BEIJING — Chinese authorities have released the pastor of the country’s largest Protestant mega-church after he was detained for more than two months following protests against the government’s removal of crosses from churches, a church worker said Friday.
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SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Thirteen North Koreans working at the same restaurant in a foreign country have defected to South Korea, Seoul officials said Friday.
WASHINGTON — An effort to build a free online database of Holocaust victims and survivors has reached a milestone.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com announced Friday that records of one million people persecuted by the Nazis are now available to be searched.
LOS ANGELES — The first “American Idol” finale in 2002 was a battle of the sexes, with Kelly Clarkson the victor over Justin Guarini. The last contest settled the score as Trent Harmon defeated La’Porsha Renae for the crown.
LONDON — The notorious British spy Kim Philby is shown in newly uncovered footage addressing East German spies about his life as a double agent secretly helping the Soviet Union.
The film of his 1981 talk was posted online by the BBC Monday after it was found in the archives of the East German Intelligence Service known as the Stasi.
NEW YORK—Michelle Fiala says her 14-year-old daughter, Laura, is fine watching humans run for their lives from snarling, flesh-eating zombies on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” but if one of the characters on the show vomits, the teen has to look away.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Three first-graders in Alaska’s largest city plotted to kill a fellow student with silica gel packets that the girls believed was poison, authorities said Wednesday.
The three have been suspended but not charged with any crime.
DODGE CENTER, Minn. — Authorities in Minnesota say an 11-year-old boy is in custody after stealing a cement truck from a contractor and leading officers on a chase.
Sheriff’s officials say the chase started about 3 p.m. Sunday in Dodge Center when the boy drove the truck onto Highway 14 toward Byron.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A Catholic bishop is opposing a decision by the University of Notre Dame to award Vice-President Joe Biden its top award, saying it sends a message that a politician can support abortion rights and gay marriage and still be a good Catholic.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The U.S. Marine Corps is making it easier for women to cover up tattoos by allowing them to wear crew-neck undershirts beneath their uniforms.
The Marines made the change Thursday after U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree complained that its dress policy unintentionally discriminated against female recruits. Men are allowed to wear crew-neck T-shirts.