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AP Exclusive: Synagogue just got money to improve security

By The Associated Press — May 2, 2019
POWAY, Calif. (AP) — The $150,000 federal grant was approved in September but only got awarded in late March.

Worshipper saved grandson in California synagogue attack

By The Associated Press — April 28, 2019
POWAY, Calif. (AP) — John T. Earnest, 19, surrendered to police after bursting into Chabad of Poway, north of San Diego, on Saturday (April 27) and opening fire with about 100 people inside, killing Lori Kaye, 60.

1 killed in shooting at California synagogue

By The Associated Press — April 27, 2019
POWAY, Calif. (AP) — The shooting came exactly six months since a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue killed 11 people in the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.

Easter Sunday blasts kill at least 207 in Sri Lanka

By The Associated Press — April 21, 2019
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena described the bombings as a terrorist attack by religious extremists and said seven suspects had been arrested, though there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Supreme Court seems inclined to retain cross on public land

By The Associated Press — February 28, 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even liberal justices Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer suggested that they could join a narrow ruling upholding this particular memorial.

Supreme Court: Execution of Muslim inmate can proceed

By The Associated Press — February 7, 2019
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The inmate argued that Alabama's execution procedure favors Christian inmates because a Christian chaplain employed by the prison typically remains in the execution chamber during a lethal injection.

Pope in historic UAE visit urges faith leaders to reject war

By The Associated Press — February 4, 2019
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Francis' speech to the gathering of faith leaders was the highlight of a 40-hour visit that concludes Tuesday with the first papal Mass on the Arabian Peninsula.

Putin assails Ukraine Orthodox church reform

By The Associated Press — January 31, 2019
(AP) — Putin said the push for the new church was rooted in “the struggle for power” and provoked “animosity and intolerance.”

US Catholic bishops to pray over clergy sexual abuse scandal

By The Associated Press — January 2, 2019
DETROIT (AP) — The Vatican blocked bishops from taking measures to address the scandal because U.S. church leaders didn't discuss the proposals with the Holy See beforehand.

Lawsuit: Wyoming boss required Scientology for employee

By The Associated Press — December 23, 2018
(AP) — A former employee of a Wyoming occupational therapy office alleges the owner of the business made her take Scientology courses as a condition of her employment.

Ukraine’s leader orders Orthodox Church to change its name

By The Associated Press — December 23, 2018
(AP) — Ukraine’s president on Saturday signed a bill that orders the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to change its name to reflect its ties to Moscow.

Illinois investigation finds 500 more clergy abuse cases

By The Associated Press — December 19, 2018
(AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office has found 500 more Catholic clergy accused of sexually abusing children than the state’s six archdioceses have publicly identified.

Swastika painted on Duke mural honoring synagogue victims

By The Associated Press — November 20, 2018
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke University officials say someone painted a Nazi symbol on a mural honoring victims of last month's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.

Pope prays for those stricken by California wildfires

By The Associated Press — November 19, 2018
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Francis said he wanted to offer a 'special prayer to all those stricken by the fires that are scourging California, and now also for the victims of the freeze of the East Coast of the United States.'

Trumps pay tribute at synagogue where 11 were fatally shot

By The Associated Press — October 30, 2018
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trump stepped into the role of national consoler, a title he wears uncomfortably, with his visit to the Squirrel Hill neighborhood.
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