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EXPLAINER: What will change under Israel's new government?

Jun. 12, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — If all goes according to plan, Israel will swear in a new government on Sunday, ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's record 12-year rule and a political crisis that inflicted four elections on the country in less than two years. The next...

1 dead following shooting outside Minneapolis church

Jun. 12, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One man was fatally shot and another wounded outside a funeral at a north Minneapolis church. The Star Tribune reports officers responded at 12:41 p.m. Friday to a report of shots fired outside Shiloh Temple. Police spokesman...

The Latest: China, US diplomats clash over virus origin

Jun. 12, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

BEIJING — Top U.S. and Chinese diplomats appear to have had another sharply worded exchange, with Beijing saying it told the U.S. to cease interfering in its internal affairs and accusing it of politicizing the search for the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior...

Torah ark desecrated inside Frankfurt Airport prayer room

Jun. 12, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A leading Jewish group in Germany on Saturday condemned the antisemitic desecration of a Torah ark inside the Jewish prayer room at Frankfurt's international airport. Frankfurt police said a swastika was painted on the cabinet inside the prayer room, which...

China, US diplomats clash over human rights, pandemic origin

Jun. 12, 2021 01:26 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Top U.S. and Chinese diplomats appear to have had another sharply worded exchange, with Beijing saying it told the U.S. to cease interfering in its internal affairs and accusing Washington of politicizing the search for the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Monk turned carpenter: Man builds homes for less fortunate

Jun. 12, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Tedd Swartz doesn’t own a TV and hasn’t for 10 years. He considers watching television a “time waster.” “I threw it out the front door,” he said. “I had enough of it.” He would much rather read the classics, or...

First city in South Mississippi recognizes Pride Month

Jun. 12, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — For the first time, the City of Ocean Springs has issued a proclamation recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. For LGBTQ people in Ocean Springs who remember the backlash to a pride march back in 1993, which organizers said was...

Southern Baptist board OKs probe into sex abuse controversy

Jun. 11, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee said Friday it is contracting an outside firm to investigate its actions amid accusations that top denominational leaders mishandled sex abuses cases, despite calls from some critics for a more...

Lakota spiritual leader, activist Leonard Crow Dog dies

Jun. 11, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

Chief Leonard Crow Dog, a renowned spiritual leader and Native American rights activist who fought for sovereignty, language preservation and religious freedom, has died at age 78. Crow Dog, Sicangu Lakota Oyate, passed away June 6 at Crow Dog’s Paradise on the Rosebud...

Schools to appeal teacher's return after transgender remark

Jun. 11, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia school system plans to appeal a judge's order to reinstate a suspended gym teacher who spoke at a school board meeting against a proposal requiring that transgender students be addressed by their preferred pronouns. WTOP-FM...