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Police allege Hillsong founder concealed child sex abuse

Aug. 05, 2021 06:32 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The founder of the Sydney-based global Hillsong Church, Brian Houston, has been charged with concealing child sex offenses, police said Thursday. Detectives served Houston’s lawyers on Thursday with a notice for him to appear in a Sydney...

COVID nurse is thrilled to be back on pro bowling circuit

Aug. 04, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nursing and professional bowling aren't usually found on the same resume. In fact, Erin McCarthy is just one of a few to claim that territory. The 31-year-old McCarthy has weathered the pandemic as a critical care nurse in Omaha, and she did it during...

Muslim mob badly damages Hindu temple in central Pakistan

Aug. 04, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A Muslim mob stormed a Hindu temple in a remote town in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province on Wednesday, damaging statues and burning down the temple's main door, police said. The attack followed an alleged desecration of a madrassa, or...

Former Catholic school teacher sentenced in sex abuse case

Aug. 04, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A former Catholic school teacher will spend 12 to 30 years in prison for sexually abusing children during his tenure at a southern Michigan school in the 1970s. Joseph Comperchio, 67, was sentenced Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court,...

Former GOP Rep. Bruce Poliquin wants his old seat back

Aug. 04, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin announced Wednesday that he's going to try to win back his old seat from Democratic Rep. Jared Golden. Citing problems caused by “liberal politicians with extreme beliefs,” Poliquin announced on social media that he's running...

Germany giving over $40 million to fight antisemitism

Aug. 04, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Wednesday it will strengthen its battle against the quickly growing antisemitism in the country by investing 35 million euros ($41.5 million) into research and educational projects focused on understanding its causes and effectively fighting hatred...

Pope resumes public audiences a month after major surgery

Aug. 04, 2021 08:10 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis resumed his routine of holding weekly audiences with the general public a month after he underwent bowel surgery, and during the much-awaited appearance Wednesday he recalled the anniversary of the devastating Beirut port explosion and expressed the desire...

Christian baker appeals ruling on gender transition cake

Aug. 03, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Christian baker found to have violated Colorado's anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a birthday cake for a transgender woman has appealed the ruling to the state appeal appeals court. In a notice filed Monday, lawyers for Jack Phillips asked the...

Saudi man executed in Shiite-populated east for rebellion

Aug. 03, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia announced the execution Tuesday of a man it said had been found guilty of armed rebellion and protesting against the state in the Shiite populated eastern region of Qatif. The Interior Ministry said the execution of Ahmed bin...

Union Gospel Mission seeks high court ruling on hiring case

Aug. 03, 2021 08:51 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission filed a petition Monday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide a case in which the Washington Supreme Court ruled in favor of a bisexual lawyer who sued the mission over its anti-LGBTQ hiring policy. Attorney Matt Woods...