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Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

Dec. 5, 2019 2:36 AM EST

CHICHIBU, Japan (AP) — As fireworks light up the winter night, scores of men, women and teenagers crying “washoi, washoi” haul the last of six towering, lantern-covered floats up a small hill and into the town center, the culminating moment of a Shinto festival that has evolved from a harvest...

Buffalo bishop resigns under fire for handling of misconduct

Dec. 4, 2019 2:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo resigned Wednesday, forced to step aside amid mounting calls for his ouster from his staff, priests and public over his handling of allegations of clergy sexual misconduct. The Vatican said Pope Francis accepted the resignation and appointed Edward...

Latter-day Saints leaders reaffirm support for refugees

Dec. 3, 2019 12:00 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is reaffirming its support for refugees and encouraging members to create welcoming communities for the newcomers. The Utah-based faith said in a statement posted online Monday night that it has “great concern and...

Surge of new abuse claims threatens church like never before

Dec. 3, 2019 12:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — At the end of another long day trying to sign up new clients accusing the Roman Catholic Church of sexual abuse, lawyer Adam Slater gazes out the window of his high-rise Manhattan office at one of the great symbols of the church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. “I wonder how much...

In death and life, Lebanese woman shows religious law fight

Dec. 2, 2019 2:06 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Nadyn Jouny’s sister taped up two messages in her memory inside a closet at the family home — one of motherly love tinged with pain, another of defiance. The first Jouny wrote to her 9-year-old son on the one day a week she was allowed to see him under a custody ruling by a...

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Former priest sues over inclusion on list of alleged abusers

Dec. 5, 2019 11:31 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former priest has sued the Archdiocese of St. Louis, alleging it libeled and slandered him by including him on a list of clerics credibly accused of abusing children. Michael Toohey, 77, of Creve Coeur, claims in the lawsuit filed last month in St. Louis County Circuit Court that the...

Anti-headscarf law activist sues Iran in US over harassment

Dec. 5, 2019 9:38 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian-American activist famous for her campaign against the Islamic Republic’s mandatory headscarf, or hijab, for women has sued Iran in U.S. federal court, alleging a government-led harassment campaign targets her and her family. Masih Alinejad’s...

Activists apologize for use of Holocaust victims’ remains

Dec. 5, 2019 4:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — An activist group has apologized to Jewish organizations outraged over their use of purported Holocaust victims’ remains in an installation outside Germany’s parliament building meant to draw attention to the perils of far-right extremism. The Center for Political Beauty, a...

AP Interview: New Zealand PM aims to limit spread of hate

Dec. 5, 2019 2:40 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s prime minister said she will do all she can to stop a man accused of killing 51 Muslim worshippers from spreading his message of hate at his trial, while she hopes artificial intelligence will one day stop such attacks from being broadcast online. In an...

Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

Dec. 5, 2019 2:36 AM EST

CHICHIBU, Japan (AP) — As fireworks light up the winter night, scores of men, women and teenagers crying “washoi, washoi” haul the last of six towering, lantern-covered floats up a small hill and into the town center, the culminating moment of a Shinto festival that has evolved from a harvest...

Trial set for man charged with threatening Muslim candidate

Dec. 5, 2019 1:26 AM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A federal trial is scheduled to begin Thursday for a North Carolina man charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Muslim-American man campaigning for a state Senate seat in Virginia. Court records say jury selection for Joseph Cecil Vandevere's trial is set to get underway...

Acquaah leads California Baptist past UC Riverside 79-67

Dec. 5, 2019 12:24 AM EST

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Milan Acquaah scored 24 points with seven rebounds and six assists as California Baptist beat UC Riverside 79-67 on Wednesday night, snapping a two-game skid. Ferron Flavors Jr. added 13 points and five rebounds for the Lancers (4-4) who ended UC Riverside’s four-game...

Buffalo bishop resigns under fire for handling of misconduct

Dec. 4, 2019 2:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo resigned Wednesday, forced to step aside amid mounting calls for his ouster from his staff, priests and public over his handling of allegations of clergy sexual misconduct. The Vatican said Pope Francis accepted the resignation and appointed Edward...

Lebanese central bank slashes interest rates amid crisis

Dec. 4, 2019 1:27 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s central bank on Wednesday dramatically lowered interest rates on dollar and Lebanese pound deposits and loans — the latest measure to shore up the country’s banking system amid a burgeoning economic crisis. Banque de Liban also announced that for the next six...

AP Exclusive: 629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China

Dec. 4, 2019 9:24 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Page after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China. The list, obtained by The Associated Press, was compiled by Pakistani investigators determined to break up trafficking networks exploiting the...