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In a August 28, 2018 photo, Bangor Christian Schools sophomore Olivia Carson, 15, of Glenburn was dropped off on the first day of school by her mother, Amy Carson in Bangor. The Carsons are one of three Maine families that are challenging the prohibition on using public money to pay tuition at religious schools after a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. States can’t cut religious schools out of programs that send public money to private education, a divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Two states with existing private education programs, Maine and Vermont, could see quick efforts to force them to allow religious schools to participate. (Gabor Degre/The Bangor Daily News via AP)

Maine, Vermont next in fight over aid to religious schools

Jul. 1, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court decision that says states can’t cut religious schools out of programs that send public money to private education could breathe new life into efforts to force Maine and Vermont to help fund religious educations. A lawsuit by three families in Maine who...

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

High court sparks new battle over church-state separation

Jul. 1, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

The Supreme Court elated religious freedom advocates and alarmed secular groups with its Tuesday ruling on public funding for religious education, a decision whose long-term effect on the separation of church and state remains to be seen. In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the high court ruled 5-4 that...

Principal tests positive for COVID days after graduation

Jun. 25, 2020 7:09 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The principal of a private Catholic high school tested positive for COVID-19 days after participating in a graduation ceremony at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, school officials said. Christopher Columbus High School Principal David Pugh tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday,...

Visitors walk by a souvenir t-shirt shop Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Kennebunkport, Maine. The coronavirus pandemic has hurt many of Maine's businesses that rely on just a few months in the summer for most of their annual revenue. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Strike won't affect delivery of machines to swab maker

Jun. 23, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

BATH, Maine (AP) — A strike at Bath Iron Works won't affect the company's delivery of machines needed to ramp up production of specialized swabs used for tests for the coronavirus, officials say. Bath Iron Works completed the delivery Monday of 22 machines that Puritan Medical Products needs to expand...

In this Saturday, June 6, 2020 photo provided by The Record, Black Catholics walk from the federal courthouse building in downtown Louisville, Ky., to 12th and Broadway, in the

Black Catholics: Words not enough as church decries racism

Jun. 22, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Roman Catholics are hearing their church’s leaders calling for racial justice once again after the killing of George Floyd, but this time they’re demanding not just words but action. As protests against racism and police brutality continue nationwide, there are rising...

West Point graduates its first observant Sikh woman

Jun. 13, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — The United States Military Academy at West Point will make history Saturday when it graduates the first observant Sikh woman to successfully complete the path to a four-year degree. Second Lt. Anmol Narang is a second-generation immigrant born and raised in Roswell, Georgia. She did a...

Correction: Sikh Graduate-West Point story

Jun. 13, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — In a story June 12, 2020, about a Sikh graduate at West Point, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Second Lt. Anmol Narang is the first Sikh graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Other Sikhs have graduated previously but the Sikh Coalition says Narang...

Guidance secretary Marge Berckmiller, left, and Sister Bridget Reilly, director of guidance, prepare student transcripts to send to other schools after the closure of Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, Pa., Monday, June 8, 2020. The staff learned of the closure May 29 via videoconference. (AP Photo/ Jessie Wardarski)

Amid pandemic, scores of US Catholic schools face closure

Jun. 11, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

Catholic schools have faced tough times for years, but the pace of closures is accelerating dramatically amid economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, sparking heartbreak and anger in scores of affected communities. “It’s not a pretty picture right now,” said Sister Dale McDonald,...

FILE - In this Thursday, April 16, 2020 file photo, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield, left, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, depart after accompanying President Donald Trump as he speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Faith and science are both under unprecedented pressures during a pandemic that’s asked them to deliver comfort or certainty — while at times straining their relationship. But for some leaders of the U.S. pandemic response, the two have worked in concert. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For top U.S. virus experts, faith and science work together

May. 28, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The relationship between faith and science has faced its share of strain during the coronavirus pandemic — but for some scientists leading the nation's response, the two have worked in concert. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins founded a nonprofit focused on...

In this May 10, 2020 photo, Reyna Martinez waits for the start of the fourth day of novena, nine days of prayer, for her father, who died of COVID-19, in the Queens borough of New York. Martinez lost both parents to the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit New York's Hispanic population particularly hard. (AP Photo/Emily Leshner)

Lives Lost: 'A nightmare,' says parishioner who lost parents

May. 20, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Reyna Martinez kept silent when the coronavirus killed her mother. She would hide in a bathroom and cry to keep the secret from her father. Then, the virus killed him, and she mourned again in silence because she felt it would crush her 9-year-old daughter to know that her doting...