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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
10 hours 50 min 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
11 hours 10 sec 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 - 2:06am
10 min 21 sec ago

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Pacific Northwest tribe has begun a 4,800-mile road trip with a 22-foot-tall totem pole in tow.

The Lummi Nation embarked on its fourth "totem journey" since 2012 to galvanize opposition to coal and crude oil projects it says could imperil native lands.

The tribe took a similar totem trip last year to raise awareness about a massive coal export terminal being proposed in their ancestral homeland in northwest Washington state...

August 26, 2016 - 12:34am
10 min 21 sec ago

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his wife to death on New Year's Eve in 2014 following an argument over Christmas presents.

Julio Resto pleaded guilty Thursday in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn to second-degree murder in the death of his 42-year-old wife, Gloria. Officials say she had been stabbed more than 20 times.

On Dec. 31, 2014, Waltham police received a request to perform a well-...

August 26, 2016 - 12:31am
10 min 21 sec ago

BOSTON (AP) — Government efforts to prevent violent extremism from taking root in the U.S. are getting new, less polarizing names.

Massachusetts this month recast its controversial Countering Violent Extremism, or CVE, program as Promoting Engagement, Acceptance and Community Empowerment, or PEACE.

The move comes after officials in Minnesota branded their federally-funded program last year as Building Community Resilience. The Department of Homeland...

August 26, 2016 - 12:28am
10 min 21 sec ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A quadriplegic man who admitted to trying to extort money from former Ohio State star and NFL player Christopher "Beanie" Wells has been sentenced to a year of house arrest after a judge concluded that imprisoning the defendant would be too costly for taxpayers.

Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2bDnIwH ) reports the judge on Wednesday told 29-year-old Patrick Griffin, of Akron, that he could still be sent to prison if he violates her terms. Griffin also...

August 26, 2016 - 12:04am
10 min 21 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says that President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world's largest marine protected area.

Obama's proclamation on Friday will quadruple in size a monument created by President George W. Bush in 2006. The Papahanaumokuakea (pah-pah-HAH-now-moh-cuh-ah-cay-ah) Marine National Monument will contain 582,578 square miles, more than twice the size of Texas.

The designation...

August 25, 2016 - 10:04pm
10 min 21 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a swift ending to a long legal battle, a California toddler who had been declared brain-dead has died after being taken off life support.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge made the surprise ruling Thursday in the case of Israel Stinson of Vacaville. Stinson's mother, Jonee Fonseca, told the Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/2bKZqTx) from the child's bedside at Children's Hospital that the ventilator was turned off at 3 p.m. and the 2-year-old died...

August 25, 2016 - 9:33pm
10 min 21 sec ago

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — A court says a California judge who was criticized for ordering a lenient six-month jail sentence in a rape case against a former Stanford University swimmer will no longer hear criminal matters by his own request.

The court said Thursday that it has granted the request form Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky to be reassigned.

Presiding Judge Rise Pichon said in a statement that she firmly believes Persky can continue in...

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