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August 29, 2016 - 12:01am
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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
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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
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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 - 3:03pm
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TRIANGLE, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama and the first family are hiking at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia. Their visit Sunday comes as the National Park Service's celebrates its centennial.

The president has marked the week by creating a national monument in Maine and expanding a monument off Hawaii.

Admission to national parks and historic sites was free during the weekend.

The National Park Services describes Prince...

August 28, 2016 - 2:44pm
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BOSTON (AP) — Boston police are set to launch a body camera program after months of resistance from rank-and-file officers.

The cameras officially go live Sept. 1 on 100 officers. A department consultant had to select a racially diverse mix of officers to test the cameras because none volunteered.

The department says 55 of the officers are white, 29 are black, 13 are Latino and three are Asian; 87 are men.

The six-month trial...

August 28, 2016 - 2:39pm
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana State Police say an out-of-control bus carrying flood recovery volunteers hit a fire truck and firefighters who had responded to an earlier wreck, killing two people and injuring dozens.

Trooper Melissa Matey told local news outlets that the bus driver did not have a commercial license and was not authorized to drive a bus.

Matey says those killed Sunday morning include a local fire chief. She says Chief Spencer Chauvin (...

August 28, 2016 - 2:35pm
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ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say an Ithaca College student was fatally stabbed and another student injured in a fight on Cornell University's campus.

Both schools posted statements saying the two students were stabbed around 2 a.m. Sunday during a large altercation.

The student who was killed was taken to Cayuga Medical Center and died there. The other student was treated for injuries and released.

Neither student has been...

August 28, 2016 - 2:20pm
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HONOLULU (AP) — Forecasters are watching a tropical storm as it cuts an uncertain path toward Hawaii, potentially coinciding with a visit by President Barack Obama.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/2brv6R0) Tropical Storm Madeline could bring moisture, wind and rain starting Tuesday.

A five-day forecast puts the storm near the Big Island on Wednesday before it passes south of Oahu on Thursday. The margin of error stretches 170...

August 28, 2016 - 2:14pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Van Gelder, the audio engineer who helped shape the sound of modern jazz on thousands of recordings, including such timeless albums as John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme," Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder" and Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage," has died. He was 91.

Blue Note Records spokesman Cem Kurosman said Van Gelder died Thursday morning at his home in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. The home was also the site of Van Gelder's studio for more than half a...

August 28, 2016 - 2:10pm
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GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters working on steep hillsides are chopping down trees and searching for hotspots as they battle a wildfire that's blocking an entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

Wildfire managers say their top priority is clearing a highway in the area and protecting campgrounds, buildings and archaeological sites. They're also making sure there are no flare-ups or falling trees that could cause injuries or death.

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