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    Turkey criticizes U.S. over cleric accused of coup plot

    07/22/2016 10:17 PM EDT
    ISTANBUL >> A top Turkish official on Friday accused the United States of "standing up for savages" by not immediately handing over a U.S.-based Muslim cleric who the government claims orchestrated last week's failed coup. Speaking in Washington, President Barack Obama said there was a legal process for extradition and encouraged Turkey to present evidence. 
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    07/15/2016 09:14 PM EDT - 'Reject Racism' at the Federated Church EAST ARLINGTON >> The door is open and the welcome is extended to all people of faith or in search of faith for the 10:00 a.m. Service of Worship on July 17 at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. As the summer series on "Be the Church" continues, the timely focus of this week's service and message from the Rev. Full Story

    Bangladesh blast, gun battle kill 4 during Eid prayers
    07/08/2016 09:20 PM EDT - NEW DELHI (AP) >> Islamic extremists in Bangladesh hurled homemade bombs and engaged in a gunbattle with police guarding a large Eid prayer service at the end of the holy Muslim month Thursday morning. Two officers, a woman and one suspected militant were killed, while at least 12 other people were injured, officials said. Full Story

    Vatican: No jurisdiction over journalists in leaks case
    07/08/2016 09:20 PM EDT - VATICAN CITY >> A Vatican court declared Thursday it had no jurisdiction to prosecute two journalists who wrote books based in part on confidential documents exposing greed, mismanagement and corruption in the Holy See, ending a trial that drew scorn from media rights groups. The court did convict a Vatican monsignor and an Italian public relations expert for having conspired to leak Full Story

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    07/08/2016 09:19 PM EDT - Sunday 'Embrace Diversity' at the Federated Church EAST ARLINGTON >> The warmth of summer surrounds us with plenty of opportunity to celebrate. A warm invitation is extended to the 10 a.m. Sunday Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. This Sunday's service continues with the theme of "Be the Church. Full Story

    Judge blocks Mississippi's 'religious objections' law
    07/01/2016 09:21 PM EDT - JACKSON, MISS. >> A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex marriage moments before it was set to take effect Friday, ruling it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for gay people. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote that the title, text and history of the law show it is "the state's attempt to put LGBT Full Story

    The Latest: Advocates divided over Mississippi marriage law
    07/01/2016 09:20 PM EDT - JACKSON, MISS. (AP) >> 1:15 p.m. National groups are divided over a judge's decision to block a Mississippi law dealing with religious objections to same-sex marriage. Chad Griffin is president of Human Rights Campaign, a gay-rights group. Praising the decision by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, Griffin says the law "was a deliberate attempt to undermine marriage equality and the Full Story

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    07/01/2016 09:22 PM EDT - Federal judge sets July 18 hearing in church shooting case COLUMBIA, S.C. >> A hearing has been set for next month to sort out jury selection details for the federal trial of a white man accused of gunning down nine black parishioners at a historic South Carolina church. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel on Thursday set a July 18 hearing in the federal case against 22-year-old Dylann Roof. Full Story

    Mud-splattered Filipinos pray to saint for blessing and woes
    06/24/2016 08:56 PM EDT - BIBICLAT, PHILIPPINES (AP) >> Hundreds of Filipino villagers donning capes of banana leaves covered themselves in mud Friday in a ritual to thank their patron saint, John the Baptist, who they believe saved residents from killings by Japanese invaders in World War II. The "Taong Putik" or "mud people" festival in Bibiclat village in northern Nueva Ecija province dates back to the brutal Full Story

    Indonesia tries to steer convicted militants to new lives
    06/24/2016 08:56 PM EDT - SOLO, INDONESIA >> In the heart of Solo city, not far from the Islamic boarding school founded by the radical cleric who inspired the 2002 Bali bombings, the staff of an unremarkable-looking restaurant prepare for another day serving the humble staples of the Indonesian diet to hungry locals. The manager, a slightly built man with quick lively gestures, darts about the narrow kitchen, Full Story

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    Dennis Rodman is a person of interest in a freeway crash in Southern California

    Famed former basketball player Dennis Rodman is considered a person of interest in a hit-and-run collision that occurred on the I-5 freeway in Santa Ana, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said Friday.