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Turkish drones kill 3 in an attack on a local Christian militia in northeastern Syria, officials say

Feb. 28, 2024 15:44 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish drone strikes in northeastern Syria on Wednesday killed at least three members of a local Christian force and wounded others, including civilians, a Kurdish official and a Syrian opposition war monitor said. Also on Wednesday, reported Israeli airstrikes hit...

Pope Francis had diagnostic tests in a Rome hospital after his weekly audience

Feb. 28, 2024 14:09 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who recently had the flu, was brought to a hospital in Rome for diagnostic testing after the papal audience Wednesday, the Vatican said, without giving further details. The pope arrived at the Gemelli Hospital on Tiber Island in a small white Fiat...

Florida Senate unanimously passes bill to define antisemitism

Feb. 28, 2024 13:49 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Antisemitism would be defined in Florida law under a bill the Senate unanimously passed Wednesday after its sponsor warned that an increase in acts against Jewish people will lead to extremism against other groups. Florida is among several states seeking to...

How Hakeem Jeffries' Black Baptist upbringing and deep-rooted faith shapes his House leadership

Feb. 28, 2024 10:41 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Mike Johnson and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries stood together at the annual National Prayer Breakfast — an opportunity, in the words of one introductory speaker, to “put our political differences aside.” Such differences are vast...

An Italian family of three is back in Rome following two years of captivity in Mali

Feb. 28, 2024 00:40 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's foreign minister was on hand Tuesday for the arrival in Rome of an Italian family of three just hours after their release from two years of captivity in the African nation of Mali. The family, identified as Rocco Langone, his wife Maria Caivano and an adult son,...

Man to plead guilty in 'killing spree' of eagles and other birds for feathers prized by tribes

Feb. 27, 2024 18:39 PM EST

A Washington state man accused of helping kill more than 3,000 birds — including eagles on a Montana Indian reservation — then illegally selling their carcasses and feathers intends to plead guilty to illegal wildlife trafficking and other criminal charges, court documents show. ...

Bill to set minimum marriage age to 18 in Washington state heads to governor

Feb. 27, 2024 18:27 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A law to establish 18 as the minimum marriage age in Washington state is headed to the governor's desk for his signature. State lawmakers in the House and Senate passed House Bill 1455 this session after the measure stalled in the Senate last year and other...

Federal prosecutors take over case against man charged with threatening Virginia church

Feb. 27, 2024 16:46 PM EST

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have taken over the case against a northern Virginia man arrested last year on suspicion he was about to embark on a mass shooting at a megachurch. Local prosecutors in Prince William County on Tuesday dropped charges against Rui Jiang, 35,...

Imprisoned German synagogue attacker convicted of hostage-taking in attempted jailbreak

Feb. 27, 2024 05:55 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German far-right extremist already serving a life sentence following an attempt to attack a synagogue in 2019 was convicted Tuesday of hostage-taking for his actions in a jailbreak attempt. Stephan Balliet, 32, was sentenced to seven years in prison, German news...

At trial's start, prosecutor says Brooklyn preacher lied to get rich, a claim his lawyer disputes

Feb. 26, 2024 18:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor told a jury at the start of a fraud trial Monday that a Brooklyn preacher exaggerated his ties to New York City Mayor Eric Adams and let greed overtake him as he looted a parishioner’s retirement savings and tried to extort a businessman to fuel his lavish...