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FILE - In this Nov. 14., 2020, file photo supporters of President Donald Trump attend pro-Trump marches outside the Supreme Court Building in Washington. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over whether the Trump administration can exclude people in the country illegally from the count used for divvying up congressional seats. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Justices order review of California virus rules for churches

Dec. 3, 2020 11:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a lower federal court to reexamine California restrictions on indoor religious services in areas hard hit by the coronavirus in light of the justices' recent ruling in favor of churches and synagogues in New York. The high court's unsigned order,...

People face a riot police line during a protest against a top court ruling restricting abortions in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Poland is facing one of the biggest protest movements since the collapse of Communism three decades ago. It erupted after the country's constitutional court, packed by loyalists of the conservative ruling party, attempted to further tighten one of the world's most restrictive abortion laws. The women-led protest for some feels like a revolutionary moment that signals a deeper generational change. (AP Photo/Agata Grzybowska)

Rage and hope fuel women's revolt over abortion in Poland

Dec. 2, 2020 12:48 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Karolina Micula had used her bare chest in political protest once before. When Poland’s right-wing government first tried to restrict abortion rights, the actress and singer delivered an intense performance onstage in Wroclaw in 2017 that included her spreading paint in the...

Volunteer Athena Papageorgiou prepares student care packages in her home, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Ann Arbor, Mich. A group of parents has come together to help support University of Michigan students while they are sick or quarantining. The group of mostly moms was started and is organized by Sherry Levine of Rye Brook, New York, who's also a mother of a Michigan student. After she spread the word on parent pages on Facebook, local volunteers stepped up to help fulfill student requests by dropping off groceries or supplies. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Soup, soap and socks: Volunteers bring cheer to ill students

Dec. 3, 2020 10:27 AM EST

When Nanci Bramson's daughter tested positive for the coronavirus while far away at school in Michigan, it threw a fright into the Washington, D.C., resident. But thanks to a group of parents who came together to help support University of Michigan students in Ann Arbor while they are sick or quarantining,...

Lawsuit claims village discriminates against Orthodox Jews

Dec. 2, 2020 6:56 PM EST

AIRMONT, N.Y. (AP) — A federal lawsuit claims a village in suburban New York discriminates against Orthodox Jewish residents through land use restrictions that prevent worship services in private homes and the operation of a religious school. The lawsuit filed Wednesday by Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey...

Kosovo Albanian Fadil Rama, right, holds a cup of water for a Kosovo Serb Blagica Dicic a lonely 92-year old woman in a remote village of Vaganesh, Kosovo on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, abandoned by all her former ethnic Serb neighbors. Blagica Dicic is in failing health, and is the only resident of a remote ethnic Serb minority village in the mountains of eastern Kosovo that’s been abandoned by all its other inhabitants, even her own children, but Fadil Rama, 54, comes from the other side of Kosovo’s bitter ethnic divide.  (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo ethnic divide eases as Muslim cares for elderly Serb

Dec. 2, 2020 5:51 AM EST

VAGANESH, Kosovo (AP) — Blagica Dicic, 92 and in failing health, is the only resident of a remote ethnic Serb minority village in the mountains of eastern Kosovo that's been abandoned by all its other inhabitants — including her own children. Djordje, the eldest son, has moved to Serbia's capital,...

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FILE - In this Nov. 14., 2020, file photo supporters of President Donald Trump attend pro-Trump marches outside the Supreme Court Building in Washington. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over whether the Trump administration can exclude people in the country illegally from the count used for divvying up congressional seats. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Justices order review of California virus rules for churches

Dec. 3, 2020 11:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a lower federal court to reexamine California restrictions on indoor religious services in areas hard hit by the coronavirus in light of the justices' recent ruling in favor of churches and synagogues in New York. The high court's unsigned order,...

Volunteer Athena Papageorgiou prepares student care packages in her home, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Ann Arbor, Mich. A group of parents has come together to help support University of Michigan students while they are sick or quarantining. The group of mostly moms was started and is organized by Sherry Levine of Rye Brook, New York, who's also a mother of a Michigan student. After she spread the word on parent pages on Facebook, local volunteers stepped up to help fulfill student requests by dropping off groceries or supplies. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Soup, soap and socks: Volunteers bring cheer to ill students

Dec. 3, 2020 10:27 AM EST

When Nanci Bramson's daughter tested positive for the coronavirus while far away at school in Michigan, it threw a fright into the Washington, D.C., resident. But thanks to a group of parents who came together to help support University of Michigan students in Ann Arbor while they are sick or quarantining,...

