Religious scandals

FILE - In this 2012 photo provided by a former member of the church, Word of Faith Fellowship leader Jane Whaley, center, holds a baby with her husband, Sam, center right, and others during a ceremony in the church's compound in Spindale, N.C. Under the leadership of Jane Whaley, the controversial church has grown to about 750 congregants in Spindale and a total of nearly 2,000 members worldwide. (AP Photo)
November 15, 2017 - 3:30 pm
SPINDALE, North Carolina (AP) — Former members of a controversial North Carolina-based church want the state to take legal action to overturn a court-ordered compromise they say has crippled child abuse investigations involving the sect. The former congregants of Word of Faith Fellowship also want...
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Israeli Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, at the Labor Party headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. After falling out with Benjamin Netanyahu as a junior cabinet minister last year, Gabbay is now a leading candidate to replace the scandal-plagued prime minister. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
November 14, 2017 - 12:56 pm
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — After falling out with Benjamin Netanyahu as a junior member of the Cabinet last year, Avi Gabbay is now a leading candidate to replace the scandal-plagued prime minister. Buoyed by a rags-to-riches personal story and a centrist worldview that appeals to Israel's traditional...
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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a rally, in Fairhope, Ala. According to a Washington Post story Nov. 9, an Alabama woman said Moore made inappropriate advances and had sexual contact with her when she was 14. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
November 10, 2017 - 9:52 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — His party suddenly and bitingly divided, Alabama Republican Roy Moore emphatically rejected increasing pressure to abandon his Senate bid on Friday as fears grew among GOP leaders that a once-safe Senate seat was in jeopardy just a month before a special election. Moore, an...
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FILE - In this Oct., 31, 2017 file photo, U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph A. Felix, his wife, and his lawyers exit a courtroom after testimony at Camp Lejeune, N.C. A Marine Corps jury on Friday, Nov. 10, is deciding whether Felix should be sentenced to military prison time for choking, punching and otherwise tormenting recruits, especially Muslims, one of whom eventually hurled himself to his death down a stairwell. The eight-man jury at Camp Lejeune, N.C., also could sentence Felix to financial penalties and a dishonorable discharge. (Rory Laverty /The Washington Post/via AP, File)
November 10, 2017 - 5:54 am
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A Marine Corps drill instructor was convicted by a military jury of physically abusing young recruits, sometimes while drunk, and focusing his fury on three Muslim-American military volunteers. The eight-man jury at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, determined Thursday that...
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November 09, 2017 - 7:34 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An imam has been given a two-week suspended jail sentence for making public remarks against homosexuals, whom he compared to pedophiles. The city court in Viborg, 260 kilometers (160 miles) northwest of Copenhagen, said Thursday that Mohamad Jammal had violated Denmark's...
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FILE - In this Oct., 31, 2017 file photo, U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph A. Felix, his wife, and his lawyers exit a courtroom after testimony at Camp Lejeune, N.C. A Marine Corps jury on Friday, Nov. 10, is deciding whether Felix should be sentenced to military prison time for choking, punching and otherwise tormenting recruits, especially Muslims, one of whom eventually hurled himself to his death down a stairwell. The eight-man jury at Camp Lejeune, N.C., also could sentence Felix to financial penalties and a dishonorable discharge. (Rory Laverty /The Washington Post/via AP, File)
November 09, 2017 - 2:55 am
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A military jury begins deliberating Thursday on whether a Marine Corps drill instructor is guilty of beating, stomping and choking new recruits, or whether accounts of his abuse toward Muslim-American military hopefuls were overhyped by young troops. The eight-man jury at...
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Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, joined at right by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., answers a question about the mass shooting at a Texas church this week, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
November 07, 2017 - 5:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has known for at least two decades about failures to give military criminal history information to the FBI, including the type of information the Air Force didn't report about the Texas church gunman who had assaulted his wife and stepson while an airman. The Air...
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Britain's Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon leaving Downing Street in London, following a Cabinet meeting, Tuesday Oct. 31, 2017. UK government says Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has resigned Wednesday Nov. 1, 2017, after allegations of inappropriate behavior. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)
November 01, 2017 - 4:19 pm
LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense minister resigned Wednesday after allegations emerged about inappropriate sexual behavior — the latest twist in a growing scandal over harassment and abuse in the country's corridors of power. Michael Fallon said in a resignation letter to Prime Minister Theresa May...
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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, a wildfire burns behind a winery in Santa Rosa, Calif. Viral stories claiming a homeless man from Mexico was arrested on suspicion of arson on Oct. 15, 2017, for starting the wildfires that have left dozens dead are false. The Sonoma County sheriff's office tells the AP that the man was arrested, but the fire was a small one in a park that was quickly put out and there's no indication the fire is linked to the wildfire blazes. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
October 20, 2017 - 2:14 pm
A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts: NOT REAL: Illegal Alien Charged With California Wildfire That...
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October 07, 2017 - 3:44 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Legion of Christ religious order, stained by revelations that its founder sexually abused seminarians and fathered several children, is dealing with a new credibility scandal. In a letter released by the Legion on Saturday, the rector of its diocesan seminary in Rome, the...
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