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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2017, file photo, a man walks out of the memorial for the victims of a shooting at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A South Texas church where a gunman in 2017 opened fire and killed more than two dozen congregants will unveil a new sanctuary and memorial room honoring the victims. Worshippers and relatives of those killed or injured at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs are expected to gather at the newly constructed church on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
May 19, 2019 - 10:09 am
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A South Texas church begins a new chapter of worship on Sunday as it unveils a new sanctuary a year and half after a gunman opened fire and killed more than two dozen congregants in the deadliest mass shooting in state history. Worshippers, elected leaders and...
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An Indian displays indelible ink mark on his index finger after casting his vote in the seventh and final phase of national elections, on the outskirts of Varanasi, India, Sunday, May 19, 2019. Indians are voting in the seventh and final phase of national elections, wrapping up a 6-week-long long, grueling campaign season with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party seeking reelection for another five years. Counting of votes is scheduled for May 23. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
May 19, 2019 - 6:19 am
KOLKATA, India (AP) — Indians voted Sunday in the seventh and final phase of a grueling national election that lasted more than five weeks, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party seeks to govern for another five years. The election is seen as a referendum on Modi and his...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 file photo, Gov. John Bel Edwards talks about an expected $300 million-plus surplus Louisiana will have from the last budget year in Baton Rouge, La. Nearly three decades ago, when Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ wife was 20 weeks pregnant with their first child, a doctor discovered their daughter had spina bifida and encouraged an abortion. The Edwardses refused. Edwards, who has repeatedly bucked national party leaders on abortion rights, is about to do it again. He’s ready to sign legislation that would ban the procedure as early as six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant, when the bill reaches his desk. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)
May 17, 2019 - 10:31 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly three decades ago, when Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' wife was 20 weeks pregnant with their first child, a doctor discovered their daughter had spina bifida and encouraged an abortion. The Edwardses refused. Now, daughter Samantha is married and working...
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Algerian students face riot police officers during an anti-government demonstration in Algiers, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned April 2 2019 under pressure from the protesters, and the army chief. (AP Photo/Fateh Guidoum)
May 17, 2019 - 1:04 pm
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Protesters flooded the streets of Algeria for the 13th straight Friday, climbing atop police vans that were blocking the main demonstration site in the capital in a bold show of defiance. Security forces earlier fired tear gas into the crowd in Algiers to keep them out of...
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Abigail and Jonathan Dysinger, center, pray during a vigil for Donnie Johnson, Thursday, May 16, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Johnson was executed by lethal injection Thursday for suffocating his wife, Connie Johnson, in a Memphis camping center that he managed in 1984. The vigil was held at Riverside Seventh-Day Adventist Church, where Johnson served as an elder while in prison, even though he was never able to visit the church. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
May 16, 2019 - 11:17 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man convicted of killing his wife decades ago at a camping center he managed in Memphis prayed and sang hymns as he was put to death Thursday in Tennessee. Don Johnson, 68, was executed via lethal injection inside a maximum-security Nashville prison for the 1984...
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In this Thursday, May 9, 2019 photo released by the U.S. Navy, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln transits the Suez Canal in Egypt. The aircraft carrier and its strike group are deploying to the Persian Gulf on orders from the White House to respond to an unspecified threat from Iran. (Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dan Snow, U.S. Navy via AP)
May 15, 2019 - 11:40 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. on Wednesday ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspended their military assistance programs in the country in the latest sign of tensions sweeping the Persian Gulf region over still-unspecified threats that the...
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Authorities conduct a raid on the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. A police commander says a search at the Catholic Diocese of Dallas began when an investigation into child sexual abuse allegations against a former priest uncovered claims against others. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
May 15, 2019 - 8:44 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Investigators who were "thwarted" during earlier investigations of child sexual abuse by priests on Wednesday searched the offices of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas to obtain evidence of sexual misconduct, according to a police commander and police records. Investigators searched the...
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People walk by the Temple of Divine Providence, a major church in the Polish capital,in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, May 13, 2019. A new documentary about pedophile priests has deeply shaken Poland, one of Europe's most Roman Catholic societies, eliciting an apology from the church hierarchy and prompting one priest to leave the clergy.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
May 15, 2019 - 12:28 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's opposition lawmakers demanded Wednesday that a member of the ruling party be excluded from parliament's work on new laws to curb sex abuse of minors, alleging he had tried to justify the actions of a priest convicted of pedophilia. The conservative government said...
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May 15, 2019 - 9:20 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police are investigating after a 5-year-old boy brought about two dozen vials of crack cocaine into a preschool at a Roman Catholic church. Police say the boy told a teacher's aide at St. Cyprian Children's Center that the person who handed him the bag told him to...
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A group of migrant children recently arrived from Libya ride with Pope Francis on his popemobile at the start of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
May 15, 2019 - 5:43 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis gave a joyride in his popemobile Wednesday to eight migrant children who recently arrived in Italy from Libya, in his latest gesture to show solidarity with asylum-seekers and those on society's margins. Francis picked up the kids, who hail from Syria, Nigeria and...
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