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August 29, 2016 - 12:01am
2 days 7 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 7 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 7 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 27, 2016 - 10:11pm
43 min 55 sec 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
43 min 54 sec 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
43 min 54 sec 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
43 min 54 sec 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...

August 27, 2016 - 5:17pm
43 min 54 sec ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two federal agencies say they won't try to block the city of New Orleans' attempt to remove a monument to an 1874 revolt against Louisiana's federally-backed post-Civil War government.

In court papers filed Friday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation say they have "no further legal or programmatic interest" in preserving the monument.

In December, the New Orleans...

August 27, 2016 - 5:00pm
43 min 54 sec ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — State and local elected officials have expressed concerns that the U.S. National Whitewater Center has reopened its channels less than two months after a rafter died from a brain-eating amoeba and with no new regulations in place.

The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/2bH8325) State Sen. Joel Ford said he was "stunned" the center resumed rafting on Aug. 10. Ford, whose district includes the facility, also said state lawmakers had expected...

August 27, 2016 - 4:50pm
43 min 54 sec ago

RYE HARBOR, N.H. (AP) — A rare sighting of two blue whales has been made in New England.

Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conversation co-founder Dianna Schulte tells WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/2bWLSnt ) she was working aboard the Granite State off the coast of Rye Harbor, New Hampshire, on Friday when she spotted the whales.

The group's executive director, Jen Kennedy, says blue whale sightings are rare in New England. She says a blue whale might be seen...

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