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St. Louis priest files federal lawsuit after being cleared of child sex abuse charges


A Roman Catholic priest whose charges of sexual abuse of a boy were dropped this month has filed a federal lawsuit claiming he was unfairly targeted by police, the city and advocates for sexual abuse victims.

Fr. Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang claims in the suit filed Thursday in St. Louis that false abuse accusations were the result of religious and ethnic discrimination. The suit says he was denied due process under the Constitution and defamed by a group that seeks justice for victims of abuse by priests.

Boston Marathon bomber prayerfully apologizes to victims; judge orders death penalty


Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologized in court Wednesday for "the suffering that I've caused" in the April 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded hundreds.

Tsarnaev said in a shaky voice that he was guilty and that he prays for the victims.

"I am sorry for the lives that I've taken, for the suffering that I've caused you, for the damage that I've done -- irreparable damage," he said, breaking more than two years of public silence.

"I pray for your relief, for your healing," he added.

Poll: The US likes its red-white-and-blue patriotism - mostly

We're gung-ho for the idea that the United States has a special status with God, and we're almost always proud of our nation.

But a new survey finds our flag-waving, all-American Fourth of July celebrations are also tempered by concerns that the nation isn't the moral leader it once was, that Christians face discrimination here at home and that some people aren't "truly American."

Charleston's Emanuel AME Church reopens with prayer, praise and a call for change

Hundreds packed the pews Sunday of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, readying themselves to bury nine beloved members and seek justice on their behalf as part of the church's activist tradition.

In an energetic and emotional service, the Rev. Norvel Goff assured those gathered that the victims, including the church's pastor and state senator the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, did not die in vain. Others echoed that sentiment, saying that while the city is preparing for funeral services, calls for reforms and social activism would also follow.


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October 9-22, 2015


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