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Vatican expresses concern after U.S. decision on Israel

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is expressing concern that “recent decisions” could undermine regional stability in the Middle East, in an apparent reference to the U.S. reversal of position on Israeli settlements.


p>The Vatican on Wednesday didn’t specifically cite the U.S. conclusion that Israel’s West Bank settlements don’t violate …

White 16-year-old girl charged in black church attack plot

ATLANTA — A white 16-year-old girl is accused of plotting to attack a mostly black church in a north Georgia city, where police say she planned to kill worshippers because of their race.


p>Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church has a predominantly black congregation, Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish said in …

The American Medical Association calls for ban on gay conversion therapy

The American Medical Association will begin developing legislation to ban so-called reparative, or conversion, therapy for LGBTQ individuals, characterizing the practice as harmful and scientifically unfounded.


p>The AMA’s policy-making committee in San Diego on Tuesday called for banning conversion therapy for minors and adults, saying the therapy’s practice opens the …

ACLU sues to stop prayer in Tennessee school

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit to halt prayer at public schools in Smith County, Tennessee.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit Monday against the Smith County School System.


p>The lawsuit says “school-sponsored” prayer is common at athletic events, religious iconography adorns walls, and teachers proselytize their Christian …

Most Americans want abortion clinics held to same medical standards as hospitals: Poll

Most Americans support holding abortion clinics to the same health-and-safety standards as hospitals, an issue rising to the forefront as blue-state legislatures seek to lower requirements while red states seek to raise them.


p>A poll released Tuesday by Americans United for Life found more than 70% want to hold abortion …

Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s president on Monday and appealed to minority Tamils and Muslims who voted against him to give their support.


p>Rajapaksa, who is credited with helping end the country’s long civil war, comfortably won Saturday’s presidential …

Kanye West during Joel Osteen visit calls himself 'the greatest artist that God has every created'

HOUSTON (AP) — Rapper Kanye West told parishioners at Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch on Sunday that his recent spiritual awakening has made him realize he’s no longer in the service to fame and money but “in service to God.”


p>West spoke to a packed crowd of about 16,000 people at …

San Francisco jury sides against abortion activists on undercover Planned Parenthood videos

A jury in San Francisco on Friday ordered that undercover abortion activists must pay nearly $1 million in punitive damages for surreptitiously filming and publishing videos of Planned Parenthood employees discussing fetal tissue sales.


p>The jury awarded $870,000 to the women’s health care giant following a six-week trial in the …