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Group appeals US judge's Idaho transgender sports ban ruling

Sep. 17, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A conservative Christian group is appealing a federal judge's ruling that temporarily blocked an Idaho law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports. Alliance Defending Freedom on Wednesday filed its appeal with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a U.S....

FILE - This Aug. 18, 2020, file photo shows the Big Moose Inn on Millinocket Lake in Millinocket, Maine. A COVID-19 outbreak connected to a wedding reception held at the inn in early August has led to more than 175 cases of the virus and at least five deaths. (Linda Coan O'Kresik/The Bangor Daily News via AP, File)

Virus death toll linked to Maine wedding grows to 7

Sep. 15, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — At least seven people have died in connection to a coronavirus outbreak that continues to sicken people in Maine following a wedding reception held over the summer that violated state virus guidelines, public health authorities said. The August wedding reception at the Big Moose Inn...

Attorney: Contractor got $454K for 'pile of dirt' at church

Sep. 13, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a Mississippi contractor will have to pay restitution after accepting more than $450,000 to build a church sanctuary but doing little work. Donald Crowther is owner of TCM Construction of Long Beach. In July, he pleaded guilty to fraud in the project at...

FILE - This Friday, June 12, 2020 file photo shows St. John's Episcopal Church next to a large

US election spotlight mostly bypasses mainline Protestants

Sep. 13, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The images were vivid: President Donald Trump brandishing a Bible outside an Episcopal church in Washington that had been boarded up amid racial injustice protests. Episcopal leaders reacted with outrage at what they deemed a cynical photo-op. “He didn’t say a prayer. …...

Birmingham church bombed in '63 planning virtual remembrance

Sep. 12, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Crowds gather every year at 16th Street Baptist Church to mark the anniversary of the horrific day when a bomb planted by Ku Klux Klansmen went off just before worship, killing four Black girls. This year's 57th observance will be virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fire destroys South Carolina church; cause not yet known

Sep. 7, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

HUGER, S.C. (AP) — State agents have been called to investigate the cause of a fire that destroyed a South Carolina church early Monday. Little was left standing after the fire except for the brick walls of New Hope United Methodist Church in Huger just off state Highway 41. State Law Enforcement Division...

This Aug. 4, 2020 photo shows Nan Currington, 104, at her home in Pittsburgh.  Currington always sits in the front pew of the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church in Penn Hills. Mount Hope reopened for in-person service on July 5, but Currington hasn’t returned to her pew just yet. She’s been keeping up by watching the church’s Facebook live streams of the sermons on her computer. (Steve Mellon/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

104-year-old woman keeps busy during COVID-19 pandemic

Sep. 5, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nan Currington always sits in the front pew of the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church in Penn Hills. At 104 years old, it isn’t always the quickest walk down the aisle, but congregation members know that if they’re looking for Mrs. Currington, to just look up front, at least...

Georgia pastor sentenced to 5 years for child molestation

Sep. 4, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — A longtime pastor with metro Atlanta churches was sentenced to five years in prison and another 15 years of probation on child molestation charges. Benjamin August Harter, 81, pleaded guilty to three counts of child molestation last month, the Forsyth County District...

Georgia church splits from Methodists over LGBT dispute

Sep. 3, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia congregation said Thursday that it has finalized its split from the United Methodist Church after the denomination's divisive vote last year to strengthen bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBTQ pastors. Members of Asbury Memorial Church in Savannah overwhelmingly...

Tennessee board to vote on 6 historic places for register

Sep. 3, 2020 5:21 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee board is scheduled to meet in mid-September to vote on the nominations of six properties to the National Register of Historic Places. The Tennessee State Review Board said it will meet online Sept. 16 to approve sending nominations of historically significant properties...