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Russian court fines coronavirus-denying rebel monk

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 5:44am

A Russian court on Tuesday fined a coronavirus-denying monk who has challenged Kremlin lockdown orders for spreading false information about the pandemic.

GOP worries Trump's divisive June imperils Senate control

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 10:06pm

President Donald Trump's June began with his Bible-clutching photo op outside a church after authorities used chemicals and batons to scatter peaceful demonstrators. It never got less jarring or divisive.

Virus loans helped entities tied to Trump evangelical allies

Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 10:03pm

Churches connected to President Donald Trump and other organizations linked to current or former Trump evangelical advisers received at least $17.3 million in loans from a federal rescue package designed to aid small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump's leadership is tested in time of fear, pandemic

Jonathan Lemire and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 10:23pm

Not long after noon on Feb. 6, President Donald Trump strode into the elegant East Room of the White House. The night before, his impeachment trial had ended with acquittal in the Republican-controlled Senate. It was time to gloat and settle scores.

Religious leaders to invoke Frederick Douglass on July 4th

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 2:47pm

About 150 preachers, rabbis and imams are promising to invoke Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass on July 4th as they call for the U.S. to tackle racism and poverty.

Russian Orthodox Church defrocks coronavirus-denying monk

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 9:38am

The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defrocked a coronavirus-denying monk who has defied Kremlin lockdown orders and taken control of a monastery.

Kansas legislators seek investigation into former detective

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 2:27pm

A coalition of Kansas lawmakers, religious leaders and racial justice advocates called Thursday for an investigation into a retired white police detective accused of preying on Black women for sex over decades and framing for murder the son of one of them.

Supreme Court agrees to hear Nazi art case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 11:44am

The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to hear a case involving the descendants of a group of Jewish art dealers from Germany who say their ancestors were forced to sell a collection of religious art to the Nazi government in 1935.

Priest sues to stop federal execution over coronavirus risk

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 9:08am

A Zen Buddhist priest, who is a spiritual adviser to one of three federal death row inmates scheduled to be executed this month, filed a lawsuit Thursday arguing the Bureau of Prisons is putting him at risk for the coronavirus by moving forward with executions during a nationwide pandemic.

Funeral planned Wednesday for retired pope's elder brother

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 4:56am

A funeral is to be held in Germany next week for the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI who died Wednesday at the age of 96.

Old times not forgotten: Mississippi furls rebel-themed flag

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 12:35pm

Mississippi officials held a ceremony Wednesday to retire the former state flag and send it to a history museum, a day after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a law stripping official status from the last state banner in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem.

Death Cafes help ease grief, loss in the time of coronavirus

Leanne Italie and Emily Leshner, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 9:24am

Panic attacks, trouble breathing, relapses that have sent her to bed for 14 hours at a time: At 35, Marissa Oliver has been forced to deal with the specter of death on COVID-19′s terms, yet conversations about her illness, fear and anxiety haven’t been easy.

Museum or mosque? Turkey debates iconic Hagia Sofia's status

Suzan Fraser and Ayse Wieting, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 9:07am

In its more than 1,400-year existence, the majestic domed structure of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has served as the Byzantine Empire’s main cathedral, a mosque under the Ottoman Empire and a museum under modern Turkey, attracting millions of tourists each year.

Zoom got big fast. Then videobombers made it rework security

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 9:05am

Back in March as the coronavirus pandemic gathered steam in the U.S., a largely unheralded video-conferencing service suddenly found itself in the spotlight.

Maine, Vermont next in fight over aid to religious schools

David Sharp and Wilson Ring, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 7:45am

A U.S. Supreme Court decision that says states can’t cut religious schools out of programs that send public money to private education could breathe new life into efforts to force Maine and Vermont to help fund religious educations.

Protesters back Indiana pastor who called activists maggots

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 6:14pm

Supporters of an Indiana minister who was suspended for calling organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement “maggots and parasites” walked out of a service and shouted at a bishop who ended his remarks with the words, “Black lives matter.”

Bishop: North Carolina priest kept on leave on abuse claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 6:39am

A Catholic priest in North Carolina will remain on administrative leave after allegations of sexual abuse against him were revealed last year, the Charlotte diocese's bishop said.

Catholic priest suspended for comparing BLM to 'maggots'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 3:34pm

A bishop suspended a suburban Indianapolis Catholic priest from public ministry on Wednesday for comparing the Black Lives Matter movement and its organizers to “maggots and parasites” in a recent church bulletin.

Editorial Roundup: US

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 1:09pm

why would getting paid make all that much difference? Iranians have been paying them to kill Americans, and so have jihadist elements in Pakistan, including some in the intelligence services.