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$71M fund set up for victims of NY doctor charged with abuse

Dec. 01, 2021 20:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital announced a settlement Wednesday with 79 women who say they were abused by former gynecologist Robert Hadden, who faces federal criminal charges of sexually abusing patients over nearly two decades. ...

Bidens, Harris, Emhoff celebrate Hanukkah at White House

Dec. 01, 2021 20:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses held a “family” celebration of Hanukkah at the White House Wednesday, with the first Jewish spouse of a vice president, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, joining in lighting the menorah. ...

Daystar CEO Marcus Lamb dies after COVID diagnosis

Dec. 01, 2021 19:32 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Marcus Lamb, CEO and founder of the conservative Christian Daystar Television Network who was outspoken against COVID-19 vaccines, has died at age 64 after contracting the virus. Daystar confirmed his death Tuesday. “It’s with a...

Cleric lawsuits seek to limit governor's emergency powers

Dec. 01, 2021 17:36 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Two Delaware pastors are asking a court to issue a permanent injunction prohibiting Democratic Gov. John Carney and his successors from exercising emergency powers that would restrict religious gatherings and practices. In separate Chancery Court...

Live updates: Greek lawmakers OK vaccine mandate for elderly

Dec. 01, 2021 17:05 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece -- Greek lawmakers have approved legislation making vaccination for COVID-19 mandatory for all people aged over 60 living in the country on pain of a monthly fine, to deal with an infection surge and the emergence of the omicron variant. The draft law...

N Ireland collective wins prestigious Turner Prize for art

Dec. 01, 2021 16:02 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — An 11-person collective from Belfast that aims to transcend Northern Ireland’s political and religious divides won the U.K.’s prestigious Turner Prize for art on Wednesday. The Array Collective took the 25,000 pound ($33,000) prize for “The...

UK police investigating antisemitic hate crime in London

Dec. 01, 2021 15:38 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British police said Wednesday they are investigating a video which appeared to show a group of men spitting at a bus full of Jewish people celebrating Hanukkah in central London. The Community Security Trust, a charity that monitors antisemitic incidents,...

Review: Leaving the Children of God 'sex cult'

Dec. 01, 2021 13:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — “Sex Cult Nun” by Faith Jones (William Morrow) Faith Jones’ vivid memoir “Sex Cult Nun” chronicles her 23 years in the infamous Children of God cult and her slow journey to leave. Born into the cult in 1977 in Hong Kong, Jones was cult royalty,...

Bishops support 3 for sainthood; 2 are from Louisiana

Dec. 01, 2021 12:25 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana girl often called “The Little Cajun Saint” has been moved a second step toward actual sainthood, along with a teacher who evangelized door to door in Cajun country and a man who worked for decades at a Hansen's disease colony in Hawaii. ...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Dec. 01, 2021 12:03 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Nov. 30 The Wall Street Journal on U.S. Supreme Court at abortion crossroads: The Supreme Court takes up its most important abortion case in years on Wednesday, and...