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Church members each get $500 to do good for world

Church members each get $500 to do good for world

CHICAGO (AP) — On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone.
Not a huge sum, but the pastor said the LaSalle Street Church had received a tidy $1.6 million from a real estate deal, and $160,000 — a typical 10 percent ti ... (full story)


2016 contest overshadows GOP governors meeting

2016 contest overshadows GOP governors meeting

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — No fewer than a half-dozen potential presidential candidates are gathering in Florida as the Republican Governors Association prepares to select its next leader.
The organization's annual conference began Wednesday in a luxury oceanside resort where the nation's Republican governors are celebrating ... (full story)


Spirit leads once-'angry atheist' to the ministry

Spirit leads once-'angry atheist' to the ministry

HOUSTON (AP) — As an electrical engineer and a self-professed "angry atheist," Clay Lein had no truck with religion. God, he was convinced, was fools' folly — a crutch for those who couldn't cut it on their own. His wife, Jill, and her father, an Episcopal priest, were free to believe, of course, but the Bible ... (full story)


Health woes in Nepal village known for organ sales

Health woes in Nepal village known for organ sales

HOKSHE, Nepal (AP) — Under crushing financial strain, Kumar Budathoki sold one of his kidneys to organ traffickers for $5,000, a sum he hoped would help set him up for a lifetime free of money problems.
Instead, he got a lifetime of health problems — and only a fraction of the money promised to him by a shady broker ... (full story)


Mexico couple's desperate search for missing son

Mexico couple's desperate search for missing son

TIXTLA, Mexico (AP) — Maria Telumbre knows fire. She spends her days making tortillas over hot coals, and experience tells her a small goat takes at least four hours to cook. So she doesn't believe the government's explanation that gang thugs incinerated her son and 42 other missing college students in a giant pyre in less th ... (full story)