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Rabbi, several others arrested in public benefits fraud case

David Porter and Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:12pm

A New Jersey rabbi and his wife and three other couples defrauded state and federal public assistance programs out of more than $1 million by underreporting their incomes, according to criminal complaints released Monday.


Supreme Court last day notable for what was and wasn't said

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 12:55pm

The last day of the Supreme Court's term was notable not only for what was announced but also for what wasn't.

Supreme Court takes on new clash of gay rights, religion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 11:35am

The Supreme Court is taking on a new clash between gay rights and religion in a case about a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in Colorado.

Trump travel ban partly reinstated; fall court arguments set

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 11:34am

The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to go forward with a limited version of its ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries, a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency.

The Latest: Supreme Court orders re-argument in 2 cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 9:56am

The Latest on the final day of the Supreme Court term (all times local):

AP: Authorities delayed investigating gay 'demons' case

Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 9:43am

For two years, Matthew Fenner said he pleaded with authorities to investigate his allegations that a group of fellow congregants at the Word of Faith Fellowship church had punched, slapped and choked him to expel his "homosexual demons."

Supreme Court rules for Missouri church in playground case

Mark Sherman and Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 9:21am

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other non-religious needs.

Toll from oil tanker fire in Pakistan climbs to 157

Irum Asim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 8:58am

Pakistan's prime minister cut short a trip abroad to rush to the side of victims of a massive fuel tanker fire as authorities on Monday raised the death toll to 157.

Support for gay marriage surges, even among groups once wary

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 7:17am

In the two years since same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, support for it has surged even among groups that recently were broadly opposed, according to a new national survey.

Attention on Supreme Court as justice weigh Trump travel ban

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:13am

The focus is on the Supreme Court as the high-stakes legal fight over President Donald Trump's travel ban awaits action by the justices.

In about face, Israel freezes Western Wall mixed prayer plan

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 11:04am

The Israeli government froze a long-overdue plan Sunday to open a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem's Western Wall, a major policy reversal that infuriated the liberal streams of Judaism that represent most Jews in the United States.

Japan marks 75 years of Vatican ties with Noh theater show

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 7:40am

Japan has marked the 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties with the Holy See with a performance of ancient traditional Noh theater in Rome.

Options for Supreme Court on Trump travel ban

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 5:55am

The Supreme Court is expected to decide within days whether the Trump administration can enforce a ban on visitors to the U.S. from six mostly Muslim countries.

Lawsuit: School didn't prevent assaults on 3-year-old girl

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:20pm

A Muslim community is facing allegations it failed to prevent several sexual assaults of a 3-year-old girl by an older boy at a private school it runs on its property.

The Latest: DeVos weighs in on Supreme Court church decision

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 11:40am

The Latest on the Supreme Court ruling for a Missouri church (all times local):

Vatican worries about 'forcibly removed' bishop in China

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 7:43am

The Vatican expressed "grave concern" on Monday for a Chinese bishop who it says was "forcibly removed" from his office several weeks ago and whose whereabouts are unknown.

Supreme Court to rule in clash of gay, religious rights involving wedding cake for same-sex couple

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 7:34am

Supreme Court to rule in clash of gay, religious rights involving wedding cake for same-sex couple .

UK: 6 hurt as car strikes people at Muslim celebration

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

Six people, including three children, were injured Sunday after a car ran into a large crowd gathered to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in the northern English city of Newcastle. Police said there was no information suggesting the incident was terror-related.

Assad decamps from Syrian capital for holiday prayers

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

Syrian President Bashar Assad has travelled to one of Syria's core cities to attend Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of Ramadan, in a rare departure from his capital stronghold.

Police investigate 2 possible hate crimes against mosques

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 8:40pm

Authorities in California are investigating two possible hate crimes against Islamic centers in Sacramento and Davis.