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August 29, 2016 - 12:01am
19 hours 41 min 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
19 hours 41 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
19 hours 51 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.

"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 - 11:07am
1 min 25 sec ago

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Tennessee police officer (all times local):

11 a.m.

The officer killed responding to a domestic disturbance in eastern Tennessee has been identified as 32-year-old Kenny Moats, a nine-year veteran of the Maryville Police Department.

According to Police Chief Tony Crisp, Moats had a stellar record with the department and had been assigned to the Fifth Judicial Drug Task...

August 26, 2016 - 11:03am
1 min 25 sec ago

MIAMI (AP) — Lawyers for accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers and a defunct mortgage company's creditors and investors have reached a settlement in a lawsuit involving audits at a failed Alabama bank.

Attorneys from both sides confirmed via email Friday that the case involving the $5 billion lawsuit was settled "to the mutual satisfaction of the parties."

The case went to trial in Miami earlier this month and was expected to last six weeks....

August 26, 2016 - 11:01am
1 min 25 sec ago

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — There are now 28 confirmed cases of hepatitis A in Virginia linked to Egyptian strawberries used by Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchises, and lawsuits are being filed.

News outlets report that the Virginia Department of Health traced the source of the hepatitis A virus to frozen strawberries imported from Egypt and used in smoothies in July or early August. The department confirmed that all the potentially contaminated berries were pulled from the 96...

August 26, 2016 - 10:52am
1 min 25 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Two congressmen are calling for an investigation into the apparent suicide of a former Navy gunner on the grounds of a veterans' hospital in New York.

Peter Kaisen, of Islip, was found dead of a gunshot wound Sunday in a parking lot at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northport. He was 76.

His wife, Joan Kaisen, tells Newsday her husband suffered from severe back pain caused by an auto accident in the 1960s when he was a police...

August 26, 2016 - 10:48am
1 min 25 sec ago

DURANT, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of two nuns in Mississippi (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

Authorities say autopsies are being done on two nuns who were found slain in their Mississippi home.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said the autopsies would be done Friday on Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill. The women were nurses who were found in their home Thursday when they didn't show up...

August 26, 2016 - 10:47am
1 min 25 sec ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on the obscene tirade that Gov. Paul LePage left on a lawmaker's voicemail (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

Police have received a citizen complaint about the voicemail left by Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage on a Democratic state lawmaker's voicemail.

LePage left an obscenity-laced phone message Thursday morning for Rep. Drew Gattine (gah-TEEN') that said, "I am after you." He later told...

August 26, 2016 - 10:41am
1 min 24 sec ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fisheries for lobsters and crabs are grappling with a shortage of bait, but the answer could be coming in the form of a synthetic alternative.

The National Science Foundation has funded the efforts of a Greensboro, North Carolina, firm that has invented a product called OrganoBait. The product mimics bait's ability to attract crustaceans via smell.

Lobster traps are most commonly baited with dead herring, and there is a...

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