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Police: Driver health may be issue in fatal church bus crash

Jun. 24, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado authorities on Monday were investigating what caused a bus carrying a New Mexico high school church group home from a weekend retreat to veer off a highway and crash, killing the driver and a man training to become a Catholic priest. Investigators were looking into the...

'Hail Satan' prayer at Alaska gov't meeting sparks protest

Jun. 20, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

SOLDOTNA, Alaska (AP) — A Satanic Temple member who won the right to open a regional Alaska government meeting declared "Hail Satan" during her first invocation, prompting about a dozen officials and attendees to walk out. Tuesday's invocation that started the meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough also...

Egypt's ousted President Morsi buried after courtroom death

Jun. 18, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's first democratically elected president, Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi, was buried under heavy security early on Tuesday, a day after his dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom, his family and a member of his defense team said. Morsi's family attended funeral prayers in...

The Latest: Turkey president says Morsi didn't die naturally

Jun. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments in Egypt after former President Mohammed Morsi's dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he doesn't believe that Egypt's former president Mohammed Morsi died of natural causes....

Chicago church holding street Masses to pray for peace

Jun. 11, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Catholic church is holding a series of weekday Masses in Chicago streets to promote peace. The first Mass by St. Agnes of Bohemia Church will be held Tuesday night in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. Another is planned for Wednesday. The 7 p.m. service will mostly be twice a week...

Sumter pastor celebrates 25 years with Alice Drive Baptist

Jun. 9, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — When he started at Alice Drive Baptist Church, a former pastor there told him "it's a good church to start at, but nobody stayed for too long." That was the spring of 1994, and Clay Smith said in an interview with The Sumter Item that he never dreamed that he would reach 25 years at the...

Greece: Athens mosque likely to open in September

Jun. 7, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's education and religion minister says the country's long-delayed first state-sponsored mosque is likely to begin operating in September, about three years after its construction was approved by parliament. Kostas Gavroglou spoke Friday during a visit to the nearly complete...

Hampton says fired deputy will continue assisting her

Jun. 5, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's lieutenant governor has told the state's personnel secretary that she intends to defy a decision by Gov. Matt Bevin's administration to dismiss her deputy chief of staff. In an email, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton said her ousted aide, Adrienne Southworth, will "continue to...

Sudanese forces clamp down in capital, clash with protesters

Jun. 4, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters defied Sudan's military rulers Tuesday, carrying out scattered demonstrations around the capital of Khartoum as security forces — including one of the most feared military units — fanned out in large numbers and clashed with opponents in the...

Moon sightings, politics play a part in Muslim holiday

Jun. 4, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Muslims across the Middle East and beyond began Tuesday marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, one of the most celebrated holidays for the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, amid confusion about the start of the three-day holiday fed partly by political differences. The holiday marks the end...