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In sacred Brazil dunes, critics see evangelical encroachment

Sep. 29, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — The vast blanket of white sand overlooking Salvador is a place to escape rumbling traffic, pinging phones and crying children. A space to find solitude and, increasingly, God. Evangelicals have been converging on the massive Abaete dune system for some 25...

GOP candidate apologizes after antisemitic post surfaces

Sep. 28, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A GOP candidate for the Washington Legislature has acknowledged that a post he put on social media in 2020 is antisemitic. Dan Johnson of Laurel, who is running to represent part of northwest Washington in the House, posted a meme on Facebook that showed a...

WA--Washington Digest, 1pm update, WA

Sep. 28, 2022 16:53 PM EDT

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up for select Washington stories. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s complete coverage of Washington and the rest of the world, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org Questions about coverage plans are welcome and...

Iraq: 4 officers wounded in Baghdad Green Zone rocket fire

Sep. 28, 2022 15:18 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Four Katyusha rockets landed in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone government area Wednesday, wounding four security officers, Iraqi state news reported. The rockets landed as parliament voted to keep Speaker Mohammed Halbousi on the job, rejecting his...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 28, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. September 26, 2022. Editorial: Pete Antonacci was the ultimate right-hand man Pete Antonacci was around so long, it was natural to assume he would be there forever. But his long career abruptly ended last Friday when he died of a heart...

Judge: Indiana can't enforce abortion burial, cremation law

Sep. 28, 2022 12:09 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has barred Indiana from enforcing a 2016 law's provisions that require abortion clinics to either bury or cremate fetal remains, finding that they violate the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young ruled that the law’s...

Churches defend clergy loophole in child sex abuse reporting

Sep. 28, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

It was a frigid Sunday evening at the Catholic Newman Center in Salt Lake City when the priest warned parishioners who had gathered after Mass that their right to private confessions was in jeopardy. A new law would break that sacred bond, the priest said, and directed the...

Clergy strive to reconcile politically divided congregations

Sep. 28, 2022 10:45 AM EDT

One member of Rabbi David Wolpe’s diverse congregation left because Wolpe would not preach sermons criticizing Donald Trump. Scores of others left over resentment with the synagogue’s rules for combating COVID-19. But Wolpe remains steadfast in his resolve to avoid politics when he preaches at...

Iran's anti-veil protests draw on long history of resistance

Sep. 28, 2022 08:55 AM EDT

A young woman climbs to the top of a car in the middle of Mashhad, a conservative Iranian city famed for its Islamic shrines. She takes off her headscarf and starts chanting, “Death to the dictator!” Protesters nearby join in and cars honk in support. For many Iranian women,...

Pope presses Muslim dialogue message with Bahrain visit

Sep. 28, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will travel to Bahrain in November to press his message of dialogue with the Muslim world, the first pope to visit the country the Vatican said Wednesday. Bahrain is home to the Gulf’s first Catholic Church, located in the capital Manama, as well...