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FILE—In this file photo from Sept. 9, 2020, people attending an event with Vice President Mike Pence, pray before he took the stage to speak to Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, at Cornerstone Ministries church, in Export, Pa. a Pittsburgh suburb. Trump's selection of Mike Pence to be his vice president has often been cited as a turning point in getting evangelicals, who make up about 1 in 5 voters, to rally behind Trump four years ago. (Alexandra Wimley/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP, File)

Evangelicals at base of Trump hopes for Pennsylvania repeat

Sep. 19, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s homestretch push to repeat his razor thin victory in Pennsylvania four years ago won't happen without white evangelicals, and there are signs that critical component of his coalition hasn't lost the faith. It's a group that has often made the...

Carpenters put the skills of their Medieval colleagues on show on the plaza in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, the day honoring European heritage, by reproducing for the public a section of the elaborate carpentry used when the edifice was built. The elaborate wooden beams went up in flames in a devastating April 2019 fire that also toppled the spire of the cathedral, now being renovated. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Carpenters wow public with medieval techniques at Notre Dame

Sep. 19, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With precision and boundless energy, a team of carpenters used medieval techniques to raise up — by hand — a three-ton oak truss Saturday in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, a replica of the wooden structures that were consumed in the landmark's devastating April 2019 fire that...

People gather at the Supreme Court on the morning after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was shaped by her minority faith

Sep. 19, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

(RNS) — A phrase from the Book of Deuteronomy hangs framed on the wall of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court chamber: “Justice, justice you shall pursue.” For Ginsburg, who died at home surrounded by her family on Friday evening (Sept. 18) at the age of 87, the phrase from the Hebrew...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2019 file photo, Pope Francis blesses a statue of the Mother Mary as he celebrates Mass at the National Stadium, in Bangkok, Thailand. Pope Francis is giving his blessing to a new Vatican think tank that is seeking to prevent the Mafia and organized crime groups from exploiting the image of the Virgin Mary for their own illicit ends. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope seeks to 'liberate' Virgin Mary from the Mafia

Sep. 18, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is giving his blessing to a new Vatican think tank that is seeking to prevent the Mafia and organized crime groups from exploiting the image of the Virgin Mary for their own illicit ends. The Vatican’s Pontifical Marian Academy launched the think tank Friday at a conference...

Hasidic Jewish pilgrims gather in front of Ukrainian border guards at the checkpoint Novaya Guta near Novaya Guta, Belarus, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Ukrainian officials say that thousands of Hasidic Jewish pilgrims stuck on the Ukrainian border due to coronavirus restrictions have started turning back. About 2,000 ultra-Orthodox Jewish pilgrims traveled to Belarus's border with Ukraine in hope of traveling to the Ukrainian city of Uman to visit the grave of an important Hasidic rabbi who died in 1810, Nachman of Breslov. (AP Photo)

Jewish pilgrims retreat from Ukrainian border

Sep. 18, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands of Hasidic Jews, stuck at the Ukrainian border for days due to coronavirus restrictions, have turned back without reaching their destination, the grave of a revered rabbi, officials said Friday. About 2,000 ultra-Orthodox Jewish pilgrims had traveled through Belarus in hope...

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Industry leaders fill advisory board for new Tech campus

Sep. 21, 2020 5:07 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — An advisory board of tech industry executives will guide the new Virginia Tech campus in northern Virginia that was instrumental in luring Amazon to the region. The school announced Monday that Hunch Analytics CEO Sanju Bansal will chair the board. Top executives from Qualcomm,...

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, Australian Malka Leifer, right, is brought to a courtroom in Jerusalem. An Israeli court on Monday, Sert. 21, 2020 approved the extradition of the former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israel court says woman can be extradited in child sex case

Sep. 21, 2020 4:30 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court on Monday approved the extradition of a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, potentially paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. Malka Leifer, a former educator who is accused of sexually abusing several former...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at the

Ginsburg's death puts Roe v. Wade on the ballot in November

Sep. 21, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

It's been a throwaway line in presidential campaigns for years: Roe v. Wade is on the ballot. This time it is very real. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg so close to a presidential election and the vacancy it creates on the Supreme Court, coupled with President Donald Trump's political imperative to...

FILE - In this May 19, 2018, file photo, Amy Coney Barrett, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit judge, speaks during the University of Notre Dame's Law School commencement ceremony at the university, in South Bend, Ind. Barrett, a front-runner to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has established herself as a reliable conservative on hot-button legal issues from abortion to gun control. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

High court front-runner hailed by right, feared by left

Sep. 21, 2020 12:11 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A front-runner to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a federal appellate judge who has established herself as a reliable conservative on hot-button legal issues from abortion to gun control. Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic, is hailed by...

Meet Jahni the Artist, a teacher behind public art

Sep. 20, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — On June 20 – John “Jahni” Moore’s birthday – the ARtEvolution project was unveiled in Huntsville, the place where he was born and raised, where he went to college and became an artist and art teacher. Jahni the Artist, as he’s known, had...

Carpenters put the skills of their Medieval colleagues on show on the plaza in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, the day honoring European heritage, by reproducing for the public a section of the elaborate carpentry used when the edifice was built. The elaborate wooden beams went up in flames in a devastating April 2019 fire that also toppled the spire of the cathedral, now being renovated. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Carpenters wow public with medieval techniques at Notre Dame

Sep. 19, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With precision and boundless energy, a team of carpenters used medieval techniques to raise up — by hand — a three-ton oak truss Saturday in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, a replica of the wooden structures that were consumed in the landmark's devastating April 2019 fire that...

People gather at the Supreme Court on the morning after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was shaped by her minority faith

Sep. 19, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

(RNS) — A phrase from the Book of Deuteronomy hangs framed on the wall of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court chamber: “Justice, justice you shall pursue.” For Ginsburg, who died at home surrounded by her family on Friday evening (Sept. 18) at the age of 87, the phrase from the Hebrew...

FILE—In this file photo from Sept. 9, 2020, people attending an event with Vice President Mike Pence, pray before he took the stage to speak to Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, at Cornerstone Ministries church, in Export, Pa. a Pittsburgh suburb. Trump's selection of Mike Pence to be his vice president has often been cited as a turning point in getting evangelicals, who make up about 1 in 5 voters, to rally behind Trump four years ago. (Alexandra Wimley/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP, File)

Evangelicals at base of Trump hopes for Pennsylvania repeat

Sep. 19, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s homestretch push to repeat his razor thin victory in Pennsylvania four years ago won't happen without white evangelicals, and there are signs that critical component of his coalition hasn't lost the faith. It's a group that has often made the...

Indiana man named Eagle Scout at age 80 after long wait

Sep. 19, 2020 10:07 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — An 80-year-old man was finally named Eagle Scout, an honor that he never thought would happen and certainly not in the way it did. Ed Keller thought he would pick up his award at the local Boy Scout office, but he was recognized at a Eagle Scout Court of Honor instead, The Journal...

Surveys seek input on Chicago policing policies

Sep. 19, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's police department is surveying residents on its policies, including the agency's response to hate crimes and interactions with children and people with disabilities. The public surveys will be open for online responses until Oct. 15. Topics also include policies on prohibition of...