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Pope prays for those stricken by California wildfires

Nov. 18, 2018 6:56 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has prayed for victims of California's wildfires and freezing weather on the U.S. East Coast. Addressing tens of thousands of faithful in St. Peter's Square Sunday, including pilgrims from New York and New Jersey. Francis prayed that "the Lord welcome the deceased into his...

Pope: the din of 'ever more rich' drown out cries of poor

Nov. 18, 2018 5:23 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is praying with thousands of poor people in the splendor of St. Peter's Basilica and decrying that the "few rich" grow even wealthier. The Catholic Church dedicated Sunday to the world's poor, and Francis invited needy persons and volunteers who help them to Mass as well as...

Rapid City priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse charges

Nov. 17, 2018 6:48 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A priest who served in Rapid City, South Dakota has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing a child. Thirty-eight-year-old John Praveen was charged last month with sexually touching a 13-year-old girl over her clothes. The Rapid City Journal reports he entered his plea Friday. Bond...

Trump: Sending cleric to Turkey 'not under consideration'

Nov. 17, 2018 10:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says extraditing a Turkish-born Muslim cleric blamed by Turkey for engineering a 2016 military coup attempt is "not under consideration." Fethullah Gulen (FEH'-too-lah goo-LEN') has lived for nearly 20 years in self-exile at an Islamic retreat in the Pocono...

US official: US intel says prince ordered Khashoggi killing

Nov. 16, 2018 11:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. official said Friday. The Saudi government has denied the claim. The conclusion will bolster efforts in Congress to further punish the close...

A look at Americans who have been detained in North Korea

Nov. 16, 2018 9:09 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it is expelling American Bruce Byron Lowrance after he slipped unlawfully into the police state known for its anti-U.S. fervor. He is believed to be the same person who was deported by South Korea a year ago after being caught wandering near the mine-strewn border...

Lawyer: FBI erred in tying man to synagogue massacre suspect

Nov. 16, 2018 5:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities misrepresented a social media connection between the suspect in last month's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre and a man whose relatives reported concerns about his behavior after the shooting to the FBI, a defense attorney said Friday. A public defender representing...

Holocaust scholar sues group that said he 'slandered' Poland

Nov. 16, 2018 1:59 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A prominent Holocaust researcher said Friday that he is suing a Polish organization for libel after it waged a public campaign last year accusing him of slandering Poland's good name with his work exploring Polish violence against Jews during World War II. Historian Jan Grabowski, of...

Woman who called Texas shooting a hoax committed to facility

Nov. 16, 2018 1:03 PM EST

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A judge has committed a 56-year-old woman to a psychiatric facility after she and her boyfriend told a Texas church where a gunman killed more than two-dozen worshippers that the massacre was a hoax. The San Antonio Express-News reports that U.S. District Judge Richard...

Greece's Church says priests should keep state jobs

Nov. 16, 2018 12:07 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's powerful Orthodox Church says it wants priests to remain civil servants, rejecting part of a recent government offer to switch a payroll system for clergymen. The church's governing Holy Synod said Friday that it had voted unanimously "to retain the existing payroll status of...