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LA's Gómez elected 1st Hispanic to lead US Catholic bishops

Nov. 12, 2019 3:28 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles, an immigrant from Mexico, pledged to push for a more welcoming immigration system after winning election Tuesday as the first Hispanic to head the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "I'm humbled by your support," said Gómez, whose...

Hispanic immigrant in line to lead US Catholic bishops

Nov. 10, 2019 1:09 PM EST

Clergy sex abuse is once again on the agenda as U.S. Catholic bishops meet this week — but so is a potentially historic milestone: Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, an immigrant from Mexico, is widely expected to win election as the first Hispanic president of the bishops' national conference. Gomez, 67,...

Appeals court upholds conviction of NY, NJ bomber

Nov. 4, 2019 9:57 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction on weapons of mass destruction charges of a New Jersey man who set off small bombs in two states. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction Monday of Ahmad Khan Rahimi, who is serving a life prison sentence. Rahimi, a...

Cyprus: Investors being probed in golden passport scheme

Oct. 24, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is checking whether foreign investors who were granted a so-called "golden passport" met the scheme's eligibility criteria, a Cypriot government official said Thursday. Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said investors could lose their Cypriot passport if the...

New York bomber convicted in shootout with New Jersey police

Oct. 8, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — An Islamic terrorist already serving a life prison term for a bombing in New York City was convicted Tuesday of multiple counts of attempted murder and assault stemming from a shootout with police three years ago. Ahmad Khan Rahimi , a U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan but...

Army veteran deported after drug conviction now a US citizen

Oct. 4, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Army veteran deported to Mexico after serving time in prison for a drug conviction became a U.S. citizen on Friday. Miguel Perez Jr. held up his citizenship certificate for the cameras after being sworn in, saying, "Here it is." "It took a whole lot of work and a whole lot of praying,"...

21 Savage: Kids in US illegally should become citizens

Oct. 4, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper 21 Savage believes immigrants like him who lived in America illegally as children should automatically become U.S. citizens. The Grammy-nominated artist who was held this year in federal immigration detention told The Associated Press Thursday night that such immigrants also...

Sri Lanka court allows candidate to keep citizenship

Oct. 4, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court on Friday dismissed a case seeking the cancellation of the citizenship of presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa, clearing the way for him to register as a candidate. Gotabaya, a brother of former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, is a front-runner in the Nov. 16...

Jury ends 1st day of deliberations in case against bomber

Oct. 3, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Jurors in the attempted murder trial of a man already convicted of planting bombs in New York City ended their first day of deliberations Thursday by re-watching surveillance video of the shootout with police that preceded his arrest more than three years ago. The panel of eight...

Qatar worlds highlight track's many nationality switches

Oct. 1, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Just as migrant workers built Qatar's stadiums, a foreign-born medalist is building its reputation in track. Abderrahman Samba's bronze in the 400-meter hurdles Monday was the first Qatari medal at the world track championships and sparked joy in the VIP enclosure, the one part of the...