• This March 15, 2013 file photo shows Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Vatican says Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who has been charged by church prosecutors with sexually abusing children in the Caribbean country, was found dead in his Vatican room early Friday: the Vatican prosecutor ordered an immediate autopsy. (AP Photo/Manuel Diaz, File)

    Vatican says ex-envoy, charged with sexual abuse, has died

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who had been charged by church prosecutors with sexually abusing children in the Caribbean country, died Friday of apparent natural causes as he awaited trial, the Vatican said.

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  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, photo, a Hindu devotee performs a holy dip in the Godavari River during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, in Nasik, India. Water is central to many religions: Christians perform baptisms, Orthodox Jews seek ritual purity in mikvah baths, Muslims wash themselves before prayer. To the millions of Hindus expected at the Kumbh Mela festival, held this year along the Godavari, touching that water, which is far from the cleanest you could find, is reverential. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    India’s polluted waters cleanse spirits at Hindu festival

    NASIK, India (AP) — It’s just water, and far from the cleanest you could find. Raw sewage often flows in the Godavari River, bringing with it high bacteria levels. Residue from sand mining can cloud the water. Farm pesticides leech through the soil.

  • James Yates, left, and his partner Willaim Smith Jr., walk into the Rowan County Clerk's Office in Morehead, Ky., in an attempt to obtain a marriage license Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. The couple were denied despite the ruling of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding an earlier decision instructing the clerks to issue licenses. This was the couple's third attempt to obtain a license. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

    Same-sex couple cheers gay marriage ruling in Kentucky

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim that her Christian faith should exempt her from licensing a gay union.

  • In this May 19, 2015 photo, devotees arrive at the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara or Sikh temple in New Delhi, India. Men, women and children throng the kitchen at Bangla Sahib, one of the biggest gurudwaras in India, that serves langar, which translates to community dinner, served to more than 10,000 people every day. It is now a tradition followed by more than 30 million Sikhs worldwide. Nearly every gurdwara in the world, irrespective of size, has a kitchen and serves langar. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    Free meal for thousands in New Delhi example of Sikh service

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Harjeet Singh can usually be found riding around New Delhi on his Harley Davidson Superlow, or helping foreign companies set up operations in India. At home, the businessman has staff to clean and cook for his family. But at the gurdwara where he worships alongside other Sikhs, he sweeps the floor, cleans dirty dishes and helps prepare meals for thousands not as fortunate as him.

  • This June 30,1996 file photo, show a general view of the destroyed Khobar Towers and crater where a truck bomb exploded at a U.S military complex killing 19 Americans and injuring hundreds in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Ahmed al-Mughassil, suspected in the bombing has been captured, a U.S. official tells The Associated Press, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Al-Mughassil was described by the FBI in 2001 as the head of the military wing of Saudi Hezbollah. (AP Photo/Saleh Rifai, File)

    Saudi arrested in 1996 bombing that killed 19 Americans

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A man described as the mastermind of the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 American servicemen in Saudi Arabia has been captured, a U.S. and a Saudi official said Wednesday, ending a nearly two-decade manhunt for one of the FBI’s most-wanted terrorists.

  • Mormons keep affiliation with Boy Scouts despite gay leaders

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church — the nation’s largest sponsor of Boy Scout units — is keeping its longtime affiliation with the organization despite its decision to allow gay troop leaders.

  • FIn this Sept. 18, 2007 file photo, the flags of member nations fly outside of the United Nations headquarters. In a move likely to upset Israel's government, the Palestinians and the Vatican are seeking to raise their flags at the U.N., just in time for Pope Francis' visit in September 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

    Palestinians, Vatican could raise UN flags before pope visit

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a move likely to upset Israel’s government, the Palestinians are seeking to raise their flag, along with the Vatican flag, at U.N. headquarters — just in time for Pope Francis’ visit next month.

  • Hindu devotees take holy dip in the River Godavari on the first official day of bathing as part of Kumbh Mela celebrations in Nasik, India, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Hindus believe that sins accumulated in past and current lives require them to continue the cycle of death and rebirth until they are cleansed. Bathing in sacred waters on the most auspicious day of the Kumbh festival, or Pitcher Festival, believers say rids them of their sins. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    AP PHOTOS: Thousands bathe at riverside festival in India

    NASIK, India (AP) — Thousands of devout Hindus began splashing into a west Indian river for the first official day Wednesday of bathing at one of the country’s largest festivals.

  • In this May 28, 2014, file photo, Ultra-Orthodox Jews watch people wave Israeli flags outside the Old City's Damascus Gate during Jerusalem Day celebrations in Jerusalem. A recent demonstration by ultra-Orthodox Jews against a new cinema opening its doors on the Sabbath was meant to be a show of strength in a long-running battle over the role of strict Jewish law in the cultural life of Jerusalem. But in many ways, it was also a sign of desperation after a series of gains by the city’s secular community in recent years.  (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File)

    In Jerusalem’s culture war, secular residents make gains

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Crowds of angry ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, wearing long beards, black and white garb and large black hats, protested in the streets of Jerusalem earlier this month against a new cinema opening its doors on the Sabbath.

  • This undated file photo released Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 on a social media site used by Islamic State militants, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows smoke from the detonation of the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient caravan city of Palmyra. The nearly 2,000-year-old temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra this week was the latest victim in the Islamic State group’s campaign of destruction of historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria. Arabic at bottom reads, "The moment of detonation of the pagan Baalshamin temple in the city of Palmyra." (Islamic State social media account via AP, File)

    In Islamic State war, like others, heritage always a target

    CAIRO (AP) — A nearly 2,000-year-old temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra this week was the latest victim in the Islamic State group’s campaign of destruction of historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.