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India's Modi awarded UAE medal amid Kashmir crackdown

Aug. 24, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the United Arab Emirates' highest civilian honor during a visit Saturday to the oil-rich Gulf nation, reinforcing ties between the countries even as he pursues stripping statehood from the disputed Muslim-majority region of...

The Latest: India's Modi bars opposition from Kashmir visit

Aug. 24, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Latest on Kashmir (all times local): 7:40 p.m. India's government has barred several opposition leaders from visiting the Kashmir region to assess the situation created by a massive security crackdown in the Indian-administered part of the disputed territory that started early this...

Scout builds memorial to children in unmarked graves

Aug. 24, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) — Despite the rumors, no, it's not a mass grave off Ingleside Avenue in Catonsville. It's 46 graves, mostly unmarked and left to be covered by brush and vines for decades. Forty-six children, some just a day old, dead from various causes and, until recently, left forgotten underground...

Explosion in Iraq near Shiite mosque kills 3, wounds dozens

Aug. 24, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A motorcycle rigged with explosives went off near a Shiite mosque south of the capital Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 34, Iraqi security officials said Saturday.. The officials said the blast happened the previous evening on a commercial street in the village of Mussayyib. They...

Buttigieg making faith-based appeal to voters in 2020 bid

Aug. 24, 2019 7:29 AM EDT

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — The question was about climate change. The answer soon turned to the Bible. And Pete Buttigieg knew the verses. "There's a lot about the stewardship of creation that is in Scripture that I don't see being honored by the administration right now, not to mention the stuff about loving...

Austria prepares to repatriate IS supporter's children

Aug. 24, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria is preparing to repatriate two sons of an Austrian Islamic State group supporter believed to have died in Syria after she headed there in 2014. Foreign ministry spokesman Peter Guschelbauer told public broadcaster ORF's Oe1 radio Saturday that "there is a positive DNA test and so the...

Remembering Hurricane Camille 50 years later

Aug. 24, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Hurricanes Camille and Katrina were as different as night and day, yet those who lived through both storms say the two were similar in many ways. Saturday, Aug. 17 (was) the 50th anniversary of Camille and Aug. 29 will be 14 years since Katrina. "Camille was a Sunday Storm," said...

Pennsylvania House wins appeal in atheist prayer-policy suit

Aug. 23, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal appeals court reversed a lower court decision and ruled Friday that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' policy of barring atheists from delivering invocations does not violate the U.S. Constitution. Friday's decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds...

Clarification: Nicholas Sparks-Lawsuit story

Aug. 23, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a story Aug. 21 about a lawsuit against novelist Nicholas Sparks by the former headmaster of the school the author founded, The Associated Press, citing testimony from Sparks, reported that former headmaster Saul Hillel Benjamin accepted severance of $150,000 to resign. While a...

Correction: Nicholas Sparks-Lawsuit story

Aug. 23, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a story Aug. 14 about a lawsuit against novelist Nicholas Sparks by the former headmaster of the school the author founded, The Associated Press, citing testimony from Sparks, erroneously reported that Saul Hillel Benjamin received a severance of more than $150,000. While a lawyer...