Religion

FILE - In this March 27, 2019 file photo, a woman receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., north of New York City. On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, federal health officials updated the U.S. measles case count, saying 1,001 illnesses have been reported since the beginning of the year. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
June 13, 2019 - 6:17 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is set to eliminate a religious exemption to vaccine requirements in the face of its worst measles outbreak in decades . The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly voted Thursday to repeal the exemption, which allows parents of children to cite their religious beliefs to opt...
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In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, June 13, 2019. A portrait of the late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini hangs on the wall. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
June 13, 2019 - 3:51 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 11:50 p.m. Senior U.S. officials say they do not believe the threat from Iran is over, after oil tankers came under a suspected attack Thursday near the strategic...
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In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, June 13, 2019. A portrait of the late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini hangs on the wall. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
June 13, 2019 - 3:44 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 11:45 p.m. Kuwait's foreign minister is calling the suspected attacks on two tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz a threat to international peace and...
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FILE - In this March 27, 2019 file photo, a woman receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., north of New York City. On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, federal health officials updated the U.S. measles case count, saying 1,001 illnesses have been reported since the beginning of the year. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
June 13, 2019 - 1:20 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers are poised Thursday to eliminate a religious exemption to vaccine requirements in the face of its worst measles outbreak in decades. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly planned to vote on repealing the exemption, which allows parents of children to cite their...
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A relative mourns over the coffins of Livia Florentian Bunea, 36, from Romania and her eight year-old daughter Elena Natalia at a church in the village of Arediou southwest of Cyprus' capital Nicosia on Thursday, June 13, 2019. The mother and daughter are believed to be the first victims of a serial killer _ a 35 year-old Cypriot army captain _ who confessed to investigators of killing seven foreign women and girls over a 2 and a half year span. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)
June 13, 2019 - 1:11 pm
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Senior Greek Orthodox priests have presided at the funeral service of a mother and daughter who were among the seven people a military officer confessed to killing in Cyprus. The service for 36-year-old Livia Florentina Bunea and her 8-year-old daughter, Elena Natalia Bunea,...
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June 13, 2019 - 12:31 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state may soon eliminate a religious exemption to vaccine mandates in the face of its worst measles outbreak in decades . The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly are expected to pass legislation Thursday that would eliminate the exemption, which allows parents of children...
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An oil tanker is on fire in the sea of Oman, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked on Thursday, an assault that left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both vessels and the U.S. Navy rushed to assist amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran. (AP Photo/ISNA)
June 13, 2019 - 9:24 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Japan's trade minister says suspected attacks on a Japanese tanker near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Middle East have not affected Japan's...
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Christa Brown, of Denver, Colo., speaks outside the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting Tuesday, June 11, 2019, during a rally in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)
June 12, 2019 - 8:24 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Sharing a stage with tearful survivors of sex abuse, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention apologized Wednesday for the abuse crisis besetting his denomination and outlined an array of steps to address it. "We are broken-hearted and angry," said the Rev. J.D...
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Robert Deeley, left, Bishop of the Diocese of Portland, accompanied by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), speaks during a news conference at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), 2019 Spring meetings in Baltimore, Md., Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
June 12, 2019 - 7:53 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. Catholic bishops voted Wednesday to create a new national sex-abuse hotline run by an independent entity, a decision that represents one of the church's most tangible steps yet in confronting its sex-abuse crisis. The hotline, which would field allegations that bishops...
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FILE - In a February 2015 file photo, Namee Barakat hugs a female relative during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C., about the death of his son, Deah, his daughter-in-law and her sister. Barakat said the death penalty "would not be enough" for Craig Hicks, the man charged with murdering the three Muslim students. Hicks is expected to enter a plea Wednesday, June 12, 2019, more than four years after the slayings, which the victims’ families blamed on bigotry.(AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File)
June 12, 2019 - 7:47 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Moments after a North Carolina man pleaded guilty to gunning down three Muslim university students, a prosecutor played a cellphone video of the slayings in court Wednesday as one of the victims' relatives fainted, others wept and a man cursed the confessed killer openly. Craig...
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