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Northern Indiana Amish see hurdles getting COVID-19 vaccines

Apr. 17, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — The local Amish population faces barriers to getting vaccinated for COVID-19 that other groups do not, as Hoosiers generally need to make vaccination appointments online or by phone and clinics are located in towns and cities. About 26,000 Amish...

North Dakota Gov. Burgum signs Ten Commandments school bill

Apr. 16, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed a measure Friday aimed at shielding schools and teachers from lawsuits arising from posting the Ten Commandments in classrooms. The Republican's endorsement of the bill comes after attorneys and school officials...

Amid hesitancy, Louisiana gets creative in vaccine outreach

Apr. 16, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Brass bands playing at a 24-hour drive-thru coronavirus vaccine event. Doses delivered to commercial fishermen minutes from the docks. Pop-up immunization clinics at a Buddhist temple, homeless shelters, truck stops and casinos, with shots available at night or on...

Surge in violence rattles Haiti as poverty, fear deepens

Apr. 16, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The attack was brazen, streamed live on the internet: Men carrying big guns walked into a Holy Thursday church service, grabbed the pastor and three parishioners and led them away in full view of cameras. For Haitians, it was a fearsome...

Governor signs bills defending campus free speech in Montana

Apr. 15, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed Thursday two bills that supporters say aim to protect freedom of expression and association on public university campuses in the state. The new law prohibits universities from denying resources to religious,...

Poland's vaccines chief not ruffled by church objections

Apr. 15, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's top vaccination official said Thursday he did not see any obstacle to the country's inoculation program from the “moral” reservations expressed by the powerful Catholic Church about two vaccines. Poland's Episcopate bioethical team on...

Historic Natchez train depot to be restaurant, music venue

Apr. 15, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The city of Natchez is giving new life to a historic train depot. The Natchez Mayor and Board of Aldermen voted this week to approve a lease for a train depot on Broadway Street to be renovated into a restaurant and entertainment space, The...

France asks citizens to leave Pakistan amid violent protests

Apr. 15, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The French embassy in Pakistan on Thursday advised all of its nationals and companies to temporarily leave the country after anti-France violence erupted in the Islamic nation over the arrest of a radical leader. Saad Rizvi was arrested Monday...

Montana bills would limit governor's powers in emergencies

Apr. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A slate of bills limiting the governor’s powers during states of emergency are nearing passage in Montana. The GOP-controlled state House voted Wednesday in favor of three bills brought in response to what some Republicans say was an overstepping...

South Carolina sued by private schools who want public money

Apr. 14, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of private schools is suing South Carolina, saying the racist past of a state constitutional amendment prohibiting spending public money on religious or private schools means it should be overturned. The Liberty Justice Center filed its...