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A survey of children ages 13 to 17 by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds teens are almost as politically polarized and pessimistic about the nation's divisions as their parents
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- In the days after President Donald Trump's election, thousands of teenagers across the nation walked out of class in protest. Others rallied to his defense....

Forty-three former members of an evangelical church in western North Carolina say they were subjected to years of emotional and physical abuse inside the Word of Faith Fellowship
SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) -- From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror - waged in the name of the Lord....

Forty-three former members of an evangelical church in western North Carolina say they were subjected to years of emotional and physical abuse inside the Word of Faith Fellowship
SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) -- From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror - waged in the name of the Lord....

It was the most dreaded place on the Word of Faith Fellowship grounds _ a one-story, four-room structure that former members of the sect say was reserved for the most brutal physical and emotional punishment
SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) -- It was the most dreaded place on the Word of Faith Fellowship grounds - a one-story, four-room structure that former members of the sect say was reserved for the most brutal physical and emotional punishment....

Former members of the Word of Faith Fellowship say that newcomers must live by a list of strict rules for daily life, which sect leader Jane Whaley says God revealed to her
SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) -- Newcomers to the Word of Faith Fellowship live by a list of strict rules for daily life, which sect leader Jane Whaley says God revealed to her, former members say. They include:...

President Donald Trump is toasting the nation's governors at the White House, welcoming state leaders to a black-tie ball ahead of discussions about his plans to repeal and replace the so-called Obamacare law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has toasted the nation's governors, welcoming state leaders to a black-tie ball at the White House ahead of discussions about his plans to repeal and replace the so-called Obamacare law....

Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at the VA's hospitals were fired or reprimanded in a small fraction of thousands of reported cases of opioid theft and missing prescriptions since 2010, according to government data provided to The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs' hospitals were fired or reprimanded in only a small fraction of thousands of reported cases of opioid theft and missing prescriptions since 2010, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press....

Money is being raised to repair and restore more than 100 headstones that were vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Money is being raised to repair and restore more than 100 headstones that were vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia while police hunt for the person who toppled them....

A report about the potential consequences of repealing the nation's health care law warns federal spending cuts probably would threaten many people with coverage loss.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health care law warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage....

A new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime and in favor of private prisons could usher in a reversal of a trend of declining federal prison populations
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal prison population is on the decline, but a new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime and already has indicated a looming need for private prison cells seems poised to usher in a reversal of that trend....

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