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Correction: Vietnam-Obit-Thich Nhat Hanh story

Jan. 25, 2022 00:08 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — In a story published January 22, 2022, about Thich Nhat Hanh, The Associated Press erroneously reported that he taught at Princeton University and that his name at birth was Nguyen Xuan Bao. His monastic community Plum Village, corrected its website to show that Thich Nhat...

Sheldon Silver, NY power broker sent to prison, dead at 77

Jan. 24, 2022 20:43 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the most powerful figures in state government for two decades before his conviction on corruption charges, has died in federal custody. He was 77. Silver died Monday, the federal Bureau of Prisons said,...

Justices to hear challenge to race in college admissions

Jan. 24, 2022 20:39 PM EST

The conservative-dominated Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to the consideration of race in college admissions, adding affirmative action to major cases on abortion, guns, religion and COVID-19 already on the agenda. The court said it will take up lawsuits claiming...

Minnesota groups unite to oppose marijuana legalization

Jan. 24, 2022 17:42 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Several businesses, trade groups and social organizations announced the formation of a coalition on Monday opposing legalization of recreational marijuana in Minnesota as the measure's supporters signal another push for the issue ahead of the start of the legislative session...

Lawmaker's claim of anti-Muslim bias is new blow to UK govt

Jan. 24, 2022 14:36 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday ordered an investigation into a Conservative lawmaker’s claim that she was fired from a government job in part because of her Muslim faith — the latest allegation of wrongdoing that is shaking the Conservative government and...

Lebanon's former PM Saad Hariri bows out of political life

Jan. 24, 2022 13:39 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced Monday he was leaving politics for now and would not run in upcoming parliamentary elections. The decision marks the first time in three decades the powerful Sunni family is out of politics, adding uncertainty in a country...

Spain: Catholic Church agrees to return usurped real estate

Jan. 24, 2022 11:40 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The body representing Catholic bishops in Spain has acknowledged that nearly 1,000 real estate properties across the country were registered as possessions of the Church despite having no proof of ownership or clearly belonging to others. The Catholic Church will now...

Anti-Semitic flyers distributed in 2 South Florida cities

Jan. 24, 2022 11:27 AM EST

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Anti-Semitic flyers were distributed over the weekend to hundreds of homes in two South Florida cities with large Jewish populations, authorities said. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber tweeted that flyers in plastic sandwich bags with small pebbles were...

Germany: 125 queer Catholic Church employees demand respect

Jan. 24, 2022 11:15 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — More than 120 employees of the Catholic Church in Germany publicly outed themselves as queer on Monday, saying they want to “live openly without fear" in the church and pushing demands for it to allow the blessing of same-sex couples and change its labor rules. A...

Developer steps up plans to demolish historic Sparks church

Jan. 24, 2022 10:54 AM EST

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A historic church in Sparks designed by one of Nevada's most prolific architects is facing demolition. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that a developer has obtained a demolition permit for the Immaculate Conception Church. The church was built...