Pa. Methodist pastor appeals his defrocking

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — A United Methodist pastor defrocked after officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding argued before a nine-person church appeals panel that the decision should be overturned. On Friday, the panel in Maryland heard arguments from 52-year-old Frank...
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Ronaldo and Portugal take on US at World Cup

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during a training session in Campinas, Brazil, Thursday June 19, 2014. Portugal plays in group G of the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte) Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during a...
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Murray could face Djokovic in Wimbledon semis

Andy Murray’s new coach Amelie Mauresmo, right, watches him practice during a training session before his Queen’s Club grass court championships tennis match in London, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) Andy Murray’s new coach Amelie Mauresmo, right,...
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Lewis Hamilton fastest in practice for Austrian GP

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the first training session at the race track in Spielberg, Â Austria, Â Friday, June 20, 2014. The Austrian Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic) Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of...

New York man guilty of rape aired in college essay

NEW YORK (AP) — Raped as an 8-year-old by her then-stepfather, a woman kept the secret from her family for nearly a decade until she drafted a college application essay, prosecutors say. When it happened, “I never told anyone … at that point in my life, I was...
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Safety report on Morgan crash raises new questions

This photo provided by the New Jersey State Police shows Kevin Roper. Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the wake of a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday, June 7,...
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Detroit ‘Grand Bargain’ vote key to bankruptcy end

FILE- In a June 9, 2014 file photo, Gerald Rosen, Chief U.S. District judge holds up a note as he speaks in front of part of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit. An offer of help following a chance meeting dur...
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Presbyterian assembly: Gay marriage is Christian

Commissioners and advisors wait in line to debate a vote on whether the church should recognize same-sex marriage at the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church at Cobo Hall, in Detroit, Thursday, June 19, 2014. The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church...

Top NBA prospect Embiid has foot fracture

Kansas center Joel Embiid is scheduled to have surgery Friday to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, a stunning development that could affect the top choices in next week’s NBA draft. Embiid, one of the top three candidates the Cleveland Cavaliers were considering...
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Suarez gives Uruguay 2-1 win over England

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez celebrates scoring his side’s second goal during the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and England at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Xavier Marit, pool) Uruguay’s Luis...