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Defense focuses on penalty, not guilt in church shooting

FILE – In this June18, 2016 file photo, Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Sheby Police Department in Shelby, N.C. The trial for Roof, a white man accused of killing nine black people at the church, started Wednesday, Dec. … Continue reading

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Gays cannot enter Catholic priesthood, insists Vatican

Vatican City (AFP) – A decree on training for Roman Catholic priests published on Wednesday stresses the obligation of sexual abstinence, as well as barring gays and those who support “gay culture” from holy orders. “The Church, while deeply respecting … Continue reading

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Aimless pizza shop gunman latched onto internet, religion

Edgar Maddison Welch, 28 of Salisbury, N.C., surrenders to police Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Washington. Welch, who said he was investigating a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizza place, fired an … Continue reading

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US church shooter's attack calculated, court told

Washington (AFP) – The death penalty trial of self-described white supremacist Dylann Roof got underway Wednesday, with US federal prosecutors saying he gunned down nine African American churchgoers last year in a coldly calculated attack. Assistant US Attorney Jay Richardson … Continue reading

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Stanford's Christian McCaffrey to leave school for NFL draft

FILE – In this Nov. 26, 2016, file photo, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (5) leaps into the end zone on a 23-yard touchdown reception during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Rice, in Stanford, Calif. … Continue reading

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Pope warns about fake news – from experience

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is warning about the dangers of fake news, and he should know: Earlier this year, he was reported — falsely — to have endorsed Donald Trump for U.S. president. In an interview published Wednesday … Continue reading

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The Latest: Jury picked in Dylann Roof-church slayings trial

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof charged with killing nine people during a Bible study in a Charleston church (all times local): 11:10 a.m. The 12 jurors who will hear the death … Continue reading

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Pope warns media over 'sin' of spreading fake news, smearing politicians

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Media that focus on scandals and spread fake news to smear politicians risk becoming like people who have a morbid fascination with excrement, Pope Francis said in an interview published on Wednesday. Francis … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka scraps tallest Christmas tree after church snub

Colombo (AFP) – Sri Lankan cricket legend Arjuna Ranatunga Wednesday abandoned a bid to build a record-breaking 100-metre tall Christmas tree after the head of the Catholic church on the island called it a waste of money. Ranatunga, who led … Continue reading

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Jury to be seated in accused South Carolina church shooter's federal trial

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – A jury is expected to be seated on Wednesday in the federal death penalty case against avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof, who is accused of gunning down nine black parishioners at a historic … Continue reading

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