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July 18, 2018 - 2:15 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican-approved journal has dismissed "prosperity gospel" as a pseudo theology dangerously tied up with the American Dream and President Donald Trump's politics, launching its second major critique of American evangelicals in as many years. Two of Pope Francis' top...
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July 18, 2018 - 2:15 pm
DENVER (AP) — Visitors appear to be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting visits short because of pollution levels that are comparable to what's found in major cities, according to a study released Wednesday. Researchers at Iowa State and Cornell universities looked at more than two...
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FILE - In this Thursday, July 12, 2018, file photo, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, questions FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok during the House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform hearing on "Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election," on Capitol Hill in Washington. Jordan, who coached wrestling at Ohio State University, has been interviewed by the law firm investigating allegations that a now-dead team doctor sexually abused male athletes there decades ago. Jordan's spokesman says the congressman spoke Monday, July 16, 2018, with the firm looking into allegations against Dr. Richard Strauss and how the school responded to any complaints about Strauss. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
July 18, 2018 - 1:09 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who used to coach wrestling at Ohio State University, was interviewed by a law firm investigating allegations that a now-dead team doctor sexually abused male athletes there decades ago, his spokesman confirmed Wednesday. The Ohio Republican spoke Monday...
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Court papers unsealed Monday, July 16, 2018, photographed in Washington, shows part of the criminal complaint against Maria Butina. She was arrested July 15, on a charge of conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of the Russian government. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick
July 18, 2018 - 12:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 29-year-old gun-rights activist accused of being a covert Russian agent was likely in contact with Kremlin operatives while she lived in the United States, prosecutors said Wednesday in court papers. Maria Butina had contact information for people who, prosecutors say, were...
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July 18, 2018 - 10:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House spending bill would provide $5 billion next year for building President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico. That's well above the $1.6 billion the Senate version of the measure provides, suggesting that a budget battle lies ahead. Trump's budget requested $1.6...
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FILE In this Friday, May 9, 2014, file photo, people smoke at a designated area in Tokyo. Japan has approved its first national legislation banning smoking inside of public facilities, but the measure excludes many restaurants and bars and is seen as toothless. The legislation aims to lower secondhand smoking risks ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics amid international calls for smoke-free games, but was largely watered down by the reluctant ruling party. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
July 18, 2018 - 8:47 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Wednesday approved its first national legislation banning smoking inside of public facilities, but the watered-down measure excludes many restaurants and bars and is seen as toothless. The legislation aims to lower secondhand smoking risks ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics amid...
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A Syrian soldier stands guard at his post overlooking the Damascus-Aleppo highway in the central Syrian town of Rastan, Homs province, Syria, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
July 18, 2018 - 8:25 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Talks to cede the largest opposition holdout in southwestern Syria to the government have failed, triggering an intense overnight bombing campaign on the densely populated town of Nawa that killed over a dozen people and injured over a hundred, activists and rescuers said Wednesday...
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Former US President Barack Obama speaks during his town hall for the Obama Foundation at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)
July 18, 2018 - 8:12 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans along with former U.S. President Barack Obama were marking the centennial of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's birth on Wednesday with acts of charity in a country still struggling with deep economic inequality 24 years after the end of white minority rule...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2011. file photo, emergency personnel and Daniel Hernandez, second from right, an intern for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, move Giffords after she was shot in the head outside a shopping center in Tucson, Ariz. Bobby Wilson, a Republican Arizona state Senate candidate, has shocked gun control advocates by sharing details about shooting and killing his mother in apparent self-defense more than 50 years ago. Wilson says he shot and killed his mother after she shot at him with a rifle one night in their Oklahoma farmhouse in 1963. (AP Photo/James Palka, File)
July 17, 2018 - 10:30 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A Republican Arizona state Senate candidate has shocked gun control advocates by sharing details about shooting and killing his mother in apparent self-defense more than 50 years ago. Bobby Wilson, who is running to represent a southern Arizona district, told The Associated Press...
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Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly discusses the shooting death of Jennifer Trejo, 9, during a news conference at the Bridgeton Police Department on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Bridgeton, N.J. Authorities are offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offenders. (Charles J. Olson/The Press of Atlantic City via AP)
July 17, 2018 - 9:31 pm
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl was shot and killed by a stray bullet as she slept in her bed early Tuesday, and authorities urged witnesses to come forward to help find the killer. The shooting happened around 12:30 a.m. about a block away from the girl's home in Bridgeton, a city of...
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