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FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. speaks before a convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Nearly three dozen black alumni of Liberty University are denouncing school President Jerry Falwell Jr. on Monday, June 1, 2020, suggesting he step down after he mocked Virginia’s mask-wearing requirement by invoking the blackface scandal that engulfed the state’s governor last year. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Black Liberty U. alums rebuke Falwell after blackface tweet

Jun. 1, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly three dozen black alumni of Liberty University denounced school President Jerry Falwell Jr. on Monday, suggesting he step down after he mocked Virginia’s mask-wearing requirement by invoking the blackface scandal that engulfed the state’s governor last year. In a...

Organizers hand out treats during a drive through Eid al-Fitr celebration outside a closed mosque in Plano, Texas, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Many Muslims in America are navigating balancing religious and social rituals with concerns over the virus as they look for ways to capture the Eid spirit this weekend. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

US Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns

May. 24, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this year’s Eid al-Fitr celebration will pale. Still, she’s determined to bring home holiday cheer amid the coronavirus gloom. Her family can’t go to the mosque, but...

In this Saturday, May 9, 2020, photo, attorney Clyde Bergstresser poses outside Boston Medical Center in Boston. During a storied legal career, Bergstresser has become one of the go-to medical malpractice lawyers in Massachusetts. But as COVID-19 cases surged at Boston area hospitals, Bergstresser found his sympathies aligning with the professions he has often fingered in million-dollar lawsuits. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Once adversaries, Boston lawyers now aid COVID-19 caregivers

May. 15, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

During a storied legal career, Clyde Bergstresser has become one of the go-to medical malpractice lawyers in Massachusetts. But as COVID-19 cases surged at Boston area hospitals, Bergstresser found his sympathies aligning with the professions he has often fingered in million-dollar lawsuits. “I’ve...

In this May 7, 2020, photo, the Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse, sits for a portrait at his group's field hospital in New York's Central Park. The Christian relief charity is set to conclude its coronavirus efforts at the end of next week. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Franklin Graham: No interest in federal money meant for WHO

May. 9, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rev. Franklin Graham says his Christian relief charity has no interest in receiving any of the funding President Donald Trump has withheld from the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus. Samaritan’s Purse, Graham’s international relief charity, has...

In this April 26, 2020, image from video provided by Whitney Rutz, Whitney Rutz, right, and husband, Paul, stand near several decorated boxes to hold large cinnamon rolls in their home in Portland, Ore. The Rutz family has helped raise thousands of dollars for Oregon Food Bank. (Whitney Rutz via AP)

Giant cinnamon rolls raise money, feed 'bellies and souls'

May. 5, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — Scared for friends who had contracted the new coronavirus and worried about her daughter’s schooling and husband’s work, Whitney Rutz cried and screamed into her pillow. Then, the Portland, Oregon, resident started baking. What began as an effort to cheer herself up...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020 file photo, orphans sit inside a social services bus after police removed them from a children's home run by the Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding (COBU), following a fire at one of the organization's other homes in Kenscoff, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The fire on Feb. 13 killed 13 children and two adult caretakers described  as disabled by authorities and the church's lawyer. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery, File)

US church faces neglect allegations after Haiti child deaths

Apr. 26, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

KENSCOFF, Haiti (AP) — For a limestone mantel from the Waldorf Astoria, the church that owns the Olde Good Things antique stores asks for $8,500. But for the death of each child in a fire at a home it ran in Haiti, parents said the same church offered to pay just $50 to $100 in family compensation —...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020 file photo, orphans sit inside a social services bus after police removed them from a children's home run by the Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding (COBU), following a fire at one of the organization's other homes in Kenscoff, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The fire on Feb. 13 killed 13 children and two adult caretakers described  as disabled by authorities and the church's lawyer. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery, File)

US church faces neglect allegations after Haiti child deaths

Apr. 23, 2020 7:48 AM EDT

KENSCOFF, Haiti (AP) — For a limestone mantel from the Waldorf Astoria, the church that owns the Olde Good Things antique stores asks for $8,500. But for the death of each child in a fire at a home it ran in Haiti, the same church offered to pay just $50 to $100 in family compensation — along with...

People watch firefighter Elielson Silva play his trumpet from the top of a ladder for residents cooped up at home, during a lockdown to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, April 5, 2020. A survey by the polling firm Datafolha in the opening days of April found that 76% of Brazilians surveyed support social isolation, and Silva is striving to make social distancing seem a little less distant. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Amid virus gloom, glimpses of human decency and good works

Apr. 19, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The idea formed on a day when all the news headlines were dire. The coronavirus was surging worldwide; Nashville had lost lives in a devastating tornado and children had their lives upended as they separated from beloved classmates to shelter at home. But only bad news is never the whole...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, an American tourist looks at the great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha at the Citadel complex, in Cairo, Egypt. Muslims will be grappling during the upcoming Islamic holy month of Ramadan with how to observe familiar rituals in a time of unfamiliarity after the coronavirus has disrupted Islamic worship. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

Muslims grapple with Ramadan rituals in coronavirus era

Apr. 16, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — Seattle resident Maggie Mohamed was looking forward to spending the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in her native Egypt. Now, with the spread of the new coronavirus, flying is off the table. So is having friends and relatives over for a potluck iftar, the breaking of the fast....