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August 29, 2016 - 12:01am
2 days 13 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
2 days 13 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
2 days 13 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 28, 2016 - 1:26am
2 hours 48 min ago

DURANT, Miss. (AP) — Friends and colleagues who knew two nuns killed in their Mississippi home are gathering to remember them.

A wake is scheduled to be held Sunday at the St. Thomas Church in Lexington where the women led Bible study.

A mass will also be held Monday in Jackson.

The nuns' bodies were found Thursday in their Mississippi home. A suspect, Rodney Earl Sanders, was arrested late Friday.

The Holmes...

August 28, 2016 - 1:19am
2 hours 48 min ago

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Gaston has reformed, gathering strength as it moves northwestward in the Atlantic.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Gaston reformed as a hurricane Saturday night, clocking 85 mph (140 kph) winds. The storm was located about 655 miles (1,055 kilometers) east southeast or Bermuda. Gaston was moving at about 8 mph (13 kph).

Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 15 miles (30 kilometers) from the center and...

August 28, 2016 - 12:14am
2 hours 48 min ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities say a woman has been rescued and two men remain missing after a small plane crashed into a lake near a New Orleans airport.

New Orleans Police Department spokeswoman Dawne Massey says in a statement early Sunday that department officials responded at 8:53 p.m. Saturday to a report that a Cessna aircraft carrying three people had crashed into Lake Ponchatrain near New Orleans Lakefront Airport.

The airport is located...

August 27, 2016 - 10:11pm
2 hours 48 min ago

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man took his own life at an eastern Ohio courthouse moments after he was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Jefferson County prosecutor Jane Hanlin says 42-year-old Jason Binkiewicz was being led out of the courtroom by a deputy Friday when he got away and threw himself over the building's third floor banister. He was then pronounced dead.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla says the deputy grabbed the...

August 27, 2016 - 9:51pm
2 hours 48 min ago

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man took his own life at an eastern Ohio courthouse moments after he was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Jefferson County prosecutor Jane Hanlin says 42-year-old Jason Binkiewicz (BINK'-uh-wits) was being led out of the courtroom by a deputy Friday when he got away and threw himself over the building's third floor banister. He was then pronounced dead.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla says the deputy...

August 27, 2016 - 7:54pm
2 hours 48 min ago

Thousands of people have turned out to welcome gymnasts Aly Raisman and Laurie Hernandez back to their hometowns after they won medals at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

They were on the gold-medal winning U.S. women's gymnastics team and also won individual medals.

In the Boston suburb of Needham, Massachusetts, a "Rally for Aly" was held for 22-year-old Raisman. She also won silver medals in the floor exercise and the individual all-around...

August 27, 2016 - 5:56pm
3 hours 18 min ago

MIAMI (AP) — A sinkhole two lanes wide has opened up on the southbound side of Florida's Turnpike near Hard Rock Stadium in Miami-Dade.

According to the Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/2bIR6lh) the sinkhole has brought traffic to a standstill on the Turnpike, closing lanes and two exits.

The Florida Highway Patrol says it is assessing the sinkhole and that traffic is being diverted.

The patrol says the sinkhole was caused by a water...

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