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Company tied to polygamous sect leader buys Minnesota land

Jan. 18, 2019 4:08 PM EST

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. (AP) — A company tied to a man who led a secretive polygamous sect's compound in South Dakota has purchased about 40 acres of land in northern Minnesota. Seth Jeffs is listed as registered agent for the company that acquired land west of the Lake Superior town of Grand Marais. Officials...

Hawaii's Gabbard apologizes for past LGBTQ statements

Jan. 17, 2019 7:24 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Thursday responded to criticism about her past work advocating against gay rights by apologizing in a video. The nearly four-minute-long clip, which was shot in her Washington, D.C. backyard, shows Gabbard standing in the snow saying that...

Kansas governor expands ban on anti-LGBT bias to contractors

Jan. 15, 2019 3:22 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic governor on Tuesday reinstated a ban on anti-LGBT bias in state agencies' employment decisions that a Republican predecessor had repealed, and she also expanded the policy to cover government contractors. Gov. Laura Kelly's executive order was her first official...

Police in Portugal, Belgium break up sham marriages ring

Jan. 15, 2019 10:58 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Union's law enforcement agency says authorities in Belgium and Portugal have dismantled a gang suspected of organizing sham marriages between mostly Portuguese women and Pakistani men. Europol says in a statement Tuesday the men were seeking to obtain residence rights...

Report: Missouri is 'promised land' for polygamous community

Jan. 12, 2019 5:31 PM EST

HUMANSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — For members of a polygamous community of about 400 people in rural Missouri, their enclave has always been the promised land. Known as "The Ranch" to its residents and as "The Compound" to people in neighboring towns, the group still practices plural marriage 35 years after it was...

Episcopal Church allows same-sex marriage in NY diocese

Jan. 11, 2019 10:01 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Episcopal Church on Friday cleared the way for same-sex marriages in an upstate New York diocese where they had been barred by a bishop who claimed the church had been "hijacked by the "Gay Rights Agenda." The Rev. William Love now faces possible disciplinary action for his November...

Requests to bring in child brides OK'd; legal under US laws

Jan. 11, 2019 9:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl. The approvals...

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and wife divorcing after 25 years

Jan. 9, 2019 6:57 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are divorcing, ending a 25-year marriage that played a role in the creation of an e-commerce company that made Bezos one of the world's wealthiest people. The decision to divorce comes after a trial separation, according to a statement posted...

The Latest: Father denies abusing fleeing Saudi daughter

Jan. 9, 2019 8:23 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on the Saudi woman in Thailand seeking asylum abroad (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Thailand's Immigration Police chief says the father of the young Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum abroad denies physically abusing her or trying to force her into an arranged marriage,...

No more than 1 wife: Israel looks to tackle Bedouin polygamy

Jan. 9, 2019 1:16 AM EST

LAKIYA, Israel (AP) — On Hadra al-Faqira's wedding anniversary, just weeks after she gave birth to a daughter, her husband walked out and took a second wife. She hasn't seen him since he moved down the road in their dusty Bedouin town and started a new family, with seven more children. "I can't bear the...