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2 members of secretive NC sect charged with fraud conspiracy

Two members of a secretive church in North Carolina have been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in an alleged unemployment benefits scheme. Marion Kent Covington and Diane...

2 members of secretive sect plead guilty to fraud charges

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Two members of a secretive church in North Carolina pleaded guilty Friday to wire fraud related to an unemployment benefits scheme that former congregants say was part of a plan...

Fraud charges filed against 2 members of secretive sect

Two members of a secretive evangelical church in North Carolina were charged Friday in an unemployment benefits scheme that former congregants have said was part of a plan to keep money flowing into t...

2 members of secretive sect charged in unemployment scheme

Two members of a secretive evangelical church in North Carolina were charged Friday in an unemployment benefits scheme that former congregants have said was part of plan to keep money flowing into the...

State to take over child welfare office after AP story

North Carolina officials said Friday they will take over a county child welfare agency that illegally removed children — potentially hundreds of them — from their homes. The North Ca...

N Carolina to take over child welfare office after AP story

North Carolina officials will take over a county child welfare agency that illegally removed potentially hundreds of kids from their homes. The North Carolina Department of Health an...

AP Exclusive: Illegally rehomed kids may be uprooted again

MURPHY, N.C. (AP) — When Brian Hogan got a call that his wife had suffered a massive heart attack, he knew he had to get to the hospital fast. So Hogan asked his neighbor to take care of his 10-year-o...

AP Exclusive: Illegally rehomed kids may be uprooted again

MURPHY, N.C. (AP) — When Brian Hogan got a call that his wife had suffered a massive heart attack, he knew he had to get to the hospital fast. So Hogan asked his neighbor to take care of his 10-year-o...

Brazilian prosecutors sue to shut church over forced labor

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian labor prosecutors have filed suit to shut down a church and school with ties to the U.S.-based Word of Faith Fellowship, saying the church and its leaders "reduced people to...

WORLD SPORTS AT 1330 GMT

TOP STORIES: SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP Liverpool can move into second place by beating West Ham at Anfield in one of seven games in the Premier League, which resumes aft...

US gymnasts tell AP sport rife with verbal, emotional abuse

They were little girls with dreams of Olympic gold when they started in gymnastics. Now they're women with lifelong injuries, suffocating anxiety and debilitating eating disorders. T...

US gymnasts say sport rife with verbal and emotional abuse

They were little girls with dreams of Olympic gold when they started in gymnastics. Now they're women with lifelong injuries, suffocating anxiety and debilitating eating disorders. T...

Family of ex-church member denies claims of childhood abuse

SPINDALE, North Carolina (AP) — Family members of a man who broke with a controversial church based in rural North Carolina have released a video disputing that he was physically and emotionally abuse...

'Nobody saved us': Man describes childhood in abusive 'cult'

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — Jamey Anderson vividly recalls being a skinny kid trembling on the floor of a dank, windowless storage room, waiting in terror for the next adult to open the door. ...

'Nobody saved us': Man describes childhood in abusive 'cult'

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — Jamey Anderson vividly recalls being a skinny kid trembling on the floor of a dank, windowless storage room, waiting in terror for the next adult to open the door. ...