A Rohingya refugee woman who is among those being moved to an island called ‘Bhasan Char’ cries outside a transit area where they are temporally housed in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, Thursday, Dec.3, 2020. (AP Photo/ Shafiqur Rahman)

Bangladesh begins relocating Rohingya refugees to island

Dec. 3, 2020 8:54 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh have begun relocating thousands of Rohingya refugees to an isolated island despite calls by human rights groups for a halt to the process, officials said Thursday. The United Nations has also voiced concern that refugees be allowed to make a “free...

Ethiopian immigrants arrive at the Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants on Thursday arrived to a festive ceremony at Israel's international airport, as the government took a step toward carrying out its pledge to reunite hundreds of families split between the two countries. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants get warm welcome in Israel

Dec. 3, 2020 7:47 AM EST

BEN-GURION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Israel (AP) — Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants arrived on Thursday to a festive ceremony at Israel’s international airport, as the government took a step toward carrying out its pledge to reunite hundreds of families split between the two countries. Some 300 people...

FILE - in this Nov. 4, 1971 file photo, Eddie Benton, a holy man of the Chippewa Indian Tribe, shows a prayer he wrote to Linda Jeffers, of Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard, Mass., a member of the Wampanoag Tribe in Cambridge, Mass. Eddie Benton-Banai, one of the founders of the American Indian Movement that was formed partly in response to alleged police brutality against Indigenous people, has died. He was 89. A family friend says Benton-Banai died Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 at a care center in Hayward, Wis., where he had been staying for months. (AP Photo/J. Walter Green, File)

American Indian Movement co-founder Benton-Banai dies at 89

Dec. 2, 2020 9:54 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eddie Benton-Banai, who helped found the American Indian Movement partly in response to alleged police brutality against Indigenous people, has died. He was 89. Benton-Banai died Monday at a care center in Hayward, Wisconsin, where he had been staying for months, according to family...

A 249-year-old Southern California church that was badly damaged in a fire has a temporary roof to protect the historical building as it awaits a year-long restoration, seen in San Gabriel, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Wood and a waterproof membrane are covering the San Gabriel Mission east of Los Angeles. The Roman Catholic mission, built in 1771, caught fire on July 11, and flames destroyed the roof, warped steel earthquake retrofitting beams and badly damaged the interior. (Dean Musgrove/The Orange County Register/SCNG via AP)

Historic California church burned in fire has temporary roof

Dec. 2, 2020 9:29 PM EST

SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (AP) — A 249-year-old Southern California church that was badly damaged in a fire has a temporary roof to protect the historical building as it awaits a year-long restoration. Wood and a waterproof membrane are covering the San Gabriel Mission east of Los Angeles. “With the rainy...

Lawsuit claims village discriminates against Orthodox Jews

Dec. 2, 2020 6:56 PM EST

AIRMONT, N.Y. (AP) — A federal lawsuit claims a village in suburban New York discriminates against Orthodox Jewish residents through land use restrictions that prevent worship services in private homes and the operation of a religious school. The lawsuit filed Wednesday by Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey...

Editorial Roundup: US

Dec. 2, 2020 6:42 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Dec. 1 The Wall Street Journal on U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr's comments that no widespread fraud was detected in the recent presidential election: Bill Barr can take the heat, and on Tuesday the stalwart Attorney General guaranteed...

Lawsuit: Transgender teen's health insurance violated ACA

Dec. 2, 2020 2:56 PM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A lawsuit brought by a Bremerton family says an insurance company violated the Affordable Care Act by failing to cover gender-affirming health care for a transgender teenager. Pattie Pritchard sued Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois on behalf of her 15-year-old son, The News Tribune...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Dec. 2, 2020 2:17 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Ongoing GOP vote claims do real damage The York Dispatch Nov. 29 When the definitive story of the 2020 presidential election is written, it will honor the commitment to democracy demonstrated by state-level Republican...