Religion news in brief

Sanford churches to hold weekly prayer meetings SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Churches in Sanford, Fla., have opened their doors for prayer to ease tensions after George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The group, Sanford…

Texas woman’s missing husband found buried in yard

PELICAN BAY, Texas (AP) — A 62-year-old widow has been charged with murder after her long-missing husband was found buried in the front yard of their rural North Texas home. Neola Robinson is charged in the 2010 death…

AP names Phillips news director in Middle East

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press has named Ian Phillips as its Mideast news director, leading all of AP’s news production in print, television, photos and online for the diverse and vital region. The appointment was announced…

Back for seconds, Syfy plans ‘Sharknado’ sequel

NEW YORK (AP) — Syfy says flying sharks will bite again. The network is announcing a sequel to “Sharknado,” which became an instant campy classic with its recent airing. The new film premieres in 2014. This time the…

Obama’s UN nominee slams body’s inaction on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s choice as U.N. ambassador says if she’s confirmed by the Senate, she’ll work to eliminate what she calls the United Nations’ “unacceptable bias and attacks” on Israel. Samantha Power says she’ll also…

Turkey fires into Syria after teen’s death

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish teenager was killed and two other people were wounded near Syria’s border by stray bullets fired during renewed clashes between Syrian rebels and Kurdish gunmen, an official said Wednesday. Turkey’s military said…

Boehner backs bill for immigrants brought as kids

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says legislation offering citizenship to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children is “about basic fairness.” The Ohio Republican says many House Republicans believe that the issue needs to be…

Man arrested in 6-year-old La. girl’s death

GRETNA, La. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested a man accused of killing a 6-year-old Louisiana girl whose body was found stabbed and beaten inside a trash bin. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says Matthew Flugence was…

Hugh Jackman discusses returning to Comic-Con

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hugh Jackman is ready to sink his claws into Comic-Con again. The 44-year-old actor is returning to San Diego this week for the 44th annual Comic-Con International pop-culture convention to hype “The Wolverine,” his…

Queen Elizabeth II hopes Kate has baby soon

LONDON (AP) — It seems Queen Elizabeth II is getting a bit impatient as she waits in a rare British heat wave for the birth of her third great-grandchild. The queen said Wednesday she hopes the former Kate…

Greek Parliament approves new austerity measures

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Mayors from across Greece joined anti-austerity protesters Wednesday and marched on parliament, as lawmakers prepared to vote for thousands of public-sector job cuts and transfers. The latest austerity measures will put 12,500 public-sector staff,…
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Disgraced cop will get paid

Update The former Youngstown police detective facing felony charges for repeatedly contacting a 14-year-old statutory rape victim asking for sex will receive nearly $23,000 after he was fired.…

EU group: Ethiopia should release jailed reporters

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A European Union parliament delegation on Wednesday called on Ethiopia’s government to release jailed journalists and activists, but in a sign the call may not be heeded the delegation was denied from visiting…

Heathrow airport outlines its plans for expansion

LONDON (AP) — Heathrow unveiled new proposals Wednesday to create a third runway at the London airport — saying that the ideas will allow a vast expansion at Europe’s busiest air hub. The three options put forward on…

Putin says war games show Russia’s military power

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says the Russian military has shown a high degree of combat readiness during their biggest war games in more than two decades. The maneuvers, which began Friday and continue through this week,…

With ‘Conjuring,’ Taylor may finally win name game

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just one glimpse of her face is followed by a flash of familiarity. But, oh, that name just isn’t coming. Together again for the first time: filmgoers, meet veteran character actress Lili Taylor. After…

Gay marriage: Britain, France in surprise contrast

LONDON (AP) — Britain on Wednesday legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval, clearing the way for the first same-sex weddings next summer. Lawmakers cheered as House of Commons Speaker John Bercow…

Penguins, UPMC pick alternate site for complex

CRANBERRY, Pa. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have decided on an alternate site for a $70 million sports medicine comp……

Pitt student dies while in Spain for internship

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A University of Pittsburgh student has died while studying abroad in Spain, where she was participating in an internship with a technology firm. Pit……