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Prayers go on, sometimes out of sight, in prep football

Nov. 23, 2022 13:24 PM EST

WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Surrounded by a slew of players with their arms draped over shoulders, West Bloomfield High School assistant coach Justin Ibe bowed his head and led a Christian prayer before a recent Friday night game. Forty yards down the sideline, three...

Teacher asks court to restore suit on trans student pronouns

Nov. 04, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for a high school French teacher who was fired after he refused to use a transgender student's pronouns argued before the Supreme Court of Virginia Friday that the school violated his constitutional right to speak freely and exercise his religion. An attorney for the...

Tennessee school staff accidentally broadcast prayer meeting

Oct. 22, 2022 12:03 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Employees of Chattanooga's Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School blasted a prayer meeting over the school's exterior loudspeaker during the night, although district officials said it was an accident. An unidentified neighbor who could hear the praying from...

Japan PM orders probe of Unification Church problems

Oct. 17, 2022 07:08 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida ordered an investigation Monday into the Unification Church in an apparent move to calm the public outrage over his governing party’s cozy ties with the controversial group, which were revealed in the wake of Shinzo Abe’s assassination. ...

India's top court split on school ban on Muslim headscarves

Oct. 13, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Two judges on India's top court on Thursday differed over a ban on the wearing of the hijab, a headscarf used by Muslim women, in educational institutions and referred the sensitive issue to a larger bench of three or more judges to settle. Justices Hemant Gupta...

AP-NORC poll: On game day, some see prayer as a Hail Mary

Sep. 30, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

Dolores Mejia thought the Chicago Bears could use a Hail Mary. In fact, she said the prayer several times as she watched the 1986 Super Bowl, pairing the intercession to the Holy Mother with two other rosary staples — the Our Father and the Glory Be — before her team defeated...

After Supreme Court backs praying coach, no sweeping changes

Sep. 29, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

Across the ideological spectrum, there were predictions of dramatic consequences when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a public high school football coach’s right to pray on the field after games. Yet three months after the decision — and well into the football season...

Kentucky school shooter says he's still hearing voices

Sep. 20, 2022 16:44 PM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man who killed three students and wounded five more in a school shooting 25 years ago told a parole panel on Tuesday that he is still hearing voices like the ones that told him to steal a pistol and shoot into a crowded high school lobby in 1997. The...

Kentucky school shooter imprisoned 25 years seeks parole

Sep. 19, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man who killed three students and injured five more in a school shooting a quarter century ago has a chance at parole this week. Michael Carneal was a 14-year-old freshman in 1997 when he fired a stolen pistol at a before-school prayer group in the...

25 years after Kentucky school shooting, a chance at parole

Sep. 17, 2022 14:59 PM EDT

When 14-year-old Michael Carneal opened fire on his fellow students during a before-school prayer meeting in 1997, school shootings were not yet a part of the national consciousness. The carnage that left three students dead and five more injured at Heath High School, near Paducah, Kentucky, ended...