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 - 7:43 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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Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a church revival, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Jackson, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
November 14, 2017 - 10:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Roy Moore and the special election in Alabama for the U.S. Senate (all times local): 10 p.m. Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore says there is a "spiritual battle" going on in American politics as he faces mounting pressure from national Republicans to drop out of...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined at rear by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., tells reporters that he has spoken to President Donald Trump and other leaders about the Alabama Senate race and the allegations of sexual misconduct against GOP candidate Roy Moore, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. McConnell and other Republicans have called for Moore to step aside. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
November 14, 2017 - 6:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Roy Moore and the special election in Alabama for the U.S. Senate (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The Senate's top Republican says the party still hopes to retain an Alabama Senate seat at the center of a scandal involving GOP nominee Roy Moore. Majority Leader Mitch...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined at rear by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., tells reporters that he has spoken to President Donald Trump and other leaders about the Alabama Senate race and the allegations of sexual misconduct against GOP candidate Roy Moore, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. McConnell and other Republicans have called for Moore to step aside. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
November 14, 2017 - 3:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Roy Moore and the special election in Alabama for the U.S. Senate (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The Senate's top Republican says the party still hopes to retain an Alabama Senate seat at the center of a scandal involving GOP nominee Roy Moore. Majority Leader Mitch...
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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 - 1:45 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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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 - 1:18 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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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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November 14, 2017 - 12:29 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The scandal-marred Legion of Christ Roman Catholic religious order admitted Tuesday it had offshore companies in Caribbean tax havens in the past, but said they had been closed and that none was used for illegal activities. In a statement, the Legion sought to blame its offshore...
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November 14, 2017 - 11:18 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The scandal-marred Legion of Christ Roman Catholic religious order has admitted it had offshore companies in Caribbean tax havens, but says none was used for illegal activities. In a statement Tuesday, the Legion sought to blame its offshore corporate strategy squarely on the...
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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 11, 2017 - 2:01 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Marine Corps drill instructor has been sentenced by a military jury to 10 years behind bars after being convicted of hazing and tormenting young recruits, include a Muslim-American who later killed himself. The eight-member jury meted out that punishment Friday to Gunnery Sgt...
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