Impeachment of Trump voted top 2019 news story in AP poll

NEW YORK (AP) — The drive by the Democratic-led House of Representatives to impeach President Donald Trump was the top news story of 2019, according to The Associated Press' annual poll. ...

Houses of worship attacked with deadly frequency in 2019

On Dec. 1, a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church in Burkina Faso, an impoverished West African country where the Christian minority is increasingly a target...

Catholic dioceses spar over Archbishop Sheen sainthood

In an unusual public spat, the Roman Catholic diocese of Peoria, Illinois, is accusing the Rochester, New York, diocese of trying to “sabotage” the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. ...

US Catholic priests beset by overwork, isolation, scandals

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rec...

US Catholic priests beset by overwork, isolation, scandals

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rec...

Boy Scouts mortgage vast New Mexico ranch as collateral

One of the most spectacular properties owned by the Boy Scouts of America is being been mortgaged to help secure the youth organization’s line of credit. The Boy Scouts say there is ...

For trans activists, recent setbacks temper long-term hopes

NEW YORK (AP) — Amid their annual vigils for transgender homicide victims, trans rights activists in the U.S. are trying to maintain long-term optimism even as many hard-won protections are under thre...

Watergate redux? Trump impeachment inquiry heads for live TV

Back in 1973, tens of millions of Americans tuned in to what Variety called "the hottest daytime soap opera" — the Senate Watergate hearings that eventually led to President Richard Nixon's resignatio...

At stressful time, Boy Scouts top boss goes on medical leave

The Boy Scouts of America says its chief executive has gone on a medical leave of absence. The news of Mike Surbaugh's departure comes as the youth organization faces financial diffi...

Boy Scouts to boost annual youth fees by more than 80%

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America is increasing its annual youth membership fee by more than 80% as it faces a potentially ruinous wave of new sex-abuse lawsuits. The organiz...

Fewer US children in foster care; first drop since 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of children in the U.S. foster care system has dropped for the first time since 2012, stemming a surge that was linked to substance abuse by parents, according to new federa...

Larger portion of Americans has no religious affiliation

The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christians. That's according to new d...

Matthew Shepard's parents criticize AG Barr on LGBT rights

The parents of murdered gay college student Matthew Shepard have accused Attorney General William Barr of hypocritical stances on LGBT rights. The criticism came Wednesday during a J...

Andrew Johnson back in spotlight for 1868 impeachment brush

The president traveled the country, fanning racial animus. He viewed the Congress with disdain. He also tried to undo some of the most important achievements of his predecessor, using executive power....

Diverse legal network boosts low-wage women's #MeToo cases

Inspired by the #MeToo movement, a diverse group of attorneys across the United States has enlisted with a defense fund that helps low-wage workers pursue potentially costly sexual misconduct cases. ...