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New South African church celebrates drinking alcohol

Andrew Meldrum, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 3:08am

Dressed in a red robe and a gold-trimmed bishop's miter, the clergyman pours whiskey into his cupped hand and anoints the forehead of the man sitting before him.

Saudi Arabia uses ancient tourist site to alter its history

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 12:24am

Just outside Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, a group of elementary school children are on a field trip at Diriyah, where engineers and construction workers are busy restoring a 17th-century fortress, mosques and clay-colored structures that were once the ruling family's seat of power.

DOJ looks into how AT&T, Verizon handle defecting customers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 12:04am

The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into whether AT&T, Verizon and a standards-setting group worked together to stop consumers from easily switching wireless carriers.

Lobbyist tied to condo leased by EPA chief retires from firm

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 10:54pm

The fossil-fuels lobbyist tied to the bargain-priced Capitol Hill condo leased by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is taking early retirement as a result of the scandal.

US defends tough trade stance at global finance meeting

Paul Wiseman and Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 10:54pm

The United States is resisting pressure to back off President Donald Trump's tough America First trade policy at a meeting of global finance leaders worried about the threat of a damaging trade war.

California regulators investigating worker safety at Tesla

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 10:28pm

Workplace safety regulators say they are investigating two incidents at automaker Tesla's factory in Northern California.

Son of Stroessner-era figure expected to win Paraguay vote

Pedro Servin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 10:08pm

The son of a top aide to late Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner is expected to easily win Sunday's presidential election, promising to continue the country's strong economic growth with business-friendly policies.

2 more killed in Nicaragua social security protests: reports

Luis Manuel Galeano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 8:10pm

Two university student protesters were killed Friday in clashes over a social security reform pushed by President Daniel Ortega's government, according to independent media reports.

Kansas officials boost projected tax collections by $540M

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 6:18pm

A new fiscal forecast for Kansas' government Friday boosted projected tax collections enough for some officials to declare that the state can afford extra spending on public schools lawmakers have approved, while a top Republican called for tax cuts.

The Latest: Arts group says it welcomes 53 contest finalists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 6:02pm

The Latest on the Maine high school student who fled his native Zambia and sued to be allowed to participate in a U.S. poetry contest (all times local):

Boston Globe places columnist Kevin Cullen on paid leave

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:57pm

The Boston Globe has placed columnist Kevin Cullen on paid leave as an examination of his work is conducted.

Former Mexico governor extradited to US to face drug charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:57pm

The former governor of the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas has been extradited from Italy to the United States to face charges of racketeering, drug smuggling, money laundering and bank fraud, federal officials announced Friday.

Candidate buys ads on Sinclair TV stations to blast company

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:34pm

A Democratic candidate for Montana's U.S. House seat is using Sinclair Broadcast Group's own television stations to blast the company for forcing its reporters to read the conservative-leaning corporation's statements on air.

Officials say postal worker hoarded over 17K pieces of mail

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:03pm

A postal worker who prosecutors say hoarded away more than 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail in New York City allegedly told investigators he was overwhelmed by the amount of mail he had to deliver.

Southwest sends apology, $5K, to passengers on damaged jet

Alexandra Villarreal, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:41pm

Southwest has sent a letter of apology, a $5,000 check and a $1,000 travel voucher to passengers who were on a flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after an engine exploded.

Texas gains 8 rigs as US rig count rises to 1,013

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:17pm

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by five this week to 1,013.

The Latest: Governor vetoes 10 bills, wants teacher pay hike

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:09pm

The Latest on Arizona teachers' threat to strike and the governor's reaction (all times local):

FAA orders inspections of more jet engines like the one in fatal Southwest accident.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:06pm

— FAA orders inspections of more jet engines like the one in fatal Southwest accident.

Idaho sees job results after attracting firearms industry

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:53pm

Employment in the firearms industry in Idaho has grown in recent years following a state initiative a decade ago, officials said.