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Ex-priest in Boston sex abuse scandal released from prison

Mark Pratt and Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 9:21pm

A defrocked priest at the center of Boston's Roman Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal was released from prison on Friday and settled into an apartment across the street from a children's dance studio.

The Latest: Pedophile ex-priest lives near studio for kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 6:41pm

The Latest on the release from prison of a former Roman Catholic priest convicted of child rape (all times local):

'Partners in hate' get prison for anti-Semitic firebombings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 4:21pm

Two men convicted of terrorizing Jewish communities in New Jersey, including firebombing two synagogues and throwing a Molotov cocktail into a rabbi's home, were sentenced Friday to 35 years in prison.

British baby Charlie Gard at center of legal battle dies

Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:52pm

Charlie Gard, the terminally ill British baby at the center of a legal and ethical battle that attracted the attention of Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump, died Friday. He was one week shy of his first birthday.

Muslim prayers end peacefully at Jerusalem mosque

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:21pm

Prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque ended peacefully on Friday amid two weeks of unrest over security devices at the major holy site in Jerusalem, Israeli police said, but violence flared in the West Bank, where a Palestinian was killed after he attacked soldiers and another died in clashes along Gaza's border with Israel.

Officials say 7,000 Islamic State affiliates remain in Iraq

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 7:10am

High-ranking Iraqi security officials say up to 7,000 Islamic State group affiliates remain in Iraq after the fall of Mosul, where the group's leader declared the self-styled caliphate three years ago.

Brazil church rejects abuse claims detailed in AP stories

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:11pm

One of Word of Faith Fellowship's two churches in Brazil has rejected claims made by former members that they were subjected to physical and verbal abuse at the hands of ministers and that young congregants were sent to the mother church in North Carolina and forced to work without pay.

Kansas' Brownback still touts tax cuts as he heads to exit

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:11pm

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday that he wishes Kansas had preserved part of an income tax break he championed as a boon for small businesses and defended the now-repealed policy that critics said did not work.

Clashes, tensions flare at sacred site in Jerusalem

Ilan Ben Zion and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:12pm

Violence returned Thursday to a sacred site in Jerusalem as Palestinians gathering for prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound clashed with Israeli police nearly two weeks after a deadly attack there.

The Latest: More clashes after nightfall at Jerusalem site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 1:52pm

The Latest on developments on a contested shrine in Israel (all times local):

Reports: Japan defense chief to quit over document cover-up

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:01am

Japan's beleaguered defense minister, a protege of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will step down in connection with an alleged cover-up of military documents from U.N. peacekeeping operations, media reports said Thursday.

Trump transgender ban nod to Christian conservatives

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:20am

His agenda stalled and his party divided, President Donald Trump veered into the nation's simmering culture wars by announcing plans to ban transgender people from serving in the military.

The Latest: GOP debate gets heated over ex-Democratic ties

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 8:52pm

The Latest on a debate between three Republican candidates vying to replace U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (all times local):

California Muslim leader apologizes for remarks about Jews

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 7:24pm

An imam in Northern California who gave a widely criticized sermon last week about tensions over a holy site in Jerusalem apologized Friday for his remarks.

Republicans vying for Chaffetz seat to debate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 3:58pm

Republican candidates vying for the seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz are set to debate topics ranging from healthcare to religious freedom.

Romanian Orthodox patriarch apologizes for sex scandals

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 3:32pm

The patriarch of Romania's Orthodox Church apologized to orthodox believers Friday over two sex scandals that have hit the influential church in recent weeks.

Department of Justice, agency clash over Civil Rights Act

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:43pm

A federal appeals court in New York City is getting conflicting advice from the government over whether a civil rights law covers sexual orientation.

North Dakota woman who threatened Muslims hugs one of them

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:41pm

A North Dakota woman who threatened some Muslim women in a Walmart parking lot met with two of them Thursday and all "expressed their sincere regrets" about the incident and apologized, Fargo's police chief said Thursday.

The Latest: Woman who yelled at Muslims hugs 1 of them

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:29pm

The Latest on a North Dakota woman who was shown in a video threatening Muslim women in a Walmart parking lot (all times local):

Thousands of Muslims flock to Jerusalem holy site for first prayers there after Israel removed security measures

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:57am

Thousands of Muslims flock to Jerusalem holy site for first prayers there after Israel removed security measures.