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August 29, 2016 - 12:01am
1 day 6 hours ago

Christian groups have recently been putting more time and resources into addressing racism, with the issue at the forefront because of police shootings of black men and the Black Lives Matter movement.

One of the largest U.S. evangelical college ministries, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, took up Black Lives Matter at its most recent student missions conference.

Two overwhelmingly white religious groups — the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian...

August 29, 2016 - 12:01am
1 day 6 hours ago

MACON,Ga. (AP) — There are two First Baptist Churches in Macon — one black and one white. They sit almost back-to-back, separated by a small park, in a hilltop historic district overlooking downtown.

About 170 years ago, they were one congregation, albeit a church of masters and slaves. Then the fight over abolition and slavery started tearing badly at religious groups and moving the country toward Civil War. The Macon church, like many others at the time, decided it was...

August 29, 2016 - 12:01am
1 day 6 hours ago

MACON, Ga. (AP) — There are two First Baptist Churches in Macon — one black and one white. They sit almost back-to-back, separated by a small park, in a hilltop historic district overlooking downtown.

"We're literally around the corner from each other," said the Rev. Scott Dickison, pastor of the white church.

About 170 years ago, they were one congregation, albeit a church of masters and slaves. Then the fight over abolition and slavery started...

August 26, 2016 - 8:40pm
17 min 49 sec ago

FELTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware State Police say a portable meth lab found giving off smoke in a trash can has forced a home evacuation.

A police statement says troopers went to the home in Felton early Friday following a report of a domestic complaint. Authorities say a resident barricaded himself in a bathroom, but was later taken into custody.

Police say the resident had discarded an active one-pot meth bottle in a trash can outside and it began to...

August 26, 2016 - 8:27pm
17 min 49 sec ago

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — The Border Patrol says it's arrested two men they believe tried to smuggle $3 million in cash into Mexico from California.

The agency says its agents tracked and stopped a Kia Forte in Escondido on Tuesday and found nearly $34,000 stashed in the car's center console.

Authorities say another car sped off as the first vehicle was stopped but it was later found abandoned nearby. That car, a Volkswagen Passat, had more than $3...

August 26, 2016 - 8:17pm
17 min 49 sec ago

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the Marine Corps' new commander in the Pacific (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

The U.S. Marine Corps' new commander for the Pacific says he aims to carry on his predecessor's momentum on helping allies and partners develop their amphibious skills.

Lt. Gen. David Berger assumed command from Lt. Gen. John Toolan during a ceremony on Friday.

Toolan told reporters after the...

August 26, 2016 - 8:13pm
17 min 49 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Southern California have charged dozens of postal workers and others with theft, fraud and other crimes — including a mail carrier who allegedly hoarded 48,000 pieces of mail.

The U.S. attorney's office announced Friday that it has charged 33 people with theft, possession of stolen mail, conspiracy, embezzlement, bank fraud, making false statements and use of stolen credit cards.

One case alleges that a...

August 26, 2016 - 7:47pm
17 min 49 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is taking new steps to reduce the role of human judgment in its "Trending Topics" feature, which drew controversy earlier this year over claims the service was suppressing conservative views.

Although it denied bias, Facebook has sought to reassure users that it's not showing favoritism when it highlights stories that are drawing comment on the social network.

Facebook says topics are selected by an algorithm that...

August 26, 2016 - 7:43pm
17 min 49 sec ago

PHOENIX (AP) — The investigation and possible prosecution of metropolitan Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be handled by the U.S. Justice Department after federal prosecutors in Arizona asked to be removed.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Arizona says the Justice Department assigned the case to its criminal division.

The change was announced in a filing Friday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.

No reason was stated for why Arizona...

August 26, 2016 - 7:28pm
17 min 48 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a woman pushing a baby in a stroller was fatally shot on the city's South Side.

Authorities say the 32-year-old victim was killed when two males walked up and fired shots at a third man about 3:30 p.m. Friday. Police say the woman was not the intended target.

Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office say she suffered gunshot wounds to her head and an arm.

Family spokesman Pastor Edward...

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