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Biden on racism: Whites 'can never fully understand'

Sep. 15, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sunday framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation. "In a centuries long campaign of violence, fear,...

Correction: Sikh Killed-Anniversary story

Sep. 15, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — In a story Sept. 15 about the anniversary of an Indian Sikh immigrant gunned down in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he died in 2011. He died in 2001. A corrected version of the story is below: Sikh preaches love 18 years after...

Spying claims spur calls for Washington lawmaker ouster

Sep. 14, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's liberal reputation is well-known, but voters in a conservative legislative district have re-elected Republican lawyer Matt Shea to the Legislature six times — as he has raged against Communists and atheists he thinks will destroy the U.S. and lobbied for a...

Malaysia's 2 top opposition Malay parties forge alliance

Sep. 14, 2019 3:49 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two major opposition parties in Malaysia forged a political alliance Saturday to consolidate support from the country's majority ethnic Malay Muslims, a move that could threaten Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's government in the next general election. Mahathir's alliance...

Far from debate spotlight, Williamson keeps campaigning

Sep. 14, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Marianne Williamson's voice dropped to a near whisper, then soared preacher-style to the rafters. "There are more lovers than haters in America. But those who hate, hate with conviction, and conviction is a force multiplier," she said. "That is why we need a politics of love because the...

Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Sep. 13, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis will travel to Thailand and Japan in November for a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honor the small Catholic communities in each country. The Vatican confirmed the Nov. 19-26 trip, and its diplomatic representative in Thailand,...

Bahamas tackles massive clean-up after Dorian, 1,300 missing

Sep. 12, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

HIGH ROCK, Bahamas (AP) — Pastor Jeremiah Saunders stood in the golden afternoon sun and barely blinked as he debated what to pick out from the ruins of the church he built 22 years ago in the seaside village of High Rock on the eastern end of Grand Bahama island. A black-and-blue necktie floated in a pool...

Catholic diocese in upstate New York files for bankruptcy

Sep. 12, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester in upstate New York filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday amid a wave of lawsuits over alleged sexual abuse of children, becoming the first of the state's eight dioceses to do so and the 20th nationwide. New York passed a law this year giving victims of childhood sexual...

Senators blast Trump judicial nominee for silence at hearing

Sep. 11, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both parties criticized a nominee for a federal appeals court for declining to answer questions Wednesday about his work in the Trump White House and Education Department. Steven Menashi, an associate White House counsel, has been nominated by President Donald Trump for the...

Egypt sentences 11 Islamist leaders to life for spying

Sep. 11, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court Wednesday sentenced 11 Muslim Brotherhood leaders to life in prison on espionage charges for allegedly passing state secrets to the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Among those sentenced in Cairo criminal court was the outlawed Brotherhood's chief, Mohammed Badie. It was the...