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A Texas girl allegedly killed by a family friend is remembered as 'precious' during funeral service

Mar. 02, 2024 14:36 PM EST

An 11-year-old Texas girl who was allegedly killed by a family friend with a history of violence was remembered Saturday during a Rosary service at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Livingston. Audrii Cunningham was a “precious, gentle, kind, loving, smiling, animal lover,” said...

Tunisian authorities investigate a fire at a synagogue, question a suspect in custody

Mar. 02, 2024 10:27 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A man believed to have started a fire in a garden at a synagogue in the east of Tunisia is in custody and under investigation for targeting a Jewish house of worship, officials said Saturday. Hichem ben Ayad, the public prosecutor in the eastern port city of...

No twerking. No drinking. No smoking. But it's still a party at this Christian nightclub

Mar. 02, 2024 08:22 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The young crowd at a Nashville nightclub was ready to dance under the strobe lights to a throbbing mix of hip-hop, rap and Latin beats. But first they gathered to pray and praise God. The rules were announced on the dance floor by a mic-carrying emcee to...

A US appeals court ruling could allow mine development on Oak Flat, land sacred to Apaches

Mar. 01, 2024 20:00 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Apache group that has fought to protect land it considers sacred from a copper mining project in central Arizona suffered a significant blow Friday when a divided federal court panel voted 6-5 to uphold a lower court's denial of a preliminary injunction to halt the transfer of...

Aaron Zigman's 'Émigré' oratorio, about Jews who fled Nazi Germany for Shanghai, has US premiere

Mar. 01, 2024 12:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Zigman goes back to the 1940s in composing “Émigré,” an oratorio portraying Jews who fled Nazi Germany for Shanghai. His 90-minute, two-act work, given its U.S. premiere by the New York Philharmonic on Thursday night, evokes a World War II-era sound...

Pope asks an aide to read a speech aloud for him, raising further concerns over his health

Mar. 01, 2024 08:31 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who has been suffering from the flu, asked an aide to read out his prepared speech at a conference in the Vatican Friday, saying he has not yet fully recovered from his latest ailment that has raised concerns about his capacity to continue leading the Roman...

Slain pregnant Amish woman had cuts to her head and neck, Pennsylvania police say

Feb. 29, 2024 20:34 PM EST

SPARTANSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Search warrant filings for the Pennsylvania home where a pregnant Amish woman was killed this week said she appeared to have suffered cutting wounds to her neck and head. Two search warrants were issued at the request of state police regarding Monday's...

Georgia Republicans say religious liberty needs protection, but Democrats warn of discrimination

Feb. 29, 2024 20:11 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republicans are voting to protect religious rights from being trampled by state and local governments, while Democrats warn that the long-disputed measure opens the door for people and groups to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in the name of religion. The...

Utah Legislature expands ability of clergy members to report child abuse

Feb. 29, 2024 20:11 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah faith leaders who learn about ongoing child abuse from a perpetrator during a religious confession will be able to alert police without fear of legal ramifications under a bill that received final legislative approval Thursday in the state Senate. The...

Spanish bishop rebukes priests who joked about wishing pope goes to heaven soon

Feb. 29, 2024 19:20 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish bishop rebuked comments made by some priests on a weekly internet program about praying for Pope Francis to die as soon as possible. The priests later apologized. Archbishop Francisco Cerro Chaves of Toledo posted a statement on the archdiocese website...