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Half the tigers rescued from Thai temple reported dead

Tassanee Vejpongsa, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 5:45am

More than half the tigers rescued three years ago from a Buddhist temple in Thailand where they served as a popular tourist attraction have died of disease, wildlife officials said Monday.

Israel faces potential deadlock in a closely contested vote

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 12:20am

Israel is headed toward an unprecedented repeat election on Tuesday with no guarantee that the do-over vote will produce a more decisive result than the inconclusive one last April.

Police: No sign that Duluth synagogue fire was hate crime

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 15th - 10:59am

A fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota doesn't appear to have been a hate crime, authorities said Sunday in discussing the arrest of a suspect.

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.

Pakistan to open border crossing for India Sikhs in November

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 7:43am

Pakistani officials said Monday that a much-awaited visa-free border crossing for Sikh pilgrims from India will be ready by early November, allowing thousands of pilgrims to easily visit a Sikh shrine just inside Pakistan each day.

Pakistan arrests 3 over attack on temple, Hindu homes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 3:20am

Pakistani police say they have arrested three people after a mob of angry Muslims ransacked a Hindu temple over the weekend and damaged a school and several homes belonging to the minority community in the southwestern town of Ghotki.

Bishop: $1.2M from sale will go to help sex abuse victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 15th - 12:23pm

Officials say $1.2 million from the sale of the diocesan home of former West Virginia Catholic Bishop Michael J. Bransfield will go to assist victims of sexual abuse in West Virginia.

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.