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Radicalization among Sri Lanka's Muslims was slow and steady

Apr. 24, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A spate of attacks against mosques, shrines and followers of Sufi sheikhs in Sri Lanka more than a decade ago point to early warning signs of fundamentalism taking root among a sliver of the country's Muslims. The Easter attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 350...

Baltimore Archdiocese names 23 clergy accused of sex abuse

Apr. 24, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Archdiocese of Baltimore has released the names of 23 dead priests and religious brothers who it says were credibly accused of child sex abuse. The Archdiocese tells news outlets that the Wednesday announcement marks a revision to a policy that prohibited the naming of priests who were...

Sri Lanka asks for resignations of top security officials

Apr. 24, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president has asked for the resignations of the defense secretary and national police chief, a dramatic internal shake-up after security forces shrugged off intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, the...

IS legacy of guilt weighs heavily on Iraqi widows, children

Apr. 24, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — When Ahmed Khalil ran out of work as a van driver in the Iraqi city of Mosul three years ago, he signed up with the Islamic State group's police force, believing the salary would help keep his struggling family afloat. But what he wound up providing was a legacy that would outlast his...

The Latest: Sri Lanka president dismisses security officials

Apr. 24, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Sri Lanka's president has asked for the resignations of the defense secretary and the national police chief after security forces failed to act on warnings before Easter suicide bombings that killed over...

Boy Scouts could be hit with more sex abuse claims

Apr. 24, 2019 7:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyers' ads on the internet aggressively seeking clients to file sexual abuse lawsuits give a taste of what lies ahead this year for the Boy Scouts of America: potentially the most fateful chapter in its 109-year history. Sexual abuse settlements have already strained the Boy Scouts'...

Hawaii Catholic church chapel vandalized on Easter night

Apr. 24, 2019 6:23 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The chapel of a Hawaii Catholic church was vandalized during the night following Easter celebrations, according to a parish priest. St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Wailuku suffered various types of damage during the night, The Maui News reported Tuesday. The chapel in western Maui...

Ambassador: US had no prior knowledge of Sri Lanka threat

Apr. 24, 2019 3:56 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.S. had no prior knowledge of the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed over 350 people, the American ambassador said Wednesday, despite local claims that foreign officials had been warned an attack was looming. As the investigation into Sunday's Islamic State-claimed...

Washington state bill limits measles vaccine exemptions

Apr. 23, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers voted Tuesday to remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption from vaccinating their children for measles, although medical and religious exemptions will remain. The vote comes as the number of measles cases nationwide this year has...

The Latest: London counter-terrorism team seeks images

Apr. 23, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 11 p.m. London police are asking for images taken during the terrorist attack in Sri Lanka. Acting Commander Alexis Boon said Tuesday that counter-terrorism police want to look at any images and footage taken before,...