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As Merkel bids farewell, German women wish for more equality

Sep. 21, 2021 02:58 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel, Germany's first female chancellor, has been praised by many for her pragmatic leadership in a turbulent world and celebrated by some as a feminist icon. But a look at her track record over her 16 years at Germany's helm reveals missed opportunities for fighting...

Key hearing set in Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case

Sep. 21, 2021 01:15 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A key hearing before a Delaware judge could determine whether the Boy Scouts of America might be able to emerge from bankruptcy later this year. The Boy Scouts, based in Irving, Texas, sought bankruptcy protection in February 2020 amid an onslaught of...

Thailand urged not to deport trans woman charged in Malaysia

Sep. 20, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A human rights group urged Thailand not to deport a transgender businesswoman to her home country of Malaysia, where she is charged under Islamic laws for insulting Islam by cross-dressing. Malaysian police are seeking to extradite Nur...

Supporters: School cut coach because of same-sex marriage

Sep. 20, 2021 22:12 PM EDT

LISLE, Ill. (AP) — A Catholic school in suburban Chicago rescinded a job offer to a coach after learning that she was in a same-sex marriage, the woman's supporters claim. About 40 alumni, parents and students met outside Benet Academy in Lisle on Monday to support the...

Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate tests positive for COVID

Sep. 20, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican candidate for Wisconsin governor Rebecca Kleefisch tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed at church earlier this month, her campaign said Monday. Kleefisch is a cancer survivor and a former two-term lieutenant governor. She is...

Arson suspected in fire at historic Kansas City church

Sep. 20, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal investigation is underway after arson damaged a historic Kansas City, Missouri, church that now serves a congregation predominantly made up of people from South Sudan. John Ham of the Kansas City office of the Bureau of Alcohol,...

Bipartisan redistricting panel starts off with partisan maps

Sep. 20, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A new bipartisan redistricting commission is looking at two sets of distinctly partisan maps as it sets out to draw new boundaries for Virginia's General Assembly districts. Democratic and Republican map drawers on Monday submitted their first...

German cleric defends pope's decision to keep archbishop

Sep. 20, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the German Bishops’ Conference on Monday defended the pope’s decision to allow the archbishop of Hamburg to stay on at this post, despite being faulted for his handling of sexual abuse allegations. Limburg Bishop...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Sep. 20, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. Sept. 16, 2021. Editorial: Gov. Abbott, please recognize International Underground Railroad Month September is International Underground Railroad Month. Gov. Greg Abbott should recognize it with an official proclamation. ...

Fire destroys Jacksonville church; officials investigating

Sep. 20, 2021 07:54 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Officials are trying to determine the cause of an overnight fire that destroyed a Jacksonville church on Monday. St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church was fully engulfed in flames when Jacksonville firefighters arrived at about 2 a.m. The roof...