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COVID-19, shootings: Is mass death now tolerated in America?

May. 21, 2022 08:01 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — After mass shootings killed and wounded people grocery shopping, going to church and simply living their lives last weekend, the nation marked a milestone of 1 million deaths from COVID-19. The number, once unthinkable, is now an irreversible reality in the United States...

Youngest of 10 Buffalo shooting victims being laid to rest

May. 21, 2022 01:07 AM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A 32-year-old woman who was the youngest of the 10 Black people killed at a Buffalo supermarket was remembered as big-hearted and quick with a laugh before her funeral Saturday. Roberta Drury grew up in the Syracuse area and moved to Buffalo a decade ago to...

Court seeks more from Whitmer about abortion ban challenge

May. 20, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court said Friday it wants more information from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer about her request to erase a state abortion ban from decades ago. The court wants five points addressed, including whether it needs to immediately get involved, especially...

Archbishop: Pelosi will be denied communion over abortion

May. 20, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The conservative Catholic archbishop of San Francisco said Friday that he will no longer allow U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to receive Communion because of her support for abortion rights. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said in he sent Pelosi a letter...

Live updates | Zelenskyy: Russia should pay for destruction

May. 20, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine -- President Volodymyr Zelenskyy devoted his nightly video address to Ukraine’s demand that Russia be held financially responsible for the damage its forces are inflicting on Ukraine. Just on Friday, he noted, the Russian army fired a missile at the northeastern...

3 Italians, 1 Togolese abducted in southern Mali, says mayor

May. 20, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Armed men abducted an Italian family and their Togolese domestic worker in southern Mali, an official said Friday, the latest attack to target Westerners in the volatile West African country. Chaka Coulibaly, mayor of the small town of Sincina, told The...

Preservationists seek to acquire beloved Hollywood convent

May. 20, 2022 16:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Fearing the Monastery of the Angels could be sold for private use or redevelopment, Los Angeles preservationists and advocates are forming a nonprofit as they seek to acquire and take responsibility for the beloved Hollywood home to cloistered Dominican nuns. ...

Nicaraguan bishop fasts to protest police harassment

May. 20, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop in Nicaragua began an “indefinite fast” Friday inside a church to protest increasing harassment from national police, who he said followed him throughout the entire previous day. Rolando Álvarez, the bishop of Matagalpa and a fierce...

Religious backers of abortion rights say God's on their side

May. 20, 2022 12:19 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — It was lunch hour at the abortion clinic, so the nurse in the recovery room got her Bible out of her bag in the closet and began to read. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding,” her favorite proverb says, and she...

UN rights chief to visit China next week, travel to Xinjiang

May. 20, 2022 07:28 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official will visit China next week on a trip that will take her to the Xinjiang region, where rights groups and some Western governments allege the Chinese government is committing genocide and serious abuses against Uyghurs and other Muslim...