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Biden on racism: Whites 'can never fully understand'

Sep. 15, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sunday framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation. "In a centuries long campaign of violence, fear,...

Police: No sign that Duluth synagogue fire was hate crime

Sep. 15, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota doesn't appear to have been a hate crime, authorities said Sunday in discussing the arrest of a suspect. Matthew James Amiot, 36, of Duluth, was arrested Friday in the fire last week at the Adas Israel Congregation in...

Bishop: $1.2M from sale will go to help sex abuse victims

Sep. 15, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say $1.2 million from the sale of the diocesan home of former West Virginia Catholic Bishop Michael J. Bransfield will go to assist victims of sexual abuse in West Virginia. The Intelligencer reports Bishop Mark E. Brennan released the information in a letter Friday to...

Correction: Sikh Killed-Anniversary story

Sep. 15, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — In a story Sept. 15 about the anniversary of an Indian Sikh immigrant gunned down in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he died in 2011. He died in 2001. A corrected version of the story is below: Sikh preaches love 18 years after...

Spying claims spur calls for Washington lawmaker ouster

Sep. 14, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's liberal reputation is well-known, but voters in a conservative legislative district have re-elected Republican lawyer Matt Shea to the Legislature six times — as he has raged against Communists and atheists he thinks will destroy the U.S. and lobbied for a...

Congo police detain ex-health minister in Ebola funds probe

Sep. 14, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Police in Congo have detained the former minister of health amid an investigation into the use of Ebola funds as confirmed Ebola deaths rose to near 2,000 and confirmed cases of the virus exceeded 3,000 in the sprawling African nation. Former Minister of Health Oly Ilunga was taken...

Malaysia's 2 top opposition Malay parties forge alliance

Sep. 14, 2019 3:49 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two major opposition parties in Malaysia forged a political alliance Saturday to consolidate support from the country's majority ethnic Malay Muslims, a move that could threaten Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's government in the next general election. Mahathir's alliance...

In Alaska hometown, Native women say police ignored rapes

Sep. 14, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

NOME, Alaska (AP) — There's not much that scares Susie. As an Alaska Native woman, she thrives amid sub-zero winters in her village near the Arctic Circle, and camps with her family each summer at the Bering Sea, catching, drying and smoking salmon to put away for winter. But Susie is afraid to return to...

Far from debate spotlight, Williamson keeps campaigning

Sep. 14, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Marianne Williamson's voice dropped to a near whisper, then soared preacher-style to the rafters. "There are more lovers than haters in America. But those who hate, hate with conviction, and conviction is a force multiplier," she said. "That is why we need a politics of love because the...

Suspect arrested in fire at historic Minnesota synagogue

Sep. 13, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in a fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota. Duluth police and fire officials said in a press release that a news conference is set for 11 a.m. Sunday to talk about the investigation into the fire earlier this week...