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Catholic foster care agency wins Supreme Court verdict

Jun. 17, 2021 22:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In another victory for religious groups at the Supreme Court, the justices on Thursday unanimously sided with a Catholic foster care agency that says its religious views prevent it from working with same-sex couples. The court said the city of Philadelphia wrongly limited...

High court ruling cited in Kentucky child services dispute

Jun. 17, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

Republicans turned up pressure on Kentucky's Democratic governor Thursday to renew a contract with a Baptist-affiliated children's agency, reacting to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling they say should settle the dispute between religious beliefs and gay rights. Gov. Andy...

DOJ: 2 states' transgender restrictions unconstitutional

Jun. 17, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday challenged bans involving transgender people that target athletes in West Virginia and children in Arkansas, slamming them as violations of federal law. The department filed statements of interest in...

Court: If bias rules have exceptions, faith groups qualify

Jun. 17, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

Justice Samuel Alito called it a “wisp” of a decision — a Supreme Court ruling Thursday that favored Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia but was far from the constitutional gale wind that would have reshaped how courts interpret religious liberty under the First Amendment. ...

Med school chancellor quits a day after reinstatement

Jun. 17, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The chancellor of a Louisiana medical school resigned the post Thursday, a day after he was reinstated following an investigation into his handling of students' sexual harassment complaints. Dr. G. E. Ghali had been reinstated Wednesday as...

Zambia's 1st president, Kenneth Kaunda, dies at age 97

Jun. 17, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president and a champion of African nationalism who spearheaded the fights to end white minority rule across southern Africa, has died at the age of 97. Kaunda’s death was announced Thursday evening by Zambian...

Iowa governor signs measure heightening protest penalties

Jun. 17, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law Thursday a pro-police measure that heightens criminal penalties for certain protest activities, drawing complaints from activists that the changes undermine her promises last year to consider a racial profiling ban and other...

Report: 14 state police troopers discharged in past year

Jun. 17, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A total of 14 Massachusetts State Police troopers have been kicked off the force or have resigned while under investigation in the past year for a variety of infractions including inappropriate texting, ethnic slurs, and sloppy oversight of weapons, according to a published...

Museum exhibits works by Polish artist confronting Holocaust

Jun. 17, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Warsaw’s Jewish history museum opened an exhibition Thursday featuring works by a renowned Polish artist that confront the lingering and melancholy presence of the Holocaust in Poland, where Nazi German forces carried out their destruction of Europe’s Jews and...

Southern Baptists vote to probe leaders' sex abuse response

Jun. 16, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to create a task force to oversee an independent investigation into the denomination's handling of sexual abuse. Separately, the convention approved its...