in Ohio draws pilgrims amid sainthood push

Mitch Stacy, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 6:38am

Late in the summer of 1939, crowds of strangers started showing up at Rhoda Wise's house next to a city dump in Ohio after she let it be known that miracles were occurring in her room.

Boise pastor charged with sexual abuse of a child

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:03am

A Boise pastor has been charged with sexually abusing a child after prosecutors say he abused a teenage parishioner.

Prosecutor probes possible hate crime in synagogue shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 5:37am

Prosecutors are investigating to determine whether hate crime charges are warranted in the shooting of a 68-year-old man outside a North Miami Beach synagogue.

Appeals court upholds convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 5:37pm

Appeals court upholds convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse.

Suit: Catholic school fired unwed teacher for being pregnant

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 6:45am

A former teacher at a Catholic school in Kansas City, Missouri, alleges in a lawsuit that she was fired because she was pregnant and unmarried.

Sheriff: Investigation closed in racist videos, threat case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 6:18pm

A South Carolina sheriff said Monday that no one else will be charged after last month's arrest of a Catholic high school student accused of making racist videos and charged with threatening to shoot people at his private school.

Florida governor asked for no storms in Western Wall prayer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 9:10am

Florida's governor says when he visited the Western Wall in Israel in May he followed tradition by sticking a slip of paper with a written prayer in between crevices of the ancient structure.

Jordan summons Israeli envoy over holy site clashes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 8:44am

Jordan has summoned Israel's ambassador to protest "Israeli violations" at a Jerusalem holy site sacred to Muslims and Jews.