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5 years before massacre, gunman promised not to hurt anyone

Paul J. Weber and Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:13pm

The gunman in a mass shooting at a Texas church last year told a military judge in 2012 he "would never allow myself to hurt someone" again while admitting to abusing his stepson and a long struggle with anger, according to Air Force records obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday.

LDS Church issues statement on mission president released, excommunicated in 2014 after reports of misconduct

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:36am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement Thursday regarding the conduct of a mission president serving in Puerto Rico, who was removed from his position in 2014 and excommunicated.

The Latest: Sri Lanka native ID'd as van attack victim

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:01pm

The latest on a van attack in Toronto which killed 10 people and injured 14 (all times local):

Afghanistan refugees host thank you dinner for Bismarck

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:53pm

A family from Afghanistan is cooking a community meal for Bismarck residents to thank those who helped them resettle in North Dakota two years ago.

The Latest: Trump seems likely to win travel ban case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:23am

The Latest on arguments at the Supreme Court over President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries. (all times local):

Pope to focus on fate of Christians in Middle East on July 7

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:09am

The Vatican says Pope Francis is planning to invite heads of churches and Christian communities from the Middle East to join him in a day of reflection and prayer in the southeastern Italian port city of Bari on July 7.

UK Labour Party under fire over anti-Semitism allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:40am

Jewish groups say Britain's main opposition Labour Party is still failing to tackle anti-Semitism, despite a promise by leader Jeremy Corbyn to stamp out anti-Jewish prejudice.

Pope says "two Koreas" summit good chance for dialogue

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:00am

Pope Francis has hailed a "two Koreas" summit this week on the Korean Peninsula as an opportunity to start dialogue, and urged those involved to "have the courage" to be "artisans of peace."

'Smallville' actress granted bail in alleged sex cult case

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:32pm

Allison Mack, the TV actress who starred in The CW network's "Smallville," was bailed out of jail on Tuesday and met with a chaotic scene outside a courthouse where she's charged with helping recruit women as sex slaves for the leader of a self-improvement group in upstate New York.

The Latest: 'Smallville' actress leaves Brooklyn courthouse

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:18pm

The Latest on actress charged in NXIVM case (all times local):

Judge tosses lawsuit by Utah imam involving no-fly listing

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:36pm

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Utah Muslim leader who said he was wrongly placed on a government watch list and temporarily blocked from leaving Kenya with his family last summer.

German state orders crosses mounted at government buildings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:14am

Bavaria's conservative government is ordering Christian crosses to be placed at the entrance of all state administrative buildings.

AP Interview: Chile abuse whistleblower from pariah to VIP

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:06am

The key whistleblower in Chile's clerical sex abuse scandal has arrived in Rome for his audience with Pope Francis and said Tuesday he will urge the pope to get rid of the "toxic" bishops and cardinals who have defamed and discredited abuse survivors around the world.

Michigan candidate criticized over anti-Muslim remarks

Alice Yin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:56pm

A Republican gubernatorial candidate was rebuked by colleagues Thursday for peddling "conspiracy theories" about Muslims on the floor of the Michigan Senate.

3rd priest in a week found dead in Mexico

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:22pm

A Roman Catholic priest who had been reported kidnapped has been found dead in central Mexico, authorities said Thursday.

Parents spared jail in death of girl who didn't see doctor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:29pm

The parents of a 2-year-old Pennsylvania girl have been spared jail time in the pneumonia death of their daughter after vowing to seek medical care in the future for their other children.

Authorities say pastor arrested on child pornography charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:41pm

Authorities say a pastor at a church in Maryland has been arrested on child pornography charges.

Accused of new anti-Semitism, French Muslims speak out

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:25am

French Muslim leaders are rejecting suggestions that the Quran is to blame for resurgent anti-Semitism in France, and are urging imams and non-Muslims to work together to fight extremism.

Gunmen kill 15 at Nigeria church, including 2 priests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:48am

Officials in Nigeria say gunmen have killed 15 people in an early-morning attack on a Catholic church, including two priests.

Ex-pastor convicted of molesting teen gets more jail time

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:50am

A former New Jersey church pastor who fled the country after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage boy has been sentenced to more time behind bars.