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Israel arrests Arab suspects in mob killing of Jewish man

Jun. 20, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said Sunday they have arrested eight Arab suspects in the killing of an Israeli Jewish man during a wave of ethnic violence last month. Yigal Yehoshua, 56, died after being pelted with rocks during clashes between Arabs and Jews in the...

Bill would ban discrimination against LGTBQ jurors

Jun. 20, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Discrimination would be prohibited against jurors in federal courts on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity under a bill reintroduced by U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Susan Collins of Maine. “It’s a stain on our...

Israel launches official probe into deadly festival stampede

Jun. 20, 2021 08:33 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s government approved Sunday the establishment of an independent state commission of inquiry into a deadly disaster at a Jewish holy site in April that left 45 people dead. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the commission would investigate...

Pope on Myanmar: Houses of worship serve as neutral refuge

Jun. 20, 2021 07:42 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday decried the suffering of refugees in Myanmar and pleaded that houses of worship be respected as neutral places to take shelter. He told the public gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his customary Sunday noon remarks that he...

Anti-government activist Bundy issues Idaho campaign videos

Jun. 19, 2021 22:54 PM EDT

Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy on Saturday came out with his first videos announcing his campaign to become governor of Idaho. “I’m running for governor because I’m sick and tired of all of this political garbage just like you are,” Bundy said in a nearly...

Ex-Catholic school teacher pleads guilty in sex abuse cases

Jun. 19, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A former Catholic school teacher has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing children during his tenure at a southern Michigan school in the 1970s. Joseph Comperchio, 66, pleaded guilty Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court to three counts of...

Abuse claim substantiated against previously cleared priest

Jun. 19, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas has substantiated a sexual abuse claim against a priest nearly two decades after clearing him. The archdiocese announced in a statement published in Friday’s issue of its official...

An architect of European unity moves ahead on sainthood path

Jun. 19, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Robert Schuman, a French statesman who paved the way for the bloc that eventually evolved into European Union, has moved ahead on the Catholic church’s path toward possible sainthood. The Vatican said Pope Francis on Saturday approved a decree...

Mississippian pours heart into teaching, foster parenting

Jun. 19, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Lindsay Miller considers herself a “yes” person, especially at her job. She has “jumped around the math department” in her 10 years at New Hope High School, teaching various levels of algebra and even taking on duties as department head....

California wildfire leads campground, zen center to evacuate

Jun. 18, 2021 22:43 PM EDT

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire burning near California's central coast has forced the evacuation of a campground and Buddhist retreat center, authorities said Friday. The fire began Thursday night in the Los Padres National Forest, about 15 miles southeast of Big...