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This booking provided by the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Office shows Mark Gooch, an Air Force airman, who was arrested Tuesday, April 21, 2020, in the death of Sasha Krause, a Mennonite woman whose body was found off a forest road in northern Arizona two months ago, authorities said. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Report: Bullet that killed woman fired from airman's rifle

Jun. 10, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A bullet taken from the skull of a woman whose body was discovered in northern Arizona was fired from a rifle owned by an Air Force airman charged in her death, authorities said Wednesday. Mark Gooch has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges in the death of...

In this June 1, 2020, photo provided by the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, Bishop Mark Seitz, center, kneels with other demonstrators at Memorial Park holding a Black Lives Matter sign in El Paso, Texas. Pope Francis called Seitz unexpectedly after he was photographed at the protest. (Fernie Ceniceros/Catholic Diocese of El Paso via AP)

Pope sends strong message to US Catholics after Floyd death

Jun. 10, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called George Floyd by name, twice, and offered support to an American bishop who knelt in prayer during a Black Lives Matter protest. Cardinals black and white have spoken out about Floyd's death, and the Vatican’s communications juggernaut has shifted into...

Trooper resigns after text about coughing to spread COVID-19

Jun. 9, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia state trooper has resigned after he claimed in a text message that he coughed on a driver he ticketed in hopes of spreading the coronavirus. Virginia State Police began an internal investigation into Jacob Gooch after the texts surfaced during a homicide investigation in...

This 2020 photo provided by Ellen Dubin Photography shows Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz in New York. On Monday, the Jewish Theological Seminary announced Schwartz as their eighth chancellor - and first woman to serve in the role - in its 134-year history. (Ellen Dubin Photography via AP)

Prominent Jewish seminary names Schwartz as 1st woman leader

Jun. 1, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Jewish Theological Seminary, the preeminent institution of higher learning for Conservative Judaism in the United States, announced the appointment of Shuly Rubin Schwartz on Monday as its eighth chancellor and the first woman to hold the post in its 134-year history. An expert on...

This February 2019 photo released by Erica Sauder shows Sasha Krause, who authorities say disappeared from a Mennonite community near Farmington, N.M, in January 2020. Her body was found more than a month later in the forest outside Flagstaff, Ariz. (Erica Sauder via AP)

Man charged in Mennonite woman's death grew up in the faith

May. 28, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In a forest clearing outside Flagstaff, Arizona, Sasha Krause was found cold and stiff, with a bullet wound to the back of her head. She was face down beneath brush, wearing a gray dress, white coat and hiking shoes. Her hair was pinned in a bun and her hands bound by duct tape. Her...

President Donald Trump listens as Sister Eneyda Martinez, with Poor Sisters of St. Joseph, at left podium, speaks during a White House National Day of Prayer Service in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Poll: US believers see message of change from God in virus

May. 15, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus has prompted almost two-thirds of American believers of all faiths to feel that God is telling humanity to change how it lives, a new poll finds. While the virus rattles the globe, causing economic hardship for millions and killing more than 80,000 Americans, the findings...

In this Jan. 31, 2020 photo, Pakistani children take part in rally against child abuse, in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Associated Press collected dozens of police reports from police stations across Pakistan that allege sexual harassment, rape and physical abuse by Islamic clerics teaching in madrassas or religious schools in Pakistan, where many of the country’s poorest study. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

Child sex abuse in Pakistan's religious schools is endemic

May. 11, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

PAKPATTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Muhimman proudly writes his name slowly, carefully, one letter at a time, grinning broadly as he finishes. He’s just 11 years old and was a good student who had dreams of being a doctor. School frightens him now. Earlier this year, a cleric at the religious school he...

Alamo Heights Baptist Church pastor Bobby Contreras, left, and his wife Hannah, work to clean, sanitize and prepare the church for services this Sunday, in San Antonio, Wednesday, May 6, 2020,. Texas' stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic have expired and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has eased restrictions on many businesses that have now opened, churches and places or worship may resume live services with 25% capacity. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Poll: Most in US back curbing in-person worship amid virus

May. 8, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — While the White House looks ahead to reopening houses of worship, most Americans think in-person religious services should be barred or allowed only with limits during the coronavirus pandemic — and only about a third say that prohibiting in-person services violates religious...