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Ex-pastor in Texas accused of sexually abusing teen relative

Jun. 16, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years. Stephen Bratton is accused of subjecting the relative...

18 New York sites nominated to historic registers

Jun. 15, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An Adirondack farm, a Niagara Falls church and a Schenectady apartment hotel are among 18 properties and districts nominated for the New York state and national registers of historic places. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the nominations Friday. He says placing the landmarks on the...

Alabama sheriff charged with scamming food bank, church

Jun. 14, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff was arrested Friday and agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of scamming a food bank and his own small-town church to pocket thousands under an old law that let state sheriffs profit from feeding prisoners. Pickens County Sheriff David Abston, who held office...

Editorials from around New England

Jun. 14, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT UTC's move a call to action for state The Connecticut Post, June 12 For a state desperate to shed a reputation that it's not business-friendly, the news that United Technologies Corp. would no longer make its headquarters in Connecticut could not have come at a...

Pride parade kicks off in Tel Aviv with partyers, protesters

Jun. 14, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The largest gay pride parade in the Middle East drew hundreds of thousands of revelers and demonstrators from all over to the streets of Tel Aviv on Friday. Drag queens and rainbow-clad marchers streamed through the coastal city, posing for selfies and beating drums. Shirtless men...

German court lifts city's ban on burkini swimsuits

Jun. 14, 2019 7:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has lifted a city's ban on the burkini, an all-encompassing swimsuit used by some Muslim women. Wearing the garments in municipal pools in the western city of Koblenz was forbidden at the beginning of this year after the local council narrowly approved a ban. Officials argued...

New York ends religious exemption to vaccine mandates

Jun. 14, 2019 5:31 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly voted Thursday to...

Security bolstered as challenge to Indonesia vote begins

Jun. 14, 2019 3:32 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities bolstered security in the Indonesian capital Friday as hearings began in a court challenge to the results of April's presidential election. The losing candidate former Gen. Prabowo Subianto claims there was massive electoral fraud and is asking the Constitutional Court...

AP Explains: The rocky rise of LGBT rights in Latin America

Jun. 14, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Despite a dark past, today many LGBT citizens in Latin America are enjoying the right to marry, choose their gender identity and adopt children. But while laws in several of the region's biggest countries are changing that doesn't necessarily translate into a broader societal shift...

The Latest: NY ends religious exemptions to vaccine mandates

Jun. 13, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on legislation to eliminate a religious exemption to New York state's vaccine requirements (all times local): 6:35 p.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation eliminating a religious exemption to vaccine mandates for schoolchildren in the face of the nation's worst...