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N.C. prosecutor ends probe of ex-congressional candidate

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 11:19am

A former North Carolina congressional candidate won't face state charges in an absentee ballot fraud investigation that's already led to indictments against his hired political operative and a new election, a local prosecutor said on Wednesday.

French prime minister defends police amid brutality concerns

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 9:14am

France’s new prime minister is firmly defending the police despite growing concerns about police brutality, and is pledging to crack down on ethnic or religious “separatism” in neighborhoods with large minority populations.

City votes to raze site where first Alaska flag was sewn

Mark Thiessen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 3:40pm

A neglected site where the Alaska territorial flag was designed, sewn and first flown will be demolished despite last-minute efforts by Alaskans and a preservation group to save it.

Rabbi hurt in California synagogue shooting admits fraud

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 1:00pm

The longtime leader of a Southern California synagogue who was wounded in a deadly attack at the house of worship he founded pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in a multimillion-dollar fraud that disguised charitable contributions for personal gain.

Campaign brewing to get Hindu god Brahma off popular beer

William J. Kole, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 10:21am

a dispute the beermaker insists is a case of mistaken identity.

Governor shuts bars, dining as virus hits California hard

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 11:01pm

As the coronavirus swept California with renewed ferocity, the governor once again closed bars, inside dining and, for much of the state, gyms, indoor church services and hair and nail salons in an effort to prevent COVID-19 cases from swamping hospitals.

China sanctions Cruz, Rubio, Smith, Brownback for criticism

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 3:18am

China said Monday it will impose sanctions on three U.S. lawmakers and one ambassador in response to similar actions taken by the U.S. last week against Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses against Muslims in the Xinjiang region.

EU, Turkey clash over Hagia Sophia, Mediterranean drilling

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 3:14am

Turkey and the European Union clashed on Monday over Ankara's decision to change the status of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque and its continued energy exploration in disputed Mediterranean waters.

New Zealand mosque gunman to represent himself at sentencing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 8:21pm

The Australian white supremacist who admitting killing 51 worshippers in a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques has dismissed his lawyers and will represent himself when he is sentenced next month.

Mass celebrated after fire damages centuries-old church

Marcio Sanchez and Christopher Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 12:56pm

Mass was celebrated Sunday on the grounds of a historic Catholic church in Southern California that had been heavily damaged by fire a day earlier.

Pope 'deeply pained' over Turkey's move on Hagia Sophia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 5:03am

Pope Francis said on Sunday that he is “deeply pained” over the decision by Turkey to change the status of Hagia Sophia — which was originally built in Istanbul as a Christian cathedral — from a museum to a mosque.

World Council of Churches expresses dismay over Hagia Sophia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 10:43am

The interim secretary general of the World Council of Churches has written to Turkey's president expressing his “grief and dismay” over Turkey's decision to change the status of Istanbul's landmark Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque.

5 dead in hostage situation at troubled South Africa church

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 5:32am

Five people are dead and more than 40 have been arrested after an early-morning hostage situation at a long-troubled church near Johannesburg, police in South Africa said Saturday.

Church singing ban strikes sour note with California pastor

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 1:49pm

Crossroads Community Church Senior Pastor Jim Clark wants to keep his 1,500 parishioners safe during the coronavirus pandemic but he's drawing the line at a new California ban on singing or chanting at religious services.

Turkey's president formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 8:08am

The president of Turkey on Friday formally converted Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and declared it open for Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had made the religious landmark a museum.

Wyoming prosecutors not pursuing retired-bishop abuse case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 11:23am

Prosecutors in Wyoming have again decided not to pursue sexual abuse charges against a retired Roman Catholic bishop accused of abusing boys over decades.

China to bar entry to US Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Rep. Chris Smith, religious freedom ambassador Sam Brownback

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 3:01am

China to bar entry to US Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Rep. Chris Smith, religious freedom ambassador Sam Brownback.

Man charged in Florida church arson attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 7:59am

A man accused of setting a Florida church on fire was being held without bail Sunday on charges that include attempted second-degree murder and arson.

Turkey's president formally changes status of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia to a mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 8:20am

Turkey's president formally changes status of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia to a mosque.