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Man pleads guilty in religious divorce case

6-23-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Brooklyn man characterized by the FBI as an enforcer has pleaded guilty to taking part in a plan to use violence to force a Jewish man to give his wife a religious divorce. Sholom Shuchat pleaded guilty in federal court in ...

Gov. Christie cites his anti-abortion credentials

6-20-14
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Christie is calling attention to his anti-abortion credentials in a speech to religious conservative critics in Washington just hours before he campaigns in New Hampshire. The Republican governor from New Jersey — a ...

Jackson board rejects Jewish high school

6-19-14
JACKSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Jackson Township's zoning board has voted unanimously to reject a plan to build a 400-student all-girls orthodox Jewish high school. The board on Wednesday night questioned the size of the land, the impact on traffic ...

New director appointed for Berlin Jewish Museum

6-19-14
BERLIN (AP) — Berlin's Jewish Museum has chosen a professor of Jewish studies and religion to succeed its founding director, who is stepping down later this year. The museum's governing council said Thursday that Peter Schaefer, who has taught at ...

Former priest pleads guilty in sex abuse case

6-18-14
BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A former Catholic priest has been sentenced to two concurrent 12-year sentences after admitting that he molested three teenage boys in the 1980s. Gerald J. Howard, who also was known as Carmine Sita, admitted Tuesday that he ...

National Cathedral to host Rolling Thunder bikers

5-23-14
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington National Cathedral has a soft spot for the motorcyclist group Rolling Thunder and their mission for veterans. On Friday, the church will host a special "Blessing of the Bikes" as part of an initiative to honor those ...

Orthodox rabbis charged in religious divorce plot

5-22-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal authorities in New Jersey say four Orthodox Jewish rabbis and one of their sons have been indicted on charges they conspired to kidnap and force Jewish men into granting their wives religious divorces. U.S. Attorney Paul ...

2 charged in NJ in religious divorce plot

5-15-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey men have been charged with kidnapping a third man in an attempt to force him to grant his wife a religious divorce. The U.S. attorney's office says David Aryeh Epstein and Chaim Baruch Rubin lured the victim from ...

NY minister to repay $1.2M in disaster funds

5-15-14
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City minister who was the subject of an Associated Press investigation about misspent 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina charity funds has agreed to repay $1.2 million he took from his congregation to buy a luxury home in New ...

Camden Diocese consolidating more churches

5-10-14
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Financial issues and declining attendance have spurred the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden to consolidate some more churches. The latest mergers, which take effect June 30, involve several churches in Camden County. Camden ...