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New travel costs revealed for EPA head amid ongoing scrutiny

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:20pm

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt spent more than $120,000 in public funds last summer for a trip to Italy that included a meeting of G-7 ministers and a private tour of the Vatican.

Prosecutors: Don't overturn Amish leader's hair-cutting case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 9:48am

The leader of a breakaway Amish group in Ohio convicted in hair- and beard-cutting attacks is pushing to get his sentence overturned using arguments already considered and rejected in court.

Pope to perform Holy Thursday foot-wash rite at Rome prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 7:38am

Pope Francis will wash the feet of 12 inmates at Rome's central prison during a Holy Week ritual meant to show his willingness to serve others.

In Egypt election, el-Sissi imposes stability over democracy

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 6:34am

The sole candidate running against Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has had two showcase campaign rallies in downtown Cairo. The first was a disaster. No one showed up except a few campaign workers.

Japan cult members could be hanged any day for subway attack

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:18am

Thirteen Japanese cult members may be sent to the gallows any day now for a deadly 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subway system and other crimes. But when is uncertain. Such is the secrecy that surrounds Japan's death penalty system.

Does the pope own the Vatican brand? Spain, so far, says yes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:32am

A Vatican crackdown on the commercial use of its official emblems has met resistance from a Spanish website that refuses to stop referencing the seat of the Catholic Church in its masthead.

Egypt election sacrifices democracy for stability

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:04am

When the sole candidate running against Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi held a rally in downtown Cairo recently, all of 30 people showed up. And that wasn't even the biggest sign of the hollowness of his campaign.

The Latest: Tokyo subway workers mark gas attack anniversary

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 9:46pm

The Latest on the anniversary of the 1995 Tokyo subway nerve gas attack (all times local):

Tennessee church shooting suspect indicted on 43 counts

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:46pm

The man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding six people at a Tennessee church in September faces a 43-count indictment, including charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and felony civil rights intimidation.

Pope tells 3 new bishops: no politicking, no high society

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:18am

Pope Francis is cautioning bishops to avoid politicking, business and high society.

Pope Francis condemns prostitution as torture

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 8:09am

Pope Francis asked forgiveness Monday for all Christians who buy sex from women, saying men who frequent prostitutes are criminals with a "sick mentality" who think that women exist to be exploited.

Leonard Bernstein, social activist, is focus of new exhibit

Kristen By Groot, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 7:42am

In October 1979, Leonard Bernstein received a fan letter from a high school humanities teacher. Helen Morgan wrote to the celebrity composer-conductor-pianist in hopes he could share the theme that guided his compositions — something she could pass along to her students for inspiration.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi welcomed to Australia amid protests

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:34am

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was feted in Australia with a military honor guard and 19-gun salute Monday as part of a state visit that has provoked protests over her response to her country's violent campaign against Rohingya Muslims.

Scottish cardinal who recused himself from conclave dies

Danica Kirka and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:24am

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the first cardinal in history to recuse himself from a papal election over a personal scandal, has died, his archdiocese in Scotland said Monday. He was 80 and had suffered from a heart ailment.

Women in Poland protest plans to tighten anti-abortion law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 9:50am

Women across Poland are protesting in front of bishops' residences after the influential Roman Catholic Church urged the government to ban abortion.

Southeast Asia leaders use Australia meet to talk NKorea

Trevor Marshallsea, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 7:42pm

Australia's prime minister said Southeast Asian leaders were using their meeting Sunday to discuss the "deadly threat" posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Correction: Amish Attacks-Appeal story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 10:07am

In a story Jan. 13 about an appeal filed by the leader of an Amish group, The Associated Press reported erroneously on what Samuel Mullet Sr. is seeking in his appeal. He wants his sentence overturned, not his conviction.

Vatican enters Venice Architecture Biennale with 10 chapels

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 8:17am

The Vatican is planting 10 chapels in the woods of one of Venice's lagoon islands for its first-ever contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Pakistani court orders arrest of cleric over violent rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:54am

A Pakistani court has ordered the arrest of a radical Islamist cleric over a violent rally last November in Islamabad where his followers demanded the removal of a minister over an omitted reference to Islam's Prophet Muhammad in a parliamentary bill.

Muslim engineer sues after Kansas flap over Malaysian flag

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:19pm

A Muslim aerospace engineer has sued the Spirit Boeing Employees Association for religious discrimination stemming from a party at a lake in Wichita, Kansas.