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Church victims push to expand lawsuit window in Nebraska

Jan. 21, 2022 19:08 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests urged Nebraska lawmakers on Friday to pass a law that would let people who were abused decades ago file lawsuits against the church or other organizations that were negligent. The proposal comes on the...

Anti-abortion protesters optimistic at March for Life in DC

Jan. 21, 2022 17:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The annual anti-abortion rally in the nation’s capital sounded more like a victory celebration Friday as speaker after speaker expressed a growing sense of optimism that their long-sought goal was finally in reach: a sweeping rollback of abortion rights in America. ...

Noem's school 'prayer' bill rejected by House Republicans

Jan. 21, 2022 15:14 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Republican-dominated South Dakota House committee on Friday rejected Gov. Kristi Noem's proposal to require public schools to have a moment of silence to start the day. The Republican governor first billed the proposal at a conservative Christian conference...

Trump appointee blocks Biden federal worker vaccine mandate

Jan. 21, 2022 14:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction on Friday barring the federal government from enforcing President Joe Biden's requirement that federal workers without qualifying medical or religious exemptions be vaccinated for COVID-19. Judge Jeffrey Brown,...

Pope vows justice for abuse victims after Ratzinger faulted

Jan. 21, 2022 09:53 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis vowed Friday to provide justice to victims of clergy sexual abuse and German authorities called for further investigation after an independent audit faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI for having botched four cases of abuse when he was archbishop of Munich, Germany. ...

Nigeria extremists still ‘very dangerous,’ says UN official

Jan. 21, 2022 08:46 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Islamic extremist insurgency in northeast Nigeria is a “very, very dangerous (and) very threatening” crisis that needs more than $1 billion in aid in 2022 to assist those hit by the decade-long conflict, United Nations humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said. ...

LGBTQ dating ban at BYU probed in federal investigation

Jan. 20, 2022 17:42 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education has opened a civil-rights investigation into how LGBTQ students are disciplined at Brigham Young University, a private religious school. The complaint under investigation came after the school said it would still enforce a ban...

Woman acquitted in protest of border wall construction

Jan. 20, 2022 11:41 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tohono O’odham woman was found not guilty Wednesday on federal misdemeanor charges stemming from her protest of border wall construction on her tribe's ancestral land. The acquittal of Amber Ortega came after a magistrate judge reversed her previous ruling...

France moves closer to banning veils in sports competitions

Jan. 19, 2022 12:37 PM EST

The French Senate has voted in favor of banning the wearing of headscarves in sports competitions, arguing that neutrality is a requirement on the field of play. The French upper legislative house voted late Tuesday in favor of amending a proposed law stipulating that the wearing...

Indiana vaccine exemption bill advances, faces GOP hurdles

Jan. 18, 2022 20:02 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana House Republicans pushed through a proposal Tuesday that would severely limit workplace COVID-19 vaccination requirements even as the move faces resistance from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and GOP state Senate leaders. The Republican-dominated Indiana...