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Alabama Senate race shapes up to be a contentious slugfest

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 11:17pm

With control of the U.S. Senate on the line, Alabama’s race is shaping up to be a contentious showdown between a college football coach backed by President Donald Trump and the body’s most endangered Democrat, who will need to motivate his base and court moderate voters to win political survival.

Jewish leaders condemn 'hurtful' words by Nick Cannon

Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 7:23pm

“Jewish people, white people, Europeans" — “are a little less" and have a “deficiency” that historically caused them to act out of fear and commit acts of violence to survive.

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.

Vatican says bishops should report sex abuse to police

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 7:11am

The Vatican told bishops around the world on Thursday they should report case of clergy sex crimes to police even when not legally bound to do so, in its latest effort to compel church leaders to protect minors from predator priests.

Vatican says bishops 'should' report sex abuse to police, going beyond previous advice to follow local reporting laws

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 7:01am

Vatican says bishops 'should' report sex abuse to police, going beyond previous advice to follow local reporting laws.

Catholic holy site Lourdes holds first online pilgrimage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 5:33am

One of the Catholic Church’s holiest sites, Lourdes, is holding its first-ever online pilgrimage on Thursday, to mark the anniversary of claims by 19th-century girl Bernadette Soubirous that the Virgin Mary appeared to her.

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.