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Lynchburg Police investigate vandalism at pregnancy center

Jun. 26, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia are investigating vandalism at a pregnancy center that discourages women from having an abortion. Lynchburg Police on Saturday said the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center was spray painted with graffiti. The words “If abortion ain't safe, you...

After Roe's demise, clergy lead faithful in praise, laments

Jun. 26, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

Praise and lament for the overturning of abortion rights filled sacred spaces this weekend as clergy across the U.S. rearranged worship plans or rewrote sermons to provide their religious context -- and competing messages -- about the historic moment. Abortion is a visceral issue...

Providers argue Florida's privacy measure protects abortion

Jun. 26, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A state court is being asked to block a new Florida law which bans most abortions after 15 weeks just days after a conservative U.S. Supreme Court majority overturned a landmark case that had provided constitutional protections for women seeking abortions for almost 50...

Trump's lasting legacy grows as Supreme Court overturns Roe

Jun. 26, 2022 11:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden rarely mentions his predecessor by name. But as he spoke to a nation processing a seismic shift in the rights of women, he couldn't ignore Donald Trump's legacy. “It was three justices named by one president — Donald Trump — who were the...

Arrests in Istanbul as LGBTQ marchers try to defy Pride ban

Jun. 26, 2022 12:50 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Dozens of people were detained in central Istanbul after city authorities banned an LGBTQ Pride march, organizers said Sunday. Turkey's largest city has banned the march since 2015, but large crowds nonetheless gather every year to mark the end of Pride Month....

'Biblical' insect swarms spur Oregon push to fight pests

Jun. 26, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Ore. (AP) — Driving down a windy canyon road in northern Oregon rangeland, Jordan Maley and April Aamodt are on the look out for Mormon crickets, giant insects that can ravage crops. “There’s one right there,” Aamodt says. They’re not hard to spot....

Iraqi caretaker PM in Iran to rekindle talks with Saudis

Jun. 26, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iraq’s caretaker prime minister met with Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday, state TV reported, on a visit aimed at reactivating Baghdad-mediated talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi officially received Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who...

Italian nun slain in Haiti is hailed by pope as martyr

Jun. 26, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday hailed as a martyr an Italian missionary nun slain in Haiti, where she cared for poor children. The diocese of Milan says Sister Luisa Dell’Orto, 64, was slain “during an armed aggression, probably with the aim of robbery," in...

In Lebanon, how to say 'I do' sparks fierce debate

Jun. 26, 2022 02:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Dona-Maria Nammour was looking for a love story. The night she met Mazen Jaber for the first time, they ended up dancing for hours. But their tale is about more than a meet-cute to happily-ever-after romance. It is also about frictions in their native Lebanon over...

Abortion foes, supporters map next moves after Roe reversal

Jun. 25, 2022 20:02 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) — A Texas group that helps women pay for abortions halted its efforts Saturday while evaluating its legal risk under a strict state ban. Mississippi's only abortion clinic continued to see patients while awaiting a 10-day notice that will trigger a ban. Elected officials...