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Ex-AME Zion Church leaders charged with $14M fraud

Jan. 25, 2022 21:42 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A former bishop and lay leader of an historically African American church have been charged with defrauding California congregations by mortgaging their properties in order to obtain $14 million in loans they used for personal expenses, authorities said Tuesday. ...

Germany: Party picks conservative leader for post-Merkel era

Jan. 22, 2022 08:58 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Delegates from the party of former German Chancellor Angela Merkel endorsed prominent conservative Friedrich Merz as the Christian Democratic Union's new leader Saturday as the center-right party seeks to redefine itself. Merz received 94.6% of the vote...

As 2024 nears, Pence to speak at SC pregnancy center dinner

Jan. 21, 2022 08:48 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As he positions himself for a possible White House bid, former Vice President Mike Pence is returning to the early-voting state of South Carolina, slated to give the keynote address at a fundraising banquet for a Christian pregnancy center that's become a regular stop for...

Airman gets life in prison for death of Mennonite woman

Jan. 19, 2022 19:11 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Air Force airman will spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping a Mennonite woman from northwestern New Mexico, fatally shooting her and leaving her body in the freezing cold in a forest clearing hundreds of miles away. Mark Gooch, 22, was...

Pilot of crashed medical helicopter released from hospital

Jan. 17, 2022 04:20 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The pilot of a medical helicopter that crash-landed without loss of life next to a church in a residential area of suburban Philadelphia last week expressed gratitude to his crew and first responders as he was released from a hospital Sunday. Danial Moore was...

Pilot of crashed medical helicopter released from hospital

Jan. 16, 2022 23:46 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The pilot of a medical helicopter that crash-landed without loss of life next to a church in a residential area of suburban Philadelphia last week expressed gratitude to his crew and first responders as he was released from a hospital Sunday. Danial Moore was...

At many churches, pandemic hits collection plates, budgets

Jan. 16, 2022 09:26 AM EST

Biltmore United Methodist Church of Asheville, North Carolina, is for sale. Already financially strapped because of shrinking membership and a struggling preschool, the congregation was dealt a crushing blow by the coronavirus. Attendance plummeted, with many staying home or...

Investigators probe wreckage of crashed medical helicopter

Jan. 12, 2022 17:30 PM EST

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Federal investigators pored over the wreckage of a medical helicopter a day after it crash-landed without loss of life next to a church in a residential area of suburban Philadelphia, somehow avoiding a web of power lines and buildings. Brian Rayner, senior...

James opens gubernatorial campaign with evangelical appeal

Jan. 12, 2022 15:10 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Business owner Tim James appealed to evangelical Christian voters as he opened his Republican campaign for Alabama governor Wednesday, railing against the threat of “godless Marxism,” quoting scripture and claiming God has called the conservative state to lead the...

Hotel built around historic church opens in Indianapolis

Jan. 08, 2022 10:51 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A historic former church has been included in the design of a new hotel in Indianapolis. The Hampton Inn by Hilton and Homewood Suites recently opened along the downtown Indianapolis canal. It sits on the site of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church,...