Religion

December 15, 2016 - 7:00 pm
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A second man was arrested Thursday for allegedly stabbing a worshipper near a California mosque in an apparent hate crime. Marco De La Cruz, 26, of Simi Valley was arrested at his home on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and violations of...
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December 15, 2016 - 5:08 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof was convicted Thursday of last year's grisly massacre at a historic black church that left nine parishioners slain at a Bible study. A federal jury found Roof guilty of all 33 counts, including hate crimes and obstruction of religion. Jurors took less than two...
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FILE - In this June 18, 2015 file photo, Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C. Prosecutors who wanted to show that Roof was a cruel, angry racist simply used his own words at his death penalty trial on charges he killed nine black people in June 2015 at a Charleston church. Roof's two-hour videotaped confession less than a day after the shooting and a handwritten journal found in his car when he was arrested were introduced into evidence Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
December 15, 2016 - 1:52 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof was full of hate and "immense racial ignorance" when he slaughtered nine black worshippers during a Bible study last year at a Charleston church, a prosecutor said Thursday. In his closing argument, assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan Williams mocked Roof for calling...
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FILE - In this June 18, 2015 file photo, Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C. Prosecutors who wanted to show that Roof was a cruel, angry racist simply used his own words at his death penalty trial on charges he killed nine black people in June 2015 at a Charleston church. Roof's two-hour videotaped confession less than a day after the shooting and a handwritten journal found in his car when he was arrested were introduced into evidence Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
December 15, 2016 - 1:43 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the federal death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, accused of killing nine black people during a South Carolina church Bible study (all times local): 2:40 p.m. The jury deciding whether Dylann Roof is guilty of killing nine black worshippers at a Charleston church...
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Anastasia Lin, 26, Canada's entrant to Miss World beauty pageant, answers questions during her interview with the Associated Press, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 in Oxon Hill, Md. Miss Canada will be vying for more than the winner’s tiara when she competes in the annual Miss World pageant in Washington this weekend. Lin wants to tell a global TV audience about the evil of organ-harvesting. Lin was due to compete at Miss World last year when it was hosted by China but was barred from entering the country due to her activism against persecution of Falun Gong, a meditation practice that she follows and China’s government has outlawed. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
December 15, 2016 - 3:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Miss Canada will be vying for more than the winner's tiara when she competes in the annual Miss World pageant in Washington this weekend. Anastasia Lin wants to tell a global TV audience about the evil of organ-harvesting. Lin was due to compete at Miss World last year when it was...
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December 15, 2016 - 2:02 am
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — In the days after nine black worshippers were killed in their Charleston church at the end of Bible study, President Barack Obama called Dylann Roof blinded by hate and Charleston's mayor said he was "pure, pure concentrated evil." Now some 18 months later, the people asked...
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FILE - In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez speaks at a news conference in Washington. Perez plans to officially announce his candidacy for the head of the Democratic National Committee on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, according to Democrats familiar with his effort. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
December 14, 2016 - 5:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary Tom Perez plans to officially announce his candidacy for the leadership of the Democratic National Committee on Thursday, according to Democrats familiar with his effort. Encouraged to mount a bid by the White House, the Obama administration official will challenge...
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FILE - In this June 18, 2015 file photo, Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C. Prosecutors who wanted to show that Roof was a cruel, angry racist simply used his own words at his death penalty trial on charges he killed nine black people in June 2015 at a Charleston church. Roof's two-hour videotaped confession less than a day after the shooting and a handwritten journal found in his car when he was arrested were introduced into evidence Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
December 14, 2016 - 2:15 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A survivor of the Charleston church slayings called 911 shortly after Dylann Roof opened fire and killed nine of her friends during a Bible study. Polly Sheppard's call, played for jurors on Wednesday, starts with a prayer and a plea for help: "Please answer. Oh, God." When...
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