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H. Ross Perot's devotion to family, friends remembered

Jul. 16, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — H. Ross Perot, a hard-charging Texan with a folksy manner who made billions in business and twice sought the presidency, was celebrated at a Tuesday memorial service for his devotion to his family, friends, faith and country. Earlier Tuesday, the U.S. Air Force conducted an F-16 flyover in...

The Latest: Services held in Dallas for H. Ross Perot

Jul. 16, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on services held in Dallas for Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Colorful Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot, who twice mounted outsider campaigns for president, was remembered for his devotion to his family, friends, faith and country. Family and friends...

Churches jump into action with threat of immigration sweeps

Jul. 14, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As a nationwide immigration crackdown loomed, religious leaders across the country used their pulpits Sunday to quell concerns in immigrant communities and spring into action to help those potentially threatened by the operation. A Chicago priest talked during his homily about the compassion...

Burglars target church where author Stephen King spoke

Jul. 12, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

DURHAM, Maine (AP) — A 214-year-old church where Stephen King once spoke has been the victim of mysterious thefts. The leader of the Durham Historical Society tells the Sun Journal that thieves took several items that can be seen in a photo taken of the horror writer at the pulpit in 1984. Historical...

Guatemalan woman living in Virginia church faces $214K fine

Jul. 9, 2019 5:38 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Federal officials are threatening to issue a $214,000 fine against a Guatemalan woman who has been living in a Charlottesville, Virginia, church for nearly a year. Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church agreed to help protect Maria Chavalan Sut from deportation by allowing her...

Some churches won't follow United Methodist marriage rule

Jul. 8, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The United Methodist Church has a motto: Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. But some UMC congregants don't think the denomination upholds its own values. "It's a vaguery and a facade," said John Simmons, a congregant at First United Methodist Church. Simmons said he was raised with...

A matter of faith: Democrats embrace religion in campaign

Jul. 7, 2019 6:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When 10 Democratic presidential candidates were pressed on immigration policy during their recent debate, Pete Buttigieg took his answer in an unexpected direction: He turned the question into a matter of faith. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, accused Republicans who claim to...

A list of African American sites getting preservation grants

Jul. 5, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — This is a list of historic sites receiving grants from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, an effort by the National Trust for Historic Preservation: — African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School (Museum of African American History) - Boston, Massachusetts. The...

College honors Mississippi church's Freedom Summer history

Jun. 16, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio university is honoring a Mississippi church for its ties to the 1964 Freedom Summer push for civil rights. Three youths who trained with hundreds of other volunteers in Oxford, Ohio, to register black voters in the South went to investigate the burning of Mt. Zion Methodist...

SC church vandalized, graves desecrated at another

Jun. 13, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina's westernmost county are searching for those responsible for vandalizing one church and desecrating graves at another. WYFF-TV reports the Oconee County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public to find whoever wrote satanic graffiti and emblems...