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FILE - This Aug. 18, 2020, file photo shows the Big Moose Inn on Millinocket Lake in Millinocket, Maine. A COVID-19 outbreak connected to a wedding reception held at the inn in early August has led to more than 175 cases of the virus and at least five deaths. (Linda Coan O'Kresik/The Bangor Daily News via AP, File)

Virus death toll linked to Maine wedding grows to 7

Sep. 15, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — At least seven people have died in connection to a coronavirus outbreak that continues to sicken people in Maine following a wedding reception held over the summer that violated state virus guidelines, public health authorities said. The August wedding reception at the Big Moose Inn...

Attorney: Contractor got $454K for 'pile of dirt' at church

Sep. 13, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a Mississippi contractor will have to pay restitution after accepting more than $450,000 to build a church sanctuary but doing little work. Donald Crowther is owner of TCM Construction of Long Beach. In July, he pleaded guilty to fraud in the project at...

Birmingham church bombed in '63 planning virtual remembrance

Sep. 12, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Crowds gather every year at 16th Street Baptist Church to mark the anniversary of the horrific day when a bomb planted by Ku Klux Klansmen went off just before worship, killing four Black girls. This year's 57th observance will be virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Georgia pastor sentenced to 5 years for child molestation

Sep. 4, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — A longtime pastor with metro Atlanta churches was sentenced to five years in prison and another 15 years of probation on child molestation charges. Benjamin August Harter, 81, pleaded guilty to three counts of child molestation last month, the Forsyth County District...

Memorial remembers Beauregard tornado victims.

Aug. 30, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — A new memorial in Beauregard remembers the nearly two dozen people killed when a deadly tornado swept through the east Alabama county last year. The names and images of the 23 victims who died during the storm are etched into main layer of the stone monument, WSFA reports. The...

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., meets people before a Corinthian Baptist Church service, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. Harris, tapped on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 as Joe Biden’s running mate, attended services at both a Black Baptist church and a Hindu temple growing up. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Harris brings Baptist, interfaith roots to Democratic ticket

Aug. 12, 2020 12:47 AM EDT

Kamala Harris, tapped on Tuesday as Joe Biden’s running mate, attended services at both a Black Baptist church and a Hindu temple growing up – an interfaith background that reflects her historic status as the first Black woman and woman of South Asian descent on a major-party presidential ticket....

Lawmaker resigns as pastor after celebrating KKK leader

Jul. 31, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama lawmaker who was criticized for participating in a celebration marking the birthday of a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader has resigned from his position as pastor of a Baptist church, according to officials. Rep. Will Dismukes resigned as pastor of...