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Religious abortion rights supporters fight for access

Nov. 28, 2021 11:02 AM EST

On the day the Supreme Court hears arguments in a Mississippi abortion ban case, Sheila Katz plans to be at a nearby church. It is where the Jewish organization she leads is helping to host a morning interfaith service in support of abortion rights. That gathering, and a...

Two historical markers dedicated in Bristol

Nov. 07, 2021 09:03 AM EST

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — Two state historical markers recalling a Bristol civil rights leader and the Lee Street Baptist Church were dedicated last week. One of the markers, installed at Cumberland Square Park facing Lee Street, recalls the life of Charles Spurgeon Johnson....

Louisiana College becoming Louisiana Christian University

Nov. 04, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — A Baptist institution of higher learning in central Louisiana is changing its name. Louisiana College in Pineville will formally announce its new name — Louisiana Christian University — on Nov. 16 during a meeting of the Louisiana Baptist...

Foes of death penalty offer spiritual support at executions

Nov. 03, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After Sister Barbara Battista, a Roman Catholic nun staunchly opposed to the death penalty, agreed to accompany a condemned man at his execution in federal prison, she wondered doubtfully, “Am I just part of this whole killing machine?” “The answer...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Oct. 29, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Fauci had no...

Tennessee man pleads guilty in series of church fires

Oct. 20, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man pleaded guilty Wednesday to civil rights violations for setting fires at four churches, prosecutors said. Alan Douglas Fox, 28, of Nashville, admitted during the plea hearing that he intentionally set the fires because of the...

Court: Judge erred mentioning race, faith to possible jurors

Oct. 19, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Black judge went too far discouraging Black residents from avoiding jury duty when one of them cited religion as a reason he should be excused from serving in a trial, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. A majority on the...

Jill Biden says SC 'prayer partner' helped change her life

Oct. 18, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For years, Jill Biden couldn’t bring herself to pray, her faith shattered by the 2015 death of her son Beau from brain cancer at age 46. She felt “betrayed, broken.” Then a face in the crowd at one of her husband's stops in 2019 as he...

S. Carolina churches, faith groups building affordable homes

Oct. 17, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — For years, Betty Todd was forced to pay rising rents on homes burdened with repair issues and a landlord who refused to do them. What gave her hope was an announcement by her pastor, the Rev. Steve Watson, that New Jerusalem Baptist Church in...

Southern Baptist leader resigns amid rifts over sex abuse

Oct. 15, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A top Southern Baptist Convention administrator is resigning amid internal rifts over how to handle an investigation into the SBC's response to sexual abuse, a decision that underscores the broader ongoing turmoil in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. ...