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Syrian refugee indicted on charges he plotted to bomb church

Jul. 18, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal grand jury is accusing a Syrian refugee of plotting to bomb a Christian church in Pittsburgh to inspire Islamic State of Iraq followers. The jury handed up a three-count indictment Wednesday against 21-year-old Pittsburgh resident Mustafa Mousab Alowemer. He's charged with...

Kansas priest charged with possessing child pornography

Jul. 18, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas priest has been charged with one count of possessing child pornography. The Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, said in a news release Thursday that it reported Christopher Rossman to authorities in September 2016 after learning he had accessed inappropriate content on his...

Former Alabama youth pastor sentenced for child sex abuse

Jul. 18, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama youth pastor has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing a young girl. The Tuscaloosa News reports 37-year-old Christopher Cody Stutts pleaded guilty Tuesday to abusing a child younger than 12. Four other charges, including rape and sodomy were...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Jul. 17, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Altoona Mirror on allegations of sexual abuse by members of the clergy July 11 Trust that Roman Catholic Church officials will do the right thing about allegations of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy is in question in...

Lobster vs. kebab: French food fight after minister scandal

Jul. 17, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's government spokeswoman says the resignation of the country's ecology minister over reports of lavish dinners at taxpayers' expense comes at a time when most people "more likely eat kebabs" than lobster. Sibeth Ndiaye's comments came as a new ecology minister took office Wednesday,...

Former Texas priest gets prison for sexually abusing child

Jul. 16, 2019 9:39 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury has sentenced a former Roman Catholic priest to 18 years in prison for sexually assaulting an altar server over several years. An El Paso County jury sentenced Miguel Luna. Jurors had found the 69-former priest guilty Monday of several charges that include six counts of...

Court denies inmates' appeal of $900 award in Ramadan suit

Jul. 16, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied four Muslim inmates who challenged a jury's decision to award them $900 in damages after Michigan prison officials did not provide them with adequate meals during Ramadan. The three-judge panel on Monday upheld a lower judge's refusal to hold a new...

Catholic order releases names of members accused of abuse

Jul. 14, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore-based Catholic religious order that sponsors schools across the U.S. has released a list of dozens of members accused of sexually abusing children. The list released Friday by the Xaverian Brothers includes two current members "with a credible or established offense." The...

Priest removed from duties after sex abuse allegation

Jul. 14, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has removed a priest from pastoral duties in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse that took place two decades ago. In a Saturday letter to members of two South Side parishes, Cardinal Blase Cupich says the Rev. William McFarlane was asked to step...

Priest's friends see 'lack of due process' for allegations

Jul. 13, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Donald Dusza, Tony Stopka, Frank Wyland, Shari Stopka and Sam Piccioni grew up together, attended Bishop Carroll High School together, traveled together and shared life's joys and sorrows together. And now, the longtime friends are standing together as one of them faces a serious,...