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Trump vows to protect Christianity...British lawmakers don't want to ban him...Search continues for missing Americans

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 18, 2016 at 3:01 p.m.



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LYNCHBURG, Virginia (AP) — In an effort to appeal to evangelical voters, Donald Trump has told students at Virginia's Liberty University that he will protect Christianity if he's elected president. Trump quoted a biblical verse in his speech today -- but he drew chuckles from students when he introduced the verse as coming from "Two Corinthians" instead of "Second Corinthians." The visit also prompted protests from a handful of students angry that Trump had been invited to speak on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

LONDON (AP) — Donald Trump doesn't have many fans in Britain's Parliament. But a debate among lawmakers today on whether to ban Trump from the country revealed that there's little support for that idea. During the three-hour debate, legislators from Britain's main parties stood to call Trump an attention-seeker, a demagogue and a fool. Many, though, argued that he should not be stifled or banned. Labour Party legislator Paul Flynn, who opened the session, said Trump had already received "far too much attention."

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces have been searching the Baghdad neighborhood where three Americans were reportedly kidnapped over the weekend. The troops today closed streets and conducted house-to-house searches. An Iraqi government intelligence official says the Americans were kidnapped from the home of their interpreter in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dora. A local policeman offered a different account, saying the individuals were taken from their car Saturday along a highway in Dora while driving to the airport.

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor says he expects a murder charge to be brought against the man suspected of killing a village police officer in Ohio, but it's not clear how soon that could happen. Herschel Jones is suspected in the death of Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell, whose body was found last night near the municipal building in the village of northeast of Columbus. Authorities have yet to say how he died. Jones was captured shortly after the officer's body was found. Police say his ex-girlfriend had called police to say Jones had weapons and was looking to kill an officer.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials in Utah say the veteran police officer who was shot and killed yesterday had been working overtime to pay for his cancer treatments. They say Douglas Barney was killed after he encountered a fugitive who went missing from a drug rehab center for parolees last month. Backup officers responded and exchanged gunfire with Cory Henderson, who died at the scene.

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