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Ex-Liberty spokesman says he was fired for raising concerns

Oct. 25, 2021 21:15 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former spokesperson for Liberty University is suing the evangelical Virginia school after being fired, alleging in a lawsuit filed Monday that his termination came in retaliation for voicing concerns that sexual misconduct accusations were mishandled. ...

Orthodox patriarch praises Biden after meeting

Oct. 25, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians, resumed a busy American visit Monday after an overnight hospital stay, meeting with President Joe Biden after earlier meetings with the Turkish ambassador and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. ...

Facebook's language gaps weaken screening of hate, terrorism

Oct. 25, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As the Gaza war raged and tensions surged across the Middle East last May, Instagram briefly banned the hashtag #AlAqsa, a reference to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City, a flash point in the conflict. ...

Biden sued over reversal of Trump-era abortion referral ban

Oct. 25, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s top lawyer filed suit against the Biden administration on Monday seeking to restore a Trump-era ban on abortion referrals by family planning clinics that President Joe Biden reversed earlier this month. The action filed by Republican...

Priest pleads no contest to abusing 11-year-old altar boy

Oct. 25, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania Roman Catholic priest pleaded no contest Monday to indecent assault that began when the victim was an 11-year-old altar boy. Prosecutors said the Rev. Andrew Mark Kawecki, 66, of Greensburg will have to register as a sex...

Honolulu city workers cite religion for vaccine exemptions

Oct. 25, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — More than half of Honolulu first responders who applied for exemptions from the city's vaccine mandate cited religion as their reason for not getting inoculated. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday that 57% of all exemption requests among...

6 candidates for US Senate in Ohio vie for evangelical votes

Oct. 25, 2021 13:11 PM EDT

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The lone Republican moderate at a U.S. Senate candidate forum in Ohio on Sunday said at one point he felt “like a Browns fan in Pittsburgh Stadium.” The crowd of about 950 at the evangelical Genoa Baptist Church in the northern suburbs of...

Harrison, now a mother of 2, fights for $1M PFL championship

Oct. 25, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

Kayla Harrison twice won Olympic gold, hugged Mike Tyson after the former heavyweight champ wrapped a title belt around her waist and walked out of the Professional Fighters League cage clutching an oversized $1 million checks. Her biggest reward, in an adulthood full of...

South Korea's leader vows final push for talks with North

Oct. 25, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s president said Monday he’ll keep striving to promote peace with North Korea through dialogue until the end of his term next May, after Pyongyang raised animosities with a resumption of provocative weapons tests. While...

Michigan vigil prays for missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Oct. 24, 2021 22:00 PM EDT

HART, Mich. (AP) — More than 100 people gathered Sunday in a small Michigan town to pray for the safe release of a local family among 17 members of a missionary group kidnapped by a gang in Haiti more than a week ago. The vigil in the western Michigan community of Hart...