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AP-NORC poll: On game day, some see prayer as a Hail Mary

Sep. 30, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

Dolores Mejia thought the Chicago Bears could use a Hail Mary. In fact, she said the prayer several times as she watched the 1986 Super Bowl, pairing the intercession to the Holy Mother with two other rosary staples — the Our Father and the Glory Be — before her team defeated...

After Supreme Court backs praying coach, no sweeping changes

Sep. 29, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

Across the ideological spectrum, there were predictions of dramatic consequences when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a public high school football coach’s right to pray on the field after games. Yet three months after the decision — and well into the football season...

Kentucky school shooter says he's still hearing voices

Sep. 20, 2022 16:44 PM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man who killed three students and wounded five more in a school shooting 25 years ago told a parole panel on Tuesday that he is still hearing voices like the ones that told him to steal a pistol and shoot into a crowded high school lobby in 1997. The...

Kentucky school shooter imprisoned 25 years seeks parole

Sep. 19, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man who killed three students and injured five more in a school shooting a quarter century ago has a chance at parole this week. Michael Carneal was a 14-year-old freshman in 1997 when he fired a stolen pistol at a before-school prayer group in the...

25 years after Kentucky school shooting, a chance at parole

Sep. 17, 2022 14:59 PM EDT

When 14-year-old Michael Carneal opened fire on his fellow students during a before-school prayer meeting in 1997, school shootings were not yet a part of the national consciousness. The carnage that left three students dead and five more injured at Heath High School, near Paducah, Kentucky, ended...

Greek officials, Church, condemn ex-bishop's remarks on rape

Sep. 02, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek politicians and the country's powerful Orthodox Church joined in condemning a retired bishop who claimed Friday that women aren't raped “without wanting it.” In an interview with private Skai TV, Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Dodoni supported the...

Kansas district settles lawsuit over student pronouns

Aug. 31, 2022 18:16 PM EDT

A Kansas school district will pay a former middle school teacher $95,000 to settle a lawsuit she filed after she was disciplined for refusing to use a student's preferred pronouns, her attorneys announced Wednesday. Pamela Ricard, a former math teacher at Fort Riley Middle School,...

Unvaccinated cadets ordered off Coast Guard Academy campus

Aug. 31, 2022 11:43 AM EDT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The Coast Guard Academy is disenrolling seven cadets for failing to comply with the military's COVID-19 vaccination mandate, after their requests for religious exemptions were denied and they were ordered to leave campus. The academy in New London,...

Massachusetts student receives uniform violation for hijab

Aug. 21, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

MALDEN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts charter school where an eighth grade student was written up for a uniform infraction for wearing a hijab says it understands its “handling of the situation came across as insensitive.” A family member of the Mystic Valley Regional Charter...

Creighton students' COVID vaccine mandate appeal dismissed

Aug. 12, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday dismissed an appeal by a handful of Creighton University students who sought to be exempt from the private Catholic school’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate last year, arguing that getting the shots would violate their religious beliefs against...