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Ex-congregant charged with breaking into minister's home

UNDATED (AP) — A secretive evangelical church in North Carolina says hysteria over the coronavirus may have motivated a former member with a gun to break into the home of one of the sect’s top ministe...

US tourists stranded abroad don't know when they'll return

Linda Scruggs and Mike Rustici trained for months to hike the winding trails leading to Machu Picchu's complex of Inca ruins. So they were thrilled when their flight landed last Friday in the Peruvian...

Minister at secretive N Carolina church sentenced for fraud

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A minister at a secretive church in North Carolina has been sentenced to 34 months in prison and ordered to pay $466,960 in restitution for his role in an unemployment fraud sch...

Head of secretive North Carolina sect named in fraud scam

The leader of a secretive church in North Carolina has been named in federal court records as someone who "promoted" an unemployment fraud scheme involving businesses owned by members of her congregat...

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...

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...

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. ...